Professional Development Specialist

| November 14, 2014

Center for Applied Linguistics Classification: Senior Technical Specialist
Division/Program: PreK-12 ELL Professional Development
Hours Per Week: 35 hrs/wk (full time)
Position Available: Immediately


This position involves creating and delivering professional development services (face to face and online) on a variety of topics including sheltered content instruction (using the CAL SIOP Model), literacy instruction in English for students learning to read in a second language, and oral language development. Preference will be given to candidates with a familiarity with literacy instruction in Spanish for students in transitional, developmental, and dual language bilingual programs. The position also entails assisting the professional development team in enhancing the content of CAL’s professional development materials to work with various types of professionals who teach linguistically and culturally diverse students. Ability to travel approximately 50% of the year is a requirement.


  • Plan and facilitate face-to-face and online professional development tailored to the specific needs of schools and districts. Ability to deliver professional development in Spanish desired.
  • Create and proofread materials for use in professional development.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Education: Master’s degree in linguistics, language, education, or related discipline.
Experience: Minimum of four years of teaching experience in literacy instruction in English and/or Spanish, and knowledge and experience using sheltered instruction principles (ideally using the SIOP Model). A demonstrated commitment to working with underserved students is critical. Minimum of two years of experience in developing and providing professional development to teachers also required.

Successful candidates will have experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Teaching in bilingual or dual language instructional settings
  • Teaching subject areas other than language development courses (e.g., elementary or secondary general education)

Desired Skills
Candidates should have advanced proficiency with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, and should have familiarity with creating and delivering professional development courses for an online platform. Successful candidate must have excellent oral and written communication skills in English and preferably in Spanish.

The preferred candidate will be flexible, well-organized, and attentive to detail. Must have strong interpersonal skills and be able to work both collaboratively and independently in a fast-paced team environment.


Center for Applied Linguistics
4646 40th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20016-1859
ATTN: Human Resources, Recruitment 14-30

Attn: Recruitment 14-30

CAL offers a comfortable work environment with competitive compensation and an excellent benefits package. We are conveniently located two blocks from the Tenleytown/AU Metro Station on the Red Line.

The Center for Applied Linguistics is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment based upon race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, handicap, or any other reason not related to employment.

In accordance with USCIS regulations, all successful applicants will be required to show proof of their legal right to accept employment in the United States.