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Position Announcement

President – Center for Applied Linguistics

Salary Range: $160,000 - $200,000

The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) seeks applications and nominations for the position of CAL President. The President provides intellectual leadership and overall direction in organizational operations, management, and development. After 15 years of overseeing substantial growth, diversification, and financial stability, CAL's current President will leave this position in 2010.

CAL is an internationally recognized nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to improve communication through better understanding of language and culture. Presently, CAL houses major federally funded projects on English language learning, foreign languages, refugee services, language assessment, and literacy education. Research and application efforts focus on diverse areas of language education, assessment, and training. CAL has an annual operating budget of approximately $17 million, with a staff of 105.

During its 50-year history, CAL has focused its efforts largely on language education and on issues of equity and access for language minority populations. In recent years, CAL has broadened its focus in response to private sector needs in the areas of workplace literacy and linguistic diversity in the workplace.

Internally, the major role of the President is to work with the Board of Trustees and staff members to manage the challenges and opportunities of public and private sector endeavors. Externally, the President is expected to exercise creativity in developing themes of research and application, nurturing present and future funding sources, and developing new markets for CAL research, services, and products. The President is directly assisted in these areas by an executive team that will include a Director of Programs, Director of Operations, Director of Communications, and a Director of Development.

We seek candidates with the vision and talent to lead our mission-oriented organization in addressing program goals and developing new opportunities for diversification in our activities. Preferred qualifications for this position include a doctoral-level degree in applied linguistics or an allied discipline relevant to CAL's mission, experience managing a nonprofit organization, and success in obtaining federal and other funding.


  • Doctorate degree in applied linguistics or an allied discipline

  • 15 years of experience providing strategic, operational and financial leadership for an organization similar to CAL in scale and complexity

  • Demonstrated leadership skills, with the ability to make high-level decisions and provide strategic direction for the organization

  • Administrative skills, including the ability to manage budgets and staff, and to work with a governing board

  • Proven track record of success in directing a complex and multi-faceted nonprofit organization

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Submit nominations and applications


Chair, Search Committee for President
Center for Applied Linguistics
4646 40th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20016-1859


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, and should include a letter of application; curriculum vitae; and the name, address, telephone number, and email address of three recent professional references.

CAL offers a comfortable work environment with competitive compensation and an excellent benefits package. We are conveniently located two blocks from the Tenleytown/AU Metro Station on the Red Line.

The Center for Applied Linguistics is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment based upon race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, handicap, or any other reason not related to employment.

In accordance with INS regulations, all successful applicants will be required to show proof of their legal right to accept employment in the United States.

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