Education Associate, Trauma Informed Practices and Social and Emotional Learning

Dover, DE 19901, US
Sep 01, 2018
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Title of Position: Education Associate, Trauma Informed Practices and Social and Emotional Learning

Reports to: Director, Office of Innovation and Improvement

Description of Position:

The Office of Innovation and Improvement is seeking a new team member to develop and deliver a robust strategy for advancing the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) priorities under Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

The Education Associate for Trauma Informed Practices and Social and Emotional Learning is a member of the Office of Innovation and Improvement within the Department of Education. This position oversees our Social and Emotional Learning Initiative. Responsibilities include working with other DDOE Teams, workgroups and state agencies to set and achieve the vision of the Whole Child, Every Child education for students in Delaware.

Major Responsibilities Include:
  • Leads and coordinates the Department's work in the areas of social and emotional learning (SEL), trauma informed practices efforts including the Compassionate Connections Partnership, Community Support Services and Student Behavioral Health Services.
  • Leads and monitors communications in the area of social emotional learning, trauma informed practices within Multi-Tiered System(s) of Support (MTSS), including community partnerships (non-profit/private organizations).
  • Provides training to Department staff on their work with the field within the context of Multi-Tiered System(s) of Support (MTSS), social emotional learning and trauma informed practices.
  • Designs and implements professional workshops and in-services to support the social and emotional learning resources, trauma framework and incorporates best practices including research on learning theory.
  • Provides technical support for Opportunity Grants.
  • Liaises with outside providers and researchers on social and emotional learning work in Delaware.
  • Collaborates with other teams at the DDOE and school districts/charter schools to achieve the goals and objectives of the DDOE approved ESSA plan.
  • Collaborates with other state agencies and area Institutes of Higher Education to increase pre-service knowledge of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, social and emotional learning, and trauma informed practices.
  • Collaborates with out of school time providers to align social and emotional learning and trauma informed practices programs across agencies. Engages and informs parents and families about social emotional learning and trauma informed practices.

Essential Qualifications and Skills

Education: Master's degree in Education, Psychology, or related field required.

  • At least five (5) years of experience working in a school setting required.
  • Experience with effective education programs, social and emotional learning curriculum/programs such as Positive Behavior Support, Restorative Practice Kelso's Choices, Kagan Cooperative Learning, Responsive Classroom, Universal Design Learning and Second Step (preferred).
  • Experience collaborating with community providers.
  • Knowledge of change theory, adult learning, and research on Social and Emotional Learning and its relationship to academic achievement.

  • Skill in analyzing and synthesizing information to integrate Social and Emotional Learning performance standards and Behavioral Support programs within all curricular areas.
  • Ability to create and coordinate professional development.
  • Must have strong leadership skills.
  • Project Management skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of management in both verbal and written form.
  • Ability to build consensus among diverse groups and establish and maintain productive working relationships with others.
  • Knowledge and skills in best practices of professional development with adult learners.
  • Performs responsibilities with minimal supervision.
  • Capable of setting priorities and working in collaboration with others.
  • Engage in problem solving with professionalism.


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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