Job Description


The Language Acquisition Specialist assists 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 assisting in 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 and EL families. With a strong commitment to equity in opportunities, access, and outcomes, the Language Acquisition Specialist plays a critical lead role in ensuring all students have the opportunity to achieve.


  • Work collaboratively with the Coordinator of Language Acquisition to support student achievement and effective services by identifying best practices, developing, and implementing strategic improvement plans, determining professional development areas, and supporting achievement plans, and EL programs with district goals and initiatives.
  • Ensure compliance with Arizona requirements to include monitoring and program implementation. This includes assisting with coordinating language proficiency testing via AZELLA as well as maintaining, monitoring, and utilizing data information systems and EL records to improve instruction and meet the needs of EL students. Maintains records and provides assistance to school sites relative to EL student assessment, identification, placement and reassessment.
  • Assist school and district leadership in developing understandings of appropriate second language instruction through professional development, one-on-one consultation, curriculum development, planning, assessment, and evaluation of English Language Learners.
  • Assist with compiling, analyzing data and preparing reports as needed to achieve district goals required by local, state, and federal authorities, in conjunction with the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, the Director of Federal Programs, and the Coordinator of Assessment and Accountability.
  • Assist with conducting professional development relative to language acquisition, implementation of dedicated program model, Structured English Immersion, EL components, monitoring, assessment, and data-driven instruction.
  • Other duties as assigned.


·         Bachelor’s degree required

·         Current AZ teacher certification required

·         English as a Second Language (ESL), Bilingual Education (BLE), or Structured English Immersion (SEI) endorsement required.

·         Five (5) years of 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


·         Master’s degree or Doctorate

·         Bilingual in English and Spanish (preferred)


Knowledge of:

  • Language acquisition principles and AZ requirements.
  • Best practices in exemplary instruction and rigorous learning in EL settings.

Skilled in:

  • Microsoft Office, with the ability to create graphs and databases representative of logistical and assessment information.
  • Building relationships with educators to support their work with EL students.

Ability to:

  • Interface effectively with other departments, school personnel, other maintenance staff, and business contacts from outside of the District.
  • Perform duties with awareness of all district and state requirements and School Board Policies.

 Core Competencies:

* Communication                       

* Analytical Thinking       

* Learner Focused                 

* Data Visualization


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand and talk or hear and sometimes walk and sit.  The employee must use hands, arms, and fingers to input data, handle, feel or reach; employee may occasionally push or lift up to 50 lbs. such as boxes, supplies, etc.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision such as to read handwritten or typed material, and the ability to adjust focus, close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and depth perception.

The noise level in the work environment is moderate to loud and can vary in temperature. The nature of this position is fast-paced and may occasionally be thought of as stressful. Through interaction with the public and other district employees, the employee may encounter different scents.


At Phoenix Elementary School District #1, we are Inspiring Every Child to Achieve, educating the future leaders of Phoenix! We’re looking for passionate people who want to shape the future to join in our mission of offering all students an excellent and equitable education. The education of our children is a shared responsibility among our community, and we encourage you to apply for the opportunity to be part of that.

Every member of our Phoenix #1 family-from our top leadership team to our bus drivers, our nutrition team to our nurses, and our teachers to our technology gurus is shaping the lives of our students every day. We also drive forward the goals of ensuring equity and excellence for all students. It’s not just our work; it is our passion!

We are a Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade school district in Phoenix, Arizona, established in 1871 as the first free public school district in Arizona. The district boundaries cover an area from 16th Street to 23rd Avenue, and Buckeye Road to Thomas Road.


  • Our 15 schools are in the heart of hip Phoenix.
  • We are educating the future leaders of Phoenix.
  • We have a district-wide Equity Commitment, Statement, and Plan.
  • We are accessible by Phoenix Light Rail.
  • We want you to relax and refuel with healthy vacation time.
  • We have University partners that offer discounted tuition.


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. Job descriptions are subject to change. 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 Coordinator, at (602) 257-6072 at least 3 days in advance.

This position is eligible for a $6500.00 stipend for working 20 additional days.

This position is on the Resource Specialist Salary Schedule- Placement Range= $40260.00 to $70880.00


Shift Type: Full-Time

Job Contact Information
Name Lauren Pagnotta
Phone 602-257-3755

Applications will be accepted beginning
Tuesday, May 3, 2022 12:00 AM
(Mountain Standard Time)

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