Language and Intercultural Communication/Langues et communication interculturelle - Associate Director/Directeur associé

McGill University/Université McGill

Location: Quebec
Date posted: 2012-12-05

Department of Language and Intercultural Communication
Département des langues et de la communication interculturelle


McGill University is one of Canada's best-known institutions of higher learning and one of the country's leading research-intensive universities. McGill University's School of Continuing Studies meets the diverse educational needs and aspirations of members of a rapidly changing society, and provides a flexible and innovative learning environment to individuals with changing career or personal goals. The School serves over 12,000 learners each year through a wide variety of credit and non-credit learning options. The School's Department of Language and Intercultural Communication (LIC) is seeking a dynamic and experienced Second/Foreign Language Specialist in the newly-created full-time, academic, non-tenure track position with an initial appointment of three (3) years, with the possibility of renewal.

The Associate Director will assist the LIC Director in the implementation of the Departmental strategic orientations established in line with the Strategic Directions of the School. As a key member of the LIC Executive Team, the Associate Director will play a leadership role in the development of new initiatives and the delivery of new programs and offerings. Reporting directly to the Director, he/she will also make a significant contribution to the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of LIC policies, procedures and processes.


In close collaboration with the Director, the Program Administrator and the Program Coordinators, the Associate Director will:

  • Provide academic vision and strong leadership within SCS in the development and delivery of language / intercultural communication instruction, as well as professional development for language teachers;
  • Support the strategic growth and profile of LIC and SCS by creating collaborative relationships and partnerships with educational institutions, community and corporate clients, and professional organizations;
  • Seek new opportunities nationally and internationally, and develop new projects and programs;
  • Develop course curricula and offerings in coordination with LIC and SCS academic teams, and oversee their development to ensure they meet McGill's high academic standards;
  • Develop and monitor sound business plans and budgets for non-credit courses and programs, and seek funding where appropriate;
  • Collaborate with SCS's Senior Marketing Specialist in developing marketing, public relations and communication strategies to support LIC goals;
  • Work closely with the Program Administrator and Program Coordinators in managing program operations, and ensure the coordination of administrative and academic policies with other units/Faculties/partners as needed;
  • Implement and supervise a Professional Development Program for LIC instructors.


The Associate Director will teach credit and/or non-credit courses.


We are looking for an exceptional candidate who possesses the optimal combination of the following:
  • Minimum of Master's (PhD preferred) in Second Language Acquisition, Applied Linguistics or related fields, or equivalent combination of experience and education;
  • A minimum of 5 years experience in second/foreign language instruction at the university level;
  • Advanced knowledge of current issues in language instruction and intercultural communication, especially in the context of continuing education and lifelong learning fields;
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Experience in program administration, and in leading and supervising faculty;
  • Knowledge/skills in budgeting and financial management;
  • Strong management/organizational skills, and educational entrepreneurial ability;
  • Flexibility in approach to work and strong work ethic;
  • Bilingual (oral/written English & French);
  • Experience with educational technologies;
  • Experience with language testing and teacher training;
  • Applied research in the field.


This is newly-created full-time, academic, non-tenure track position with an initial appointment of three (3) years, with the possibility of renewal.


Applications must include:
  • A brief cover letter (including statement of teaching experience);
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • The name and title of two referees along with contact information.
  • Reference number AA-9934X

Applicants interested in this position should submit their application by email to The application deadline is January 11, 2013 (or until position is filled).

McGill University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes applications from indigenous peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to further diversification.


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