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Associate Academic Director

Date 2017-06-02 19:06:30 Location : North America

The USC International Academy (IA) is seeking an Associate Academic Director whose primary responsibility is to assist the Academic Director with the management of academic program initiatives and to manage the development and review of curriculum and assessments for English language programs at IA. This position ensures that the curriculum aligns across levels and content, that curriculum/assessment practices are regularly reviewed, that textbooks and materials align with the curriculum and that IA teachers have adequate materials at their disposal to teach IA courses.

The Associate Academic Director provides on-going curriculum support and training for teachers and assists with orienting new teachers and/or subs to teach the curriculum. This position also assists the Academic Director with regular program management processes such as placement testing, faculty meetings, class observations and faculty training. More information on the USC International Academy can be found on our website at: http://international.usc.edu/

Job Accountabilities:

Responsible for developing, maintaining and updating curriculum overview charts, course descriptions, course syllabi templates, textbook lists, and course materials. Serves as a contact and resource for any teachers seeking general advice or course preparation support. Ensures teachers have access to curriculum materials to include course syllabi templates, materials in course management systems (e.g. Blackboard, Schoolology) and textbooks/online materials or workbooks. Provides leadership and guidance on developing weekly schedules, activities and assessments and advises on teaching methodologies the program supports. Plans and reviews final exam week assessments and/or cumulative assessments in courses.
Manages the dissemination, interpretation and application of IA policies and recommends changes to the Academic Director.
Participates as a member on the IA Academic Management Team attending weekly meetings with the Academic Director and faculty/staff meetings, and contributing ideas for the development/adjustment of IA academic program policies, procedures, and curriculum.
Conducts teacher classroom observations, providing feedback for improvement and supporting performance review processes.
Oversees and gives feedback to teachers with course releases to work on curriculum revision. Ensures curriculum resources available have current links to a teacher resource chart, the course syllabus and program policies. Maintains curriculum for short-term courses as needed in collaboration with the Academic Director.
Responsible for analyzing course data from course evaluations, student and teacher surveys and other sources to monitor the validity and reliability of learning assessment practices. Ensures regular review of curriculum and assessments occurs and incorporates data from multiple sources.
Schedules and runs curriculum meetings to provide curriculum updates, to share ideas for courses and to give feedback on proposed changes.
Creates and offers in-house training sessions on issues related to curriculum development, assessments, use of materials or instructional technology (e.g. Blackboard), instructional design and teaching methodology.
Selects textbooks and materials for courses and communicates with academic staff who order textbooks and desk copies. Schedules regular review of textbooks and course materials. Reviews textbook budgetary and resource allocations for management approval.
Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the “Trojan Family,” which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university a great place to work.


M.A. in Applied Linguistics, TESOL, ESL, Language Teaching Methodology or related field that includes at least 18 credit hours of coursework for English as a second language instruction
1- 2 years of experience working on ESL/EFL curriculum development and design for adult learners (must have experience designing a brand new course)
5 years of full-time teaching experience in an Intensive English Language Program (IEP)
Experience with and knowledge of a variety of curriculum approaches and methodologies for teaching English as a Second Language to include content-based language teaching
Recent management experience coordinating curriculum across multiple levels
Experience recruiting, hiring, supervising and evaluating academic staff in a university environment
Excellent analytical, written and communication skills, with ability to collaborate with management and staff
Ability to manage multiple projects, adjust to changing priorities and perform well under pressure
Evidence of ongoing professional development activities
Preferred Qualifications

Formal training or coursework in instructional design, curriculum development or related topic
Advanced knowledge of classroom technology and desktop publishing software to include use of course management systems (e.g. Blackboard, CANVAS), moviemaker/video recording software, Google docs, and Microsoft Office products
Evidence of excellent administrative performance in a college-level English language program
Evidence of contributions to colleagues' professional development, demonstrated by workshops, collaborative materials development, or other activities
Ability to work collaboratively
Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
Excellent attention to detail
Ability to work well in fast-paced changing environment

Internal Number: REQ20044987