Director of the Language Center

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Department: Office of the Provost
Position Type: Staff Part-time
Categories: The Language Center

The Language Center is a community of learners and teachers in a technology-rich space for languages at the College. The Director is charged with fostering and enriching this learning community of students and faculty, and providing administrative oversight and management of the Language Center to ensure its vibrant and effective functioning with exceptional service to those who use it. The Director develops and extends the College's capabilities for teaching and learning with digital media and educational technologies to enhance language learning and teaching and encourages innovative use of learning and teaching technologies.

This is a .75 FTE fully benefit eligible exempt position; working 33 hours per week over 11 months (annually August through June). Position Grade: 13. 

Carleton College is a AA/EEO employer. We are committed to developing our staff to better reflect the diversity of our student body and American society.  Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Directs the operations of the Language Center.
    • With community input, develops, modifies and implements programs and services for the Language Center. Sets policies and procedures for student and faculty use of the Center as a welcoming place for all.
    • Administers operating budgets for the Language Center.
    • Recruits, trains, and supervises student workers and an administrative assistant to support the activities of the Language Center.
    • Coordinates with ITS to ensure effective operation of Language Center technology to meet faculty and student needs.
    • Coordinates with College librarians regarding the foreign language film collection and as necessary oversees management of those resources to support language courses.
  • Provides collaborative leadership in the development and implementation of effective uses of technology and digital media in the teaching of languages and related curriculum.
    • Stays informed about current research in second language acquisition and technology-enhanced language pedagogies; arranges programming and keeps faculty apprised of publications and faculty development opportunities to promote effective teaching in the languages.
    • Tests, evaluates, and recommends new technologies for language teaching. Evaluates equipment and other resources to support curricular objectives.
    • Trains faculty on uses of new technology through events and other appropriate mechanisms. Plans demonstrations or workshops as needed to demonstrate use of equipment. Assists and advises faculty in the development of effective technology-based teaching strategies and instructional design.
    • Maintains a technology environment that supports the array of instructional needs of language departments.
  • Oversees co-curricular uses of the Language Center facilities in support of the mission of the language departments.
  • Assist departments in assessment activities, particularly those employing technology, that relate to student placement and ongoing language learning.
  • Coordinates and collaborates on arrival, orientation, and supervision of language associates.
  • Depending on qualifications, interest, and curricular needs, occasional teaching (up to one course per year) may be added to the position, with commensurate increase in compensation.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in applied linguistics, language acquisition, or a modern language. Ph. D. preferred.
  • Ability to work effectively with multiple language departments with different needs, and to work with faculty to find the best solutions to pedagogical and technological needs.
  • Experience in teaching language and use of current technology in language instruction.
  • Familiarity with technology-enhanced pedagogies for language instruction and with the technologies that support these pedagogies.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong administrative skills.
  • Five years of relevant experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

As per the Carleton Upward Mobility Program, priority consideration for internal applications will be given to those who apply by December 30, 2022. Pending the review of those internal applications, external applications will be considered at that time. External applications are welcome at any time. Preferred consideration will be extended to applications received by February 1, 2023.

Salary and Benefits:

This is an exempt level position. The selected finalist’s salary will be based on the candidate’s qualifications, internal pay structure, and our overall compensation package. Carleton offers a generous benefits package, including comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance, 403(b) retirement plans with a 10% employer contribution with immediate vesting, a health savings account with college contribution, generous paid time off, as well as access to many other campus amenities.

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