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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3295083
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Re-posted : July 21, 2020

Job Description

Position: Supervisor of MLL Instruction and Services
Job Posting #:2761

The Opportunity:

This role is an exciting opportunity to serve as a leader within a diverse and dynamic team committed to the audacious task of transforming public education in Providence Public Schools. By any measure, and over many years, the Providence Public School District (PPSD) has failed to deliver on its most fundamental obligation: fair and equitable access to a rigorous education for all children, but specifically Multilingual Learners who make up 34% of the district and trail behind academically when compared to their Gen. Ed. peers. The time for change is now and the district is in the process of a game-changing transformation led by the newly appointed State Turnaround Superintendent, in coordination with the Rhode Island Department of Education and with the support of the larger Providence community. The Supervisor of Multilingual Learner (MLL) Instruction and Services will support the district’s reform strategy to ensure all Multilingual Learners get the support they need to access a rigorous education. 


The Role:

This is an outstanding opportunity for an education leader with experience working with Multilingual Learners in an urban setting. The Supervisor of MLL Instruction and Services will work closely with District Administrative teams to support the transformation of public education in Providence. The Supervisor of MLL Instruction and Services will be primarily responsible for supporting the implementation and expansion of quality ESL and Bilingual/ Dual Language instruction, programs and services that will result in positive academic achievement for Multilingual Learners in the district.  


The Candidate:

Successful candidates must demonstrate a deep belief in the capacity of ALL students to achieve at high levels and the ability to work collaboratively with a diverse set of partners and stakeholders to drive transformative change within and outside of an organization.

 To succeed in this role, you must have a strong background in Multilingual Learner pedagogy and research based practice, you must have extensive experience working with the following MLL subgroups: Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education, Dually Identified students, and Long Term MLLs. You must also have extensive experience working as a Bilingual/ Dual language educator and/ or supporting Bilingual/ Dual Language programs and services. You must possess the belief that nurturing and developing students as multicultural, multilingual, and multiliterate citizens leads to long term benefits that outweigh monolingual program models. You must have experience creating and leading high quality professional development. You must exhibit strong leadership, be a master communicator, and have a track record of successfully collaborating with a large number of adults. Successful candidates must also possess a high level of comfort with ambiguity and the willingness to seek new solutions to old problems.


Key Responsibilities: 

  • Direct the district’s initiatives to provide and expand effective, efficient, and high quality implementation of ESL and Bilingual/ Dual Language programs 
  • Support the district's efforts in expanding the Seal of Biliteracy 

  • Provide leadership, oversight and accountability of implementation of the MLL education policies and programs in PPSD; 

  • Assure the effective allocation and utilization of resources for MLL programs and services. 

  • Ensure all MLL instruction is rigorous, standards aligned, grade level appropriate and provides deliberate and appropriate scaffolds.  

  • Lead, design, and implement new initiatives and professional development to ensure PPSD provides all MLLs with opportunities to engage in discipline-specific practices that build conceptual understanding, analytical practices, and language competence simultaneously.

  • Manage assigned staff, develop priorities and assign tasks and projects; assure appropriate services are provided and goals are defined and achieved; develop staff skills and conduct performance evaluations; meet regularly with staff to discuss and resolve priorities, workload, critical concerns and technical issues. 

  • Compile, evaluate and analyze data regularly, in order to drive improvement; 

  • Assure the MLL office activities and procedures are in compliance with all laws, policies, regulations and standards. 

  • Collaborate effectively with PPSD schools and departments, public agencies and community organizations. 

  • Support district efforts to increase MLL family engagement 

  • Demonstrate positive and collaborative behavior when interacting with students, families, clients, visitors, and PPSD staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment. 

  • Maintain absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, records and PPSD information. 

  • Attend all district and school–level meetings as required.

  • Perform all other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor and/or Master’s degree in applicable field of education   

  • Current Rhode Island Department of Education Certificate(s) in the following areas: 

    • Early Childhood PK-2, Elementary Grades 1-6, Middle Grades 5-8, and/ or Secondary Grades 7-12 

    • ESL Certification (K-12 ESL Specialist Certification preferred) 

    • Bilingual/ Dual Language Certification 

    • Building Level Administrator and/ or District Level Administrator Certification 

  • A minimum of five (5) years of successful teaching experience directly serving Multilingual Learners 

  • At least two (2) years of leadership experience (including but not limited to coaching, content specialist, building administrator).

  • Multilingual candidate in at least one of the district’s major languages preferred (Spanish, Swahili, Arabic, Khmer, Portuguese, Creole)

  • Ability to use English Language Proficiency Standards and the Spanish Language Development Standards in conjunction with CCSS to support the development of academic proficiency for Multilingual Learners

  • Strong organizational and communication skills

  • Successful experience working with diverse populations

  • Demonstrated ability to use, interpret, and analyze data to accelerate student achievement 

  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues, district and school-based administrators, and consultants and effectively lead teams 

  • Ability to design, deliver, and coordinate high quality professional development in a variety of venues

  • Ability to effectively use research to guide decision-making and planning

  • Demonstrated proficiency with PC-based computer applications, Microsoft Office applications, e-mail, google applications, web applications, and industry-specific technology.

Salary Scale
$103, 625-$111,143

RIDE Certification

  • Building Level Administrator or District Level Administrator Certification  
  • Early Childhood PK-2, Elementary Grades 1-6, Middle Grades 5-8, and/ or Secondary Grades 7-12 with ESL 
  • or
  • ESL Certification (K-12 ESL Specialist Certification preferred) 
  • or
  • Bilingual/ Dual Language Certification 
  • Position Type: Full-time

Employer Description

Providence Schools is an urban school district serving 24,000 children in Rhode Island's Capital City.

Providence Schools employs approximately 3,500 people; over 2,000 are certified teachers.

Contact Human Resources manager 401-456-9100 Ext. 11182 to answer any questions you may have. Learn more about us...

Equal Opportunity Employer

Providence Public Schools 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.

Contact Information

  • Brenda Marquis
  • 797 Westminster
  • Providence, Rhode Island 02903

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