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Assistant Director for Special Programs

Temple University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Feb 25, 2024

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The Assistant Director for Special Programs oversees all aspects of special programming for the Center for American Language & Culture (TCALC), a revenue generating auxiliary department at Temple University offering English language and culture classes to international students and partners.  These programs range from short-term programs for international partner universities and specialized high school programs to teacher training programs, including grant-funded programming, and other programs as they are developed. The assistant director develops processes and procedures for ensuring efficient systems for the planning, enrollment, and all logistical aspects of these special programs including procurement of vendors to provide such necessary services as, but not limited to, transportation, hotel, and activities.  The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent collaboration skills needed to work collaboratively with all members of the TCALC team from the admission and enrollment team to academics and student services, ensuring that all aspects of special programs implementation follow TCALC and university policies and procedures and that curricula align with program goals. Where programming is inter-departmental in nature, this position requires collaboration across Temple departments, and the AD may also serve as the primary point of contact for external partners. The AD will seek out new program ideas, including grant opportunities, and will pursue such opportunities in collaboration with the TCALC director and others as needed. This position works closely with TCALC’s marketing team and international representatives to identify and implement strategies for promoting special programs.


Oversee all aspects of TCALC Special Programs from partner outreach to student application and enrollment, program development, scheduling, orientation, student activities, and other program components as required.

Liaise with external and internal vendors for procurement of housing, transportation, and other services as required by the needs and goals of a specific program.

Collaborate with Assistant Director for Curriculum and Instruction on specialized program curriculum to assure alignment with program goals.

Act as point of contact for internal and external partners that may include the promotion, development, implantation and evaluation of special programs.

Manage a team of student workers, interns and chaperones.

Pursue new program and grant opportunities in collaboration with the TCALC director Collaborate on the writing of grants.

Represent TCALC internationally at partner universities and/or international recruitment events.

Train and collaborate with the university’s international representatives and TCALC agents to promote special programs.

Assist TCALC director with special program budgets.

Contribute to the team effort by accepting additional responsibilities as assigned by the Director, the Assistant Vice President for Global Engagement, and/or the Vice Provost for Global Engagement.


Established in 1884, Temple University currently employs a staff of over 7,600 employees; as a state-related, non-profit academic institution, we do not report earnings as gross annual income. Temple University is a comprehensive public research university with approximately 38,000 students. It has a distinguished faculty in 17 schools and colleges, including schools of Law, Medicine, Podiatry, and Dentistry, and a renowned Health Sciences Center. Temple is one of Pennsylvania's three public research universities, along with the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University. Temple University is the 27h largest university in the United States, and it is the fourth largest provider of professional education (law, dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, and podiatric medicine) in the country.

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