Associate Director of English Language Support Programs

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Work type: Non-Classified/Professional
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Academic Programs

About Us:

Boise State University, powered by creativity and innovation, stands uniquely positioned in the Northwest as a metropolitan research university of distinction. Learn more about Boise State and the City of Boise at Boise State University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, students, and academic program offerings and to strengthening sensitivity to diversity throughout the institution. Boise State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. We are a welcoming campus that supports diversity and inclusion.

Boise State’s English Language Support Programs (ELSP) seeks a collaborative, highly organized Associate Director to cement the University’s place as a leader in providing campus-wide support for U.S.-resident and international multilingual English learners. The Associate Director will join a thriving First-Year Writing faculty and will collaborate with the Director of ELSP and other campus and community partners to realize a shared vision of a linguistically and culturally inclusive campus. Outstanding candidates will have the skills and experience to identify avenues for institutional change and to implement successful, transformative initiatives and partnerships.

Job Summary/Basic Function:

Responsible for performing coordinative and administrative duties in the facilitation of support for the specified department.

No travel required, however, funding for optional professional development-related travel (such as academic or advising conferences) may be available. Such travel is optional, depending on available funding, and negotiable with the Director of ELSP.

Level Scope:

Fully competent and productive professional contributor who applies acquired job skills, policies, and procedures to complete substantive assignments/projects/tasks of moderate scope and complexity. Works independently with general supervision; exercises judgment within defined guidelines and practices to determine appropriate action. May provide guidance and assistance to entry level professionals and/or support employees.

Essential Functions:

19% of the time: 

  • Teach Courses: Three sections of First-Year Writing per academic year, usually 1 section in each fall, and 2 sections in each spring semester
  • Design, develop, and deliver material using a range of methods and platforms.
  • Create course material, lesson plans, and curricula
  • Engage with students, assist with processing applications, and also attend interviews, conferences, and meetings

76% of the time: 

  • Contribute to the vision, leadership, and strategic direction of English Language Support Programs to fulfill its mission and service to Boise State University, specifically its ability to recruit and retain students from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds
  • Collaborate with the Director of ELSP to recruit, train, and mentor undergraduates serving as English Language Support tutors and interns
  • Coordinate scheduling of tutor/tutee meetings
  • Communicate with community and campus partners who regularly work with current and prospective multilingual students--U.S.-resident and international--to increase such students’ access to higher education and support resources
  • Collaborate with the Director of ELSP and the First-Year Writing Program to refine FYW placement for multilingual students
  • Contribute to divisional project teams, developing and implementing initiatives emerging from strategic planning
  • Plan and coordinate various university wide events
  • Coordinate, monitor, and implement academic program related activities, following policies and procedures and collaborating with Director of ELSP
  • Work collaboratively with various university faculty and staff to complete projects in alignment with deadlines
  • Collect, manage, and edit data for academic program reports, including tutoring, faculty development opportunities, and tracking academic progress of multilingual students who need language support.
  • Ensure that support services are provided to the university programs and the community
  • In collaboration with Director of ELSP, develop, coordinate, deliver, and evaluate educational programs and training sessions, including webinars, presentations, professional development offerings and in-person trainings for faculty, tutors, and staff, specifically related to linguistically inclusive practices

5% of the time: 

  • Other duties assigned to support the mission and vision of the university
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
  • Extensive knowledge of online learning best practices.
  • Reliable, dedicated, productive, and adaptable.
  • Ability to actively listen and appropriately respond to students, colleagues, and leadership.
  • Work effectively both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Exemplify professionalism and integrity.
  • Thrive, engage, and work effectively in a dynamic, highly collaborative, results-driven, and interactive environment.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Ability to integrate support for multilingual students in various forms across Boise State
  • Ability to envision and use technology to conduct program assessment, communicate with students, and promote an academic support program
  • Knowledge of WordPress and other web development tools
Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree in English, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Writing Studies, Applied Linguistics or closely related field, with less than 4 years of contractual experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 3 years’ experience and demonstrated excellence in teaching First-Year (college) Writing
  • 3 years’ experience and demonstrated excellence in tutoring and/or teaching multilingual college student writers whose first language was not English
  • At least 2 years’ experience in administering writing and/or academic support programs
  • Academic background in writing studies or TESOL
  • At least 2 years’ experience in designing and implementing tracking systems related to multilingual student success
  • Demonstrated ability to design promotional materials for academic support programs
  • Experience developing faculty workshops and resources to support underrepresented students in academic settings
  • Understanding of different institutional challenges in serving international students and U.S.-resident multilingual students
Salary and Benefits:

Salary starts at $44,500 depending on experience. Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials:

Please provide a cover letter indicating interest and qualifications for the role as well as resume with employment history. The application process includes providing the contact information for 3 professional references. 



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