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Director, PreK-12 Language and Literacy Division

Center for Applied Linguistics
Washington D.C.
Starting at $100,694
Closing date
May 21, 2022

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Company Description

The Center for Applied Linguistics is a nonprofit organization promoting access, equity and mutual understanding for linguistically and culturally diverse people around the world.

The mission of the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) is to promote language learning and cultural understanding by serving as a trusted source for research, resources, and policy analysis. Through its work, CAL seeks solutions to issues involving language and culture as they relate to access and equity in education and society around the globe.

Job Description

**Applicants must submit a Resume and Cover Letter to be considered for this position.**

The Center for Applied Linguistics is located in Washington DC. While our physical location is currently closed, we are transitioning to a hybrid workplace where staff may work in person at the office or may work from home. Staff may work from locations outside of Washington DC, Maryland, or Virginia if approved for telework. However, this position is not open to candidates residing in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, California, or the U.S. Territories.


The Director of PreK-12 Language and Literacy will focus on coordinating and providing services in the areas of research, policy, practice, and innovation in language, culture and education. The Director will provide leadership and lead business development initiatives for the Pre-K-12 Language and Literacy Unit. The Director will also focus on collaborating and coordinating with other CAL staff to deliver and develop new and existing services in the areas of PreK-12 language, culture and education. Furthermore, the Director will focus on identifying and pursuing initiatives with partner organizations and state and federal agencies, and initiate projects that build on and expand CAL's existing strengths, in order to increase CAL's involvement and visibility in providing asset and equity-based services in this arena.


  • Lead CAL’s PreK-12 Language and Literacy Division
  • Direct, facilitate and monitor and participate in the presentation of workshops, training, teacher coaching and mentoring, including online and hybrid courses.
  • Plan and participate in conducting technical assistance and program evaluation activities.
  • Assist in materials design and development of curricula and instructional approaches.
  • Collaborate and coordinate work with the VP for Programs and Development, and CAL Dual Language Unit, and with CAL Language Assessment Division (LAD) in business development and delivery of services activities.
  • Collaborate with CAL administrative and communication staff in all areas related to work performed.
  • Participate and provide leadership in CAL mission related activities.
  • Collaborate with CAL staff in developing quality control standards and in monitoring the implementation of all work performed, and review and evaluate PD effectiveness.
  • Direct the coordination and deployment of CAL staff, subcontractors, and consultants to ensure that obligations for service delivery are met.
  • Mentor and supervise program staff.
  • Plan and manage the financial performance of the program area performance in contract and grant portfolios, and overhead spending budgets.
  • Collaborate with senior management in implementing a development plan and agenda for the program area in accordance with CAL's mission.
  • Actively pursue new projects in the program area, identifying and acquiring new funding sources, and monitoring for new market segments.
  • Develop marketing campaigns, in coordination with CAL's Communications Office, for services offered.
  • Represent CAL to project partners and the public, including contributing to CAL and external publications on a regular basis and attending and presenting at professional conferences.
  • Apply skills in cultural competence when interacting with clients and constituents, and CAL staff.
  • Other relevant duties as assigned.


  • PhD or EdD in linguistics, education, or relevant field preferred.
  • Minimum 6-10 years relevant experience, including classroom instruction, program management or relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge/background/experience in teaching, managing and creating programs for multilingual learners in public school settings.


  • Expertise and experience in providing preK-12 professional development for educators of English learner students, including face to face and online.
  • Experience with content-based English development professional development approaches.
  • Ability to provide services in English and an additional language.
  • Demonstrated experience in supporting assets-based, culturally responsive and relevant, approaches to education for multi-lingual learners.
  • Demonstrated ability creating and working with digital products and online solutions.
  • Experience with school district or state education agency contracting vehicles highly desirable.
  • Evidence of active participation and leadership in a related professional development organization.
  • Management experience, with proven results in developing others and building and leading a team.
  • Experience in utilizing a profit and loss statement to successfully manage a budget.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to build relationships with clients, peers, and key stakeholders.
  • Experience providing services in a multilingual/multicultural setting.
  • Demonstrated commitment for supporting diversity in the workplace and for collaborating successfully with all staff.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and networking skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and make recommendations to achieve process improvement and client satisfaction.
  • Ability to make decisions independently and act appropriately under pressure.
  • Experience with business development and responding to RFPs.
  • Creative and innovative problem-solving skills.


The ideal person will have proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English. Candidate will have the demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with team members and to foster collegial working environments. The candidate will work as a facilitator for the team to maximize time and resource utilization, leading to useful outputs and outcomes for all stakeholders involved. Experience and expertise in conducting research on educational approaches for multilingual learners is desirable. The candidate will be committed to providing leadership in offering and promoting pedagogical solutions that are asset and equity-based and not tied to deficit or compensatory approaches.

Additional Information

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.


This position requires extensive travel (50%-75% travel).


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to effectively communicate. The employee may be required to sit or stand in a stationary position 50% of the time. This position constantly operates a computer and other office productivity equipment. CAL adheres to ADA compliance and guidelines as a common practice.


The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, CAL complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

CAL expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of CAL employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.


The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) is a non-profit organization founded in 1959. Headquartered in Washington DC, CAL has earned an international reputation for its contributions to the fields of bilingual and dual language education, English as a second language, world languages education, language policy, assessment, immigrant and refugee integration, literacy, dialect studies, and the education of linguistically and culturally diverse adults and children.

CAL's mission is to promote language learning and cultural understanding by serving as a trusted source for research, resources, and policy analysis. Through its work, CAL seeks solutions to issues involving language and culture as they relate to access and equity in education and society around the globe.

CAL is led by a team of highly qualified and talented researchers, language scholars, and experienced practitioners, many of whom are recognized leaders in their fields. Our Board of Trustees, composed of leaders in the fields of applied linguistics, language education, research, testing, finance, and marketing, provides guidance and direction to accomplish our mission.

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