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Deputy Director, Language Centre

InstitutionXi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
Job TypeFull-time
LocationSuzhou, China

Job Details

Applications are invited for the position of Language Centre (LC) Deputy Director of Language Teaching at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU). Candidates are sought for a February 2018 start date, or as close to this as possible.

The Deputy Director of Language Teaching is one of two Deputy Directors in the LC. The advertised position is responsible for the delivery of all modern languages other than English, as well as other areas of work at the discretion of the LC Director. At present, this position’s portfolio includes the following:

*Credit-bearing Chinese and Spanish language provision
*Credit-bearing English language “Joint Delivery” modules – these are part of an initiative to collaboratively delivery credit-bearing content modules with other academic departments at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, based on a Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) model
*LC-run summer courses and overseas immersion programmes for all languages
*Teacher training and development for all languages

Additionally, the Deputy Director for Language Teaching will support the LC Director in:

*Providing leadership to the LC
*Managing centre finances and resources
*Representing the LC on committees
*Overseeing quality assurance processes
*Hiring and appointing staff
*Managing and reviewing staff work performance

This position also carries a teaching load of up 130 hours per academic year (equivalent to no more than five hours per week during semester teaching weeks).

We are a growing and dynamic, international centre, currently with over 180 full-time teaching staff from twelve different countries involved in the teaching of English for Academic Purposes (EAP), Chinese, and Spanish. It is a strategic goal of the LC to expand the range of languages and courses it offers over the coming years, as student and staff numbers at the university continue to grow.

Both the centre and the wider university have a strong commitment to the professional development of LC teaching staff. At the university level, new staff are enrolled free-of-charge on a University of Liverpool certificate or postgraduate certificate programme, completion of which leads to fellowship of the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA). The LC also holds regular professional development events, and has its own English language journal (ETiC – English Teaching in China), which staff are encouraged to publish in. While the LC is a teaching centre, with no specific research remit, funding is available for staff to present at conferences that are relevant to the work of the centre, provided that this does not interfere with teaching duties.

XJTLU is a unique collaborative institution, the first and currently the only university in China to offer both UK and Chinese accredited undergraduate degrees. Following its opening in 2006, the first cohort of undergraduate XJTLU students graduated in August 2010. The university now has over 13,000 registered undergraduate and postgraduate students, and this number is set to grow further in the coming years.

XJTLU is located in the Higher Education Town of Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), 80km from Shanghai and connected by high speed rail and road links. SIP is a major growth zone, including operations run by nearly one-fifth of the Fortune 500 top global companies. It has experienced economic growth rates of over 30% for more than a decade. The broader Suzhou area encompasses the spirit of both old and new in China, with the historic old town a major World Heritage Site. Greater Suzhou is now the fourth largest concentration of economic activity in China in terms of GDP, and SIP offers a high quality of life.

We are looking for someone with the ambition, creativity and organizational skills to succeed in an exciting environment of fast-paced growth. Successful applicants should:

*Be educated to master’s degree level or above
*Have at least five years of post-master’s teaching/management experience at university level in one of the languages currently delivered by the centre (English, Chinese or Spanish)
*Have significant experience of management in a higher education context or in the teaching of modern languages to adults.

Please note that all non-Chinese appointments are subject to candidates meeting local visa requirements.

Job Salary & Benefits

The salary for this position is negotiable, depending on qualifications and experience. In addition to a competitive basic salary, this position will also carry a monthly managerial allowance, accommodation and travel allowances, medical insurance, and relocation expenses.

Further Information

To apply, please visit our website at to submit an online application. Informal enquiries may be addressed to the LC Director, Chris Macallister (

Closing Date26/11/2017
Interview Date12/12/2017
Start Date05/02/2018

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