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Director of Dual Language & ELL Programs

Passages Charter School
Chicago, IL 60660
$55,000 - $65,000 a year - Full-time


Chicago, IL 60660

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  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance

Full job description

This position qualifies for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF). We offer FREE HSA Employee Only medical coverage, which begins date of hire, 401K match, up to 24 PTO days, 2 Floating Holidays, 3 Personal days, and 11 paid holidays .

Do you seek to make a difference in the lives of others, particularly immigrants, refugees, and the under served?

AtTrellus our holistic approach to human services improves lives now and for generations ahead. Today, Trellus serves everyone who seeks our help, regardless of race or ethnicity. While we continue to deepen our mission with immigrant and refugee communities, all are welcome here.

Trellus focuses on culturally comprehensive human services that help people become:

  • Healthy – with Community Health programs and Behavioral Health counseling.
  • Educated – through skilled learning adult programs and a charter school for grades pre-K to 8 that specializes in preparing children to lead in a global world.
  • Employed – using comprehensive job-related services that place hundreds of job-seekers into full-time and part-time employment every year.

We are seeking a Director of Dual Language & ELL Programs to help support the work we do.

Passages Charter School serves students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Focused specifically on the needs of immigrant and refugee students. Passages offers a tailored educational program focused on high academic standards, and instruction based on students' individual needs.

Position Objective:

The Director of Dual Language & ELL Programs plans, develops, implements, and evaluates programs for English Learners. The Director provides training to EL staff, general education staff, administrators; monitors program compliance; provides curricular resources to teachers and staff; provides consultation and support to administrators and staff in the area for English Learners and related supports; other related functions as directed.


  • Plan, organize and coordinate Dual Language & EL programs and services.
  • Ensure compliance with State and Federal mandates for English Learners.
  • Lead the development, management, and evaluation of English Learner programs and/or projects for the purpose of carrying out and achieving defined goals and objectives
  • Makes informed decisions to improve organizational outcomes by utilizing a data-driven approach
  • Understand pupils' language learning's physical, intellectual, social, and emotional patterns
  • Ensure curricular resources and instructional methods in the area of English Learning match current research-based best practices and meet student needs.
  • Administering tests and language assessments to evaluate students' language ability.
  • Assess student progress, expectations, and goals in the bilingual program.
  • Develop and deliver lesson plans that utilize appropriate instructional techniques that enable limited English proficient students to overcome barriers that impede equal participation by these students in instructional programs.
  • Establishing positive learning expectation standards for students, evaluating students' progress, and maintaining current and accurate records of students' achievements
  • Supervise, assign and direct staff in the area of English Learners, and support Principal in the supervision of EL staff.
  • Present information on programs, services, regulations, etc. for the purpose of serving as a resource to other school personnel.
  • Coach, mentor, and challenge others to excel despite obstacles and challenging situations.
  • Build positive relationships in and out of the organization.
  • Increase the effectiveness of surrounding teams through collaboration, constant learning and supporting others.
  • Be sensitive to diversity in all its forms; respect and commit to learning from others.
  • Observe, consult with, and assist teacher in the development and implementation of bilingual, dual language, and transitional programs of instruction.
  • Provide training and consultation to administration, teachers, support staff and parents in the area of English Learning to improve instructional capacity and student outcomes.
  • Plan, organize and conduct comprehensive professional development programs for teachers, administrators, and parents.
  • Attend training sessions to support Dual Language classrooms and instruction.
  • Evaluate EL and Bilingual staff utilizing formative and summative assessments for Dual Language and EL and utilize data to improve instruction.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative organizational, public, and educational community relationships.
  • Anticipate and respond to stakeholder needs in a high-quality and courteous manner.


  • Bachelor’s Degree. Master’s Degree in Education or a related field (preferred)
  • Valid Professional Educator License issued by the Illinois State Board of Education with Bilingual Endorsement
  • Minimum of 3 years’ teaching experience in Bilingual Education or closely related field (required).
  • Experience in a K-8 school in an urban district, charter school setting, or international setting preferred.
  • Experience in site administration or district administration with increasing levels of responsibility (required)
  • Understanding of instruction, assessment, and support strategies for English Learners
  • Understanding of laws, regulations and education code pertaining to English Learners
  • Understanding of the continuum of EL services and placement options
  • Knowledge of philosophical, educational, fiscal, and legal aspects affecting school system operation as it pertains to English Learners
  • Experience with human relationships, conflict resolution strategies and procedures, and team management building methods and techniques
  • Able to work with a linguistically and culturally diverse group of individuals
  • Able to communicate clearly and compellingly with diverse stakeholders in both oral and written forms
  • Passionate for ensuring that every child, regardless of background or circumstance, receives an excellent education
  • Ability to sit, stand, walk, talk, hear, operate a computer, hand-held learning devices and other office equipment, reach with hands and arms, and must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Trellus is an equal employment opportunity employer dedicated to the fair and equal treatment of all of its employees without regard to age, gender, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, disability, political or union affiliation, maternity status, parental status, military or veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $55,000.00 - $65,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Chicago, IL 60660: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Application Question(s):

  • Are you bilingual? If you are bilingual, what languages do you speak?
  • Do you have administrative, or teaching, experience in an Urban setting?
  • Do you have administrative, or teachering, experience in a Charter School?
  • Do you have administrative, or teaching, experience in an international setting?
  • Do you have knowledge of philosophical, educational, fiscal, and legal aspects affecting school system operation as it pertains to English Learners?


  • Bachelor's (Required)


  • Biligual Education Teaching or related: 3 years (Required)
  • site or district administration: 3 years (Preferred)


  • ISBE PEL with Bilingual Endorsement (Required)

Work Location: In person