High School English Language Learner (ELL) Specialist

Teaching Opportunities [2019-20] East Boston, Massachusetts


***PLEASE NOTE:  This posting is for an unconfirmed, prospective opening.  In the event of a confirmed opening, we will review all relevant applications in the order they were received.***

Organization Overview

Founded in 2003 to provide a free, public, high-quality college preparatory education for the students of East Boston and Chelsea, Excel is proving that children’s ability to succeed in high school, college, and beyond is not determined by zip code. We have grown from one school serving approximately 200 students to a network of four schools serving more than 1,300 students, and our purpose and theory of change remains consistent: we believe that when a student has the support and tools to pursue a productive post-secondary pathway aligned with personal identity and values, it can fundamentally change his/her life trajectory.  As a true public school, Excel is defined not by whom we exclude but by whom we include in our community. We are proud of the fact that we serve many students with special needs.

After eight years of operating a small single-site middle school in East Boston, Excel was designated a “Proven Provider” by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and granted two additional charters to serve middle school students. After four more successful years, Excel Academy Charter High School opened in 2015. In June 2019, we cheered on our first senior class as they became the first cohort to receive high school diplomas from Excel

About the Role

Excel teachers are responsible for delivering effective, high-quality, rigorous college-preparatory instruction designed to foster the success of their students. Teachers who thrive at Excel tend to be entrepreneurial instructors and hungry learners who crave frequent high-quality feedback on their practice.  Excel Academy High School is seeking a strong English Language Learner (ELL) Specialist to provide direct instruction to students in need of a substantially separate English as a Second Language (ESL) course. 

Duties and Responsibilities

A member of the Learning Support Department, this individual will report directly to the Head of School and will be responsible for the following activities:

Teacher Support

  • Advise teachers on modifying/accommodating curriculum for ELL students in general education content classes

 Student Support

  • Teach a substantially separate ESL-class, based on caseload or provide inclusion support for content classes containing ELL students
  • Work specifically with ELL students during assigned periods of the day

 Programmatic Support

  • Manage the ELL program including, but not limited to: completing of necessary paperwork, training of teachers, management of parent and student communications, executing of student testing/screening, and upholding of general Department of Education compliance requests.

 General Responsibilities

  • Align student support services with the school’s mission and educational philosophy;
  • Participate in generating and upholding Excel staff norms;
  • Serve as an academic advisor; and
  • Serve as a productive member of the Excel community.


  • A Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred;
  • Must have a current, in-state ELL license (Alternative:  Hold a current out-of-state ELL license, and pass required MTEL exams to transfer certification to MA prior to beginning employment).
  • A minimum of two years of experience in an urban public school or charter school setting preferred, but not required;
  • The ability to speak Spanish preferred but not required;
  • A commitment to working with underserved, urban youth;
  • An unwavering commitment to and belief in the mission of Excel Academy Charter Schools, including Excel’s values and educational model;
  • The ability to focus and thrive in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment;
  • The ability to work effectively in a team environment and the willingness and desire to support others in doing their best work; and
  • An entrepreneurial spirit that reflects an openness to change, a willingness to problem-solve, and an interest in developing new ideas & programs.

Compensation: Excel provides a competitive compensation package that includes benefits and is commensurate with experience. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Excel Academy Charter Schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, ancestry, athletic performance, special need, proficiency in the English language or a foreign language or prior academic achievement.