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Vanderbilt University Assistant Director, English Language Center in Nashville, Tennessee

An Assistant Director of Vanderbilt University English Language Center (VU ELC) coordinates designated programming areas of the Center; analyzes and evaluates departmental policies and procedures; and recommends personnel responsibilities and assignments to the Center Director.

The Vanderbilt University ELC supports the university’s internationalization, equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts through engaging language instruction and resource development for Vanderbilt University students, faculty, staff, and scholars, who use English as an additional language (EAL).

Duties and Responsibilities

In conjunction with and supervised by the Center Director, the Assistant Director will:

  • Create an organizational culture (both within and across departments) that provides a safe, satisfying and enriching environment and provides a qualified and competent teaching, administrative, and student-worker staff to meet ELC participant/student needs.

  • Develop goals and objectives for the Center’s programs based on interpretation of institutional goals.

  • Plan to achieve goals or establish priorities.

  • Help area(s) understand, share and support the Center’s vision.

  • Initiate changes in or develop new procedures and/or methods.

  • Analyze long-range impact of decisions and plans.

  • Develop goals and objectives for the Center’s teaching, administrative, and student staff, based on the interpretation of institutional goals.

  • Supervision to include responsibility for planning, coordinating, and controlling work and procedures; provide advice and consultation to staff regarding issues.

  • Adjust work schedules or project priorities to meet emergencies or changing conditions;

  • Participate on departmental and/or interdepartmental committees to address problems and facilitate information exchange about programs, problems, etc.

  • Provide information to others to explain/clarify problems, issues or requests.

  • Participate in periodic management meetings to keep the Director informed of section problems and concerns.

  • Analyze and evaluate ongoing section programs to identify areas where adjustments and improvements are needed.

  • Develop staffing plans to ensure developmental objectives are being met.

  • Create and exceed service standards utilizing key service dimension and from knowledge of participant/student expectations and best practice.

  • Participate in establishing service standards for the ELC.

  • Ensure that the service standards are met or exceeded by utilizing ELC student satisfaction, best practices and market information to improve programs.

  • Identify, establish and evaluate quality standards, programs, and procedures.

  • Teach courses, facilitate workshops, and conduct 1:1 consultations in order to maintain direct involvement in the teaching and learning experience.

  • Supervises and coordinates 1:1 consultations.

  • Manages enrollment data

  • Co-coordinates in-house tech support with other Assistant Director

  • Perform other duties as needed by the ELC.

    Supervisory Relationships

    This position supervises an Administrative Assistant and student workers.


  • Masters in Applied Linguistics, TESOL, or related field is necessary

  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching a variety of English for Academics and Professionals courses at the university-level.

  • Background in graduate student and future faculty professional development.

  • Ability to develop educational resources – including digital resources.

  • Knowledge of language-assessment procedures.

  • Superior English-language proficiency.

  • Knowledge of scholarly literature on teaching and learning in Applied Linguistics in higher education.

  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and administrative skills, including ability to work cooperatively with campus colleagues as well as with culturally and linguistically diverse students, faculty, staff, and scholars.

  • Familiarity with the academic mission of a research university.

    Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

    At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.

    Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

    Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.