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Director of the English Language Institute, Global Engagement Office (4150-254)

University of Montana
United States
Closing date
Dec 8, 2023

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Application instructions are located at the bottom of the page. Please apply directly through the University of Montana's career portal UM Jobs at for positions at the University of Montana - Missoula, University of Montana Western (Dillon), and Helena College. Do not apply through or use easy apply through*.

The Global Engagement Office invites applications for a Director of the English Language Institute to oversee the renewal and success of Montana's premier English language program. The Director of the English Language Institute (ELI) provides academic and administrative leadership, manages and secures resources, collaborates with other campus units, seeks opportunities with international partners, promotes excellence in teaching, and fosters a collegial atmosphere that supports ELI's mission and goals. We seek a visionary and entrepreneurial leader to guide Montana's premier English language program. The Director, as chief representative and executive officer of the ELI, has the responsibility for supervising and coordinating administrative, teaching, student recruitment, and service activities. The opportunities to shape the ELI are significant thanks to the networks and culture already established. The Director will provide innovative leadership in formulating, implementing, and interpreting policies concerning academic programs, budgetary matters, and personnel (faculty, professionals, and staff). The Director represents the ELI to the University and the broader community, as well as to sponsoring agencies and prospective/current partners worldwide.

Position duty areas include, but are not limited to:
  • Program and Partnership Development
  • Program Management
  • Marketing and Recruitment Development
  • Instructor and Staff Management and Mentoring
  • Testing Assessment, and Instructional Materials

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action: Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of "mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

Position Details
  • Position is full-time, 1.0 FTE, MUS Contract and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.
  • Salary for this position is $63,000-$65,000 per year commensurate with qualifications.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Fundamental written and oral communication skills, including a sound foundation in English grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Ability to understand standard office procedures.
  • Ability to demonstrate a high level of cross-cultural sensitivity.
  • Must be able to work independently including organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling assignments, be accountable for their work, with a strong work ethic to achieve excellent results.
  • Ability to actively contribute to a work environment that embraces diversity and diverse perspectives, and builds constructive working relationships characterized by a high level of acceptance, cooperation, and mutual regard.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree.
  • Experience in or knowledge of TESOL.
  • 3 years of progressively responsible experience in an office or administrative environment.
  • Experience using budgeting and fiscal management principles and procedures.
  • Experience in grants and externally funded projects.
  • Record of administrative leadership.
  • Understanding of student recruitment and marketing.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Proficient in MS-Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), MS-Outlook.

About UM and the English Language Institute

The University of Montana is flagship, research-intensive R1 institution with approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 75,000, surrounded by mountains where three rivers converge. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere.

The English Language Institute (ELI) is central to the University of Montana's internationalization efforts. The ELI strives for an inclusive and equitable culture. Among the programs it supports are the Intensive English Program, undergraduate conditional admissions, sponsored students, Pathway Program, short-term programs for international partners, sponsored teacher-training programs, an Online TESOL Certificate program, and supplemental programming for UM's renowned Mansfield Center.

To learn more about the University of Montana, Missoula, and the State of Montana, please visit the links below.
  • University of Montana
  • Video: Mission First, People Always
  • UM on YouTube
  • City of Missoula
  • Video: There's This Place
  • Destination Missoula
  • Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce
  • The State of Montana
  • Visit Montana

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment.

In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations.

ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference.

Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans' or disabilities preference in accordance with state law.

References *References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant.

Testing Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions.

Employment Eligibility. All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

Must be eligible to work in the United State upon hire.

How to Apply

Priority Application Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2023 by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time)

Complete applications received by this date will be guaranteed consideration. To receive full consideration, candidates are required to submit all of the following materials.

Please submit the following application materials via the UM Jobs portal and by clicking "New Resume/CV" button. Please do not apply through*.
  • Letter of Interest - addressing the stated required skills for the position
  • Detailed resume listing education and describing work experience
  • Three (3) professional references- Names and contact information
  • Applying through or easy apply through may result in submission of an incomplete application. Applications may be removed from full consideration if they are not complete with materials listed above under the "How to Apply" section. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure complete application materials are submitted and received by the date listed above.

Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

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