Education Associate, School Leadership

Dover, DE 19901, US
Feb 13, 2018
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Title of Position: Education Associate, School Leadership

Reports to: Director, Educator Effectiveness

Description of Position:

This Education Associate role within the Educator Support Team is designed to attract talented, results-driven, self-motivated leaders who are seeking to accelerate Delaware's educational improvement efforts. The Educator Support Team is seeking a new team member to deliver on one of the highest-impact areas of the Department's statewide education agenda: school leadership. The role would develop and deliver on strategies that align policies, implementation efforts and resources towards ensuring top-performing school and systems leaders across Delaware. Areas of emphasis will include expansion of school leader pipelines, alignment of the school leader performance evaluation with the Professional Standards for Education Leaders (PSEL) and the creation of professional learning networks for new and experiences school and system leaders.

The Education Associate, School Leadership will work closely with districts and charter schools while creating stronger state support systems and seeding programmatic innovation at the state and local level. Strong candidates for this position should have experience influencing and collaborating with building leaders, district leaders, and other key system stakeholders. The Governor has named school leadership as one of this administration's priority strategies to improve student outcomes.

Major Responsibilities:
  • Design, in collaboration with stakeholders, and implement the new administrator mentoring and induction program to support the development of new school leaders.
  • Create professional learning networks for school and district leaders that create professional learning community structures for current school leaders to drive instructional leadership to support each student's academic outcomes and overall well-being.
  • Support a collaborative for leaders in high needs schools.
  • Promote the continued development of effective pipelines to cultivate school leaders, including the approval and renewal processes for alternative leader certification preparation programs, in collaboration with the Professional Standards Board and State Board of Education.
  • Align the DPAS-II for Administrators (Evaluation System) to the Professional Standards for Education Leaders (PSEL) and develop training, credentialing, and supplemental resources to support implementation of this professional growth system.
  • Monitor the continued implementation of DPAS-II for Administrators through training, monitoring, and auditing while also ensuring thorough data collection processes and online system implementation related to administrator evaluation.
  • Explore retention practices to ensure that Delaware's school leaders have the appropriate incentives to remain in the "best fit role" when high-performing. Develop innovations/opportunities for high-performing school leaders to continue serving in the highest-need buildings and districts.
  • Oversee the design and implementation of the School Leader Preparation Program Reports.
  • Build and maintain strong cross-department, interagency relationships, and external associations with stakeholder groups and organizations that support DOE priorities, including the management of major bids/contracts that provide extended analytic capacity.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director/Associate Secretary.

Essential Qualifications and Skills

Education: Master's degree preferred in Education and/or Education Policy

  • At least seven years of career experience in education
  • At least three years of experience developing system-level strategy preferred
  • Policy leadership, organizational leadership and/or school leadership experience preferred

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, written communication, and ability to influence others
  • Superior project management skills, including a demonstrated ability to problem solve effectively
  • Exceptional ability to lead the design of meaningful professional learning
  • Capable of setting priorities and working under external deadlines and public scrutiny
  • Results-oriented, with demonstrated ability to self-motivate and to work independently
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, with a demonstrated ability to start and lead new ventures in the ed. space
  • Policy analysis, including the ability to review existing legislation/regulation for opportunitiy


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.


A criminal background check is required. The successful candidate must demonstrate during the interview process an understanding of diversity, educational equity and multicultural education. 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 his/her supervisor.

The Delaware Department of Education is an equal opportunity employer. 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.

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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