Sunday, February 12, 2012

Assistant Director for ESL Services Position at Northwestern

Northwestern University School of Law is currently accepting applications for the staff position of Assistant Director of International and Area Studies (also known as Assistant Director for English as a Second Language (ESL) Services).  The Assistant Director for ESL Services will be responsible for creating, developing, and implementing comprehensive ESL services for international students in the JD, LLM, SJD, and pre-LLM programs, which typically have a combined population of approximately 200 ESL students.  The full job description is included below.  

To apply for the position, please submit the requested materials online at http://www.northwestern.edu/hr/jobs using the instructions below.

Job Title:  Assistant Director of International and Area Studies (also known as Assistant Director for English as a Second Language (ESL) Services)           

Job Summary: 

The Assistant Director for English as a Second Language (ESL) Services is responsible for creating, developing, and implementing comprehensive ESL services for international students in the JD, LLM, SJD, and pre-LLM programs, which typically have a combined population of approximately 200 ESL students. 

The Assistant Director for ESL Services will occasionally be required to work after 5PM and over the weekend during Orientation Week and for several early evening receptions. 

Specific Responsibilities: 

Creating, developing, and implementing comprehensive ESL services for international students, including:

  • Developing assessment methods and criteria for evaluating incoming ESL students’ abilities, evaluating the students’ abilities based on those assessments and criteria, and, on an individual basis, communicating the evaluations to the students along with recommendations for participation in ESL Services;
  • Creating, developing, and teaching a comprehensive ESL curriculum designed to support students’ knowledge and understanding of American law and legal processes and communication and understanding of legal analysis, along with writing and presentation skills;
  • Developing and implementing the suggested curriculum and content for and creating ESL discussion groups, recruiting and training faculty and alumni volunteers for ESL discussion groups, and coordinating with the Department of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) to secure CLE credit for faculty and alumni;
  • Developing and implementing the suggested curriculum and content for peer writing tutor program, recruiting and training student volunteers for peer writing tutor program, determining appropriate assignments of students to tutors based on ESL ability and areas of need, and supervising and providing ongoing guidance to tutors;
  • Creating, developing, and teaching a comprehensive ESL curriculum for small group sessions focusing on listening and pronunciation;
  • Counseling individual ESL students on writing and communication;
  • Holding drop-in office hours for ESL students;
  • Assessing appropriateness and type of mid-term and final exam accommodations for ESL students;

Serving as a backup for the Director of International Programs, including:

  • Developing a communication strategy and writing content for the international programs web pages, advertising material, and alumni and volunteer communications;
  • Developing goals and objectives, along with a curriculum for orientation activities for international students;

Advising on the development of the curriculum of the pre-LLM summer program;

  • Overseeing and assisting in managing the budget for ESL Services;
  • Supervising International Fellow and Program Assistant, along with all students employed in International Programs;
  • Advising faculty teaching ESL students on effective and appropriate teaching and evaluation methods, and providing particular support for faculty teaching ESL students in the Communication and Legal Reasoning Program, including advising in development of curriculum for required courses;
  • Performs related duties as required or assigned. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in education & experience;
  • 2-4 years’ experience working with international populations; administering, creating or managing programs; or similar;
  • ESL certification or the ability to become certified within 6 months of hire;
  • Significant experience working with lawyers; law students or similar or a JD degree;
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills, ability to relate to and interact with diverse constituencies;
  • Some supervisory experience;
  • Equivalent combination of education, training and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience living or working abroad or with international students, ability to converse in more than one language;
  • Equivalent combination of education, training and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired. 

Minimum to Midpoint Salary: $45,160 to $56,450 

As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check.  Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment. 

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.

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