The English Language Learning (ELL) Director will be an influential voice and leader in a growing global K12 organization. The ELL Coordinator will be a key member of the Central Services team and will develop and implement a supplemental program that promotes student achievement, accelerates inclusion into American culture, and offers a high level of individualized service.
In addition to central operational responsibilities, this position will partner with the organization’s campus teams to develop replicable best practices that can be shared throughout a growing family of partner schools. The breadth of oversight and management responsibilities of this position will grow as the organization expands.
Success in this role will be demonstrated by:
Developing an organization-wide ELL program for students that is consistent in terms of the pedagogical approach and that can be differentiated per the unique needs of our students
Establishing a robust Professional Development program for our partner schools
Establishing nurturing and trusting stakeholder relationships
Implementing an organizational focus on delivering student outcomes and satisfaction
Aligning oneself and the team around a set of organizational values and standards
Developing collaborative relationships among staff members with partner schools
Establishes methods for the planning of ELL instruction for all students
Partners with campuses, schools and staff to establish, assess, monitor, and achieve learning goals
Reviews progress toward goals with site ELL Coordinators on a regular basis
Work with site ELL Coordinators to administer English language proficiency assessments throughout the year to monitor progress and share results with partner school staff
Develop a clear system of instructional interventions to share with partner school staff should students plateau in language acquisition
Creates appropriate learning environment: stimulating, active, safe, respectful, project-based, etc.
Create frameworks for students to use a variety of technology strategies to support their learning and ensures students are proficient in navigating the systems of partner schools
Seeks ideas and resources to augment the instructional program
Regularly checks a variety of sources for instructional ideas and support
Coaches partner school staff in the area of sheltered instruction and best practices
Delivers professional development to partner school staff when needed
Serves as an advocate for all students and liaises with partner school staff when needed
Research and identify bilingual psychologists as outside resources should social/emotional needs arise that cannot be addressed by partner school personnel.
The successful candidate will be an entrepreneurial, energetic leader with a love of working with adolescents from different cultures and with different learning styles. This person will be organized and have excellent written and oral communication skills. This person must be resilient and reliable while demonstrating an ability to build a strong community culture within a global environment.
Minimum Master’s Degree in TESOL, applied linguistics or other related discipline.
Willingness to work some nights and weekends.
International, multi-cultural exposure, experience working with English as a Second Language students, classroom management training a plus.
Working knowledge of one other language (preferably Asian) would be beneficial due to the nature of the work. Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Spanish, or Portuguese language abilities preferred.
Based in Chicago, Illinois, Amerigo helps international students in the United States achieve their full potential. As a growing number of students from around the world seek to advance their education in American high schools, Amerigo is setting a new standard in educating international students by combining the established practices of nurturing, supportive environments from traditional American... boarding schools with innovative approaches to language development and college guidance.
Backed by the Sterling Partners Education Opportunity Fund, Amerigo forms strategic partnerships with private day schools in the United States to provide a seamless academic experience for international students. Through the Amerigo model, we collaborate with our partner schools as they provide the core preparatory high-school curriculum while our team on-the-ground delivers a suite of academic, language, and cultural immersion programs in a well-staffed residential environment based in our local boarding campus. Amerigo seeks partners that our aligned in our mission to energize American educational communities through the diversity of students from around the world.