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Director of English Language Programme

Date 2017-06-20 19:06:39 Location : Asia:China

Institution: Dongbei University of Finance and Economics
Location: Dalian, China
Category: Faculty - Liberal Arts - English as Second Language
Posted: 06/02/2017
Application Due: Open Until Filled
Type: Full Time
Notes: marked as a Priority
Surrey International Institute
Director, English Language Programme

The Surrey International Institute (SII) is seeking a full-time Director to lead the faculty in the delivery of an accredited English language programme in Dalian, China.

SII is a Joint Sino-Foreign Cooperative School set up by Dongbei University of Finance and Economics (DUFE) and the University of Surrey (UoS) in the UK. SII was approved in 2007 by the Ministry of Education and currently has over 1500 students enrolled in business and tourism management programmes. The structure of the programmes currently follow a 2+2 format whereby students complete the first two years of a DUFE business programme while concurrently studying English and then, on meeting performance criteria and an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with 6.0 or more in sub-categories, can continue into the final two years of the relevant University of Surrey programme. The English language curriculum is scheduled across the initial two years, though continued support is provided in the latter years. Key targets include preparing students to effectively study in an English learning environment at university level and to pass the IELTS tests for entry into the UoS programmes.

The Director position is the senior academic post for the English Language programme and will report to the Associate Dean of SII. The post holder will be responsible for the leadership of the faculty staff, maintaining the integrity of the curriculum and achievement of relevant Institute targets. Accordingly, it is preferred that the incumbent holds a PhD in linguistics or similar, must have proven leadership experience at a recognised university and is familiar with the UK approach to quality assurance. Also, the incumbent must be able to effectively work with administrators on the planning and delivery aspects of the programme, especially the Registry Office and Human Resources. Experience of working in an international environment, preferably China, would be advantageous. Finally, experience in curriculum design would be helpful.

A competitive salary package will be provided to the successful applicant. The contract offered is negotiable up to 5 years in length. Expatriate benefits are available to eligible applicants, including relocation, accommodation or an allowance, annual leave and medical insurance.

Interested applicants can contact Mr. Wang Yinqi (Human Resource Officer) by this email address for more information. To apply, please send your CV, cover letter and 2 reference letters of former line manager to same email address. Applicants should address the essential/desirable criteria specified in the Job Description addendum. The successful applicant will need to complete a UK/USA Criminal Records Bureau clearance if from the UK/USA or other police clearance certificate if not. Applications will be continually reviewed until such time as the post is filled.

This document provides additional information relating to both specific aspects of the post/Faculty and any post specific person specification criteria. The information contained within this document should always be read in conjunction with the accompanying Job Description.

Job Title: Director

Background Information/Relationships
The Director position is the senior academic and leadership role for the English language programme at SII. The incumbent is expected to have strong leadership and management experiences to complement their academic qualifications. An advanced understanding of university administration highly desirable and experience in working with Chinese universities would be an advantage.
Person Specification
This section describes the sum total of knowledge, experience & competence required by the post holder that is necessary for standard acceptable performance in carrying out this role. This is in addition to the criteria contained within the accompanying Job Description.

PhD in linguistics or related D
Master's degree in Teaching English as a Second Language or related E
Undergraduate degree in English Language or related (e.g. Cambridge DELTA in EFL / ESOL) E
Graduate certificate in teaching or similar D
Experience in teaching at both UG & PG levels at a recognised university E
Experience as a Head of Deputy head of English Languages department or school or similar leadership role E
Experience in Director of Studies, Programme Leader or similar role with responsibilities for quality assurance, curriculum and module designs. D
Experience as an IELTS examiner or similar D
Experience of working in international collaborative programmes and teaching international students, preferably in Asia D
Ability to work with minimum supervision, maintain effective communications with counterparts and use initiative to resolve problems or find information. E
Key Responsibilities
This document is not designed to be a list of all tasks undertaken but an outline record of any faculty/post specific responsibilities (5 to 8 maximum). This should be read in conjunction with those contained within the accompanying Job Description.
Provide leadership to the faculty
Ensure targets are met
Ensure quality assurance of the curriculum
Promote scholarship
Cooperatively work as team player in the administration of the programme
N.B. The above is not exhaustive.

Job Description
Job Title: Director, English Language Programme
Surrey International Institute

Line Manager: Associate Dean SII

Responsible for: English language faculty

Job Summary and Purpose
The key purpose of this role is to provide leadership of the English language faculty and maintain the integrity of the curriculum to ensure SII students are able to meet relevant IELTS targets set by the University of Surrey and are adequately prepared to effectively study in a university-level English language learning environment.

Main Responsibilities/Activities
To support the Dean and Associate Deans in the facilitation of strategic or tactical plans and the meeting of any associated targets.
To provide regular reports on nominated activities to the line manager
To provide academic leadership maintaining the integrity of the accredited curriculum in line with the programme specifications, module descriptions and university policies.
To provide academic leadership in quality assurance and enhancements in the delivery of the English language programme.
To develop a vibrant learning culture that is considerate of students' educational backgrounds and that embraces a nurturing, cheerful and stimulating environment.
To foster a professional academic culture amongst staff that is tolerant, progressive and engaged in scholarship.
To support and assist the "Blue Wings Club" - the English language student group - to develop extracurricular activities that contribute to student members' development
To represent the faculty and students at various Boards and Committees, as detailed below
To build esprit de corps amongst staff and encourage organisational citizenship behaviours
Actively engage in English language teaching
Developing and maintaining a mentor programme to support junior staff
To support Learning and Teaching by:
Ensuring a systematic peer evaluation of teaching is implemented each semester with the purpose of developing staff and improving the quality of teaching.
To develop staff development plans in accord with the Institute's objectives
Developing teaching methods and progressive development of modules taking into account the quality of the programme.
Monitoring of student progression rates and attendances and responding where needed to maximise both
Ensuring student assessments are reasonably distributed across the semester
Ensuring the marking of assessments is completed within set timeframes and constructive feedback is provided to students in line with marking rubrics
Sustaining and developing professional expertise and maintaining the requirements for registration with the appropriate body.
To undertake pastoral care of students
Using listening, interpersonal and pastoral care skills to deal with sensitive issues concerning students and provide support. Appreciating the needs of individual students and their circumstances. Acting as personal tutor and giving first line support. Referring students as appropriate to services providing further help.

To engage in scholarship by:
Continually updating knowledge and understanding in the field or specialism. Extending, transforming and applying knowledge acquired from scholarship to teaching, research and appropriate external activities.

To support voluntary research activities by:
Providing leadership on the development of research within the school
Encouraging staff to undertaken research on key areas of interest to the school, either as an individual or within a team and based on a thematic plan.
Attending appropriate conferences for the purpose of disseminating research results or for personal development.
Publishing original research in appropriate journals or other media, as appropriate.
To contribute to the efficient management and administration of the School by:
To provide line management for faculty members
Effectively and equitably organising staff workloads to cover the schools' requirements and which ensure work diversity and are considerate of staff development
Assisting the Registry Office in the planning of the relevant schedules and timetables necessary for the provision of the English language programme.
Assisting the Registry Office in the planning of examinations and ensuring the provision of Chief Invigilators and invigilators, as needed.
Reporting of all student performances to the Registry office
Assisting Human Resources with any matters pertaining to staff
Other tasks relevant to a leadership role
Person Specification

The post holder is expected to have:
A PhD in applied linguistics or related
Experience in teaching English language programmes, preferably with exposure to international students whose first language is not English
Evidence of management experience in dealing with university administration
Experience in a university leadership role, preferably as a head or deputy head of department or school
Experience in programme management
Membership to relevant professional association/s
Relationships and Contacts
Associate Deans, Chairs of Committees and Boards, Librarian, Head of Student Affairs, Head SII Administration, Registrar, HR Manager

The post holder will be a member of various SII Committees and Boards as may be relevant to their administrative duties. These include:
Board of Studies
Board of Examiners
Learning and Teaching Committee
Student Liaison Committee
Special Requirements
The post holder is expected to work outside normal office hours as necessary.
The post holder is expected to be sensitive and responsive to expatriate staff needs and welfare and report recommendations to enhance quality of work life for expatriate postings.
The post holder is expected to represent the Faculty for ceremonial, celebratory, team-building and representative events, as requested by the Dean of SII or Line Manager
All staff are expected to:
Positively support equality of opportunity and equity of treatment to colleagues and students
Help maintain a safe working environment by following SII policies and procedures
Undertake such other duties within the scope of the post as may be requested by your Line Manager.

Contact: Surrey International Institute
Dongbei University of Finance and Economics
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