Staff Position

Lead Instructor

Position Details

Job ID # 19-999
Department Center for English Language Education (CELE)
Reports To Director of International Education

Position Summary

The Center for English Language Education at Northwest University is hiring a lead teacher in the intensive English program. There are 3 main responsibilities in this position: teaching, leading adjuncts, and advising students.  This position is a FT position. Approximately 50% is allotted to in-class instruction and class preparation and the remaining 20-25 hrs/week are administrative. 

CELE classes are pre-university English instruction for visiting international students as well as students planning to continue on to Undergraduate or Graduate study at NU. CELE classes are small, interactive, and academically rigorous. The teaching and support staff values creative collaboration and mutual encouragement.

Successful candidates will demonstrate a commitment to innovative teaching and attention to student outcome assessment. This teaching position also includes a service component to the department. Candidates should demonstrate academic community service experience such as committee leadership, student activity involvement, and/or academic professional development. Candidate needs to have a personality suited to leading, observing, and giving formative (but still encouraging) feedback to peer teachers. 

Our community is a supportive Christian university which is welcoming to students from a wide variety of backgrounds. The lead teacher should model Christian faith integration in the classroom. 

Essential Functions

  1. Teaching
    • Teach 9 classes (3 fall/3 spring/1 summer)
  2. Academic and Curriculum Management 
    • Develop, review, and maintain curriculum and course sequence
    • Hire, train, and mentor CELE faculty
    • Manage and collaborate with International Program Manager on orientation, events, and advising
    • Facilitate student conduct review & discipline
    • Conduct program assessment 
    • Maintain necessary academic standards for accreditation
    • Contribute and represent issues of faculty concern to department meetings
    • Oversee summer teachers and curriculum for short term programs
    • Build course schedule for each semester
  3. Student Academic Advising 
    • Manage intake & exit testing
    • Manage student class selection 
    • Actively participate in pre-arrival advising and new student orientation 
    • Facilitate student advising each semester 
  4. IE Support
    • Provide CELE enrollment recruitment support 
    • Collaborate and support CELE / IE activities and functions. 


  1. MA in TESOL or related field required, PhD preferred.
  2. 3 years teaching experience abroad or teaching international students preferred.
  3. Curriculum development experience.
  4. Ability to communicate effectively, get along well with co-workers, and deal effectively and professionally with colleagues.
  5. Personal Christian faith.
  6. Demonstrate commitment to maintaining a safe work environment free of harassment, violence, and unlawful discrimination.

Working Environment:

Work is generally performed indoors in a typical classroom setting and online.

Physical Demands:

The functions are usually performed while standing, but may involve some amount of time sitting, stooping, kneeling, bending, crouching, lifting (max. of 40 lbs.), walking, carrying, reaching, stretching, climbing, perform repetitive motions of the hands or wrists and other movements.  The abilities of seeing, hearing and speaking are also required.  

Lifestyle Standards

Recognize, understand, and agree to live by the spiritual, moral, and ethical standards of Northwest University, as outlined in the Employee Manual.

Application Procedure

Please submit your resume, a letter of interest describing your qualifications, and a completed application form to the Human Resources office. Applications are available online (, or in the Human Resources Office of Northwest University.

You may submit your package by mail, scan and email, or fax.

Northwest University
Attn: Human Resources
PO Box 579
Kirkland, WA 98083-0579
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Fax: (425) 739-0695

Inquiries regarding staff positions may be made to:

Human Resources Office
Northwest University
5520 108th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 889-5749
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Northwest University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability in admissions and access to, employment, or treatment in its programs or activities. Northwest University is an "At Will" employer.

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