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Director, Modern Languages Centre

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University

DEPARTMENT: Modern Languages Centre   

ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE: Languages Other Than English [LOTE], Language teaching to non-natives

POSITION TITLE: Director, Modern Languages Centre


SALARY: Commensurate with experience and includes a general allowance and benefits package  

POSITION OPEN DATE: 1 September 2019


JOB ID: 995785 (M)

CONTRACT TYPE: Full-time and open-ended 


Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a unique collaborative institution and the first joint-venture university in China to offer both UK (University of Liverpool) and Chinese (Ministry of Education) accredited undergraduate degrees for all programmes. Formed in 2006, the first cohort of students graduated in August 2010. The University now has over 10,000 students studying on campus. The language of instruction is English. XJTLU aims to become truly research-led, and has recently committed significant investment into research development and the expansion of PhD student numbers on campus.

XJTLU is located in the Higher Education Town of Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP). Suzhou has been ranked the 74th most liveable city in the 2018 Global Liveability Index. Additionally, it is well-connected via nearby airports to cities such as Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, and Taipei, and via high-speed rail to other major cities in China. SIP is a major growth zone, including operations run by nearly one-fifth of the Fortune 500 top global companies. Greater Suzhou is now the fourth largest concentration of economic activity in China in terms of GDP, and the SIP has a higher GDP per capita than the UK. The broader Suzhou area encompasses the spirit of both old and new in China, with the historic old town’s canals, UNESCO World Heritage Site gardens, and the I.M. Pei-designed Suzhou Museum attracting millions of tourists annually. SIP offers an excellent quality of life with high environmental standards. The nearby Jinji Lake provides attractive views, by day and by night, and there is a variety of shopping facilities, international and local restaurants, entertainment hubs and nightlife. Suzhou is also home to four international schools.

The Modern Languages Centre is a new development for XJTLU (to start from 1 September 2019) comprising academic activities in Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish. All three languages are taught as parts of other degree programmes; language classes are available out of programmes for students and staff; and Chinese is taught as compulsory classes for all international students. The Modern Languages Centre currently has around forty members of staff and is expected to grow.


The position of Director is crucial to the effective operation of the Modern Languages Centre. This position performs a key leadership role, with full engagement with the University’s strategies and policies. This position also carries with it the expectation for the successful candidate to provide appropriate management of Centre staff and resources, academic leadership in its development.


Suitable candidates for the role will be able to evidence:

  • Experience of management roles in units delivering teaching of modern languages to non-natives.
  • Formal teacher training qualification in delivery of a foreign language.
  • Sustained experience of teaching one or more modern languages to non-natives.
  • An excellent track record in teaching and curriculum development, and the ability to provide academic leadership.
  • An ability to act as a mentor for younger members of staff.
  • Willingness and ability to take on major leadership roles within the University, and to perform the role successfully as measured by performance indicators and university wide-evaluation.
  • An ability to contribute to the development and implementation of University strategies and policies.


Members of Academic Staff are entitled to subsidies for accommodation, travel, and children’s educational, medical insurance, and a one-time relocation allowance is provided. Overseas staff may receive a tax “holiday,” depending on nationality and personal circumstances.


Employment at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is regulated by Chinese Labour Laws, and must comply with the regulations of the provincial government. These regulations stipulate who is eligible for legal employment with regard to obtaining work permits and visas. Please be advised candidates over 55 may be not eligible for PRC work visa.


Please send your application to In the subject line write the Positon you are applying for and quote the job ID number for reference. 

Applications must be submitted in a single pdf file that includes 3 parts in the order of: 

  • A cover letter
  • A current CV, including date of birth, country of citizenship, and highest degree level
  • Contact Details for Three References 

Applications should be received by the closing date stated above.

Informal enquiries about procedure may be addressed to the Staff Management Team at Please quote the position and job ID in your enquiry.

More substantive issues may be addressed to the Vice President Academic Affairs, Prof David Goodman at 

Location: Suzhou - China
Salary: Commensurate with experience and includes a general allowance and benefits package.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 18th June 2019
Closes: 31st July 2019
Job Ref: 995785 (M)
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