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  • Full-time


The Arizona Department of Education's mission is to advance equity and excellence for all students by serving school leaders, educators and staff, collaborating with communities, and leading with data-driven best practices. Our vision is equity for all students to achieve their full potential!

English Learner Education Program Specialist

Unique Populations Section

Job Location:

Address:  Phoenix

Posting Details:

Salary: $66,000 - $71,000

Grade: 21

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

• Responsible for the review and approval of Title III grants and English Learner (EL) funding including the review and support of Local Education Agency (LEA) Integrated Action Plans and alignment of funding applications
• Work collaboratively with team members to provide technical assistance, monitor, provide feedback, and professional learning to LEAs and Charters in federal and state requirements, evidence-based practices, and procedures for EL programs
• Local, in-state, and out-of-state travel may be required

Job Duties:

• Work with LEAs throughout the Title III and Structured English Immersion (SEI) Budget grant approval process, providing feedback and eliciting more information, providing guidance, and making determinations about approvability of requested budget items and LEA plan
• Complete statewide evaluation and monitoring of state and federally funded programs
• Prepare program-specific technical and administrative reports
• Provide appropriate feedback and ongoing technical assistance to LEAs
• Support LEAs in implementing state and federal authorizing legislation, all program guidance and regulations
• Design, develop, and provide professional development on EL funding to support with the implementation of Arizona's Language Development Approach (LDA), English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) and SEI model; professional development will be provided in a variety of delivery methods including face to face, webinars and on-line courses
• Attend departmental, divisional, and team meetings, and be prepared to receive and present information that is tied to program-specific activities, statistical data being generated, budgeting, agency-wide strategic planning, departmental policies and procedures, and the delivery of technical assistance to LEAs
• Serve on task forces and committees and complete special assignments, as requested
• Work with other divisions with ADE, helping to coordinate their activities with those of Unique Populations, as well as applicable state plans

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Please note: For those selected for interviews, skills assessments may be administered as part of the interview process.
• EL programs, specifically Title III funding and fiscal management
• Federal/state regulations regarding grant compliance
• Fiscal oversight of Title III monitoring and implementation
• Title III Federal guidelines for ELs
• Computer software programs used for grant processing and reporting
• Federal/state reporting structure
• Arizona's SEI Models
• English Language Proficiency (ELP) standards and the Arizona's academic standards
• Arizona's Language Development Approach (LDA)
• Applicants must have taught or administered an EL program or a related field
• A Bachelor’s degree in Education or a related field is required
• Effective oral and written communications
• Interpret and apply federal and state guidance and other laws, rules and regulations pertinent to the fiscal aspects of Title III and SEI
• Program/project workload prioritization, organization practices, and work flow efficiency to increase productivity
• Work management and leadership
• Develop and facilitate professional development for adult learners
• Intermediate skill and competency using Outlook, Word, and Excel in the performance of day-to-day activities
• Analysis for budgeting, compliance, monitoring, needs assessment, and program evaluation
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships
• Work independently and/or collaboratively in large or small groups as necessary
• Communicate clearly and concisely with audiences with differing levels of knowledge and expertise when conveying ideas, suggestions, and proposals
• Multi-task to meet urgent/critical deadlines
• Professionally represent the agency when working with internal and external partners/stakeholders
• Work collaboratively with leaders across the Unique Populations Unit to meet the vision and mission of the unit

Selective Preference(s):


Pre-Employment Requirements:

• Position requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.).
• Offers are contingent upon successful completion of all background and reference checks, required documents and, if applicable, a post-offer medical/physical evaluation.


ADE’s comprehensive benefits package includes:

• Affordable medical, dental, life, and short-term disability insurance plans
• Tuition reimbursement program available for education/professional development advancement
• Hybrid schedule (combination of telework and in-office) may be available for some job roles
• Top ranked retirement and long-term disability plans
• Deferred compensation plan
• Accrued sick leave and vacation leave
• Ten paid holidays per year
• Wellness plans

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


You will be required to participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) upon your 27th week of employment, subject to waiting period. On or shortly after, your first day of employment you will be provided with enrollment instructions and effective date.

Contact Us:

The Arizona Department of Education is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer. During all phases of the selection process, people with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting the ADE Human Resources office at (602) 542-3186 or via e-mail at HumanResourcesGroup@azed.gov.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.