Assistant Dean of English as a Second Language (ESL)

Westchester Community College
Valhalla, New York
Closing date
May 27, 2022

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Job Role
*Category:*: Administrative Positions
*Department:*: Workforce Development and Community Education (WDCE)
*Locations:*: Valhalla, NY
*Posted:*: Mar 22, 2022
*Closes:*: Open Until Filled
*Type:*: Full-time
*Ref. No.:*: ADESL32222
*Position ID:*: 144311
About Westchester Community College:

Westchester Community College was founded in 1946 as the New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in White Plains. In 1957, the County of Westchester bought the 360-acre John Hartford estate in Valhalla and designated 218 acres for the community college. Westchester Community College is more than just the county's largest educational institution. It is a living, breathing part of Westchester that goes beyond the influence of a typical college and affects the lives of all who enter its doors.

Job Description:

Under the general direction of, and reporting directly to, the Vice President of Workforce Development and Community Education, the incumbent serves as part of the division's leadership team. The Assistant Dean for English as a Second Language (ESL) is responsible for all aspects of the delivery of a multi-leveled English Language Institute that prepares individuals for college and work readiness and success. The assistant dean participates in the planning, development and implementation of strategies to meet divisional goals for the development and delivery of English language instruction in accordance with established policies and procedures of Westchester Community College. The incumbent assists in the establishment of long and short-term fiscal and programmatic goals, participates in the selection and evaluation of staff, the development of procedures and qualitative standards, the identification of government and private grant opportunities, the implementation of funding and the preparation of budgets. The incumbent interacts with other college administrators, and external partners to identify and develop additional collaborative partnerships and to further the College's participation in workforce and economic development initiatives that support the fullest integration of English language learners and meets community needs.

The Assistant Dean for ESL also:

* Leads and supervises the ELI director and program specialists in conceptualizing, developing and administering a full range of high-quality ESL instruction and services, both at college locations and with nonprofit partners. The curriculum includes general, multilevel and workforce ESL programs, as well as a TESOL certificate program and grant-funded specialized ESL programs.
* Supervises and supports a team of TESOL professionals and staff who together ensure the successful attainment of departmental goals.
* Assures high quality of all instruction by recruiting the required number of qualified faculty; evaluating, developing and coaching instructors.
* With assistance from ELI team members, develops, implements and evaluates effective curricula, systems and procedures for all ESL students at the College.
* Plans and develops language proficiency testing strategies, assessment administration logistics and materials with assistance of ELI administrative team. The Assistant Dean assures testing validity and reliability and maintenance of proficiency standards for each level or course.
* Develops and maintains effective systems to market ELI programs, recruiting students locally and from abroad (F-1); also plans and supervises strategies for strengthening student retention and maximizing student transition to undergraduate programs.
* Develops and oversees all ELI budgets.
* Oversees the collection and analysis of necessary data to assess program effectiveness and maintain compliance with SUNY requirements and expectations for aidable non-credit courses.
* Acts as a liaison with college departments including Curriculum chairs, Counseling Department, Academic Support Center.
* Develops and maintains partnerships with community-based organizations.
* Performs other duties as assigned to ensure success of the ESL program and students.


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree and five years of experience in educational or business administration, or the planning and development of education, employment training or human development programs, three years of which must have been in an administrative or supervisory position. All candidates must have evidence of responsiveness to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practice within the classroom

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Bilingual in Spanish strongly preferred.

Additional Information:

*SALARY & BENEFITS: *The starting salary is $97,212 plus excellent benefits.

Application Instructions:

Applicants must apply online by submitting a letter expressing interest in this position, a resume/CV, and contact information for three professional references. You must be legally eligible to work in the United States at the time of hire. Please login to: in order to check/edit your profile or to upload additional documents. The review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Priority will be given to applications received by 4/22/22.

Westchester Community College provides accessible, high quality and affordable education to meet the needs of our diverse community. We are committed to student success, academic excellence, workforce development, economic development and lifelong learning.

The College will provide equal opportunity in all of its employment practices to all persons without unlawful discrimination on the basis of political affiliation, age, race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, genetic information, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, parental status, pregnancy, arrest or conviction record, membership in any reserve component of the armed forces, or use or non-use of lawful products off College premises during nonworking hours, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law.

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