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Program Leader (US Pathway Program) At Kaplan International

Date Posted: 18/Aug/2014
Deadline: Not Specified

Kaplan International Colleges offers university preparation in partnership with leading universities in Nottingham, Sheffield, Liverpool, Glasgow, Brighton, Bournemouth, Bristol and London, allowing international students to progress onto a wide range of degree programmes at these partner institutions. In addition to first-rate teaching and excellent study facilities, KIC programmes offer a high level of personal support as well as access to the facilities and resources of our university partners. KIC also operates partnerships in the United Arab Emirates, Kurdistan, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, China, Australia and the US preparing students for entry to higher education programmes. 

Program Leader (US Pathway Program)

Job description

Kaplan International is the international division of Kaplan Inc., one of the world’s leading providers of lifelong education. Part of Kaplan Inc., Kaplan International’s activities span a network of more than 40 English language schools across the English-speaking world, a broad suite of higher education programmes in UK, Asia Pacific and Australia and a professional and vocational training operation in Australia and Asia Pacific.  We have a strong track record in the development of successful partnerships and the establishment of new education initiatives. We draw on a highly effective network of agents and our own admissions teams to recruit students from over 100 countries.

The Location
The Lagos International College is located on Victoria Island in Lagos, Nigeria.


The Program and Role

The US Pathway Program (USPP) is a ground breaking transnational education partnership between Kaplan International (KI) and a consortium of seven leading North American universities (CNAU), chaired by Northeastern University (NEU). Currently in its fifth year of delivery in China, our newest centre of operation which opened its doors to students in October 2013 is located on Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria and has enabled hundreds of students to progress to their sophomore year in top universities in the United States.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the academic management and development of the USPP: an academic program designed to enable successful students to progress to year 2 of a consortium of North American universities (CNAU). The Program Leader will be part of the senior management team of the College.

Main Responsibilities and Functions

Reporting to the College Director and Dean of USPP the successful candidate will have responsibility for maintaining excellent working relationships with key stakeholders including Kaplan local and central staff, CNAU and sponsors and students. Key functions include:

Academic Management

  • Managing and leading the full-time academic staff and teaching assistants involved in the program
  • Allocating work-loads to academic staff
  • Calculating staff resources required to deliver the program
  • Ensuring that appropriate staff resources are available, the identification of additional staffing needs and assisting in the recruitment and induction of full-time staff.
  • Agreeing with College Director and Academic Dean the requirement for Teaching Assistants and responsibility for the recruitment as agreed
  • Planning and managing the delivery of the program including:
    • Developing effective timetables that make efficient use of staff and teaching resources
    • Overseeing the delivery of curricula by teaching staff ensuring that all academic deadlines are met and that students have been provided with the opportunity to demonstrate their learning
    • Working with CNAU and local staff to ensure the effective preparation and delivery of academic assessment
    • Co-ordinating the accurate recording, collation and communication of marks and grades to CNAU
    • Providing regular and accurate academic feedback and reports to CNAU including raising any issues that affect the academic progress of the program
    • Providing regular and accurate academic and operational reports to the College Director and the Academic Dean
    • Provision of academic guidance to students: monitoring attendance and academic performance, identifying and providing guidance to students at risk
    • Working with CNAU and local academic staff to lead the local processes of quality assurance and module and program enhancement.  Collating feedback and relevant module reports, and analyse such, in order to produce Programme Handbooks, Programme Reviews and other material to support the delivery and enhancement of a designated suite of programmes offered by the College
    • Identifying and sharing best academic practice with local colleagues and the KIC academic community
    • Implementing a system of teaching observations and providing appropriate feedback to academic staff.
    • Assisting the Dean in academic staff appraisals


Teaching Duties

  • Contributing to the delivery, preparation and assessment of modules on programmes offered by the College (normal teaching load of 8-10 hours per week), and, when required, act as ‘Module Coordinator’ of these modules
  • Assisting with student induction and with extra-curricular activities as required
  • Maintaining full compliance with CNAU requirements for course delivery and assessment
  • Maintaining an excellent working relationship with the CNAU Master Teacher as well as those of Kaplan International Colleges
  • Providing accurate reports as required on individual and group and subject performance
  • Ensuring appropriate use of learning and learning support technology including the use of the ‘smartboard’, the VLE provided by CNAU and the Class system
  • Contributing to the quality enhancement of Modules by providing accurate and reflective feedback as required
  • Maintaining the necessary subject knowledge to ensure the effective delivery of the modules
  • Representing the College at appropriate events and meetings within KIC, with the partner university and to external stakeholders
  • Any other duties required from time to time by the College Director and Kaplan senior management team.

Desired Skills and Experience

The successful candidate will enjoy working with international students, be customer orientated and performance driven. In addition, the successful candidate should have:

  • A minimum of a UK, US, Canadian or Australian Master’s degree or higher,
  • Understanding of US further and higher education system and experience of academic management and/or quality assurance in a US further and/or higher education environment.
  • Experience of managing and providing academic leadership to a team of staff
  • Previous teaching experience within a US higher education context.
  • Ability to develop and update teaching material and experience of working within a Virtual Learning Environment and with Blended Learning.
  • Competence in administrative IT skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, e-mail, etc.)
  • Strong record-keeping skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and good communication skills
  • Flexibility and willingness to work under pressure to deadlines

Enthusiasm and motivation to be a performance-driven team player.


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