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5 Nov 2018

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Specialist

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Job Description

Franklin and Marshall’s international student population has nearly doubled in the last 10 years.  International students bring a remarkably strong work ethic to their studies at F&M, but many also face significant hurdles in culture and English language adjustment.  In 2013, F&M launched an ESOL tutoring program which now provides 10-12 individual hour-long appointments per week for students needing assistance, especially with writing.  The newly created position will help fill the resource gap for international students, especially those whose first language in not English.  As described, this professional will not only offer tutoring services to students, but will work with faculty as a liaison and resource, providing assistance and guidance, as well as organizing workshops and other professional development opportunities, in consultation with International Programs, the Faculty Center, the Writing Center, and the Office of Student Affairs.

This full-time, exempt professional will provide vision and work as part of a team dedicated to international student success.   Work hours are generally 8 am to 5 pm with occasional weekend or evening hours.

Description of duties:

  • Trained ESOL professional – provide 15-20 hours per week of individualized tutoring
  • Conduct assessment of tutoring to determine efficacy and barriers to students utilizing the service
  • Work with International Programs staff to design programming and outreach for international students, especially to encourage them to engage with ESOL support
  • In consultation with Associate Dean for International Programs, design and execute communication plan with faculty, ensuring they understand services available to students as well as channels for conveying concerns about students
  • In consultation with the Director of the Faculty Center and Associate Dean, design and/or make available appropriate workshops and resources for faculty
  • If appropriate (if academic credentials allow) offer either occasional “Connections”  (F&M’s first-year foundation) course or develop a “companion” course to Connections, designed especially for students who could benefit from extra help with Connections courses
  • Work with Director of the Writing Center and Associate Dean to ensure seamless communication around ESOL tutoring support
  • In concert with International Student Services staff in OIP, offer support and guidance to international students experiencing challenges
  • Assist with duties associated with international student well-being, connecting with House Deans and others to develop “whole picture” of international students

Full-time members of the Franklin & Marshall College professional staff receive competitive starting pay and a comprehensive benefits package that includes health coverage, dental, vision, generous retirement savings plan contributions, education benefits for employees, spouses and dependent children, and enjoy access to all College facilities including dining venues to suit all tastes, recreation and fitness facilities, and libraries, plus access to College performances, lectures, and events.


  • Master’s degree in TESOL or related field; PhD preferred (potential teaching opportunity)
  • At least 3 years experience providing individual ESOL instruction; College-level tutoring for advanced ELLs is required
  • Experience working in higher education, and a deep understanding of the expectations of a liberal arts curriculum
  • Possess knowledge of research around international student success in higher education.
  • Able to work with a broad range of “clients”: students, faculty, and staff
  • Be a visionary, and able to inspire others
  • Understand internationalization in higher education
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team, able to set own goals, and complete administrative tasks
  • Have a willingness and ability to “promote” the position on campus
  • Creatively design workshops that will engage faculty
  • Willingness to teach either a stand-alone section or companion section of Seminar
  • Possess the knowledge of SEVIS tracking system and immigration regulations impacting international students is highly desirable

Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of reference checks, a criminal background verification, and verification of credentials.  The College will coordinate these verifications.

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