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English Language Learner Assistant

Job Description


This position provides tutoring services to English Language Learners.

Reports to Executive Director of Student Services


  1. Administers and evaluates Washington English Language Proficiency Assessment (WELPA) oral and writing/reading tests upon entry, continuation and exit of program. Designs specific activities and lesson plans for ELL students. Maintains records of student progress related to individual and program goals.
  2. Collects and records pre- and post-test data necessary for student and program evaluation.
  3. Relates concerns and cultural differences of students and parents to program and school staff; serves as a resource person in activities intended to promote cross cultural understanding.
  4. Tutors individual students or groups of students in various curriculum assignments of enrichment activities; monitors and/or independently supervises student behavior in the work area; administers discipline as needed. Works either in the student’s classroom or in a pull-out setting.
  5. May participate in staffings when ELL students are a focus.
  6. Participates in parent-teacher conferences for ELL students at the request of the supervisor or parent; sets up appointments with school counselors for students and parents.
  7. Knows community agencies and serves as a resource to parents of ELL students.
  8. May participate in presentations on the ELL program at district and building meetings; explains American School System to students and parents.
  9. Attends workshop meetings, training sessions, conferences or other staff development or inservice activities related to ELL.
  10. Travels between multiple buildings within district boundaries.
  11. Performs other duties as assigned.

School environment; requires flexibility in schedule and driving to several schools each day. Exposed to infectious diseases carried by students.


FLSA: Covered


Education & Experience
High school graduation or equivalent and experience working with English Language Learners required. Bachelor’s degree and minimum three years providing direct academic support to English Language Learners in grades K-5 preferred. SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) training plus additional training in the support and instruction of ELL students including: Training in Guided Language Acquisition theory and strategies (GLAD-based), ELD Standards and Content and Language Objectives Training, Common Core Training to Support ELLs and Comprehension Toolkit Training for ELLs highly desired.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Experience administering the WELPA and WELPA placement test and interpreting results.
  • Experience interpreting peer analyses for ELLs; participates in staffing meetings.
  • Understands best practices for ELL instruction.
  • Experience coordinating and facilitating meetings among translators, parents, and staff.
  • Understands ELL accommodations in the classroom and for testing procedures.
  • Ability to advocate for ELL students to improve communication with families and for improved resources.
  • Knowledge of basic subject areas, such as spelling, writing, reading and math.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain accurate files and records.
  • Ability to attend to detail and follow tasks through to completion.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to organize tasks and set priorities within established parameters.
  • Ability to remain flexible to changes in assignments or situations.
  • Ability to organize activities.
  • Ability to follow instructions through to completion.
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, students, administrators and parents.

Licenses/Special Requirements

  • Must complete training in first aid and CPR as required by the district.
  • Must have valid Washington State Driver’s license.

Updated: 10/2013