Bilingual Paraprofessional Pupil Services Specialist

| September 2, 2014

Please Note: Position only open to internal NYC Department of Education employees.‘Reimbursable Funded Position’, subject to funding availability.


Education Administrator Senior Subject Area Instructional Program Management Specialist ELL/BIL Instruction Specialist (EA41)

Position Summary: The Bilingual Paraprofessional Pupil Services Senior Program Management Specialist is responsible for the design, development, implementation and supervision of the Bilingual Pupil Services/Para to Teacher Program, a comprehensive Title I, tax-levy federal, state and city program for English Language Learners and multicultural and multilingual programs throughout the city. The Specialist oversees all professional and curriculum development activities for the program, and ensures that the instructional initiatives are in keeping with the Department of Educations (DOEs) educational philosophy and program mandates. S/he provides technical assistance to all staff on English Language Learner/Bilingual Education programs and mentors current bilingual paraprofessionals as they transition to bilingual teaching positions. The Specialist also provides high-level advice to the Executive Officer regarding Title I issues, as well as directing and building the capacity of the DOEs Bilingual Pupil Services Program. Performs related work.

Reports to: Executive Director HR School Support

Direct Reports: Bilingual Pupil Personnel Services Staff

Key Relationships: The Bilingual Paraprofessional Pupil Services Senior Program Management Specialist works closely with school-based personnel to provide comprehensive and/or specialized support for the provision of bilingual education services by offering increased resources to children through the services of an additional paraprofessional. Additionally, the Bilingual Paraprofessional Pupil Services Senior Program Management Specialist works closely with target schools to ensure that paraprofessionals are afforded the opportunity and mentoring necessary to become great teachers, ensuring that best practices are taught to support bilingual education services in these schools.


  • Formulates Bilingual Education/ELL plans for Bilingual Paraprofessionals to service English Language Learners. Establishes objectives, sets educational goals and determines priorities.
  • Works collaboratively with schools to offer services, explain the need for the teacher intern population and build the capacity of English and native language use in ELL instruction.
  • Performs needs assessments to determine areas requiring emphasis. Serves as the liaison between Central Human Resources and the Office of English Language Learners/Bilingual Education.
  • Works collaboratively with individual schools to implement initiatives that bolster a more rigorous and responsive education for ELLs, to help schools meet comprehensive accountability measures.
  • Designs, implements and conducts a comprehensive program of staff development and training related to bilingual and English Language Learners, including multicultural and multilingual programs for field mentors, teacher interns, Parent Advisory councils and LSO staff, through workshops, conferences, seminars and demonstration lessons.
  • Works to ensure the provision of equitable instructional outcomes for ELLs with special needs.
  • Conducts research using journals and other educational materials and attends meetings sponsored by professional organizations, to remain current with the latest developments in the areas of bilingual and English Language Learners and multicultural and multilingual programs.
  • Conducts research and writes proposals and submissions for grant opportunities.
  • Maintains an effective working relationship with colleges and universities through the Career Training Program to develop relevant curricula and programs for professional growth training in the areas of multicultural and multilingual education.
  • Recommends changes in instructional strategies to achieve the Central Organizations goals and ensures compliance with mandates established by various funding sources.
  • Oversees the adaptation of the Central Organizations philosophy and instructional goals to meet DOE standards enumerated in curriculum frameworks.
  • Conducts classroom visits and on-site observations to determine the status of program implementation.
  • Represents the Central Organization as a liaison to the United States Department of Education, the New York State Education Department and various central DOE offices with respect to bilingual and English Language Learners and multicultural and multilingual education.
  • Introduces related instructional strategies and reviews instructional materials, textbooks and manipulatives.
  • Works to coordinate grants, technical assistance, resources and citywide networking events for schools.
  • Works in collaboration with the DOE to ensure that translated versions of Core Knowledge materials are available for parents who do not speak English, and that parents are aware of their availability. Assists in ELL parent outreach initiatives and activities, in collaboration with other DOE offices.
  • Oversees the administrative functions of the Pupil Personnel Office for applicants in Social Work, School Psychology, Attendance and School Counseling, both monolingual and bilingual.
  • Purchases instructional materials for bilingual and English Language Learners, and multicultural and multilingual education programs.

Qualification Requirements:


Applicants must possess a valid New York State certificate in School Administration/Supervision (SAS), School District Administrator (SDA) or in School Building Leadership (SBL) as well as a Certificate of Eligibility for Supervisory Placement or a valid New York City license in the specific area for which they are applying.

Please visit to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility.


  • Knowledge and expertise in current bilingual and ELL curriculum and practice.
  • Knowledge and expertise in current educational teaching theory and practice.
  • At least two (2) years of teaching experience in a K-12 setting or in a related area.
  • At least two (2) years of experience in a school leadership role.
  • Ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial and dynamic environment.
  • Record of achievement.
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously.
  • Working knowledge of the New York City DOE (highly preferred).
  • Excellent analytical skills, including experience working with qualitative and quantitative teacher performance data.
  • Excellent attention to detail, oral communication and writing skills; outstanding interpersonal and teamwork skills; outstanding critical thinking skills; excellent project management and organizational skills.
  • Good ability to critically assess challenges and identify effective solutions.
  • Ability to learn new systems and adjust to changing priorities.
  • Ability to work effectively with others at all levels of an organization and to consistently display a high level of professionalism in all interaction.
  • Flexible, optimistic approach; committed to overcoming challenges.
  • Strong working knowledge of MS Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point and the Internet.

Salary: $106,201+

Please be sure application includes a resume, cover letter and your 6-digit NYCDOE file number that was issued.

Applications will be accepted through September 3, 2014 at 3pm.

Please Note: Position only open to internal NYC Department of Education employees.‘Reimbursable Funded Position’, subject to funding availability.


It is the policy of the Department of Education of the City of New York to provide educational and employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), military status, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as permitted by law), predisposing genetic characteristics, or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual offenses and stalking, and to maintain an environment free of harassment on any of the above-noted grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation. Inquiries regarding compliance with this equal opportunity policy may be directed to: Office of Equal Opportunity, 65 Court Street, Room 1102, Brooklyn, New York 11201, or visit the OEO website at

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