Associate Secretary, Educator Support

Dover, DE 19901, US
Dec 14, 2017

Title of Position:    Associate Secretary, Educator Support 

Reports to:             Deputy Secretary of Education

Closing Date:          Open until filled

Description of Position:

The Delaware Department of Education is an exceptional team in search of leaders to join us who are team and support-focused. The Associate Secretary, Educator Support – also known as the Chief Talent Officer (CTO) – is directly responsible for leading a team to research and implement strategies for recruiting, training, developing and evaluating teachers and principals statewide. Educator and leader development is critical to increasing student outcomes, so leading the team to support Delaware’s districts and charters in this work is essential. It is the department’s expectation that this team’s work will drive innovative human capital strategies that support school improvement. The selected candidate will interact extensively with members of federal and state government, policymakers, national education experts, school districts, charter schools, and others, and will assist with implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

You will work on the development of teachers and leaders in consultation with school districts and charter schools, including work on qualifications, responsibilities, selection requirements, retention goals, evaluations, licensure and certification as well as career pathways for educators. You will also oversee investigations into allegations of misconduct. You will report directly to the Deputy Secretary of Education as a core member of the department's leadership team and represent the Department of Education on a number of key committees. You will provide solutions and guidance on a range of issues; advising the Secretary and Governor’s Office on key legislation, coordinating the activities of your team, collaborating with leaders from school districts, charter schools and others, and implementing improvements in the learning experiences our children have each day.

We are looking for a natural motivator who excels in communication, building partnerships with key stakeholders across departmental, state, national, public, and private spheres of influence. We seek a dynamic thinker willing to challenge convention and tackle difficult problems objectively and creatively. You will need strong organizational, analytical, writing and interpersonal skills to be successful. Above all, you will share our sense of urgency as we deliver on the ambitious goals that put Delaware at the forefront of education in the United States.  

The chosen candidate will work to promote educational equity so every student has access to the resources and educational rigor they need at the right moment in their education, despite race, gender, ethnicity, language, disability, family background or family income. Must be a collaborative worker who thrives on the energy of those around them. We learn from each other’s experiences and perspectives in a respectful environment where we all are committed to helping change the lives of Delaware’s children.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a member of the Department of Education leadership team and work with other department leaders to drive state-level progress in increasing student achievement for each and every student.
  • Support the department vision of every learner ready for success, in college, career and life.
  • Serve as the department’s representative on groups whose emphasis is educator recruitment, development and evaluation issues, including the State Board of Education and the Professional Standards Board.
  • Provide leadership to support pipelines for new teachers and leaders through multiple sources.
  • Manage the licensure and certification process to provide timely support to educators as well as support for schools and districts looking to hire.
  • Support a statewide leadership network to share best practices and professional development, building upon the State’s Professional Development Program.
  • Coordinate the review of relevant education-related legislation, prepare legislation upon request, and assist the Secretary, Governor’s office and General Assembly.
  • Drive communication at the local, state, and national level so that our key initiatives are understood that the department is held accountable and responsive to feedback.
  • Serve as a tireless problem-solver and thought-leader for the department by continually identifying areas for improvement and opportunities to drive results for the department’s ongoing initiatives.
  • Ensure strong communication with districts, schools, educators, students, families and community members.

Essential Qualifications and Skills


A Master’s degree in education, education policy or related field; Ph.D. preferred (though not required).


A minimum of five years experience in teaching, school administration, or a related field. Considerable knowledge of issues relevant to human capital and adult professional learning and a track record of significant managerial, organizational, and leadership experinece preferred.


Salary will be computed in accordance with the education, experience, and training of the individual selected and in accordance with salary schedules for employees of the Department of Education. Direct deposit of payroll checks is a condition of state employment, and employees are paid on a lag pay schedule with the first payment made after approximately one month of employment.


This is an appointed position and continued employment with the State of Delaware is at the discretion of the Secretary of Education. A criminal background check is required. This job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position. The selected candidate should expect to perform any other related activities needed to deliver the position’s key duties and responsibilities and follow any other instructions as defined by the Secretary of Education.

The Delaware Department of Education is an equal opportunity employer.  We welcome candidates from a diversity of backgrounds. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, age or Vietnam Era veteran’s status in employment or its programs and activities.  Inquiries should be directed to the Department’s Human Resource Office, 401 Federal Street, Suite 2, Dover, Delaware, 19901, Telephone No. (302) 735-4030.

Amended: 12/18/17