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I’m currently doing some consulting for a large group of non-profit universities called Laureate Education, Inc. Laureate owns about 25 universities in about 15 countries through their University Network. They are looking for a Director of English Learning Programs to oversee their EFL efforts around the world. At the moment, they’ve got about 100,000 EFL learners. Sounds like quite a task, doesn’t it?

Read the description below or download the job posting in MS Word. You can also view it online at the TESOL Online Career Center or at Laureate’s own career center.

Job Posting: Director, English Learning Programs, Laureate Education, Inc.

Salary: Open

Location: Baltimore, MD, USA

Type: Full Time – Experienced

Required Education: Masters


Laureate Education has an outstanding opportunity for a Director of English Learning Programs. Laureate’s international university network comprises 23 universities in 16 countries. There are a total of 280,000 nonnative speakers of English enrolled in degree programs. Laureate seeks a proven leader to help streamline and standardize English language teaching for its university programs across Europe, South America, and Mexico and Central America.

The successful candidate will conduct a needs analysis, evaluate current English learning programs within the university network, and determine curricular standards which can be maintained and implemented across culture and language groups. The Director will then determine the extent to which standardization can be achieved and what the components of standardization will be. The director will lead a selection committee in the drafting of RFPs to seek providers who can match the needs of Laureate network universities and their students. Components may include computer or online platforms, language-lab materials, textbook series, or the development of new curricular materials. The director will lead the selection process.

Once decisions are made, the director will facilitate the piloting of the selected approach, gradually introducing it through the Laureate network over a period of two to three years. Concurrent with the introduction of the new program will be ongoing assessment of its effectiveness, as well as faculty training and professional development. Throughout the process the director will be aided by the heads of the English departments at the 23 Laureate network universities. However, the director will not have supervisory responsibilities for these department chairs or for their departments.

When the program is fully implemented, the director will have ongoing responsibilities to monitor its effectiveness and evaluate with an eye to continuous improvement, including assessment and faculty professional development. The director will be evaluated on the effectiveness of the program based on testing and student evaluations, and on ability to meet financial and global enrollment figures.

This position includes significant responsibility, the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of hundreds of teachers and thousands of students at outstanding educational institutions throughout the world. While based in Baltimore, MD, the director will also have significant opportunities and requirements to travel throughout the world. The position includes an excellent salary and a generous benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, life, and long and short-term disability insurance, a retirement savings plan, and other benefits.

Position Responsibilities

  • Enthusiastically advocate for and promote the teaching and learning of English throughout Laureate’s global network of universities.
  • Ensure that Laureate’s English language programs are efficiently run in the best interests of the students, faculty, universities, and the company while maintaining high professional and pedagogical standards.
  • Evaluate existing English language offerings at Laureate institutions including faculty supervision, curriculum development, placement, testing, and assessment and materials selection.
  • Assess needs worldwide and develop and refine a requirements document to assist in the RFP development process.
  • Develop an RFP process to elicit proposals from providers who can meet the needs of Laureate students, faculty, and universities.
  • Lead the selection of curricular solutions.
  • Oversee the implementation of the new curricular offerings and programs.
  • Hire, train, and supervise regional EFL specialists to serve as resources in different parts of the world.
  • Advance the development and improvement of the teaching abilities of Laureate faculty members through in-service training workshops, conferences, and other professional development initiatives.
  • Lead overall program review, policy decision-making, address accreditation issues, and strategic planning initiatives in collaboration with other administrators.
  • Develop and implement training program to bring member institutions up to speed on new programs and curricula as the standardization process proceeds.
  • Advise senior administrators on budget needs. Develop budget proposals, approve expenditures, manage budget to meet targets.
  • Facilitate communication between Laureate’s English language teaching faculty throughout the world.
  • Bear ultimate responsibility for student progress and satisfaction.
  • Coordinate communications and relations between English language offerings and other Laureate initiatives.

Application Procedures

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Laureate Education, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. International applicants will be considered, however, applicants must have current authorization to work in the United States. Please send resumé to: mj@searchcsg.com or apply via the Laureate web site: www.laureate-inc.com/careers/


Required Qualifications

  • M.A. in TESOL, applied linguistics, or related field.
  • Minimum of 5-10 years teaching and/or administrative experience at the college/university level or in an IEP
  • Significant managerial experience and experience in project management
  • Experience in curriculum development, materials selection, testing and assessment
  • Experience with computer-assisted language learning and familiarity with language-learning software
  • Experience in teacher supervision and professional development
  • Good decision-making skills and evidence of quality work standards
  • Energy, enthusiasm, and the ability to motivate others

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in TESOL or applied linguistics
  • International teaching and administrative experience
  • Experience working for a corporate, proprietary, or for-profit institution
  • Experience working with virtual teams, especially internationally
  • Experience in teacher training and budgeting
  • Second language proficiency and experience living and working internationally

About Laureate Education, Inc.

Laureate Education, Inc. provides a superior university experience for full-time and working-adult students worldwide through its leading international network of accredited campus-based and online universities.

With a presence in 15 countries and serving more than 300,000 students worldwide, Laureate Education, Inc. is the most profitable, rapidly growing provider of post-secondary education on an international scale. The Company is dedicated to helping its students reach their highest potential and supporting their achievement of personal and professional goals. Laureate brings to its universities and students a global perspective blended with a local point of view, creating a truly multicultural, career-oriented educational experience.

Laureate’s university network includes 24 accredited institutions in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Together, these independently branded universities offer a broad range of undergraduate, graduate, and vocational-technical programs, including business, law, education, communications, social sciences, health sciences, engineering, information technology, hospitality management, humanities and architecture.

Laureate’s focus on the expanding, international market for higher education has resulted in rapid growth and increasing profits. Since it entered the higher education market in 1998, Laureate has enjoyed substantial growth with revenue growing to $876 million and operating income expanding to $160 million in 2005.

Laureate’s growth strategy includes these components:

  • Developing existing universities, campuses and markets
  • Addressing the unique needs of the different types of post-secondary students, including traditional full-time students, technical-vocational students, and working-adult learners
  • Entering new, high-growth post-secondary education markets worldwide
  • Developing and marketing network products, including study abroad programs, double- and joint-degree programs, shared content and courseware among the universities, and international online education programs.

More information is available on the company’s website at www.laureate-inc.com.

There you can also find information and web site listings of the international universities that make up Laureate’s university network.

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