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Director of ESL/Foreign Language/Cultural Arts


The director performs a variety of supervisory and administrative tasks in monitoring and assisting the programs for Limited English Proficient students and Foreign Languages.  Primary responsibility is to monitor the overall effectiveness of the English as a Second Language program and to ensure that all state and federal guidelines are implemented according to regulations outlined in No Child Left Behind.

This director will also supervise the Cultural Arts programs.




Coordinate the program which serves students who are limited English proficient.

Provide direction, consultation, and supervision to program employees when needed.

Consult with centrally based directors/staff and school-based staff to ensure that federal, state, and local policies and procedures are adhered to at all times.

Develop and implement short and long range plans for the efficient operation of the ESL program.

Coordinate with school personnel, students, and parents to resolve issues/problems related to the individual rights of the limited English proficient student.

Work in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Office of Civil Rights, and the Department of Education to ensure that the ESL program is in compliance with all state and federal guidelines.

Interview and recommend teachers and assistants as possible candidates for employment.

Coordinate/conduct staff development as it relates to the limited English proficient student.

Attend state, regional, and local meetings and conferences which apply to the areas of English as a Second Language and Foreign Languages.

Monitor Title III budget and PRC 054 funds and make amendments when necessary.

Purchase needed supplies, textbooks, and materials for the ESL program.

Coordinate and conduct initial and annual testing for Limited English Proficient students as mandated by the state of North Carolina.

Keep staff informed and updated on developments at the local, state, and federal levels concerning ESL and Foreign languages.

Maintain local database information for all active, inactive, and exited LEP students.

Authorize test accommodations for EOG and EOC courses for LEP students.

Coordinate translation of Spanish materials as needed.

Assure that information pertaining to LEP students remains secure and confidential at all times.

Coordinate with the Director of Testing and Accountability on testing matters.

Complete annual LEP headcount, immigrant count, program evaluation, and NOMS headcount as requested by NCDPI

Update and complete the Title III plan annually.

Maintain and update the Federal Data Collection and W-APT database as required by the NCDPI.

Ensure that all eligible students are tested for LEP status in a timely manner as required by NCLB.

Conduct parent meetings and assist in coordinating school functions for LEP parents.

Ensure that information is being delivered to parents in their native language (where feasible) as stated in NCLB.

Maintain and revise forms as needed by the ESL/Foreign Languages programs.

Verify all staff travel and maintain all documentation related to staff travel.

Work with guidance counselors on registration issues or concerns.

Work with county-wide textbook adoptions.

Attend monthly cluster, principal and instructional staff meetings.




Coordinates the arts instructional program, including music, visual art, dance and drama; visits schools and observes classes to evaluate current programs and assess the need for new programs; meets with principals and teachers to discuss the implementation of curriculum goals; schedules specialists as required.

Ensures teachers and principals are familiar with any changes to the North Carolina Curriculum regarding the arts; provides leadership in curriculum planning and the formation of goals and objectives for the arts.

Assists with the overall evaluation of the arts programs in the system and develops strategies for improvement; coordinates and provides staff development opportunities for arts and classroom teachers; coordinates the matting and display of various forms of student art work in the art gallery; plans and coordinates art receptions and recognition programs as directed.

Convenes periodic meetings of contact teachers and department chairpersons in appropriate areas of the art; attends department and general staff meetings as required.

Assists the school system with the acquisition of appropriate textbooks, teacher guides and other instructional materials and equipment for arts courses; monitors arts equipment inventories and determines needs; works with principals and teachers to acquire additional space and facilities at individual schools for cultural arts use.

Collaborates with community organizations to organize cultural activities for students; obtains financial support from various community organizations.

Keeps parents, administrators and community citizens informed about cultural arts programs in the school system.

Participates in various professional and community organizations; attends various workshops, seminars and conferences to continuously update professional knowledge.

Performs other related work as required.




Bachelor’s Degree, plus teaching certification in at least one of the areas of supervision; Adminstrator’s license may be considered as well; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to be an effective leader.




Must be able to communicate effectively with people in various settings and situations.

Requires knowledge of rules and regulations surrounding No Child Left Behind and how these apply to local school districts.

Must be able to coordinate and deliver information, to explain procedures, and to follow oral and written instructions.

Requires knowledge of ethical responsibilities of someone who directs an  English as a Second Language Program.

Must be current on literature, methods, and developments in the field of second language learning.

Must have an ability to implement change as directed by the NCDPI or the federal government.

Must have the ability to express ideas orally and in writing.

Must be willing to make oral presentations before large groups of people.

Must be willing to establish and maintain effective working relationships and to be a contributing member of a team.

Must be willing to coordinate and maintain a program whose sole purpose is to encourage student success at all levels.


REPORTS TO: Associate Superintendent



The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to perform this job.