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Business Instructor for International Programs

UCSD Extension
San Diego, CA
Closing date
Feb 16, 2023

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Business Instructor for International Programs

UC San Diego Extension offers several business programs geared for international students. Students participating in the programs are typically pre-professionals or entry-level professionals who want to upgrade their skills and knowledge or those pursuing new careers in business. The four major programs are:
  • Business Essentials: An introductory program for current international university students and those with limited career experience. This program is a full-time program that is designed for pre-professionals with little to no work experience and with least two years of university studies that want to obtain a basic introduction to American business practices.
  • Business Management Certificate Program: A professional certificate program offering experienced degreed students the opportunity to learn management skills and specialize in one of four areas. This program is designed for degreed students with at least one year of full-time paid, professional-level work experience in a business environment. Students in Business Management choose to specialize in Finance, Human Resources, International Business or Marketing.
  • Project Management and Lean Six Sigma Program: A comprehensive project management program that allows students to complete their certificate in just six months while also gaining Lean Six Sigma certification. This program is also designed for degreed students with at least one year of full-time paid, professional-level work experience in a business environment.
  • One-Quarter Programs in Leadership and Management, Business Intelligence Analytics, Java Programming, and Marketing. These programs are designed for students who have a university degree or three years of full-time professional experience with a high-level of English proficiency.

Applications for instructors are accepted throughout the year in order to fill immediate program needs. Our courses offer students the opportunity to learn from highly qualified practitioners who are passionate about teaching and can impart the knowledge necessary to be successful in business. Applicants possessing current knowledge in the following areas are encouraged to apply:
  • Accounting and Finance
  • American Business History
  • Business Decision Making
  • Business Intelligence
  • Business Law
  • Business Operations
  • Communications/Presentation Skills
  • Cross-Cultural Negotiation
  • Data Analysis
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Human Resources and Planning
  • International Trade and Capital Markets
  • Leadership and Management
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Project Management
  • Team Building
  • Internship and Career Preparation

Curricula are continually being updated and tailored to provide students with the necessary background and business practices to become competitive and to advance their careers. Taught by qualified, degreed practitioners, our courses feature practical applications, underlying rationale, and current issues, all of which can be immediately utilized in and applied to students' work environments.

Specific Duties
  • Use subject-matter expertise to impart knowledge to students
  • Stay current regarding the professional body of knowledge in field of practice
  • Design syllabus and curriculum as assigned
  • Communicate expectations to students
  • Prepare and deliver course materials: face-to-face, online, and/or in combination
  • Evaluate student learning and assign grades
  • Design interactive and motivational activities to fully engage participants and to reinforce student learning
  • Update materials periodically, and regularly monitor course evaluations in order to make adjustments and improvements to the curriculum
  • Respond to student needs and questions
  • Create a high-performance environment in which students of diverse backgrounds are motivated to succeed
  • Apply technology and leverage resources appropriately to enhance the curriculum (e.g. use Blackboard or make arrangements for guest speakers)
  • Handle mechanics of position according to deadlines (LOAs, texts, A/V, grade submission, etc.)
  • Communicate with Program Manager and Instructor Services Team on a timely basis
  • Employ cultural competencies and language-openness skills to reach the international students in assigned classes

Minimum Qualifications
  • Advanced degree from an accredited institution required; in exceptional cases an equivalent combination of education and work experience may be accepted
  • Current knowledge of and demonstrated proficiency in subject area
  • Current participation in industry-related professional associations
  • Recognized leadership or authority on subject matter
  • Highly effective oral and written communication skills, including the ability to convey conceptual and complex ideas and information
  • Highly effective interpersonal skills
  • University-level teaching experience (or corporate equivalent) preferred
  • Experience designing curriculum and measuring student performance preferred
  • Proficiency in the use of online teaching tools preferred
  • Comfort in dealing with international professionals and students
  • Skill with adults for whom English is not the first language

Special Conditions of Employment

As an academic department within UC San Diego, all Extension Program instructors and courses must be formally approved according to the regulations of the Academic Senate of the University of California. Eligibility to teach a course is contingent upon this formal academic approval. Once approved, teaching assignments are "by agreement". The instructor's Letter of Agreement outlines the deliverables for the course, the course schedule, and compensation terms, and is subject to department policies and procedures. UC San Diego Extension makes no commitment to hire an instructor until it has sent and received a signed instructor Letter of Agreement. Should the course section an instructor plans to teach be cancelled for any reason, the instructor agreement, including rights to compensation for future section meetings, is voided. Remuneration is for classroom hours only and does not include time spent for course preparation or other events.

Application Requirements

Please complete all relevant fields in the application, and optionally include a resume and cover letter to provide further information relating to your professional and teaching backgrounds. Even if you upload a resume, you must answer all of the questions in the application, when applicable. Failure to do so may result in the rejection of your application.

Please note: We receive and review applications for instructors on an ongoing basis. If we do not currently have teaching opportunities available, we may keep your application on file and contact you if an opportunity that matches your specific skills becomes available. UC San Diego Extension operates on a quarterly schedule and course planning typically takes place six weeks to six months in advance of the start of any quarter.

UC San Diego is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values a diverse workforce.

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