Chair, English and English as a Second Language (ESL)

Centennial College

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January 7, 2020
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Job Type
Annual Salary
$89,101 to $118, 802
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Chair, English and English as a Second Language (ESL)

School of Advancement

Diversity, equity and inclusion are fundamental to our missions to educate students. We are committed to education that places strong emphasis on global citizenship, social justice and equity. We live this value through the strength and richness that diversity brings to our workforce and welcome contributors from equity groups including: Indigenous Peoples, Visible Minorities, Persons with Disabilities, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer persons. 

Classification:              Administration

Salary Range:              Payband 12 ($89,101 to $118, 802)

Location:                     Progress Campus (with travel to other campuses)

Position Summary:

Reporting the Dean of the School of Advancement, the Chair of English and English as a Second Language (ESL) is responsible for:

  • The delivery of all English and ESL courses across the college. In collaboration with key stakeholders, the Chair provides academic leadership and supervision in the planning, development, staffing, scheduling, delivery and ongoing review of a wide range of English and ESL courses for learners from remedial to advanced levels. The Chair demonstrates expertise in the field of English communications and second language acquisition and has a critical understanding of diversity and equity and their impact on language teaching/learning. The Chair takes leadership in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning supporting faculty to engage in research.
  • The supervision of the IELTs Testing Centre ensuring the Centre adheres to the strict requirements for testing set out by IDP Australia and operates as a profit centre.
  • The supervision of the Centre for Academic English which provides English tutoring to all students at the college

Responsibilities include:

Academic Leadership and Direction:          

  • Provides academic leadership for the development and delivery of English curriculum across the college, undertaking ongoing review of courses and pedagogy, and maintaining a high level of educational standards to meet the diverse needs of students
  • Leads in the delivery of Comprehensive Program Quality Review as scheduled by Centre for Academic Quality
  • Supervises the operations of the Centre for Academic English to foster strong and effective tutoring and workshop support for students at the college
  • Develops strategies in collaboration with program chairs across the college to ensure English curriculum meets the needs of students in all post-secondary programs
  • Fosters scholarly inquiry and facilitates applied research and evaluation within the department and the college in such areas as language-across-the-curriculum, second language acquisition, the integration of all language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) and the use of instructional technology
  • Actively participates in inter-college and governmental committees in the field of English language education.
  • Applies the college’s guiding documents, ensures that the principles of equity, diversity and inclusiveness are embedded in all English courses across all college communities

Human Resources Management and Development:  

  • Promotes a high level of performance through the recruitment, training, professional development and evaluation of full time faculty and staff in the department
  • Develops, maintains, and supervises a pool of qualified contract faculty to teach
  • Ensures all faculty are TESL trained
  • Takes disciplinary action of faculty and staff as required
  • Actively engages self and faculty in reflective practice
  • Directs and administers the activities of faculty in their teaching assignments ensuring that faculty and staff assignments are consistent with college policies, collective agreements and procedures
  • Creates a positive and collaborative working environment that enhances the teaching/learning process
  • Uses a range of conflict resolution processes for handling disputes involving faculty, staff and students in the context of collective agreements and other college policies
  • Promotes the principles and practices of equity, diversity and inclusiveness
  • Maintains a working environment of respect

Financial Management of the Department Budget:

  • Works closely with the Dean, Manager of Operations and Finance in the planning and delivery of courses to meet budgets.
  • Makes decisions to align allocated financial resources to current and emerging priorities


  • Master’s degree in English or BA in English with Master’s in Education
  • TESL/TEFL/TESOL certificate
  • 5 years of progressive experience in a leadership/management capacity delivering a range of English/ESL courses and/or programs in a post-secondary setting
  • Experience with IELTS testing
  • Demonstrated management skills, including financial management, planning, organizing, project management and implementation; public relations and marketing skills
  • Critical understanding of issues relating to language-across-the-curriculum, second language acquisition, the integration of all language skills and the use of instructional technology
  • Proven leadership ability with students, faculty, staff, and government agencies within a multicultural community
  • Dispute resolution skills and diplomacy to facilitate consultation and to manage conflicting needs of constituents
  • Demonstrated understanding and ability to supervise staff in a unionized environment is essential
  • Ability to set and achieve priorities and work within budget
  • Awareness and sensitivity to cross-cultural communication
  • Promotes knowledge and understanding of working effectively in a diverse environment

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"Proof of credentials or equivalencies from accredited regional or federal post secondary institutions and/or their foreign equivalents will be required at the time of job offer." 

When applying, your cover letter and résumé must include examples that reflect all of the requested skills and qualifications and must be submitted online by January 20th, 2020 at 4:30 PM.  Please quote Competition #20-A-01.  Misrepresentation of applicant information will be grounds for your exclusion from the competition or for dismissal should you subsequently be hired for the position.  We regret we cannot accept phone calls.  We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

We are committed to providing persons with disabilities equal opportunities regarding all employment activities, including access to jobs and accommodations during employment as required, in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC).

COMPETITION#: 20-A-01                              POSTING DATE: January 6th, 2020                           EXPIRY DATE: January 20th, 2020