Vacancy Announcement: President

The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) seeks applications and nominations for the position of President. The President provides intellectual leadership and overall direction for the organization. CAL’s current President will leave this position in 2017.

CAL is an internationally recognized nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote access, equity, and mutual understanding for linguistically and culturally diverse people around the world. Presently, CAL houses major federally funded projects on English language learning, foreign languages, language policy, language assessment, and literacy education. Research and application efforts focus on diverse areas of language education, language policy, assessment, and training. CAL has an annual operating budget of approximately $17 million, with a staff of approximately 80.

During its 58-year history, CAL has focused its efforts largely on language education and assessment, 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 to manage the opportunities and challenges of public and private sector endeavors. The President is directly assisted in these areas by an executive team that will include the Vice President for Language Education, and the Vice President for Language Assessment. In addition, the President will be assisted in managing administration matters by a Vice President for Administration.

Externally, the President will represent CAL to a wide range of stakeholders and constituencies including academic, government, media, associations, and other organizations in both the public and private sectors. Working with members of the professional community, as well as the Board of Trustees, the President will exercise creativity in developing research and application priorities, nurturing present and future funding sources and partnerships, and developing new markets for CAL research, services, and products.

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 a related discipline
  • 10 years of experience providing strategic leadership for an organization similar to CAL in scale and complexity
  • Demonstrated record of scholarship in applied linguistics or a related discipline
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, with the ability to make high-level decisions and provide strategic direction for the organization
  • Administrative skills, including the ability to oversee financial matters and to work with a governing board
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills


Submit nominations and applications

Chair, Presidential Search Committee
Center for Applied Linguistics
4646 40th Street NW
Washington, DC 20016-1859


Applications received by December 1, 2016 will receive best consideration. 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 in Washington, DC, 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.