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Senior Director, World Language and Bilingual Programs

Date Posted: Jun 8, 2021

Job Description

Job Title

Position Title: Senior Director, World Language and Bilingual Programs

Location: Fisher Building

Salary: $85,000 - $110,000

Reports to: Executive Director, Instructional Equity

Bargaining Unit: Non-Union Administrator

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Position Summary:

As a significant member of the District’s Instructional Equity Department, the Senior Director works with the Executive Director (ED) of Instructional Equity to provide leadership and direction to the World Languages and Bilingual Team. The Senior Director will establish a vision for excellent instruction in World Languages and Bilingual Education lead and implement a coherent, focused academic strategy for achieving the vision, including curriculum and assessment, school support, and educator professional development, and data-driven intervention and academic acceleration strategies. The Senior Director will support the ED with the development, implementation, and evaluation of World Languages and Bilingual instructional programs, as well as the development of the World Languages and Bilingual programs budget and contracts to ensure the strategy is fully resourced. As a senior leader in the organization, the Senior Director is accountable for building and leading an inclusive team that produces results for students participating in World Language and Bilingual programs.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Valid State of Michigan Administration Certificate and Teaching Certificate in related content area highly preferred
  • At least 5 years of effective K-12 classroom teaching experience
  • At least 3 years of building or district-level leadership experience

Essential Functions:

  1. Vision: Partner with stakeholders to enact the District’s vision for excellent instruction in World Language courses, bilingual settings, and in classrooms with English Language Learners; invest others in the importance of expanded access to World Languages, Bilingual and ELL programs to achieve the District’s mission
  2. Strategy: Support the development of clear, specific, and ambitious student participation and achievement targets for World Languages and Bilingual programs; with the support of the ED of Instructional Equity, establish a strategy to achieve targets in each area of responsibility, holding parties accountable for meeting targets and adjusting strategy and approach to achieve desired outcomes
  3. Assessment: Organize and facilitate the adoption and implementation of appropriate assessment systems for student, staff, and school performance aligned to each area of responsibility (e.g. WIDA, Language Proficiency Exams)
  4. Curriculum: Organize and facilitate the selection and implementation of high-quality instructional materials and implementation resources related to World Languages and Bilingual programs; work in partnership with colleagues across the Office of Strategy & Academics and Schools to ensure coherence in the student experience  
  5. Cross Departmental Collaboration: Partner with District departments to ensure that support for Newcomers and English Language Learners is provided throughout the system including, but not limited to, Enrollment, ESE, Early Learning, Human Resources, Partnerships, and Equity, Advocacy, and Civil Rights
  6. School Support: Partner with content area leaders to implement an outcomes-oriented school support model; ensure system of supports systematically address school needs and result in improved outcomes
  7. Professional Development: Support the design and delivery of professional development for World Languages, Bilingual and ELL programming; work with senior leaders across the Office of Strategy & Academics and schools to ensure coherence and focus in the PD program; gather and use quantitative and qualitative school, educator, and student achievement data to inform the PD model, content, and delivery methods
  8. Stakeholder Engagement: Proactively engage World Languages and Bilingual program constituents, including families, community members, alumni, and educators to understand motivations and needs, problem solve through challenging issues, and arrive at productive solutions
  9. Budget, Contracts and Partnerships: Support the ED of Instructional Equity to propose line item budgets aligned to strategy; tightly monitor budget, applicable grants (e.g., Title III), and contracts throughout the year to ensure responsible stewardship of resources; support the development of board agenda items related to World Languages and Bilingual programs; support partnerships that advance the academic strategy and support student achievement; hold vendors and partners accountable for results
  10. Compliance and Reporting: Ensure district compliance with all state and federal requirements within area of responsibility (e.g., entrance and exit protocols, Read by Grade Three Law with English Learners)
  11. Team Management: Lead a diverse team to great results, creating an inclusive culture where all team members can thrive; develop equitable processes and policies and build strong relationships across lines of identity and power; use performance management and strong managerial competencies to ensure staff throughout the organizational structure champion our culture, contribute meaningful work, motivate others to achieve results, and operate as constant learners.  In collaboration with Human Resources, support the expansion of exceptional talent in the District, particularly bilingual & ESL certifications and endorsements
  12. Anti-Racism Commitment: Demonstrate a commitment to antiracism, center racial equity and inclusion, and bring practical solutions to issues of equity and inclusion in schools and on the team
  13. Fulfill other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Eexcutive Director of Instructional Equity

Security Clearance:

Internal Applicants

If you are a current Detroit Public Schools Community District employee, you do not have to submit to a new security clearance, unless your new role requires a different type of criminal background check.

External Applicants

In alignment with Michigan law, if you are hired to fill a position, you will be required to submit a Detroit Public Schools Community District criminal background check. Information regarding required background checks will be shared at point of hire.

Method of Application:

Applicants must apply through the online application system. Only applications submitted through the online application system will be considered for any posted position and all applications require a resume to be considered.

Successful candidates are required to submit official transcript(s) at point of offer to hire. Teaching services outside of the Detroit Public Schools Community District must be verified by the applicant’s prior employer(s) prior to hire. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide all documentation (including copies) as requested.

Applicants requesting assistance during the application process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email at [email protected] or phone at (313) 873-6897.

DPSCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, height, weight, citizenship, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admissions. Questions? Concerns? contact the Civil Rights Coordinator at (313) 240-4377 or [email protected] or 3011 West Grand Boulevard, 14th Floor, Detroit MI 48202.

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