Multilingual English Learner (MEL) Specialist - Secondary Instructional Coach Certified Position

Job | Posted 11 days ago
Position Areas
Instructional Support


Position Title:  Multilingual English Learner (MEL) Specialist Position 
(Instructional Coaching assignment covers multiple secondary schools starting 2024-2025 school year)
Department: Student Services - Federal Programs - Title III Dept.
Purpose Statement
Responsible for providing instructional coaching and Title III compliance support to secondary schools within Tooele County School District.  The role of the instructional coach serving as a Secondary ML Specialist with specific responsibility for supporting and improving English Language acquisition services and instructional programs within their assigned school(s). The MEL Specialist will provide support to by training, planning, collaborating, organizing, and mentoring to establish effective, explicit, and systematic language instructional programs to increase the English proficiency of Multilingual Learner (ML) students.  
*This position will cover multiple secondary schools as determined by the Director of Federal Programs.  Additional inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Stephanie Rowley, Federal Programs Director,
Essential functions of the job may include but are not limited to the following: 

  1. Demonstrates a commitment to professional growth and ethical standards to advance the mission, goals, and policies of Tooele County School District. 
  2. Works under the direction of the Federal Programs Director to identify and improve the delivery of scientifically research-based English Learner language acquisition program curricula, materials, and service models. 
  3. Collaborates with school site ML Teachers/Facilitators, administrators, and other professional staff in order to address their ML program and/or classroom instructional issues for ML students.
  4. Knowledgeable with: TESOL Standards, WIDA Language Standards, Utah State Title III Plan, and Federal ESSA Title III Law.  
  5. Facilitates in-person and asynchronous learning opportunities within the TCSD Competency-Based ESL Endorsement Program and supports teacher cohort participants in completing ESL Endorsement requirements within the 14-month program. 
  6. Consults with administrators and other specialists for the purpose of i) providing an effective English language acquisition program and ii) ensuring that appropriate student identification, placement, services, and accommodations occur through proper processes and documentation. 
  7. Provides information and conducts high-quality staff development opportunities in best practices for differentiated and integrated EL instructional strategies.
  8. Coaches teachers and other professional staff members through coaching cycles, modeling, co-teaching, ML student shadowing, and other collaborative/reflective coaching methods to directly impact equitable, inclusive, and effective instructional practices within the classroom. 
  9. Observes classroom instruction and models delivery of English language acquisition instruction within established curriculum and program guidelines.
  10. Collaborates, trains, and supports schools' ML Facilitators in their roles as school advocates for ML students and the ML program processes (e.g., responsibilities of attending StAT meetings, participating  in IEP/504 meetings, building positive relationships with ML families, and initiating equitable responses to requests and ML student needs.)
  11. Organizes, conducts, and reports the administration of district and state-required ML language proficiency assessments such as WIDA Screener, WIDA Alternate, and WIDA ACCESS 2.0.  
  12. Analyzes English language proficiency score reports; trains school educators and administrators on how to use ELP results to build Individualized Language Development Plans for ML student language progress and academic success. 
  13. Uses data analysis to track and monitor the progress of ML students within the ELLevation Data Platform system, the Student Information System, and other pertinent assessment/data systems to support teachers, assistants, other professionals, and administrators in understanding the implications of assessment results upon instruction.
  14. Oversees ELD Paraprofessionals with creating a schedule, maintaining accurate documentation, training in English Language Development curriculum and intervention practices, and differentiating the support for ML students.
  15. Consults with administrators and other school staff members to support increased ML Family Engagement.
  16. Supports the TCSD Parent and Family Engagement Policy (#7003) by supporting schools in coordinating school-based home and family engagement activities and inviting families of ML students to attend/participate in school meetings and functions.
  17. Participates in district-level meetings and other school-level meetings.
  18. Responds to inquiries from various sources (e.g. other teachers, parents, administrators, etc.) for the purpose of resolving issues, providing information and/or direction to support ongoing ML needs and processes on the school and district level.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:
  • Able to work in a high paced, collaborative environment.
  • Able to multitask multiple high-priority responsibilities within short timeframes or deadlines.
  • Able to provide frequent and on-going communication with administrators, teachers, school personnel, coworkers, etc. related to coaching, district work, and effective work performance.
  • Perform specific knowledge-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: appropriate codes, policies, regulations and/or laws; age appropriate activities; lesson plan requirements; best practices in ESL instructional strategies; and behavioral management strategies.
  • Able to schedule activities, meetings, and/or events; gather, collate, and/or classify data; Conduct professional learning opportunities; and use job related equipment.
  • Flexibility is required to work with others in a wide variety of circumstances; work with data utilizing defined but different processes; and operate equipment using standardized methods.
  • Ability is also required to work with a diversity of individuals and/or groups; work with a variety of data; and utilize specific, job-related equipment present.
  • Problem solving is required to analyze issues and create action plans. Problem solving with data frequently requires independent interpretation of guidelines; and problem solving with equipment is moderate.
  • Specific ability-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: establishing and maintaining constructive relationships; adapting to changing work priorities; maintaining confidentiality; exhibiting tact and patience; and working flexible hours.  

ExperienceJob related experience is required.  Applicant needs to have a minimum of 3 years of successful teaching experience.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in job-related area from an accredited college or university. Master’s degree in related area preferred. 
  • ESL endorsement required (Attach endorsement certification to application).
Certificates and Licenses: 
  • Current Active Utah Professional Teaching License 
  • ESL Endorsement attached to Professional License

    Full Time, paid over 12 months
    Certified Salary Schedule
    Benefit Eligible


Posted By

Tooele County School District

92 Lodestone Way , Tooele, UT 840748050

At the following locations

Student Services Building

555 East Vine Street , Tooele, UT 84074