Deputy Secretary of Education

Dover, DE 19901, US
Dec 28, 2017

Title of Position: Deputy Secretary of Education

Reports to: 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. We are looking for a Deputy Secretary of Education who is an instructional leader and support the department's vision of every learner ready for success, in college, career and life. This person must also be able to navigate the educational landscape of Delaware, and work well with districts, charter schools, educators, students, families, and community members. 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 and implementing improvements in the learning experiences our children have each day.

The Deputy Secretary will be the second highest ranking official at the department. This person will manage the Performance Support Team, comprised of three core teams of the department: Academic Support, Educator Support, and Student Support. Additionally, the Deputy Secretary will manage the data capacity of the department, and oversee the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Working with the Secretary, Chief of Staff, and Associate Secretaries, the Deputy Secretary will provide strategic direction and assist in the execution of agency priorities.

The ideal candidate will have a strong instructional background, as well as a background in management and education policy at a district or state level. This candidate will have experience managing multiple priorities, with an understanding of legislative and regulatory processes. Additionally, the candidate will have a track record of working with senior leaders and will have strong interpersonal skills and credibility to coordinate with DDOE leadership and staff, as well as school district leadership as needed.

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:


  • Assist the Secretary in managing agency priorities to drive academic successes across the state.
  • Manage three Associate Secretaries, providing necessary coordination across teams to promote student achievement across Delaware.
  • Serve as the designee of the Secretary on various committees, task forces and councils.
  • Oversee Performance Management/Accountability and data management functions.
  • Assist the Secretary in running the Department of Education, as the department shifts to a more support-minded agency.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Essential Qualifications and Skills


Master's Degree in education, education policy or related field; Ph.D. preferred (though not required).


A minimum of ten years' progressive experience in teaching, school administration, district or state education agency or a related field. Considerable knowledge of education policy, instructional leadership, school leadership, or school improvement and a track record of significant managerial, organizational, and leadership experience 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

A person may not be employed by a public school employer in any position requiring licensure and certification if the person does not meet licensure and certification requirements established under Chapter 12 of [Title 14 of the Delaware Code]..., except pursuant to a license extension and/or emergency certificate issued pursuant to Chapter 12. See 14 Del. C.§ 1313.

Direct deposit of paychecks is a condition of employment for all new employees hired after December 31, 1995

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