English Language Learner (ELL) Specialist

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy hosts approximately 60 students in its residential program each year, most for whom English is not their first language. The ELL Specialist serves to support both students and teaching faculty in Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy’s efforts to provide a boarding program of distinction by creating a comprehensive program that fully integrates students for whom English is not their first language into all aspects of their experience during their time at Flintridge Sacred Heart.

The ELL Specialist is supervised by the Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction (APCI). The individual will develop a comprehensive ELL program on site to include course curriculum, residential curriculum, and academic support. The ELL specialist works in collaboration with the APCI, Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, the Director of Residential Life, the Director of College Counseling and Advising, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, the Admissions staff, and the Academic Services Coordinator.


Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Student support
  • Fulfill supervision duties in the residential program (2 nights/week and 1 weekend/month) to provide ELL support for all students
  • Advise a group of students
  • Develop comprehensive curriculum for at least one ELL course
  • Work directly with ELLs to provide English Language Development instruction at the appropriate language level
  • Serve as second reader for all ELL research projects
  • Monitor individual students’ language development over four years to identify areas of growth as well as any need for intervention
Faculty and Advising support
  • Work directly with classroom teachers providing coaching and support to increase the effectiveness of ELD instruction (i.e., observation and debriefing, modeling, collaborative planning, analyzing student work, etc.)
  • Provide ongoing, targeted professional development to teachers in the areas of English Language Development instruction and scaffolded instruction across content areas
  • Facilitate discussions around text selection, supplemental textual support, assessment models, and appropriate modifications for daily tasks/assignments
  • Establish benchmarks for student progress in terms of reading and writing skills
  • Assist teachers in grading student work using rubrics appropriate for stages of English language development
  • Assist teachers as they acquire new teaching strategies; teach model lessons or team-teach when needed
Other duties and responsibilities
  • Prepare annual goals
  • Work with Curriculum Board to develop inclusive, differentiated curriculum
  • Work with admissions to support international applicants and processing those applications
  • Work with Equity and Inclusion PLC to lead discussions on and implementation of the range of inclusive practices needed for diverse learners
  • Work with the Advising and College Counseling Department to foster student academic progress and language proficiency
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Knowledge of the reading/writing process and how literacy instruction differs for ELLs.
  • Knowledge of sheltered/scaffolded instruction techniques.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to English Language Development standards and language acquisition theory.
  • Knowledge of best-practices and research-based instructional strategies in literacy, co-planning and co-teaching, data driven instruction, and differentiation strategies.
  • Demonstrated ability to coach and co-teach with teachers and support them in effectively planning literacy and language instruction in the ELD classroom.
A Bachelor’s degree or certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language or equivalent is required. Classroom teaching experience required. Master’s degree preferred. Experience with program development, knowledge of boarding schools and/or campus student life is also desirable.

The ELL Specialist must have strong communication skills (verbal and written), demonstrated leadership skills, and experience with curriculum development. Effective interpersonal skills are required to facilitate collaboration and to solve problems as well as familiarity with collaborative technology skills. A high level of demonstrated cultural competency is also required.
Mandarin proficiency is desirable.

Flintridge Sacred Heart offers a rich, supportive work environment, competitive salary and benefits, and an opportunity to make a difference in this key position. If this sounds like the career move you’ve been looking for, send your resume to 
humanresources@fsha.org.   Please put the job title in the subject line.
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage minorities, females, disabled and qualified veterans to apply. We evaluate all applicants without unlawful consideration of race, color, age, religion, gender, marital status, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy is an all girls' Catholic, Dominican, independent, college-preparatory day and boarding high school in the hills of La Cañada Flintridge. Overlooking Pasadena, FSHA educates girls from Los Angeles, Southern California and around the world for a life of faith, integrity and truth. 

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy

440 St. Katherine Drive
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
High School Office: 626-685-8300
Admissions: 626-685-8521

Directions | Non-discrimination Policy

Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Sitemap