1832 Executive Director, English Language Institute


TITLE Executive Director, English Language Institute




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Associate Vice President for International Education and Training


The Executive Director, English Language Institute leads and manages the English Language Institute (ELI).  The Executive Director, ELI creates and executes short- and long-range strategic plans for ELI in collaboration with the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and Teacher Training program directors.  The Executive Director, ELI exercises fiscal responsibility over the ELI budget, recommends program fees and monitors revenues and expenditures for the ELI, including individual programs.  The Executive Director, ELI supervises application and admission processes for all ELI programs. The Executive Director, ELI oversees marketing and promotion for all ELI programs and recruitment efforts in support of the University’s goals for international enrollments to establish a diverse and culturally competent community.


Education: A Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) or a Master’s degree in a related field with 18 hours of TESL coursework is required.

Experience: Five years of administrative experience in international education programs in higher education is required; a demonstrated record of responsible leadership in management positions is required. Three years of experience teaching ESL or EFL courses in an accredited college or university, including at least one year of teaching in an Intensive English Program at an accredited college or university, is required. Successful administrative experience in an Intensive English Program is preferred.

Skills: Knowledge of recruitment and admission procedures and policies regarding international students is required; familiarity with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) policies and procedures is required. Management skills in the selection and supervision of employees and budgeting are required. Computer literacy is required, including a working knowledge of Microsoft Office and the use of the internet. Strong writing and editing skills are required; knowledge of marketing is required. Problem solving skills are required.  Strong presentation and communication skills are required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of diverse cultures or backgrounds is required.

Other: The scope of the job occasionally requires evening and weekend work. Occasional overseas travel is required.


1. Provides leadership, management and support for the ELI by developing a competent, effective staff of administrative, professional, student, and clerical support personnel.

2. In conjunction with the Associate Vice President for International Education and Training, coordinates recruitment efforts, develops institutional partnerships and sponsored student programs, and employs web and social media, marketing materials, commercial venues, and personal correspondence to communicate with potential students for ELI programs and Missouri State academic programs.

3. Establishes and monitors budgets for multiple ELI programs and recruitment, sets financial goals and outcomes for these programs, proposes tuition and fee changes as needed, and serves as budgetary approver for the ELI.

4. Works with the directors of International Programs, University General Counsel, and other entities to oversee the development of policies and guidelines and to ensure that ethical practices are maintained in the ELI.

5. Oversees development of special courses and programs through the ELI to assist international students and scholars in acquiring or improving English skills for academic purposes, in collaboration with the EAP Program Director.  

6. Oversees the development of various customized programs through the ELI for foreign national students, educators, and professionals, including the delivery of English courses abroad in support of MSU academic programs.

7. Oversees the development and implementation of ELI courses and training programs for teachers, in collaboration with the Teacher Training Program Director.

8. Assists in providing optimum services to ELI students and sponsored students by coordinating with appropriate University offices, administrators, and personnel to assure a smooth transition to living in the U.S.

9. Helps to ensure the quality of ELI services by providing leadership and supervision of personnel, encouraging participation in professional development opportunities for personnel, and ensuring the provision of quality services and programming.

10. Promotes a positive image of the University through participation in community and professional organizations, representing the University at professional meetings and on community committees, and establishing and maintaining credible relations with the campus, community, and professional organizations.

11. Serves on designated University committees and task forces as requested.

12. Facilitates a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of diverse cultures or backgrounds.

13. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as requested by the Associate Vice President for International Education and Training.

14. Contributes to the overall success of International Programs by performing all other duties as assigned.


The Executive Director, ELI reports to the Associate Vice President for International Education and Training and full-time and part-time staff.