English Language Program Director

Apply by 27 June 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 18 May 2018

Job Description

World Learning is a leading international non-profit organization focusing on education projects around the world. World Learning is seeking a dynamic, motivated, and professional English Language Program (ELP) Director for the U.S. Embassy’s American and Jefferson Centers in Yangon and Mandalay, Myanmar. The ELP Director will be responsible for managing academic programming and business development, as well as operations. The ELP enrolls over 420 young adult and adult students each term, and also hosts community activities to engage participants in cross-cultural understanding. The ELP Director will also play an important role in setting and achieving strategic academic and business objectives for the program, working in cooperation with Myanmar and headquarters-based World Learning personnel, U.S. Embassy officers, and the general public.

The position is based in Yangon, Myanmar and reports to World Learning’s Country representative. This is a three-month position, with a one-year renewal, pending contract extension. Only finalist candidates will be contacted. No telephone enquiries please. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis and qualified candidates should apply as soon as possible.


Stakeholder Engagement and Business Development

  • Serve as the point of contact (POC) between the American and Jefferson Centers’ facility administrator/director and the ELP;
  • Serve as the main POC between the ELP and World Learning home office for business, academic, and administrative matters;
  • Provide program development updates and fulfill donor reporting requirements;
  • Lead Stakeholder Engagement and Business Development initiatives, aimed at expanding ELP reach and services for the community;
  • Convene the ELP Advisory Council regularly, encouraging their input into program development.

ELP Staff Management and Recruitment- Administrative and Teaching Staff

  • Provide leadership to full-time and adjunct teachers so that they may achieve program academic goals and quality program delivery;
  • Work with the ELP administrative staff towards to achieve programmatic goals and quality in administrative processes;
  • Recruit and hire ELP teaching and administrative staff, as needed, in collaboration with World Learning’s Human Resources Office;
  • Serve as the main POC with World Learning Headquarters and Country Representative in matters related to ELP staff management.

Operations Quality Management and Compliance

  • Oversee compliance of U.S. Government grant requirements as relevant to ELP operations and finance;
  • Contribute to the program’s financial oversight;
  • Work in collaboration with World Learning Headquarters to set program operation objectives and mechanisms to assess their achievement;
  • Oversee administrative and operation processes to ensure quality;
  • Participate in required related training sessions and programs.

Academic Quality Management and Compliance

  • Work in collaboration with World Learning Headquarters to set academic objectives and mechanisms to assess their achievement;
  • Participate in setting academic processes including curriculum implementation, in-service teacher training programs, and course programming;
  • Analyze data gathered from student satisfaction surveys, class observations, and input from other stakeholders for programmatic decision making;
  • Participate in required training sessions and programs and keep up-to-date on most recent ELT trends.


  • A Master’s Degree in TESOL, Education or related field;
  • Minimum three (3) years of language program management experience and five (5) years of classroom teaching experience;
  • Native-level English language fluency or C2 level in the CERF required. Excellent writing skills required;
  • Knowledge and experience with communicative language teaching methodology; ELT resource materials; American history and culture; use of technology to support the learning purposes;
  • Proven experience managing teaching staff, courses, and administrative procedures; directing teams with diverse functions; clear communication skills; planning and carrying out management plans;
  • Demonstrated cross-cultural teaching skills, strong leadership, effective communication (oral and written) skills, and interpersonal skills. Knowledge of basic MS Office applications such as Word, Excel, and MS Outlook;
  • Ability to take initiative, be creative, flexible, and work independently and with a team.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with Burmese language and culture;
  • Familiarity with U.S. Government grant management.

World Learning is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action/veterans/ADA employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce.

About the Organization

Why World Learning

Eighty years ago, a group of young Americans sailed to Germany on a cultural exchange program. They returned home with lifelong friendships, a broader understanding of the world, and the ability to empathize with people from other cultures. This was the beginning of The Experiment in International Living. It was also the beginning of World Learning.

The Experiment in International Living is still a vibrant part of World Learning today. But as global needs have grown, World Learning has grown too. Today World Learning operates the SIT graduate school, study abroad programs, and leads international development and civic activism programs throughout the world.

In 60 countries with an annual budget of $145 million, World Learning empowers people and strengthens institutions that help people learn, grow, and thrive.

Nobel Peace Prize winners and heads of parliament have earned master’s degrees at our School of International Training. College students spend a semester abroad in our Study Abroad program. Judges, police officers and other community leaders hone their skills through our international exchanges. Activists in Myanmar learn community organizing through our international development program.

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