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  • 511905
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: Sep 25 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!

Migrant Education Program Specialist

Migrant Unit

Job Location:

Address:  Phoenix

Posting Details:

Salary: $66,000 - $71,500 

Grade: 21

Closing Date: 9/25/22

Job Summary:

• The Migrant Education Program (MEP) Specialist is to assist the MEP Director/Coordinator in conveying the MEP mission, vision, statutory regulations, and best practices to internal and external stakeholders
• This position will be responsible for the following: collaborating with all members of the ADE MEP team to develop data-driven professional learning aligned with programmatic outcomes and needs; determining, developing, and facilitating ongoing virtual and on-site Professional Learning (PD), implementation, and support to the field with best instructional practices to meet the Measurable Program Outcomes (MPOs) detailed in the Service Delivery Plan (SDP); coordinating the State Migrant Parent Advisory Council (SMPAC) meetings; consulting with Location Education Agencies (LEAs) on their Migrant Parent Advisory Council (MPAC); and supporting the ADE MEP team with desktop and on-site monitoring
• In-state and out-of-state travel is required for this position.

Job Duties:

• Collaborate with LEAs to determine and provide professional development for the implementation of the Migrant Education Program (MEP). This includes supporting LEAs in increasing the effectiveness of their MEPs through the collection and analysis of data to drive programmatic and instructional decisions. Professional development will be provided in a variety of delivery methods including face to face, webinars, and online courses.
• Provide ongoing data-driven technical assistance and professional learning to LEAs to increase the effectiveness of their Migrant Parent Advisory Councils (MPACs). Design and facilitate family engagement inter-agency initiatives aligned to program goals, including the coordination of the State Migrant Parent Advisory Council (SMPAC) meetings.
• Assist with review and processing of Title I-C funding applications. Review and support LEAs with alignment to funding application, Measurable Program Outcomes (MPOs), and Service Delivery Plan (SDP).
• Serve on task forces and committees, as well as complete special assignments, as requested.
• Collaborate with other units and divisions within ADE to support with streamlined systems for the field, as aligned with the SDP. Attend departmental divisional, and team meetings, and be prepared to receive and present information that is tied to the MEP.
• Support the ADE MEP team with the desktop and on-site monitoring of local MEPs. Provide appropriate feedback and ongoing technical assistance to LEAs. Oversee instances of negotiated Corrective Action. Support LEAs in implementing state and federal authorizing legislation, all program guidance, and regulations.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Please note: For those selected for interviews, skills assessments may be administered as part of the interview process.
• Federal and State laws and regulations required for the Migrant Education Program
• Research-based instructional strategies, programs, and requirements for diverse student populations
• ELP Standards and Arizona Academic Standards
• Best practices and research of equity in education
• Knowledge of migratory children and youth
• Parent engagement practices
• Data collection, disaggregation, and analysis to drive decisions
• Federal funding regulations and requirements for Title I-C
• Bachelor’s degree or higher in Education or a related field (or equivalent working experience)

• Excellent professional and technical communication skills, both verbal and written
• Analytical skills for compliance monitoring, needs assessments, and program evaluations relationship-building
• Excellent relationship-building skills
• Presentation skills, including presenting to large groups
• Collecting, disaggregating, and analyzing multiple forms of data to drive decisions
• Planning and providing research-based, best instructional practices to benefit diverse student populations
• Provide professional learning on how to use data to make short and long-term instructional and wrap-around decisions provided to migratory children and youth
• Intermediate to advanced skill in using Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
• Experience using on-line platforms (i.e., Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Meets)
• Design and prepare MEP staff, including coordinators, teachers, recruiters, grants directors, and other personnel to deliver virtual professional development
• Prepare and support internal personal to develop, implement, and facilitate virtual training and support
• Communicate clearly and concisely with LEAs, members of the public, and governmental agencies when conveying ideas, recommendations, and proposals
• Engage in highly technical, specialized knowledge to support the field in meeting the MPOs detailed in the SDP
• Develop and facilitate effective and engaging professional development
• Provide structures/processes to support LEAs in the data-driven implementation of their local MEPs
• Guide and support LEAs in using ELP standards to implement the MEP with fidelity and integrity to ensure that the unique educational needs of migratory children and youth are equitably met
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders
• Work independently and/or collaboratively in large or small groups, as needed

Selective Preference(s):

Preference will be given to those applicants that are bilingual

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.


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.