• This position serves as a Specialist for ADE’s Elementary & Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER I, II, and III) funds for Local Education Agencies (LEA) grant review, technical assistance, and monitoring. The position is required to support ADE’s administration and implementation of ESSER I, II, and III funds.
• This position's duties include responsibility for compliance review of ADE’s ESSER I, II, and III LEA grants to ensure budgets only include allowable items that are allocable, reasonable, and necessary in accordance with all ESSER requirements; the implementation of technical assistance for LEAs receiving funds through ESSER I, II and III including developing and providing guidance and trainings for LEAs for the ESSER funds programs; and programmatic monitoring of LEA grantees; collaborating with local, regional, and state community partners; providing effective and positive customer service and support with external and internal constituents; and, assisting with all ESSER Fund LEA data reporting requirements to ensure reporting deadlines are met
• In-state and out-of-state travel may be required for this position.
• Review grant applications and budgets to ensure programmatic and fiscal compliance; ensure that grant funds are necessary, reasonable, and allocable, include sufficient narrative detail; and expenditures, are coded correctly per the Uniform System of Financial Records (USFR), Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), and OMB Uniform Grant Guidance (UGG) to ensure adherence to all U.S. Department of Education ESSER Funds guidance and requirements
• Support stakeholder inquiries; ensure the provision of effective and positive customer service and support with external and internal constituents
• Provide differentiated technical assistance, service, and professional learning support through face to face and virtual methods
• Engage in aligned and applicable outreach activities to assist LEAs with effectively implementing ESSER I, II, and III LEA grants, support local strategic, integrated planning and budgeting and sustainability planning, and help ensure fiscal compliance, in collaboration with state, regional, and local partners
• Engage in a high degree of collaboration with ADE program areas to ensure alignment with agency plans and initiatives
• Engage in programmatic monitoring of the implementation of ESSER fund for LEA grantees through ESSER I, II, and III as defined by federal requirements and guidance
• Support the collection and review of ESSER Fund LEA data to ensure reporting guidelines and deadlines are met
Please note: For those selected for interviews, skills assessments may be administered as part of the interview process.
• Uniform System of Financial Records (USFR), Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), and OMB Uniform Grant Guidance (UGG)
• State and federal budgeting and personnel procedures
• LEA strategic, integrated planning, budgeting, and sustainability planning
• K-12 educational curriculum, evaluation, evidence-based best practices, and education reform models
• Methods and instructional strategies that strengthen the academic program and integrate social and emotional learning for schools or LEAs
• How to meet the needs of children who are failing or are at risk-of failing
• Implementation of a well-rounded program of instruction, conditions for learning, and systems of support to meet the academic needs of all students
• Needs of special student populations (to include low-income students; low-achieving students; English Language Learners; children with disabilities; children and youth in foster care; migrant students; homeless children and youth; and neglected, delinquent and at-risk students; immigrant children and youth; American Indian students; and gifted and advanced learners)
• Bachelors and/or Master’s degree in Education or a related field is required.
• Applicants must have taught and/or administered a K-12 educational program
• Excellent verbal and written communication
• Budget and resource allocation, to include the development and review of budgets across federal and state programs
• Building trust, working, and collaborating with teams
• Project and strategic plan development, implementation, and evaluation
• Providing differentiated technical assistance and support
• Providing professional learning using a variety of delivery methods
• Analytical problem-solving techniques, to include root-cause analysis
• Quickly learn new material and apply new learning to take action
• Communicate effectively with co-workers, educators all levels, and the public
• Absorb, synthesize, interpret, and apply technical, specialized knowledge, and policy related to federal, state, and local programs and initiatives
• Identify and create connections between unit programs, activities, initiatives and other federal, state, and local programs and agency initiatives
• Take appropriate initiative
• Develop, maintain, and enhance effective collaborative partnerships with external governmental, business, and community-based partners to advance agency initiatives
• Guide and support LEAs and schools in designing, implementing, and evaluating effective Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Funds and other related programs
• Serve on workgroups, task forces, committees, and special projects
Preference will be given to those applicants with:
• Pprior experience with grants
• Experience with and knowledge of schools and school programs
• Position requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.).
• Offers are contingent upon successful completion of all background and reference checks, required documents and, if applicable, a post-offer medical/physical evaluation.
ADE’s comprehensive benefits package includes:
• Affordable medical, dental, life, and short-term disability insurance plans
• Tuition reimbursement program available for education/professional development advancement
• Hybrid schedule (combination of telework and in-office) may be available for some job roles
• Top ranked retirement and long-term disability plans
• Deferred compensation plan
• Accrued sick leave and vacation leave
• Ten paid holidays per year
• Wellness plans
For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page
You will be required to participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) upon your 27th week of employment, subject to waiting period. On or shortly after, your first day of employment you will be provided with enrollment instructions and effective date.
The Arizona Department of Education is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer. During all phases of the selection process, people with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting the ADE Human Resources office at (602) 542-3186 or via e-mail at HumanResourcesGroup@azed.gov.
ARIZONA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (AMS)
All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress. Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.
The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.