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  • 510565
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: Aug 21 2022 at 23:55 MST


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

Job Location:

Address:  Phoenix

Posting Details:

Salary: $66,000 - $71,000 

Grade: 21

Closing Date: 8/21/22

Job Summary:

• Responsible for the guidance and support to the field with the implementation, management, and evaluation of SEI programs.
• Point of contact for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) needing assistance within a designated region with English Learner (EL) services.
• Provide guidance in enrollment, model implementation, monitoring, and funding LEA EL programs.
• Local, in-state, and out-of-state travel may be required.

Job Duties:

• Collaborate with LEAs to determine and provide professional development for the implementation of Arizona's SEI Model. This includes a focus on the ELP standards and the transition to Arizona's Academic Standards. Professional development will be provided in a variety of delivery methods including face to face, webinars and online courses.
• 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.
• Oversee instances of negotiated Corrective Action.
• Support LEAs in implementing state and federal authorizing legislation, all program guidance and regulations.
• 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 the Unique Populations, as well as applicable state plans.
• Review and process Title III, and/or SEI Budget funding applications.
• Review and support LEAs with the development of LEA Integrated Action Plans and alignment to funding application.
• Support LEAs by providing feedback, guidance and clarifying information necessary and outstanding in order to have approvable funding applications.
• Other duties as assigned as related to the position.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Please note: For those selected for interviews, skills assessments may be administered as part of the interview process.
• English Language Proficiency (ELP) standards and the Arizona Academic standards
• Classroom management, curriculum design, and the particular instructional needs of the EL students
• AZELLA, AZMERIT, and Move on When Reading, Structured English Immersion (SEl), and methodologies and strategies pertaining thereto
• Data-driven instruction, summative and formative assessment
• State and federal regulations pertaining to the EL student
• Language needs of EL students: In order to achieve academically, ELs need to read, write, communicate at a high level of proficiency to prepare students for college and/or career readiness
• Applicants must have taught or administered an EL program or related field
• A Bachelors degree in Education or a related field (or equivalent working experience) is required
• One of the following is required: Structured English Immersion (SEI) endorsement (Provisional and Complete), English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement, or a Bilingual (BLE) endorsement
• Current Arizona Teaching Certificate?
• Identify critical components of an SEI classroom for compliance with SEI Models
• Teach the grammatical foundations necessary for students to achieve the requirements set forth in the ELP
• Standards for each respective grade span
• Using the Arizona ELP Standards and Arizona's Academic standards in instructional planning and implementation of instruction for ELs who have been placed in SEI classrooms and mainstream classrooms
• Teach ELs the structure and conventions of the English language
• Use data to drive instruction; to develop short-term/long-term educational goals
• Develop and provide professional development to educators using a variety of delivery methods, including online course development facilitation
• Intermediate to Expert Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint)
• Communicate effectively, both written and verbally, with educators of ELs and administrators of LEAs
• Absorb highly technical, specialized knowledge for meeting the ELP Standards at each stage of a student's development
• Create connections between the ELP and Arizona's Academic standards
• Guide and support LEAs in implementing the SEI models and Language Development Approach (LDA) with fidelity to ensure program effectiveness

Selective Preference(s):

Preference will be given to those applicants with Masters degree in a field relevant to English language acquisition.

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.