MIDDLE SCHOOL ELL SPECIALIST [2020-21]

Excel Academy Charter School ( learn more )

East Boston, Massachusetts ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3249226
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : March 18, 2020
  • Starting Date: August 2020

Job Description

Organization: Excel Academy Charter Schools
Job Title: English Language Learner (ELL) Specialist)
Campus/Location: TBD
Reports To: Dean of Student Supports

Organizational Overview

Founded in 2003 to provide a free, public, high-quality college preparatory education for the students of East Boston and Chelsea, Excel is proving that children’s ability to succeed in high school, college, and beyond is not determined by zip code. We have grown from one school serving approximately 200 students to a network of four schools serving more than 1,300 students, and our purpose and theory of change remains consistent: we believe that when a student has the support and tools to pursue a productive post-secondary pathway aligned with personal identity and values, it can fundamentally change his/her life trajectory.  As a true public school, Excel is defined not by whom we exclude but by whom we include in our community. We are proud of the fact that we serve many students with special needs.

After 8 years of operating a small single-site middle school in East Boston, Excel was designated a “Proven Provider” by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and granted two additional charters to serve middle school students. After four more successful years, Excel Academy Charter High School opened in 2015. In spring 2019, we cheered on our founding senior class as they became the first cohort to receive high school diplomas from Excel.


About the Role
The ELL Specialist provides direct instruction to students in need of a substantially separate English as a Second Language (ESL) course.  A member of the Learning Support Department, this individual reports directly to the Dean of Student Supports and is responsible for the following activities:


Teacher Support
  • Collaborate with teachers to help students master content and language objectives.
  • Advise teachers on accommodating curriculum for ELL students.
  • Collaborate with teachers to modify curriculum when necessary.
  • Support teachers in guiding ELL students toward the Network Priority Goals.
Student Support
  • Teach a substantially separate ELD class based on caseload, or provide inclusion support for classes containing ELL students.
  • Work specifically with ELL students during assigned periods of the day.
Programmatic support
  • Manage the ELL program including, but not limited to: completion of necessary paperwork, training of teachers, management of parent and student communications, execution of student testing/screening, and upholding of general Department of Education compliance requests.
General Responsibilities
  • Align student support services with the school’s mission and educational philosophy.
  • Participate in generating and upholding Excel staff norms.
  • Serve as a homeroom teacher and academic advisor.
  • Serve as a productive member of the Excel community.


Compensation: Excel provides a competitive compensation package that includes benefits and is commensurate with experience.

Would you like to apply to this job?

Please visit http://www.excelacademy.org/join-our-team/ to learn more about working at Excel, and/or visit http://jobs.jobvite.com/excel to view a current list of career opportunities and submit an application. Applications will be reviewed as they are received; candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Category : Classroom Teacher > ELL / ESL / SEI / TESOL
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Excel Academy Charter School is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Job Requirements

    • Qualifications
    • A bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred;
    • Must have a current, in-state ESL license (Alternative:  Hold a current out-of-state ESL license and pass required MTEL exams to transfer certification to MA, prior to beginning employment).
    • A commitment to and belief in all students and the mission of Excel Academy Charter Schools, including Excel’s values and educational model;
    • A commitment to addressing racial and economic inequity in education;
    • The ability to focus and thrive in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment;
    • The ability to work effectively in a team environment and the willingness and desire to support others in doing their best work; and
    • An openness to change, a willingness to problem-solve, and an interest in receiving feedback for continuous improvement.

    Preference will be given to applicants who also:


    • Have experience in a public or charter school setting;
    • Speak Spanish, Portuguese or Arabic fluently;
    • Can speak to the importance of rigorous classroom instruction and culture;
    • Can speak to the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • At least 2 years of relevant experience preferred
  • Bachelor degree preferred
  • Citizenship, residency or work visa required
  • Contact Information

    • Stephanie Gendron , Director of Talent
    • 58 Moore Street
    • East Boston, Massachusetts 02128

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