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English Language Institute Director

Brenau University
Gainesville, Georgia
Not Specified
Closing date
Jul 30, 2023

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Job Role
Manager / Director
Job Type

HIRING PROCESS: All submitted application materials are forwarded to the appropriate department for review. Hiring recommendations are made at the departmental level. Department representatives will contact candidates directly if an interview is scheduled or if further information is required. The information provided in each job listing below is the extent of what is available to interested candidates. No additional information is available.

Brenau only accepts applications/resumes for advertised positions.

PRE-EMPLOYMENT SCREENINGS: Brenau University will conduct criminal background checks on all persons being considered for initial employment. In some circumstances, an FBI fingerprint report may be necessary to satisfy the requirement. Once employed, employees must hold and continue to maintain a favorable criminal history background. Random background checks are performed. Credit checks may be performed on candidates/employees who are selected for a position that regularly engages in handling credit cards or other company monies. A Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) may be performed during the hiring process, or as part of a random check. MVR checks are required to meet insurance requirements for those employees operating a university vehicle or participating in any driving activity on behalf of Brenau University, (including operating a golf cart, rented vehicle or one’s personal vehicle). Employees who travel must be at least 25 years of age, have a valid Georgia driver’s license, and good driving record. All employees who operate university vehicles, who are employed in a sensitive position, or who travel regularly as part of their job responsibilities may be subject to post-hire drug screening and random drug-screening. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug screening.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY: Brenau practices and believes in equal opportunity for all students, employees and job applicants. We do not discriminate on the bases of age, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, military service, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance. These protections extend to all conditions and privileges of employment, including, without limitation, to recruitment, hiring, compensation, benefits, transfers, promotions, discipline, and termination.

DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE: Brenau University is a drug-free workplace as certified by the Georgia Workers Compensation Board.



Minimum Qualifications:

  • M.A. in TESOL or applied linguistics required; Ph.D. or Ed.D. in TESOL, applied linguistics, or a closely related field preferred, or Ph.D. or Ed.D. in an educational leadership related field
  • Seven years of relevant teaching experience with English Language Learners
  • Three years of English language program administration
  • Successful record of developing new initiatives and/or programs
  • Experience in higher education preferred
  • Knowledge of basic theories and principles of leadership and management 
  • Thorough knowledge of and experience with UCIEP, CEA, or other language program accreditation







  • Oversee and supervise all academic matters in the program, including teacher training, instructional plans, instructor assignments, class schedules, student progression, and others
  • Maintain detailed records of student academic progress, attendance, and remediation
  • Develop meaningful opportunities for faculty and staff professional development
  • Supervise and mentor new and existing academic faculty and staff and conduct regular performance evaluation
  • Forecast, monitor, and plan faculty and academic staff short- and long-term needs and recruitment
  • Maintain knowledge of up-to-date trends and best practices in the field and diffuse them to key faculty and staff through professional development
  • Assess and evaluate instruction in the program and ensure it aligns with Brenau University and English Language Institute mission statements,admission standards, teaching philosophy and approach
  • Lead program development, review, and planning regularly and monitor achievement of strategic academic goals
  • Communicate new policies and decisions to the responsible implementing parties
  • Teach courses in the Intensive English Program, Pathway Program, or English for Specific Purpose Program as needed with a minimum teaching obligation of four hours per week
  • Serve as substitute teacher for other ELI courses when necessary
  • Provide adequate training for the implementation of new programs and determine what kind of training is needed
  • Be aware of and address complaints (and strengths and opportunities) about program practices 
  • Provide regular status reports to the Executive Director of Academic Initiatives and Student Success



Strategic planning

  • Understand and uphold the Brenau University Vision, Values, and Mission
  • Recommend policies and ensure that policies are aligned with the mission statement
  • Participate in strategic and operational planning through assessment and continuous improvement processes
  • Evaluate academic faculty and staff performance 
  • Ensure academic resources are sufficient and are allocated effectively to achieve strategic goals




  • Understand and uphold CEA standards and ensure operations of all ELI programs meet accreditation standards
  • Evaluate daily practices and the implementation of policies and procedures to ensure compliance with accreditation standards



Facilities, equipment and supplies

  • Forecast the short- and long-term needs of facilities, equipment, and supplies 
  • Plan and implement action to supply the institute with the necessary projected equipment and supplies
  • Plan and maintain a budget for the needed facilities, equipment and supplies
  • Utilize and manage reasonable budget for all ELI programs
  • Monitor and maintain records of budget use 



Interdepartmental collaboration

  • Maintain strong professional relationships and collaboration with Enrollment Management, the Miller Institute for Global Education, and other offices on campus
  • Collaborate closely with academic support services such as the Center for Academic Success, Writing Center, and Office of Accessibility Services.
  • Collaborate with faculty from university academic departments to meet student needs and ensure adequate curricular alignment for students seeking to enter a degree program



Marketing and recruiting

  • Reach out to local and regional educational institutions, recruiting agencies, and government departments to establish relationships and form partnerships
  • Attend local, national, and international events and conferences to market ELI programs and services
  • Engage in continuous conversations with potential scholarship sponsors to recruit students



Admissions and Immigration-Related Duties

  • Supervise/guide correspondence with applicants and accepted students
  • Coordinate with Enrollment Management to ensure admissions policies are followed
  • Coordinate with the Miller Institute for Global Education to provide information required to host student visas
  • Make final admissions decisions to ELI programs
  • Train, certify, and serve as a designated school official




Environmental and Working Conditions:
Normal environment found in an educational setting

Physical Demands and Aptitudes:
Able to lift 5 pounds on a regular basis and 20 pounds maximum, periodically. Able to climb stairs between two floors to access ELI offices.

Work Hours:
37.5 hours per week.  Generally Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.  Hours may be extended to meet the needs of the department.   


Travel Requirements:
Domestic and international travel may be required for recruiting.

Home Campus Designation:


This position is an on-ground position in Gainesville, GA.


Licensure Requirements:

If the position you are applying for necessitates that you hold a professional degree, license, or certification, then proof of such professional degree, license, or certification must be provided in addition to this application for Brenau University to consider your application for employment. Failure to provide proof of professional degree, license, or certification when applicable may result in rejection of an application.  


All positions will be filled pending budgetary review.

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