Professional Development Specialist

Job Title: Professional Development Specialist
CAL Classification: Senior Research Associate
Division: Language and Cultural Education Division
Division Appointment: Regular/Full-time 
Position Available: Immediately


The Professional Development Specialist (PDS) creates and delivers professional development services (face-to-face and online) on a variety of topics including content and language integrated instruction (using the CAL SIOP Model), literacy instruction, and other professional development workshops, projects and job-embedded supports regarding English learner issues and topics. This entails developing, enhancing, and delivering the content of CAL’s professional development programs for educators who teach linguistically and culturally diverse students. In addition, the Professional Development Specialist attends and presents at professional conferences and workshops representing the CAL Professional Development Team. Ability to travel approximately 40% of the year is a requirement.


  • Plan and facilitate face-to-face and online professional development tailored to the specific needs of schools and districts.
  • Work with PreK-12 Professional Development Directors to update and enhance professional development content.
  • Facilitate face-to-face and online professional development, including coaching and other job-embedded supports.
  • Develop, create, proofread, format, and review materials for use in professional development workshops, webinars and online courses.
  • Provide technical assistance for school districts looking to improve their curriculum and comprehensive program supports for language learners.
  • Communicate with potential state, district and school contacts about the provision of CAL services.
  • Assist with proposal development and other duties as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, in a related field, with eight (8) years of relevant experience; or Master’s degree from an accredited college or university, in linguistics, language, education or in a related field, with six (6) years of relevant experience.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of teaching experience working with English learners, and in using content and language integrated learning (ideally using the SIOP Model). Minimum of three (3) years of experience in developing and providing professional development to teachers.
  • Experience with developing professional development products and services. Experience teaching diverse populations of language learners (e.g., newcomers, bilingual, Students with limited and interrupted formal education-SLIFE, Special education, etc.). Experience teaching subject areas other than language development courses (e.g., elementary or secondary general education).

Any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable.


  • Flexible, well-organized, and attentive to detail.
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.
  • Familiarity with editing and formatting according to a style guide.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English with bilingualism highly valued.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with underserved students and advancing social equity.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work both collaboratively and independently in a fast-paced team environment.

Physical Demands 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to effectively communicate. The employee may be required to sit or stand in a stationary position for 50% of the time. This position constantly operates a computer and other office productivity equipment. CAL adheres to ADA compliance and guidelines as a common practice.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employment Statement

The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, CAL complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. 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.

CAL expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of CAL employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.


Please provide a resume and a cover letter to, referencing position number "19-07 Professional Development Specialist” in subject line.

Center for Applied Linguistics 
4646 40th Street NW 
Washington, DC 20016-1859
ATTN: Human Resources, Recruitment 19-07 Professional Development Specialist

Attn: Recruitment 19-07 Professional Development Specialist

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