The University of Central Asia (UCA) was founded in 2000 by the governments of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan, and His Highness the Aga Khan to foster the economic and social development of Central Asia, especially its vast mountain regions. The International Treaty and Charter establishing this secular and private University was signed by the Presidents of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan, ratified by the respective parliaments, and registered with the United Nations.
The School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) offers courses that improve employment and income generating opportunities for youth and adults. The SPCE English programs require continuous quality assurance, support, and revision. The English programs at SPCE constitute a significant portion of the SchoolR17;s enrolment and revenue and require continuous support and revision. In your position as Coordinator of English Programs, you will support quality assurance and new program development. You will develop a network of professionals in English language instruction to access the best expertise in the field. You will report to the Director of SPCE and work in harmony and close cooperation with all other personnel of the University, especially the Senior Instructors of English on each campus and any advisors or consultants retained by UCA for English programs.
The Coordinator will prepare and revise curricula for SPCE English programs; Identify teacher training and professional development needs for the instructors and prepare and deliver customized training programs to meet these needs; Identify, prioritize, and acquire new learning resources; Monitor the quality and integrity of exams and final grade recommendations; and Visit the campuses in three countries regularly.
The Coordinator must have at least five years of relevant experience in teaching ESL at the post-secondary level, preferably with a background in teaching English for Specific Purposes. S/he must also have a track record in English language curriculum development, the organization and delivery of programs for the professional development of language teachers, and management of programs. Outstanding fluency in English (both written and oral) and a qualification in ESL are required. A masterR17;s degree or equivalent in a relevant area of specialization is desirable.
The position will be based at the University of Central Asia, Central Administration Office, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.
Candidates should submit in English a curriculum vitae, list of three professional references, and a covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed as soon they are received, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Terms of Reference
Your responsibilities will include (but will not be limited to) the following:
1. Initiate and implement continuous improvements in the quality of delivering instruction on the campuses, curricula, learning resources, and evaluation of the English programs;
2. Prepare and revise curricula for SPCE English programs, including drafting and testing of course syllabi, curriculum outlines, and placement tests, and engage a network of professionals in this work;
3. Identify teacher training and professional development needs and opportunities for SPCER17;s English language instructors, prepare customized training programs to meet these needs, and deliver training and classroom teaching observations of the instructors;
4. Identify, prioritize, and acquire new learning resources in the most cost-effective manner;
5. Monitor the quality and integrity of exams and final grade recommendations for students in the English language programs;
6. Develop new model exams and correct existing exams used for the English programs;
7. Assist in the updating of promotional materials for English programs;
8. Draft and revise concept notes and program proposals for new courses and programs;
9. Assist with the recruitment of new instructors and promotion of other instructors by interviewing and evaluating candidates;
10. Coordinate regular meetings between the senior instructors on each campus to identify and follow up on issues that arise with the English programs, solve problems, and share best practices; and
11. Visit the campuses on a regular basis to better carry about the above and other functions.
University of Central Asia
School of Professional and Continuing Education