Academic Coordinator
University of California Berkeley
United States

Academic Coordinator II - Executive Director - Berkeley Language Center

Job #JPF02940
  • Berkeley Language Ctr / College of Letters & Science - Arts & Humanities / UC Berkeley

Position overview

Position title:Executive Director
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: negotiable
Position duration: Term appointment with a two-year reappointment cycle

Application Window

Open date: May 27th, 2021

Next review date: Friday, Jun 11, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, Jun 26, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Berkeley Language Center (BLC) at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for an Academic Coordinator II in the area of applied linguistics to serve as the Executive Director.

The BLC provides intellectual, pedagogical, and technological support for the teaching of languages on the Berkeley campus, in the Bay Area, and beyond. A complete list of current BLC services, facilities, personnel, and budget information is available here.

The ED plays a crucial role by managing the day-to-day operations of the BLC and coordinating the efforts of BLC staff members. The ED regularly consults with language instructors to provide pedagogically sound and intellectually principled advice on teaching and curriculum development, including the integration of technology in the practice and research of language study. The ED participates in Excellence Reviews for language lecturers. These activities require knowledge of language pedagogy, second language acquisition theory, applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, and keeping abreast of new developments in instructional technology. The ED participates in campus-wide discussions on the epistemological, ethical, and social implications of developments in language teaching and the use of technology in language study. The ED is expected to develop original approaches and solutions to the highly complex issues related to the rapid advances in the field of technology-assisted language learning. The ED reports to a Faculty Director.

Key responsibilities of the ED are:
● Program planning, consultation, and management: The ED provides leadership and vision for a full range of services and activities offered by the BLC; evaluates the effectiveness of BLC facilities, equipment, personnel and services and makes changes as needed; analyzes current teaching practices and advocates for the adoption of new approaches to language instruction; engages in research on best practices for teaching and learning languages; works with faculty and graduate students developing research projects or materials for language courses; participates in language lecturer excellence reviews; maintains the BLC website; oversees the planning and implementation of periodic conferences; makes presentations at national conferences and publishes in professional journals; as a member of the Executive Committee of L2 Journal, the ED contributes to the development of journal policy and management; maintains and strengthens relationships with the ten departments of foreign languages/literatures as well as other campus entities, including the GSI Teaching and Resource Center, the Media Resources Center, the Area Studies Council, and Educational Technology Services.
● Administrative oversight. The ED oversees the BLC’s operating budget of approximately $1M, including short- and long-range budget planning; the ED is responsible for hiring and supervising 5 professional staff FTE and 2-4 part-time student employees, including regular performance check-ins and annual performance reviews; the ED manages approximately 10,000 sq. ft. of classroom and office space, providing state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for language instruction.
● Revenue generation. The ED keeps abreast of external funding opportunities and seeks external funding when appropriate.




Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

● Ph.D. (or equivalent international degree), or enrolled in a Ph.D. or equivalent international degree-granting program at the time of application

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

● PhD or equivalent international degree
● An established record of publications

Preferred qualifications

● PhD or equivalent international degree in a relevant discipline (language/literature, applied linguistics, linguistics,
● An established record of publications in language pedagogy
● Experience working with technology in foreign language instruction, including remote instruction, software design and development, the interface between technology and pedagogy
● Demonstrated excellence in teaching a language other than English at multiple levels
● Experience in professional journal management
● Experience writing grant proposals and managing grants
● Experience in administration: managing budgets, facilities, personnel
● Experience working in a multicultural and multilingual environment
● Excellent communication skills

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter - A cover letter describing how your education and experience meet the qualifications for the Executive Director position.
  • Statement of Research - A description of your vision for the Berkeley Language Center, including a description of a research or curricular project that you would engage in and how it would contribute to the BLC community (2 pages double-spaced maximum).
  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to
Reference requirements

3 Letters will be required for finalists only

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Campus Information

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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Job location

Berkeley, CA

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