DIRECTOR OF MULTILINGUAL EDUCATION

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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3426101
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Re-posted : January 20, 2021

Job Description

FRAMINGHAM PUBLIC SCHOOLS

OFFICE OF MULTILINGUAL EDUCATION

 

TITLE: 

Director of Multilingual Education

2021-2022 School Year

 

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Director of Multilingual Education provides leadership and direction for the district’s multilingual program by working to ensure each student’s success in

English language acquisition and staying current with research and best practices relating to English language acquisition and dual language programming to support an engaging, high quality, and equitable learning model.

 

OUR MISSION:

Framingham Public Schools is committed to excellence for all students. A core value, embedded in the district’s philosophy and goals, is that “all children will learn”. Offering equitable access to education to all of our students hinges largely on providing the highest quality teachers in every school and classroom.  

 

Diversity among teachers undoubtedly advances the academic achievement of students. Compliance obligations establish the baseline; as a district, Framingham Public Schools are committed to achieving, developing, and maintaining a workforce reflective of the rich racial, linguistic, and cultural diversity of our students. Framingham Public Schools aims to teach our children, and ourselves, to be culturally proficient and inclusive in order to live, learn, and work together in a vibrant and diverse world.  

 

Indeed, Framingham Public Schools is committed to inspiring our school community to be accepting and willing to learn from individuals with differing backgrounds. Our goal is to reflect the diverse community we serve and create a great place to work for everyone by embracing the individual skills, perspectives, and experiences our people bring to the workplace and harnessing these for high performance and improved service delivery. We want our employees to feel included, valued, and respected and have access to equal opportunity, which supports full participation at work. Framingham Public Schools seeks to retain the diverse talent in our workforce and support our people to maintain a long and productive working career.

 

Framingham Public Schools is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities and women.

 

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:

Master’s Degree in a relevant background. Current and valid MA DESE license as a Director, Principal/Assistant Principal, and/or Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent.  

 

SKILLS AND ABILITY:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

A comprehensive understanding and working knowledge of language acquisition and dual language programming. Ability to manage a department and provide direction to others and make independent judgment, keep and maintain accurate records, meet deadlines, communicate with individuals of varied cultural and educational backgrounds, and communicate effectively in oral and written form. Ability to develop, implement, and articulate written plans of action regarding EL curricular development.  Ability to understand assessment criteria and provide insight into ensuring productive change based upon results of the evaluations. Ability to analyze and identify present and potential problems, develop and evaluate alternate solutions, and propose plans of action. Ability to plan, organize, and direct a comprehensive professional development program aimed at preparing staff members for success.  Ability to lead improvement efforts toward identified instructional targets by motivating and mentoring building-level administrators and facilitating systemic change strategies, with an emphasis on progressive educational practices. Commitment to equity in educational opportunities for students and leadership opportunities for staff, especially with regard to members of traditionally underserved and underrepresented groups. Strong personal and professional experience in working in an urban district with multicultural and multiethnic students. Proven experience in implementing culturally responsive practices. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with parents/guardians, the community, institutions of higher education, business leaders, school-based leadership, and administrative staff. Strong knowledge of best practices in adult learning, curriculum and instruction, program evaluation, leadership development, school improvement, budget management, and data analysis. Demonstrated knowledge of state/federal regulations and accreditation requirements.

 

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:

At least five years of experience as a bilingual and/or English as a Second Language teacher; some experience in leadership is strongly preferred.  Demonstrated knowledge of bilingual education development and best practices in instruction of English Learners is required. Experience with assessment, data interpretation, and alignment with curriculum criteria.

 

Experience managing staff development programs, knowledge of best practices, instructional methodologies, and coordination techniques. Fluent Spanish and/or Portuguese is strongly encouraged. Individual should have extensive experience working with new or recent immigrants and should possess culturally proficient skills with a strong background in working with families descending from Latin America. 

 

Framingham Public Schools seeks candidates whose background, teaching, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of education. Also, we are interested in candidates who will bring to their professional practice the perspective that comes from a non-traditional educational background or an understanding of the experiences of those underrepresented in the educational field. 

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as an illustration of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

  1. Instructional Management
    • Provides leadership and strategic direction to the District’s multilingual educational programs including Dual Language, World Language, and English as a Second Language.
    • Administers, supervises, and evaluates the PreK-12 multilingual education instructional program of the district.
    • Serves as the educational leader in implementing high student performance outcomes for English Language Learners (ELLs).
    • Assumes responsibility for coordinating bilingual and EL instructional programs throughout the district.
    • Works with the Office of Teaching and Learning, the principals, other directors, department heads, teachers, and paraprofessionals in the development of all-new bilingual/EL programs.
    • Is familiar with a variety of available teaching materials and instructional methods in regards to bilingual/EL students.
    • Works with appropriate staff to develop, maintain, and revise curriculum documents based on systematic review and analysis.
    • Assists in the improvement of the instructional program through observation, visitation, demonstration, and staff training.
    • Provides direction for all instructional programs and testing.
    • Supervises the writing, editing, and revising of curriculum materials to support the instructional program.
    • Serves in an advisory capacity on all curriculum development committees.
    • Serves in an advisory capacity on family and community engagement committee.
    • Partner with the Office of Equity to regularly monitor and assess programming and practices to ensure they are culturally responsive and align with social justice standards. 
    • Develop and implement programming that aligns the acquisition of language with appropriate cultural learning opportunities that expose students to the history, culture and experiences of the people whose language is being learned.
    • Assists in planning, implementing, and conducting of bilingual/EL training programs.
    • Effectively involves the appropriate staff in evaluating and selecting textbooks and other instructional materials to meet student-learning needs.
    • Effectively communicates district policy and guidelines to teachers and staff.
    • Works with appropriate staff to ensure a high degree of uniformity among elementary and secondary schools in multilingual education.
    • Coordinates procedures for placement and exiting of students in the bilingual/EL Programs.
    • Secures consultants, specialists, materials, and other community resources to assist in meeting program goals.
  1. School Climate
    • Establishes and maintains an environment which is conducive to positive staff morale and directed towards achievement of the department/district mission.
    • Communicates effectively with district and building level staff, the community, parents, and/or students when appropriate.
    • Partner with the Office of Equity to support the development of school-wide and district-wide positive climate and culture. 
    • Chairs parent and student advisory committees for the dual-language programs.
    • Assists monolingual staff to work effectively with ELLs in all curricular subjects.
    • Recognizes efforts and achievements of the administrative staff, teachers, and students.
    • Works harmoniously with all administrative and teaching personnel.
    • Demonstrates a clear sense of the department/district’s mission.
    • Demonstrates high expectations of students and staff.
    • Promotes a positive, caring climate for learning.
  1. School Improvement
    • Analyzes test data and instructional technology data to improve the instructional program.
    • Works collaboratively with others in developing FPS’ district mission, district goals, and articulating a vision for the district’s program.
    • Directs planning activities and implements programs collaboratively with staff to ensure attainment of department/district’s mission.
    • Researches programs and provides analysis of such programs to determine possible implementation in the district.
    • Provides opportunities for staff development for the administrative staff and teachers.
    • Works with schools to manage their student-based budget and implement a high-quality service model.
    • Develop detailed reports on low performing students and identifies intentional strategies to ensure equity of access. 
  1. Personnel Management
    • Works directly with the district’s bilingual and EL Teachers.
    • Assists in recruitment and placement of bilingual and EL teachers and is effective in interviewing, selecting, and orienting new staff.
    • Secures consultants, specialists, and appropriate community resources for principals and instruction staff to assist in attaining stated objectives.
    • Assists in orientation of new teachers during inservice and throughout the year.
    • Maximizes use of staff through planning for growth.
    • Demonstrates skill in coaching staff and peers.
    • Oversees the Office of Translation Services.
  1. Administration and Fiscal/Facilities Management
    • Defines the program and fiscal needs in the budget development process to ensure that fiscal resources address the mission of the FPS.
    • Demonstrates responsible fiscal control over assigned program budgets.
    • Works to keep FPS compliance with state law and DESE standards.
    • Analyzes facility and equipment needs for optimum teaching and learning; utilizes information to make recommended changes or adjustments.
    • Facilitates the preparation of specifications for equipment and the selection, requisition, distribution, and utilization of the instructional materials and equipment to support the instructional program.
    • Completes all, local, state, and federal reports on bilingual/ELL students.
  1. Student Management
    • Supports district and school rules for conduct. 
    • Encourages plans for improved student behavior that reflects enhanced opportunities for learning.
    • Develops evaluation instruments and uses data generated to guide program improvement and to monitor student progress.
  1. School/Community Relations
    • Communicates district curriculum, instructional practices, district accomplishments, goals, and new ideas to parents and the community.
    • Encourages two-way communication between the district and the community.
    • Encourages and promotes parental and community involvement in the educational process. 
    • Demonstrates awareness of school/community needs and initiates activities to meet those identified needs.
    • Projects a positive image to the community.
    • Directly supervise the office staff of the Bilingual/ESL department.
    • Facilitates translation efforts for curriculum materials as needed.
    • Develops and plans the instructional programs, both regular school year and summer school to meet identified needs of students in the Bilingual/EL programs.
  1. Professional Growth and Development
    • Utilizes information provided through formal and informal assessment data and a professional growth plan to improve professional skills and knowledge.
    • Participates in appropriate conferences and staff development sessions for improved job performance.
    • Actively seeks and utilizes evaluative feedback with appropriate administrative staff, subordinates, and immediate supervisor regarding job performance.
    • Participates in professional organizations and disseminates ideas and information to appropriate staff.
    • Provides leadership in identifying trends and opportunities in the profession, as well as solving problems facing the profession.
    • Strives to improve leadership skills through self-initiated professional organizations.
    • Maintains active involvement in local, state, and national professional organizations.
    • Conducts oneself in a professional, ethical, and responsible manner.
  1. Other
    • Evaluates staff.
    • Contributes to the development of budgets by submitting cost estimates based upon documented program needs
    • Performs other duties as may be assigned by the Assistant Superintendents of Elementary and Secondary Education as well as the Superintendent of Schools. 

 

PHYSICAL WORKING CONDITIONS:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing 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 regularly required to move about and may be required to traverse occasionally throughout the school building and to travel to school district buildings and professional meetings as required. May require occasional irregular and/or prolonged hours, including evenings, nights, and weekends as necessary. Regular and punctual attendance at the worksite is required for this position; may require occasional irregular and/or prolonged hours, including evenings, nights, and weekends as necessary. The employee must also often remain in a stationary position for considerable periods of time. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and sit, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is expected to lift at least 20 lbs (i.e. books, school supplies, etc.). The employee must frequently use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and use hand strength to grasp tools. Occasionally s/he operates a computer and other office productivity machinery (i.e., a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer). The employee must be able to input information into a computer and as well as read material from a computer monitor as well as handwritten or printed matter with or without visual aids. The employee must be able to communicate effectively with students, parents, and other staff members in person and on the telephone. The employee must be able to see and hear on a continuous basis as well as speak frequently. On rare occasions, it may be necessary to move quickly across even or uneven surfaces. The employee will be working in a normal school/office environment with an acceptable level of noise. The employee interacts with students, parents, and other staff members. 

 

REPORTS TO:  

Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and/or Associate Director of Human Resources and Talent Development

 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Administrative Support Staff (if applicable)

 

FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT (FLSA) CLASSIFICATION:

This position is classified as Exempt (Professional).

 

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:

12 months 260 days per the Framingham Administrators Association (FAA-Unit B) and Framingham Public School Committee policy. 

 

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Framingham Public Schools is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities and women.

 

Framingham Public Schools provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Framingham Public Schools complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the District has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. Framingham Public Schools expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Job Category : Administrator > Director/Coordinator/Manager
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    • Tiago Gadens , Staffing Manager
    • 73 Mt Wayte Ave
    • Framingham, Massachusetts 01702

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