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Migrant, Refugee, Immigrant Coordinator

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Closing date
Jul 14, 2024

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To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential job functions satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary job functions herein described. Since every duty associated with this position may not be described herein, employees may be required to perform duties not specifically spelled out in the job description, but which may be reasonably considered to be incidental in the performing of their duties just as though they were actually written out in this job description.

GRPS MISSION: Our mission is to ensure that all scholars are educated, self-directed and productive members of society.

Migrant, Refugee, and Immigrant Coordinator

Department: English Learners Office

Unit: Professional and Administrative Exempt

Salary: Compensation range listed is based on an average 1-15 years of experience, as determined by Human Resources

Grade 104 - Specific salary based on experience


Under the supervision of the English Learners (EL) Executive Director, the Migrant, Refugee, and Immigrant Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the implementation of district models for teaching and learning of English to migrant, refugee, and immigrant learners.


Essential functions under the Americans with Disabilities Act may include any of the following duties, knowledge, and skills. This list is illustrative only and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by employees in this position. Regular on time and in person attendance is an essential function of this job. Other essential functions may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Implement and oversee districtwide models for teaching English to migrant, refugee, and immigrant scholars.
  • Lead the Summer School Migrant Program in the planning, design, and monitoring of the program working with the EL Coordinator to ensure all scholars are provided summer school services.
  • Provide training for summer school
  • In conjunction with Office of Assessment & Evaluation develop a rubric to monitor progress of migrant, refugee, and immigrant scholars for building
  • Ensure that all language centers are aligned with the district's instructional model (Literacy Continuum).
  • Coordinate selection & purchase of appropriate instructional materials to support instruction of migrant, refugee, and immigrant according to District standards and
  • Provide support and training to PreK-12 principals and staff as needed in conjunction with the content focused Literacy
  • Coordinate the identification, assessment, placement, and provision of services of all PreK-12 scholars with a Primary or Home Language Other Than English (PHLOTE) eligible for language
  • Support staff in meeting the needs of migrant, refugee, and immigrant
  • Develop training program for paraprofessionals involved with
  • Interface with community agencies involved in the resettlement of
  • Participate in the District's PreK-12 Principal
  • Coordinate efforts with other stakeholders to expand opportunities for parent involvement and
  • Assist schools in monitoring exited migrant, refugee, and immigrant
  • Review and analyze scholar data (e.g., WIDA, attendance, writing prompts, NWEA, attendance, discipline) and develop appropriate action plans for
  • Participate in the District's Bilingual Diagnostic team Child Study Teams as
  • Create and chair a migrant, refugee, and immigrant Proficiency Team to support decision-making and program improvement to include administrators, parents, community members, and PreK-12 staff.
  • Coordinate efforts with Human Resources in the identification, recruitment, and selection of bilingual/ESL
  • Stay current practices impacting the education of migrant, refugee, and immigrant scholars.
  • Participate in district wide
  • Lead Professional Learning
  • Participate in internal and external data
  • Assist in the implementation of research based best practices for migrant, refugee, and immigrant scholars
  • Coach PreK-12 staff as needed on the implementation of research based best practices and strategies for migrant, refugee, and immigrant scholars including
  • Participate in Instructional
  • Assist and plan migrant, refugee, and immigrant districtwide parent meetings and Family Literacy
  • Collect, analyze, and share data on the progress of migrant, refugee, and immigrant
  • Identify and coordinate services for migrant, refugee, and immigrant scholars and their
  • Be able to use technology to support training and classroom instruction.
  • Other duties as assigned and as allowed by grant funding and by the Executive

Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree in education
  • Teacher certification with an ESL endorsement
  • Trained in the SIOP Instructional

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in administration or TESOL.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Work experience in an educational
  • Strong background and understanding of curriculum for English Learners.
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate cooperative groups.
  • Possesses required functional and technical knowledge and skills to do his or her job at a high level of accomplishment; demonstrates active interest and ability to enhance and apply new functional
  • Provides demonstrated evidence of leadership and positive relationships with staff, scholars, parents, and
  • Spends his or her time and the time of others on what's important; focuses on the critical few and puts the trivial many aside; can quickly sense what will help or hinder the accomplishment of a
  • Provides demonstrated evidence of GRPS Guiding Principles: Ethical Behavior, Openness, Service, Productivity, Accountability and
  • Demonstrates desire to communicate effectively with diverse populations and understand the scholars we
  • Demonstrated the ability to build constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact to diffuse tense situations; has a style and charm that immediately puts others at ease and disarms
  • Demonstrates the ability to assign responsibility for tasks and decisions; sets clear objectives and measures; monitors process, progress, and results; designs feedback loops into
  • Demonstrated knowledge of data review process and experience with
  • Ability to contribute as a team member on district initiatives and planning
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current trends and issues in education, including Data review process, M-STEP.

The physical demands, work environment factors, and mental functions described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, talk, hear (in a quiet or noisy environment). Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust/focus.


The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to compare, analyze, communicate both orally and in writing, copy, coordinate, instruct, compute, synthesize, evaluate, use interpersonal skills, compile, and negotiate.


The Grand Rapids Public Schools will not discriminate against any person based on race, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, height, weight, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, pregnancy, disability, veteran, or military status.

Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations: Assistance with the application process may be requested through the Human Resources Department at (616) 819-2022 or

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