Director of English Language Centre College of Nanoscience and Technology Soochow University China

The College of Nano Science & Technology (CNST) in Soochow University in Suzhou city, China is recruiting a Director for its English Language Center (ELC). The ELC is looking for a well-qualified language specialist with extensive management experience in a university English language teaching department/organization. The successful candidate will lead a team of instructors and be ultimately responsible for all aspects of the curriculum, materials and assessment design, development and implementation, as well as helping CNST to recruit outstanding students. The Director will thrive on responsibility and bring enthusiasm, flexibility and patience to his/her work. Experience of working in China and knowledge of Chinese language would be an advantage. The position is initially for a three year period, with the possibility of renewal thereafter. 

College of Nano Science and Technology, Soochow University
CNST is located in Suzhou. It is a new college jointly established by Soochow University, Suzhou Industrial Park, and the University of Waterloo in Canada. The college was founded in December 2010, and approved as one of the 17 national pilot colleges by the State Ministry of Education in October 2011, with the aim of reforming China’s higher education system and operation mechanisms. It aims to cultivate students with international vision and international competitiveness. 

CNST offers bachelor, master, and PhD degree programs in nano materials and technology, and is dedicated to high-quality science education that meets the demands of this rapidly changing discipline. Currently, there are 400 undergraduates, 400 postgraduates, and 40 doctoral candidates enrolled in the college. Further information about CNST is available on the college website at http://nano.suda.edu.cn/en/ 

Soochow University is located in the ancient town of Suzhou, also called "Paradise on Earth". The university is part of the national "211 Project" and is a "2011 Plan" university. It is also one of the Jiangsu provincial key comprehensive universities. It has grown from the former Soochow University founded in 1900. Further information about Soochow University is available at http://eng.suda.edu.cn/ 

The English Language Center
The mission of the ELC is to improve the professional scientific English and general English communication skills of undergraduate and graduate students. As part of the internationalization program at CNST, English will gradually become the medium of instruction for all subjects. The ELC is leading this process across CNST. The initial focus has been on the undergraduate program, but we are now increasing our work with graduate students. 

Qualifications and experience of the Director

  1. Education
    A Master or Ph.D. degree in the area of teaching English as a second/foreign language, Applied Linguistics or a closely related field. 
  2. Experience
    At least 5 years’ experience in teaching academic English, preferably in a Chinese university. At least 3 years’ experience in leading or managing a team in a university context. Experience in curriculum, materials and assessment creation and development of learner autonomy is also important. 
  3. Other
    An interest or background in science, particularly teaching scientific writing to graduate students, along with an interest in China and experience of teaching Chinese university students is desirable. 

Salary and benefits
The salary offered will be commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience in the range of 35000-40000 RMB (before tax) per month. Depending on candidates’ background, expertise and rank, the salary may be negotiable. 

Benefits will be available to eligible applicants, such as an accommodation allowance, medical insurance and paid leave. CNST will also help the candidate to obtain the appropriate visa. 

Application and selection procedure
Interested candidates should send a detailed CV and covering letter to yangyangcnst@suda.edu.cn 

The deadline for applications is July 16th for a start date of September 1st. All applicants will receive an acknowledgement message by email, but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted further. 

This vacancy may close before the closing date if sufficient applications have been received. Therefore it is advised to complete your application as early as possible.

To learn more about working & living in China, please visit: www.jobs.ac.uk/careers-advice/country-profiles/china


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