Brown University — Assistant Director of English Language Support

Job Description:

About Brown:
Brown University is a leading research university distinct for its student-centered learning and deep sense of purpose. Our students, faculty and staff are driven by the idea that their work will have an impact in the world.

Brown University offers a flexible work/life balance; summer hours, winter break and a comprehensive Benefits package including time off, annual paid holidays; benefits offerings including health, dental, vision, tuition assistance, retirement, wellness, employee discounts and more.  To learn about Brown University’s benefits, visit the University Human Resources web page here for further information.

About the Opportunity:
The Writing and English Language Support Hub is located within the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning. The Sheridan Center seeks to provide a place where all learners at Brown University can grow, interdisciplinary collaborations can form, and educators can experiment with different modalities of teaching and learning. At the core of our work is a commitment to educational excellence, equity, and access through evidence-based, reflective practices. Through educational partnerships at Brown and globally, we advance the university’s mission and create teaching and learning communities dedicated to improving learner success and supporting educators’ professional growth.

We seek an Assistant Director of English Language Support to join the Writing and English Language Support Hub. The Assistant Director is responsible for providing linguistic, cultural, and programmatic support for international and multilingual students and the units on campus who work with them, especially those at the graduate level. The Assistant Director collaborates with key campus partners including the Graduate School, the College, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Public Health, and Global Brown to provide an integrated system of support. The Assistant Director will manage and administer key programs in the Writing and English Language Support Hub, including the Summer English Language Program, a two-week pre-orientation program for international, multilingual graduate students, and the Conversation Partners Program, which pairs multilingual students and Brown staff members for language and cultural exchange. This position also collaborates with other Sheridan staff and campus partners on educational program development and support in various modalities, particularly around supporting a culture of writing and language support at Brown.

Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in TESOL, Applied Linguistics, or related field
  • Knowledge of and experience with second language acquisition required
  • 1-3 years experience working with multilingual learners, preferably in a postsecondary context
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, such as teaching or educational development experience that involves working effectively with a diverse student and faculty population
  • Knowledge of language acquisition theory and best practices in language pedagogy committed to inclusion, equity, and social justice
  • Facility with work in a collaborative environment, as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Preferred:
    • Functional proficiency in at least one language other than English
    • Experience working in a college writing center or teaching writing in a postsecondary context
    • Experience teaching or living outside the United States
    • Experience working in or collaborating with a Center for Teaching and Learning and/or academic support


  • Strong commitment to collaboration and collegial interactions
  • Highly effective listening, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Project management skills, such as detail orientation and attentiveness to timelines
  • Reflective practice (e.g., openness to feedback and input, attentive to professional development needs)
  • Cultivation of effective internal networks and some external visibility (e.g., participation in external conferences and networks)
  • Conversant in the literature on inclusive, evidence-based teaching and learning
  • Demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment
  • Effective facilitation and/or teaching

Additional Information:
Applicants are asked to include a resume and cover letter. Please bundle as a single .pdf before uploading.

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

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Job Posting Title:
Assistant Director of English Language Support

Teaching and Learning/Sheridan Center

Grade 10

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Full time

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Position Classification:
Hybrid Eligible

Submission Guidelines:
Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

Vaccination Requirements:
In order to maintain 90% or greater universal vaccination rates on campus, all newly hired employees at Brown University must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. All employees must also receive a COVID-19 booster within thirty (30) days of becoming eligible. For more information, please visit the Healthy Brown site.

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