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HQEL Program Manager

  • 508938
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: Jun 28 2022 at 23:55 MST


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!

HQEL Program Manager

Department of Education

Job Location:

Phoenix location  

Posting Details:

Salary: $60,000 - $65,000 

Grade: 21

Closing Date: 6/28/22

Job Summary:

•The HQEL Program Manager will be assigned to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to support compliance and quality improvement efforts for early childhood education (ECE) and facilitate collaborative relationships under the High Quality Early Learning and Early Literacy Framework initiatives. Local, in-state, and out-of-state travel may be required for this position.

Job Duties:

•Support ECE instructional staff and leadership to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to transform the quality of collaborating ECE programs
•Develop an infrastructure to support sustainability of the collaborative relationship of ECE within the local community
•Oversee program monitoring that is critical to ensure compliance for the High-Quality Early Learning grant and Early Literacy Initiatives
•Acts as the liaison for formalized agreements with sub-grantees in coordination of the grant’s success
•Work to make sure the High Quality Early Learning and Early Literacy Initiatives are implemented with fidelity and in complete compliance with federal and state laws
•Provide targeted professional development to engage and support instructional staff in reaching a high level of quality
•Provide technical assistance in support of standards, assessment and collaborative quality improvement efforts
•Other duties as assigned as related to the position

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

•Adult learning styles
•Arizona statutes and regulations pertaining to ECE
•Child development and early childhood learning theory
•Early Childhood pedagogy, curriculum and quality learning environments
•Early Childhood Assessment including screening, formative and summative assessment practices and methodologies
•Quality standards including AZ Early Learning Standards (infant/toddler, preschool, K-3), AZ Program
•Guidelines for High Quality Early Childhood Programs Birth through Kindergarten, and Quality First; Council for Exceptional Children/Division of Early Childhood positions statements and resources
•ECE professional and advocacy organizations
•Experience in monitoring and evaluating early childhood programs for program effectiveness
•Applicants must have taught or administered an Early Childhood Education Program or related field
•A Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood, Elementary Education or a related field is required
•Experience providing professional development and/or technical assistance
•Public speaking, effective writing and oral communication
•Organization, time management, and ability to attend to multiple tasks
•Develop and deliver professional development utilizing web-based technology to the public
•Intermediate skill in using Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel
•Establish and maintain interpersonal relationships
•Expertise in professional development best practices for adult learners
•Competence in research methods, data analysis, assessment and evaluation
•Read, analyze, synthesize and utilize current research and policy briefs
•Organize others and bring together diverse groups of people

Selective Preference(s):

Preference will be given to those applicants with:
•Arizona Certification in Early Childhood Education or related field
•Master's or Doctorate Degree in Early Childhood Special Education or a related field
•Experience in K-3 settings

Pre-Employment Requirements:

•Applicants must have a valid Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card or the ability to obtain one prior to employment start date.
•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.

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.


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.