Manager - Academic Language and Learning

Sydney, Australia
11 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
29 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Macquarie is the university of pioneering minds.

Globally recognised as one of Australia’s leading research universities, Macquarie is a place where extraordinary new possibilities come to light. We’ve helped people to hear, introduced wireless internet technology to the world and broken through traditional boundaries by appointing Australia’s first female vice-chancellor.

At Macquarie you’ll join a vibrant community of diverse perspectives, all working towards a brighter future for our communities and our planet. Surrounded by a beautiful parkland campus, our students and staff are free to explore and discover, supported by facilities including a high-tech library, private teaching hospital, gym and pools, childcare facilities, a campus train station and the newly expanded Macquarie Centre shopping complex next door. 

This is an exciting time to join the Macquarie University International College (MUIC) and the English Language Centre (ELC). MUIC provides local and international students with an alternative pathway to the University’s undergraduate degree offerings. At MUIC, students can complete a Foundation or Intensive program to enter the first year of a Macquarie University undergraduate degree, or a Diploma program to then enter the second year of a Macquarie University undergraduate degree.

The ELC prepares international students for university study through the delivery of English language and academic literacy programs. At ELC, students can study a Direct Entry preparation program, Academic English, General English or a Study Tour program as a stand-alone offering, or as preparation for university study.

The College and the Centre are fully integrated teaching units of the University.


We are seeking a proactive and dedicated Manager to collaborate, develop and implement Academic Language and Learning (ALL) initiatives for MUIC-ELC.

Reporting to the Deputy Director of MUIC/Director ELC, the successful candidate will:

  • Collaborate, develop and implement the strategic plan for the Academic Language and Learning department, including managing and delivering projects and team deliverables.
  • Design and oversee the roll-out of existing and new ALL enhancement initiatives for Foundation and Diploma students based on archetypal mechanisms including but not limited to:
  • embedding academic literacies in discipline-specific curricula, assessment and related artefacts
  • offering targeted discipline-specific adjunct tutorials/workshops in identified areas of need, delivered f2f and/or via blended learning in conjunction with the Independent Learning Centre team.
  • Manage the design, development and delivery of Professional Development for the MUIC Foundation/Diploma teaching teams on embedding ALL into units and on delivering interactive classes to students with English as an Additional Language (EAL).
  • Provide expert advice to MUIC stakeholders in providing “language rich" activities to maximise domestic/international student interactions, develop sociocultural competence, confidence and life skills, while enhancing the student experience through the hidden curriculum.
  • Raise the profile of the department in the University and the sector through educational activity.


To be considered for the position, you must submit a cover letter which addresses the criteria below and upload this, and your CV, as part of the application process:

  • Undergraduate degree plus Masters in Applied Linguistics/TESOL or equivalent.
  • Working as a teacher and/or researcher in a higher education environment.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and experience of delivering Academic Language and Learning initiatives to English as an additional language (EAL) students in Anglophone or EMI tertiary/higher education contexts.
  • Demonstrated experience in project management, database, and reporting skills with the proven ability to produce high level reports and detailed analysis.
  • A strong collaborative approach, with a record of successful team leadership and demonstrated ability to work in a collegial manner.
  • Demonstrated understanding of a range of evaluation strategies.
  • Demonstrated project management skills including leadership in academic and curriculum renewal, development and/or teaching projects.
  • Influencing, managing and building relationships with senior stakeholders.
  • Experience in analysing and reporting on data and research metrics, including writing teaching/research publications or journals.

For further information regarding this role please view the position description below.

Salary Package: from $99,218 – $110,402 (HEW Level 8) plus 17% superannuation and annual leave loading

Appointment Type: Full-time, fixed-term for a period of 2 years.

Enquiries: Pamela Humphreys, Deputy Director, MUIC/Director ELC at

Applications Close: Sunday 29 October 2017 at 11:55pm.

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTI; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the general enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.