Job Description


The Language Acquisition Specialist will lead the critical work involved in developing and implementing a
district-wide vision for the achievement of students who are English Learners (ELs).  This includes, but is not limited to: leading the development and implementation of effective curriculum and program models for EL students; providing instructional support to language acquisition and serving as a resource to school staff.


  • Maintains high expectations for student learning that is tightly aligned with the district’s vision and goals.
  • Assists in the development and planning of district-wide systems, structures and supports to improve teaching and learning for ELs
  • Possesses thorough knowledge of the pedagogy, principles, practices and policies relative to EL programming, inclusive practices, literacy, best practices and innovations in supporting the success of students who are EL.
  • Coordinates EL program improvement efforts with the Phoenix #1 community.
  • Collaborates with teams of teachers to design, develop and revise written curriculum guides.
  • Identifies programmatic needs and uses data to ensure students receive instruction and supports to be successful.
  • Supports the development of written curriculum for EL students.
  • Provides professional development relative to language acquisition, implementation of dedicated program model, Structured English Immersion, EL components, ILLPs, monitoring, assessment and data-driven instruction.
  • Assists and supports the schools in developing and effectively delivering programming to meet the needs of language acquisition students.
  • Maintains, monitors and utilizes data information systems and EL records to improve instruction and meet the needs of EL students.
  • Ensures compliance with Arizona requirements to include monitoring and program implementation.
  • Maintains records and provides assistance to sites relative to EL student assessment, identification, placement and reassessment.
  • Coordinates language proficiency testing.
  • Evaluates EL program effectiveness as indicated by measurable student achievement.
  • Represents Phoenix #1 in meetings related to the EL program.
  • Collaborates with SEI teachers, EL Leads and the Assessment Techs.
  • Provides assistance to private schools as needed.
  • Effectively utilizes district technologies appropriate to the position and assumes responsibility for attending training needed to successfully perform designated responsibilities as directed by supervisor.
  • Monitors implementation of the written curriculum and analyzes student achievement data to make recommendations to ensure ELL students success.
  • Other duties as assigned.




To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Arizona Elementary Teaching Certificate
  • Five (5) years successful teaching experience in a K-8 EL or Bilingual classroom
  • Evidence of leadership experience to include coaching, facilitation of professional development, curriculum writing and/or program design
  • English as a Second Language (ESL), Bilingual Education (BLE) or Structured English Immersion (SEI) endorsement required.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish (preferred)
  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s Degree or Doctorate (preferred)


  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, etc.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from administrators, staff and the general public.


  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference.
  • Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
  • Ability to make graphs and databases representative of logistical and assessment information specific to ELL learners.


  • Ability to interface effectively with other departments, school personnel, other maintenance staff, and business contacts from outside of the District.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working-relationships with administrators and co-workers.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours to allow for participation at evening meetings.
  • Possesses excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal relationship skills.
  • Ability to operate general office equipment.
  • Maintains confidentiality; possesses unquestionable integrity.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to understand and carry out complex oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Can prioritize multiple tasks, work under stress, and take direction, ability to work with frequent interruptions.
  • Thorough knowledge of language acquisition principles and AZ requirements.


  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule from.
  • Able to maintain a clear focus relative to: curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
  • Exemplary abilities relative to establishing priorities and making well-thought out decisions.


  • Ability to accurately perform assigned tasks.
  • Ability to perform duties with awareness of all district requirements and School Board Policies.
  • Ability to promote harmonious-working relationships with staff, universities, the Arizona Department of Education and outside business representatives.
  • Possesses excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal relationship skills.


Occasional exposure to undesirable conditions and minor safety risks.

Workplace accidents are relatively improbable outside of minor injuries, such as cuts, scrapes, or bruises, and infectious diseases. No exposure to chemical health hazards.

Exerts up to 10 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body.

Sedentary work, which involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally.


This position is treated as a full-time, exempt position under the Fair Labor Standards Act.



The statements in this job description describe the essential function and requirements as assigned to this job and are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills that may be required.

Employees must be able to pass a pre-employment drug test and extensive fingerprint and background check.

Discrimination against an otherwise qualified individual with a disability or any individual by reason of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity gender expression, age, or national origin is prohibited. Efforts will be made in recruitment and employment to ensure equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons.

PESD1 is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process contact Lauren Pagnotta, HR Supervisor, at (602) 257-6072 at least 3 days in advance.


Shift Type: Full-Time

Job Contact Information
Name Human Resources Department
Phone 602-257-3755

Applications will be accepted
Friday, April 12, 2019 12:00 AM  -
Monday, April 29, 2019 5:00 PM
(Mountain Standard Time)

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