Director, Office of Language Acquisitions (OLA) / Language Schools


This opportunity is open to all interested candidates.  
San Diego Unified School District, the second-largest district in California and one of the top largest urban school districts in the United States, is seeking a Director, Office of Language Acquisitions (OLA)/Language Schools.

The Director role in the Multilingual Education Department-Dual Language Programs is responsible for overseeing, coordinating, and managing special projects within the department. This includes providing academic and compliance support, facilitating collaboration across departments, and ensuring effective implementation of the guiding principles of dual language programs. The Director also supports the growth and development of program growth and leadership.

Plan, organize, manage, and direct the improvement of instruction and implementation of programs for English Learners throughout the district; direct and supervise the operation of the Office of Language Acquisitions; supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned personnel.


  • Assigned to support the Multilingual Education Department, Dual Language Programs

  • Experience in Dual Language and Biliteracy programs is preferred but not required

  • Working location: 4100 Normal Street, San Diego, CA 92103 & sites throughout the district

  • Scheduled for 12 months/248 days per year

  • Qualifies for District Paid health and wellness benefits

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Examples of Duties

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An incumbent may perform any combination of the essential functions shown below. This position description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, knowledge, or abilities associated with this classification, but is intended to accurately reflect the principal job elements.
E = Essential Functions

  • Plan, organize, manage, and direct the improvement of education for Pre K-12 English Learners throughout the district; create, enhance, and expand the design of these initiatives; review and/or conduct educational research on effective instructional strategies and approaches that support English Learners. E
  • Oversee the design and implementation of the district’s English Learner programs; develop professional development models for improving instruction for administrators; support personnel and teachers; recruit and contract experts to consult and support administrators, resource staff, and teachers. E
  • Develop, review, and approve various proposed instructional models to support students at the various English language proficiency levels; supervise and monitor the improvement of English language development instruction by observing classrooms and collaborating with Principals, Area Superintendents, the Executive Director, Leadership and Learning, and appropriate content area personnel. E
  • Work with Executive Director, Leadership and Learning, and Area Superintendents to identify the focus for professional development and support for English Learners across the district. E
  • Work collaboratively with the Leadership and Learning Division staff to ensure the needs of English Learners are addressed when planning professional development and selecting instructional materials. E
  • Work with Assessment Services staff to analyze student achievement, program design, implementation and effectiveness of the instructional programs and initiatives, district professional development and support strategies. E
  • Oversee the process for selection of English Learner Support Teachers in collaboration with Area Superintendents and the Executive Director, Leadership and Learning; oversee the quality of the English Learner Support Teacher Program. E
  • Develop the design and oversee the implementation of instruction, curriculum, and professional development for programs addressing the needs of English Learners who are provided extra support during the extended day and extended year programs. E
  • Organize and oversee ongoing professional development and support for teachers and administrators that focus on intervention programs for English Learners, especially in the areas of literacy and mathematics. E
  • Oversee the review and selection of district-wide curriculum materials that focus on supporting the needs of English Learners and are established on research-based language acquisition theories. E
  • Collaborate with and assist Area Superintendents, the Executive Director, Leadership and Learning, and the appropriate directors of specific content areas with the development and organization of professional development for administrators in the area of English language acquisition and English language development. E
  • Develop and prepare the annual preliminary budget for the department; analyze and review budgetary and financial data; control and authorize expenditures in accordance with established limitations. E
  • Chair appropriate committees. E
  • Support and evaluate the performance of assigned staff; provide continuing professional development in instruction and curriculum for the department staff; interview and select employees and recommend transfers, reassignment, termination, and disciplinary actions. E
  • Provide technical expertise, information, and assistance to the Executive Director, Leadership and Learning. E
  • Assist in the formulation and development of policies, procedures, and programs; advise the Executive Director, Leadership and Learning of strengths and unusual trends or issues; recommend appropriate corrective action. E
  • Represent the district at national, state, and local meetings and conferences. E
  • Direct the preparation and maintenance of a variety of narrative and statistical reports, records, and files related to assigned activities and personnel; research and prepare Board reports on matters related to the work of the department and others as requested. E
  • Communicate with other administrators and district personnel and outside organizations to coordinate activities and programs, resolve issues and conflicts, and exchange information; develop policies and procedures to encourage effective and efficient management controls. E
  • Review existing and pending legislation related to procedural guidelines which are interrelated to the department’s programs and recommend origination, modification, or support of legislative measures; monitor the implementation of English Learner requirements and services. E
  • Assist in developing grant proposals related to instructional improvements for English Learners. E
  • Lead or participate in meetings involving parent/community groups and others to provide information about English language development, English Learner compliance items and appropriate supports for students who are acquiring English as a second language. E
  • Collaborate with various content area directors and school personnel to ensure appropriate English Language Development standards and assessments are utilized. E
  • Operate a computer and assigned software programs and other office equipment. E
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications

A combination of training, experience, and/or education equivalent to graduation from a recognized college or university with a master’s degree in education and seven (7) years of recent, directly related experience in educational leadership assignments. Supervisory experience is highly preferred.

  • Valid Administrative Services Credential
  • Valid California driver’s license
  • BCLAD Highly Desirable
Supplemental Information

To be eligible for consideration, interested candidates must submit the following items. Your application will be considered incomplete if you do not include all required information, including completion of the Work Experience and Education sections in the online application.

  • Online employment application
    • A completed online employment application must be submitted/received electronically by the closing date. This application MUST include all current and previous employment history and education to evaluate your qualificationsIt is important to note that a resume does not substitute for completing the Work Experience and Education sections. Your application will be considered incomplete if you do not include all relevant details.
    • Paper applications are not accepted. 
  • Answer all supplemental questions
    • The supplemental questions should be answered thoroughly, clearly, and concisely as the responses provided (along with the entire application package) will be carefully reviewed to determine which candidates will move forward in the recruitment process. 
  • Attach required documents (must be included in the online application upon submission)
    • Letter of Introduction
    • Resume
      • A resume is to be attached but does NOT substitute for completing work history, education sections, or the supplemental questions of the employment application.
  • Additional documents
    • Additional documents, such as a letter of recommendation, proof of education, etc. may be attached to the online employment application. 
Upon submission of the application, 
E-Reference email requests may be generated and sent to the references listed on the application. These reference requests are not an indication of progression in the recruitment process or an interview opportunity. 
For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Suzette Hunter, Personnel Analyst, at
Additional Information
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The San Diego Unified School District provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, immigration status, association with a group with one or more actual or perceived characteristics or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. The Title IX Coordinator's contact information is, 619.725.8000 or by mail, 4100 Normal Street, San Diego, CA 92103. The Title II Coordinator's contact information is,  619.725.5678 or by mail, 4100 Normal Street, Room 3126, San Diego, CA 92103. The 504 Coordinator's contact information is,619.344.6420 or by mail, 5465 El Cajon Blvd., Room B-2, San Diego, CA 92115. It is the policy of San Diego Unified School District to maintain a drug-free workplace. If needed, individuals protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may request accommodation.

Job Details


$125,056.38 - $162,138.37 Annually


Office of Language Acquisition - 4100 Normal St RM 2009 San Diego CA 92103, CA

Job Type

Certificated Management

Job Number



Office of Language Acquisition

Opening Date


Closing Date

6/24/2023 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada); Tijuana

Agency info

San Diego Unified School District
4100 Normal Street - Room 1241
San Diego, California, 92103
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