Assistant Director for Language Proficiency (4551U) - 2298 - 2298
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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: November 5, 2019
The review process for new applications will be ongoing until the position is filled.
The Graduate Division oversees every stage of graduate student life on the Berkeley campus: admissions, fellowships, grants, academic employment, preparation for teaching, mentoring activities and professional development, and tracking academic progress and degree milestones. We work to build diverse sources of academic, financial, personal and professional support for more than 11,000 doctoral and master's students throughout their studies.
The Division safeguards the quality of Berkeley's graduate education by implementing policies developed through faculty governance in the Graduate Council of the Academic Senate. We manage programs and services to ensure equity and fairness across the disciplines and to sustain the world-renowned excellence of more than 100 degree-granting programs.
The Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Teaching & Resource Center, a unit in the Graduate Division, prepares GSIs for the teaching they will do at Berkeley and in future careers through teaching conferences, workshops, consultations, courses, and a teaching certificate program. The Center's Language Proficiency Program provides testing and academic courses for prospective GSI who do not speak English as a native language and consultations and support for international GSIs once they begin teaching. The Assistant Director for Language Proficiency reports to the Director of the GSI Teaching & Resource Center who also serves as Assistant Dean for Professional Development in the Graduate Division.
Direct Language Proficiency testing program for campuswide oral English proficiency screening of prospective GSIs.
Based on expert knowledge of the field of oral English language proficiency testing and standardized tests such as TOEFL, IELTS, TSE/SPEAK, and the ACTFL OPI, assess, recommend, and develop testing instruments to be used at Berkeley to determine the oral English proficiency level of prospective GSIs who do not speak English as a native language.
Develop timeline, procedures, and standards for test registration and administration to promote timely compliance with Graduate Council testing requirements across all academic departments and professional schools.
Assess and revise testing and test rating procedures in light of advances in technology, changes in standardized test instruments, and needs of the campus.
Develop web-based materials to assist prospective GSIs and departments in understanding testing policies, procedures, and outcomes.
Guide international GSIs in their professional development as instructors.
Counsel graduate students and departments on non-standard questions pertaining to language testing policy and language courses.
Make recommendations to director regarding testing exemptions.
Administer Oral Proficiency Test.
Oversee and guide the work of staff member who provides advising to international graduate students and administrative support to the language proficiency program.
Hire, train, and supervise test raters and undergraduate testing assistants.
Develop job description, interview questions, and interviewing protocol.
Conduct interviews and hire raters and testing assistants.
Process hiring and timecard approvals through Campus Shared Services.
Develop training procedures and materials for newly hired test raters and undergraduate testing assistants; conduct training for newly hired test raters and testing assistants.
Design and conduct annual renorming workshops for test raters.
Provide ongoing assessment of test rater outcomes to ensure accuracy and consistency.
As needed, provide additional training to ensure accuracy and consistency in ratings.
Provide feedback to test raters on split ratings.
Expert knowledge of the overall field of teaching English as a second language and expert knowledge of the theory and practices of oral English proficiency testing.
Expert knowledge of all standardized tests used to assess English language proficiency, including the TOEFL, IELTS, TSE/SPEAK and the ACTFL OPI.
Advanced interpersonal skills in working with international graduate students, faculty, and staff.
Advanced skills in judgment and decision-making.
Multicultural competencies: knowledge and experience working and interacting effectively with diverse groups of staff, faculty, and student populations.
Supervisory skills to hire, train, and evaluate test raters; design and conduct effective in-service training sessions; to hire, train, and provide coaching and guidance to student testing assistants.
Supervisory skills to provide ongoing coaching and direction for Center staff involved in language proficiency testing program.
Advanced oral communication and public speaking skills. Ability to make presentations to faculty, ESL professionals, graduate students, and staff.
Advanced skills in conducting research and writing reports.
Technical skills in using university databases, Microsoft Office, and Google products.
Exceptional skills in time management, work prioritization, and attention to detail.
Master's degree in Teaching English as a Second Language or related field / or similar experience and training
Salary & Benefits
This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $67,500.00 - $98,900.00.
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Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
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