Position Opening at Teachers College University of Columbia

Language Program Director

The Applied Linguistics & TESOL Programs at Teachers College, Columbia University seeks a Full-Time Language Program Director.  This position entails directing two related programs: the Community Language Program (CLP) and the TESOL Certificate Program (TCP). The CLP provides English and foreign language instruction to adult learners and is an onsite language lab for students and faculty in TESOL and Applied Linguistics. The TCP offers a Summer full-time intensive program as well as a part-time Fall-Spring program.


The Director is responsible for providing academic leadership for both the CLP & TCP academic programs in conjunction with the Applied Linguistics and TESOL Program faculty sponsor. The Director will thus oversee the implementation of the existing CLP & TCP academic programs including all efforts involving teacher supervision, teacher mentorship and professional development, curriculum development, and assessment.  The Director will also spearhead any curricular reform, in conjunction with the faculty sponsor. 

The Director will also be responsible for providing administrative leadership for the two programs, including representing the CLP/TCP at the program and College levels, and serving as liaison between the CLP/TCP and other administrative offices. The Director will also be responsible for overseeing the CLP/TCP budget in conjunction with the faculty liaison, and for hiring and supervising staff and course instructors including doctoral fellows, managing work schedules for CLP fellows, supervising CLP placement testing, preparing annual reports of each program, and overseeing efforts regarding student recruitment, and marketing. Finally, the Director will work closely with the Program Manager, who is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day administrative operations of the two programs. 

The successful candidate may also be invited to teach one or more courses in the Applied Linguistics & TESOL MA programs (for additional pay) depending on qualifications.

To Apply: Please submit a completed application to the TC HR website:



 Minimum Qualifications:

- Doctorate in TESOL or Applied Linguistics;

- A minimum of 5 years experience as a full time ESL instructor, preferably in a variety of adult ESL/EFL contexts;

- A minimum of 3 years experience as a high-level administrator of a language program.


Preferred Qualifications:

- Doctorate in TESOL or Applied Linguistics;

- Professionally active and engaged;

- Experience developing curricula and/or assessments for language programs; 

- Experience developing, implementing and directing online learning programs;

- Experience supervising teachers and curriculum developers;

- Experience in managing budgets;

- Experience in recruitment and marketing for academic programs;

- Experience grant writing;

- Excellent speaking and writing skills;

- Ability to work well with others.