The International School
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • $63,000-$68,000
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Medical, Dental, Life Insurance, Short term Disability, Long term Disability, 403B, Flex health cafeteria plans, Paid Time Off, Tuition discount for qualifying children

Position Opening: Language Acquisition Coordinator, The International School, Portland Oregon

Department: Administration

Reports to: Head of School

FLSA Status: Exempt

FTE: 1.0 (Full Time)

Effective start date: Preferably July 01, 2021

Duration: 12 months

The International School (TIS) is an independent, coeducational, language immersion IB day school for 350 students, Pre-K (3-year-olds) -Grade 5. The mission of the School is to inspire children to become global citizens through an inquiry-based learning environment of total immersion in multiple languages and cultures. It is located just south of downtown Portland, Oregon on the edge of the Waterfront District, making this close-knit campus with outdoor playground areas attractive to families on both sides of the river.

The centrally located campus provides an urban environment where students benefit from easy access to the Oregon Ballet, the Portland Japanese Garden, the Lan Su Chinese Garden, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Portland Art Museum, and so much more! The School itself functions in five buildings, the most recent being Learners' Hall, which houses classrooms, a faculty lounge, and some offices.

For 30 years, TIS has provided a warm, multicultural environment where children experience full language immersion from preschool through Grade 5 in three language tracks: Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese.

Small classes and an inquiry-based, International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum enable the students to acquire language fluency and cultural competence as they learn to pursue knowledge beyond the classroom and throughout life. The engaging and robust academic program is taught primarily by native speakers from around the world.

Today, our school is actively recruiting for the position opening of Language Acquisition Coordinator. Ideally, this position will begin effective July 01, 2021 for the 2021-2022 school term.

General Summary:

The language acquisition coordinator is a vital member of The International School community. The language acquisition coordinator is an educator uniquely trained in language acquisition, coaching, mentoring, and curriculum development. They help to create a school climate that welcomes and appreciates the strengths and gifts of a culturally diverse community. Through the Primary Years Programme, the language acquisition coordinator collaborates with all members of the community to ensure that students' learning experiences are coherent, relevant, engaging, and challenging.

The language acquisition coordinator works to bring all four languages (Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish, and English) together through consistent teaching and learning practices. They mentor and coach teachers on Universal Design for Learning to build consistent approaches to language instruction across all classrooms. The language acquisition coordinator works with students, parents, and teachers to promote the success of all students by supporting access and equitable learning experience. The language acquisition coordinator helps students achieve academic success, and develop social/emotional skills in response to issues they face.

This full time 12 month administrative position works together with the Educational Leadership Team (ELT) consisting of The Head of School, Head of Early Childhood, PYP Coordinator, and Student Support Services Coordinator to implement and promote the values, philosophies and expectations of The International School's mission and vision. As a member of the ELT, they are expected to actively integrate the IB Learner Profile into all aspects of their workday and model the profile through their own behavior.

The ideal candidate will have successful experience working with a culturally diverse community.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

A full and detailed job description is an attachment and located on our career page associated within the job posting.

Compensation and Benefits:

$63,000-$68,000 Depending on Experience

Employer paid Medical, Dental, Vision, Short term, Long term Disability, and Life Insurance for employee only, voluntary Cafeteria plan with FSA, DCA and Transit account,403(b) retirement plan, flexible and generous paid time off. Tuition discount for a qualifying child. A relocation fee of up to $5,000 may be offerred.

Indicative Timelines:

Closing date: June 15, 2021 but may end early depending on candidates

Interviews: Interviews will begin early to mid- May, 2021.

Required Qualifications

  • Communicate fluently in written and spoken English
  • Experience leading in and motivating employees within a diverse community
  • Bachelors Degree in Education or relating to the field of Education

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters Degree and Administrators License
  • Background in coaching and co-teaching
  • Experience in IB Primary Years Programme or inquiry-based, constructivist, inclusive educational environments
  • Bilingual: Communicate fluently in written and spoken English and any of the languages taught at the school: Spanish, Japanese or Chinese, or another language
  • Any other combination of education, training and experience which demonstrates the candidate is likely to possess the skill, knowledge, ability and trait characteristics essential for this position may be considered.


A link to the full and detailed job description is attached inside the actual posting. To apply visit:

(First, create a new user profile or log in with your existing user name and password to access the job posting, and then view the job description pdf attachment.)

We are committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. We value a diverse workforce to attain our mission and support our community.

To be considered for this position, please provide (1) a cover letter which describes how your background, work experience and skills make you a great candidate for this position, and (2) a current resume in addition to:

  • Completed Employment Application
  • Copies of Degree(s)
  • References or Letters of Recommendation
  • No new H1-B Visa sponsorship available
  • We will consider J1-Visa Qualified candidates for this role

**Employment is contingent on successful completion of the Oregon Department of Education Background Check ***

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