Instructional and Curriculum Specialist

Staff Exempt Boston, Massachusetts


At Suffolk University we are driven by the power of education, inclusion, and engagement to change lives and positively impact communities. Committed to excellence, we provide students with experiential and transformational learning opportunities that begin in the center of Boston, reach across the globe, and lead to extraordinary outcomes for our graduates. Suffolk University draws its energy from the vibrant urban heart of Boston, with its spectrum of cultures, customs, values, and expression, and from the rest of the world, in the places our students and faculty call home. It’s the ideal foundation upon which to build a truly diverse university community. Suffolk University is seeking a dynamic Instructional and Curriculum Specialist to join our team.

The Instructional and Curriculum Specialist ensures competence in English as a second language by teaching courses, developing lesson plans, and integrating best practices for content learning with a diverse population. The Instructional and Curriculum Specialist will teach up to four (4) non-credit Academic English courses per semester (semesters include: fall, spring and summer). In addition to instruction, the incumbent is responsible for completing administrative tasks which include but may not be limited to, curriculum review and development, orientation and summer program planning and implementation, and accreditation tasks. This is a 12-month, full-time staff position targeting a January 3, 2023 start.



  • Academic English non-credit course Instruction. This includes up to 4 courses per semester (fall, spring and summer).
  • Provide high-quality ESL instruction and administers authentic assessment based on student learning outcomes.
  • Prepare and teach lessons that actively engage students in English language learning
  • Maintain daily attendance records
  • Communicate students’ academic performance on a regular basis including formal mid-term and final evaluation reports.   
  • Substitute teach as needed
  • Hold one office hour per course (4 hours/week)
  • Collaborate with the Academic Director and Academic Program Manager to periodically review current Academic English curriculum.
  • Keeps up to date with best practices in ESL instruction and methodology to inform curriculum design decisions and plays an integral role in the INTO- Suffolk Curriculum Engagement Committee.
  • Contribute to accreditation as needed
  • Plan, implement, and review placement testing for new student orientation. Deliver orientation sessions on various topics such as American Classroom Expectations, Academic Honesty and Cross-Cultural Adjustment
  • Organize and lead instructor professional development meetings
  • Participate in all staff meetings as required



  • A Master’s degree in Teaching and/or English as a Second Language (TESOL) or related field
  • Knowledge of successful strategies for classroom management, especially in terms of linguistically and culturally diverse students
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong computer skills including MS Office, Outlook and Blackboard
  • Creativity and flexibility in the classroom are expected. Comfortable teaching a range of ESL levels with flexibility in accommodating students of different backgrounds.
  • Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Experience with curriculum design is preferred


Suffolk University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, genetic information, or status as a veteran in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs, activities, or employment. Suffolk University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive faculty and staff that reflect the broad range of human experience who contribute to the robust exchange of ideas on campus, and who are committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment. We strongly encourage applications from groups historically marginalized or underrepresented because of race/color, gender, religious creed, disability, national origin, veteran status or LGBTQ status. Suffolk University is especially interested in candidates who, through their training, service and experience, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the University community.