Reports to: Program Manager, Adult Language & Studio Programs
Role: China Institute is seeking a dynamic, creative, and highly organized professional to instruct adult Chinese classes and to assist in coordinating operations in the Adult Language & Studio Programs. Prior experience in teaching and educational administration, especially in adult education and/or second language acquisition, is preferred. Knowledge of current educational trend in curriculum development, foreign language assessment, program evaluation, instructional media and technology is highly desirable.
• Instruct 3-4 adult Chinese language classes each semester, including evening classes, possible weekend classes, and/or off-site classes; Work as a substitute teacher when needed.
• Support Program supervisor in overall administrative operations in the Adult Language & Studio Programs, including off-site programs.
• Play a key role in research and implementation of an up-to-date curriculum, textbook selection, course offerings, and compiling teaching resources and course materials.
• Play a key role in improving and maintaining a teaching resource sharing platform via Google Group or other online programs, communicate effectively with instructors for this purpose.
• Assist in scheduling classes, short courses, workshops, tutoring sessions, and program events.
• Assist Program Supervisor to manage Private Tutoring Program and Intern Tutoring Office Hours Program.
• Support the implementation of outreach and marketing efforts, including website posts and updates, e-blasts via Constant Contacts, newsletters, flyers, and other promotional materials.
• Establish and maintain an Internet live language lab for online instruction in the Private Tutoring Program.
• Establish and implement an effective placement assessment system/tool and procedures.
• Conduct placement assessment sessions, in person or over the phone, with prospective students before each semester.
• Conduct class observations, at headquarters and offsite locations, communicate with teachers afterwards, and report to Program Supervisor.
• Support the Program Supervisor in conducting end-of-term evaluations, including preparing materials, conducting surveys, analyzing results, and contribute suggestions for improvement.
• Work closely and communicate with instructors and intern tutors and offer needed assistance to ensure classes start punctually and run smoothly.
• Keep track of textbook inventory and assist in purchasing textbooks from publishers in China and vendors in the U.S.
• Support Program Supervisor in organizing professional development activities, faculty meetings, open houses, information sessions, and other events in the adult programs.
• Where possible, contribute ideas and innovations to work in synergy with, and in support of, the Education Department as a whole, as well as other departments, with the goal of promoting or achieving China Institute’s mission.
• Keep abreast of key developments in relevant fields, including participation in relevant professional conferences, workshops, training sessions, etc.
• Perform other duties as assigned.
• The ideal candidate should be a self-starter, highly motivated, energetic, and mature. S/he should possess high work ethics and demonstrate professionalism and ability to work individually and as a part of a team.
• Master’s degree in foreign language education or educational administration, preferably in Teaching Chinese, Chinese language & literature, TESOL, curriculum development, applied linguistics or foreign language pedagogy, or a closely related filed.
If Master’s degree is not in one of the above fields, a bachelor degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language is highly desirable.
• Minimum of 1 year experience in teaching Chinese as a foreign language in formal classroom setting is required, preferably involving working with adult learners.
• Knowledgeable regarding communicative Chinese curriculum and familiar with current best practices in the field, including use of educational technology and media resources.
• Strong written and verbal skills in English highly desired.
• Administration experience or some office experiences a plus.
• Hands-on experience with curriculum development a plus.
• Detail-oriented and strong organizational and follow up skills.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work cooperatively and collegially in a team-oriented office and with other language instructors and tutors.
• Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Salary commensurate with experience. China Institute offers a benefits package that includes 403(b), medical insurance and three weeks vacation.
To apply, please send cover letter, resume and salary history to:
100 Washington Street
New York, NY 10006
Application without cover letter will not be considered.
China Institute is an equal opportunity employer.
No phone calls please. Only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.