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EDUCATION PROGRAM SPECIALIST

  • 504648
  • PHOENIX
  • DEPT OF EDUCATION
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: Jan 28 2022 at 23:55 MST

DEPT OF EDUCATION

The Arizona Department of Education's mission is to advance equity and excellence for all students by serving school leaders, educators and staff, collaborating with communities, and leading with data-driven best practices. Our vision is equity for all students to achieve their full potential!

EDUCATION PROGRAM SPECIALIST

ASSESSMENT SECTION

Job Location:

Phoenix Location

Posting Details:

Salary: $55,000 - $60,000 

Grade: 21

Closing Date: 01/28/2022

Job Summary:

• The continuous development cycle of improvement requires activities to review, revise, and update the assessment annually. This position is designed to produce the multiple deliverables required for each step of the cycle. Key annual activities are to organize all aspects of educator committees, write new test items, review test data, proof and ensure the accuracy of all test materials, develop all training and support materials for test users, provide online and in-person professional development, ensure that the development schedules are kept, and ensure adequate organization and maintenance of paper and electronic files. This position will need to work with ADE assessment staff, ADE content experts, and all vendors supporting test development. This position will need to collaborate in the planning and execution of all state required EL test activities and must work with school districts and charter schools statewide to ensure that the assessment system is appropriately developed, administered, and used.
• In-state and out-of-state travel is required for this position.

Job Duties:

• Work on continuous online and paper-and-pencil test development and the development of new items aligned to the revised English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards
• Develop and deliver training on the appropriate use and application of English Language (EL) assessments
• Work with educator committees to improve the EL assessment program by improving test items and test design
• Work with Arizona Department of Education (ADE) departments, especially the Office of English Language Acquisition Services to incorporate the use of EL assessments to inform improved educational outcomes for EL and former EL students
• Keep and maintain test-development, training, and educator committee schedules and their related paper and electronic files
• Work to align with other assessments within the assessment division to coordinate and align tests, test administration, and accommodations

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Please note: For those selected for interviews, skills assessments may be administered as part of the interview process.

Knowledge:
• Test administration procedures
• Test security standards
• Test development cycle
• Basic language development principles and linguistics
• EL student abilities and needs
• ELP standards-based assessments
• Appropriate use of language testing results
• Federal and state laws and rules that govern the assessment of Els
• Technology-based testing
• Project management
• Event coordination
• A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university is required, in education is preferable

Skills:
• Work management and work prioritization
• Proofreading, fact checking, and editing content to make sure grammar, syntax, and punctuation are used correctly
• Analysis, review, and evaluation
• Apply critical thinking when determining program efficacy
• Oral and written communication techniques
• Multi-tasking/managing numerous projects while executing project detail
• Organizing and maintaining efficient filing systems and schedules
• Teaching/providing professional development to educators
• Advanced skills in using Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel
• Intermediate skills with database use

Abilities:
• Effectively and diplomatically communicate
• Independently manage projects
• Understand and use highly technical, specialized knowledge and data
• Collect/review/analyze data
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships
• Test English fluency with accuracy
• Utilize technology for testing
• Understand the 'big picture' in a project while simultaneously being detail-oriented
• Utilize time management skills and multi-task
• Communicate effectively in large-group instruction and one-on-one interactions
• Communicate and deal effectively, professionally, and diplomatically with Local Education Agency (LEA) educators/administrators on monitoring issues

Selective Preference(s):

Preference will be given to those applicants with:
• An ESL or BLE endorsement
• Knowledge of the test development cycle
• Knowledge of the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing
• Knowledge of EL assessment
• Applicants who have taught an English Language Development/English Learners program, including the administration of an English Language Proficiency Assessment or administered an assessment program for English Learners

Pre-Employment Requirements:

• 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.

Benefits:

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

Retirement:

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.

Contact Us:

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.