• The Support and Improvement Section in the Student Achievement and School Excellence Division is charged with implementing Every Student Succeeds Act 2015 (ESEA) by monitoring and providing supports for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and schools in improvement. ADE's Support and Improvement Section is responsible for building and supporting the capacity of under-performing LEAs and schools through a differentiated, comprehensive system of support that ensures effective, equitable and sustainable teaching and learning environments that result in high academic achievement for all students.
• In-state and out-of-state travel may be required for this position
• Implement and monitor LEA and school transformation and improvement activities related to data-driven decisions and accountability, use of evidence-based practices, strategies, programs and interventions, technical assistance, and professional development in accordance with federal requirements for schools in improvement status, Comprehensive (low achievement and low-grade rate), Additional Targeted and Targeted support, and Improvement schools
• Support and monitor LEAs and school leadership with the Comprehensive Needs Assessment, root cause analyses and Integrated Action Plan development school improvement cycle including implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of evidence-based strategies and action steps in the LEA and School Integrated Action Plans
• Support, approve and monitor School Improvement Grants 1003 (a) in LEAs with schools in improvement status in accordance with federal requirements
• Collaborate and build supportive relationships with other sections within ADE and external stakeholders to coordinate technical assistance, professional development, monitoring, and alignment of resources for LEAs and schools to close the achievement gaps and increase student achievement
• Coordinate, assist, and deliver coaching, mentoring, and professional development for LEAs and schools in improvement as needed
• Coordinate and collaborate with Strategic Partners, Regional Centers, and selected external providers, LEAs, and schools to implement interventions, strategies, and action steps
• Actively participate on at least one SSI internal planning team
Please note: For those selected for interviews, skills assessments may be administered as part of the interview process.
• School improvement and transformation
• Underlying research and evidence-based best practices, particularly in improving leadership, instruction, culture, and talent management and facilitating the change process
• Arizona Department of Education structure and inter-agency responsibilities
• State and Federal laws, including funding regulations pertaining to (ESEA); and knowledge of Title I Federal Programs
• Strategies focused on building the internal capacity necessary in districts to support system-wide infrastructure for quick, dramatic, and sustainable improvement in low performing schools
• Current trends in school improvement and transformation
• Systemic school reform, including the alignment of instructional infrastructure
• Collecting, analyzing, validating, interpreting, and reporting quantitative and qualitative data
• Comprehensive needs assessment process including completing a thorough root cause analysis development and implementation of effective district and school integrated action plans
• Use of technology to organize data and display to allow for decision-making
• Educational leadership
• Budget development and analysis
• Best practices in teacher and leader development and coaching methods and effective teaching pedagogy and structures
• Social Emotional learning and trauma responsive practices
• Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in Education and/or Educational Leadership is required.
• Applicants must have taught and/or administered an educational program
• Verbal and written communication
• Facilitating and presenting to large groups
• Managing multiple projects
• Building collaborative teams
• Developing strategic plans
• Analytical and problem-solving
• Decision making
• Technological skills
• Complete assignments accurately and timely
• Understand and set clear expectations and hold self and others accountable
• Evaluate situations and respond quickly and tactfully
• Take initiative
• Instill trust and confidence
• Lead by example
• Train and develop others
• Impact and influence others
• Develop rapport with a variety of stakeholders
• Develop and maintain professional relationships and positivity
• Communicate effectively with administrators, staff, parents, students, community, supervisors, and peers
Preference will be given to those applicants with:
• Superintendent and/or Principal Certification
• Teacher certification
• K-12 site leadership experience
• Instructional and/or leadership coaching experience
• Instruction and/or leadership advanced training(s)
• Experience working with a LEA and school implementing dramatic school improvement and/or raising student achievement
• 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.