Director, English Language Employment Center with XIAN JIAOTONG LIVERPOOL UNIVERSITY (XJTLU)


DEPARTMENT: English language center


POSITION TITLE : Director of the English language center

LOCATION: Suzhou Campus

SALARY: internationally competitive

POSITION OPENING DATE: Ideally mid-October 2022


JOB ID: 2838

TYPE OF CONTRACT : Fixed-term contract


Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a unique collaborative institution and the first joint venture university in China to offer both UK (Liverpool University) and China (Ministry) accredited undergraduate degrees. of Education) for all programs. Formed in 2006, the first cohort of students graduated in August 2010. The University now has nearly 15,000 students studying on campus. The teaching language is English. XJTLU aims to become truly research-oriented and has recently made significant investments in research development and increasing the number of doctoral students on campus.

XJTLU is located in the higher education city of Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP). Suzhou was ranked the 74th most livable city in the 2018 Global Quality of Living Index. Additionally, it is well connected via nearby airports to cities such as Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, and Taipei, and via the high-speed train to other major cities in China. SIP is a major growth area, including operations managed by nearly a fifth of the world’s largest Fortune 500 companies. Greater Suzhou is now the fourth largest concentration of economic activity in China by GDP, and SIP has a higher GDP per capita than the UK. The wider Suzhou region encompasses the spirit of old and new in China, with the canals of the historic old town, the gardens of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Suzhou Museum designed by IM Pei attracting visitors. million tourists each year. SIP offers an excellent quality of life with high environmental standards. Nearby Jinji Lake offers attractive views, day and night, and there are a variety of shops, international and local restaurants, entertainment centers and nightlife. Suzhou is also home to four international schools.

English language center

We are a growing, dynamic and international centre, which currently has around 200 full-time teachers from eleven different countries. Since September 2019, we have become a dedicated English language center with a focus on EAP and other specialist training areas. Most of our tutors work on:

  • EAP modules credited for all undergraduates

There are also more limited opportunities for English teachers to teach in other areas, including:

  • Integrated Learning Modules, which are part of an initiative involving the collaborative delivery of credited content modules with other academic departments at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, based on an integrated content learning model and language (CLIL);
  • English courses that are an integral part of graduate programs;
  • A postgraduate pre-session program;
  • Ongoing support during the session for all students in all skills.

In addition, staff have the opportunity to develop their careers by taking on management and administrative roles, as well as contributing to committees at the center, school and university level. All management, administration and committee roles are fixed-term, giving all staff a range of options to take on responsibilities in areas of interest to them.

In addition to the above, the English Language Center and the wider university have a strong commitment to the professional development of teaching staff. At university level, new staff are enrolled free of charge in a postgraduate certificate program at the University of Liverpool, the completion of which leads to a scholarship from the British Academy of Higher Education (HEA). The ELC also regularly hosts professional development and research events, and ELC staff are encouraged to contribute to internal Language School publications. Although the ELC is a teaching center, with no specific research mandate, funding is available for staff to present at conferences relevant to the work of the center, and scholarship and research directed by the teaching are actively supported and encouraged.


The Director of the English Language Center (ELC) is responsible to the Dean of the School of Languages ​​and the Vice President for Academic Affairs for the overall functioning of the department and the professional behavior of each member of staff. The director is a key leader, manager and administrator. The initial term is three years.

The Director of the English Language Center is directly responsible, among other responsibilities and duties, for:

  • Supervise a team of line managers within the ELC (the ELC Center Management Team),
  • Strategic and annual planning,
  • Individual distribution of staff work,
  • Preparation of the budget and expenses,
  • Financial approvals for departmental budget expenditures,
  • Ensure compliance with standards and quality,
  • Staff appointments; identify the need, define the specifications and the justification, organize the recruitment, supervise the organization of the interview panel and recommend the appointment,
  • Formal staff annual performance management reviews and processes,
  • Staff discipline issues,
  • Disciplinary issues and student complaints,
  • Allocation of administrative tasks to other staff members,
  • Implementation of the staff attendance and absence policy,
  • leave approvals,
  • Dissemination of information regarding the development of the university, in particular changes in policy, university regulations and matters discussed within the academic leadership group,
  • Ensure that the requirements of PRC legislation and XJTLU health and safety regulations are all met.

The ELC Director will also be a member of the Language School leadership team and may be asked to take on additional duties or responsibilities at the request of the School Dean.


The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate:

  • Significant leadership and management achievements in the EAP,
  • Experience in line management and setting strategic priorities,
  • The ability to develop and implement a strategic vision,
  • Autonomy and ability to work independently,
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills,
  • Willingness and ability to take on major leadership roles within the University and to fulfill that role successfully, as measured by performance indicators and university-wide assessment,
  • An ability to contribute to the development and implementation of University strategies and policies.


We are looking for someone with the ambition, creativity and organizational skills to succeed in an exciting environment of continuous growth and significant change. Applicants must:

  • Be educated at the Master’s level or higher,
  • Have at least five years of teaching experience post-master EAP at the university level,
  • Have significant recent experience in EAP management in a higher education context; for example, experience as a module organizer or program director,
  • Significant experience in team leadership in a HE EAP context,
  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of a principles-based approach to EAP.


  • Experience in successfully developing and implementing EAP curricula and/or teaching quality improvement programs,
  • Experience of working in external accreditation and quality assurance frameworks, for example those provided by external partners, the British Council or BALEAP,
  • Experience working in a transnational educational context with Chinese and/or UK partner institutions,
  • A recent scholarship history, including an EdD/PhD in a relevant field or progress towards a relevant field.


Academic staff members are entitled to subsidies for housing, travel, and educational and medical insurance for children, and a one-time relocation allowance is provided. Staff abroad may benefit from a “tax holiday” depending on their nationality and personal situation.


Employment at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is regulated by Chinese labor laws and must comply with provincial government regulations. These regulations stipulate who is eligible for legal employment with respect to obtaining work permits and visas. Please note that applicants over the age of 60 may not be eligible for a PRC work visa.


Please send your application to (search request 2838). In the subject line, write the position you are applying for and quote the position ID number for reference.

Applications must be submitted within a single pdf file which includes 3 parts in the order of:

  • A cover letter
  • An up-to-date CV, including date of birth, country of citizenship and highest level of education
  • Contact details of three references

Applications must be received by the closing date indicated above.

Informal inquiries can be directed to the Dean of the School of Languages ​​(Helen Beech at Please include position and position ID in your application.


Comments are closed.