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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!

State Homeless Program Specialist

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Section

Job Location:

Address:  Phoenix

Posting Details:

Salary: $60,000 - $65,000 

Grade: 21

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

• The Homeless Program Specialist position is through the American Relief Fund Homeless Grant.
• Work alongside the federally mandated State Homeless Program Coordinator to review policies and create procedures to ensure that homeless children and youth are able to attend school.
• Responsible for meeting the program goals and objectives identified in the Strategic Plan and American Rescue Plan (ARP) State Plan.
• Utilize data to inform the training and technical assistance provided to school districts and charter networks to support equitable access to public education and related services to disconnected youth.
• Special focus will be on providing training and technical assistance to school districts and charters new to the Education for Homeless Children and Youths Grant.
• Local, in-state, and out-of-state travel may be required for this position.

Job Duties:

• Manage the oversight of discretionary grant programs related to homeless special populations
• Review and approve LEA applications for federal funding of educational programs for homeless students and youth
• Complete statewide evaluations of federally funded programs
• Gather valid and comprehensive data on the nature and extent of the problems of homeless children and disconnected youth in gaining access to public education and related services
• Make on-site visits for the delivery of technical assistance or compliance reviews.
• Document on-site visitation and report findings to LEAs or service providers
• Oversee instances of negotiated Corrective Action
• Develop relationships and coordinate with other relevant education, child development, or preschool programs and providers of services to homeless children and youth, homeless families, and runaways
• Deliver technical assistance training and group instruction to schools, districts, and other educational agencies in the planning and development, implementation, and evaluation of Arizona's educational programs authorized by Congress under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
• Develop and conduct statewide training workshops within a variety of venues

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Please note: For those selected for interviews, skills assessments may be administered as part of the interview process.
• Instructional programs and requirements for diverse student populations
• English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards and Arizona Academic Standards
• Federal and state laws regarding homeless students and youth
• Barriers to equity for homeless and disconnected youth
• Federal and state regulations regarding the administration of federal grants (i.e. USFR, EDGAR, and CFR)
• A Bachelor’s degree in Education or a related field is required
• Professional communication skills, both verbal and written
• Critical thinking in determining program efficacy
• Proficient in research methods and data analysis
• Multi-tasking and managing numerous projects while executing project detail
• Competence in administrative techniques, including budgeting, resource allocation, and contract management
• Develop and deliver effective professional learning to educators, both online and in-person
• Intermediate to advanced skill in using Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
• Exercise initiative, work under stringent deadlines
• Organize, prioritize, and perform multiple tasks
• Independently perform detailed work of a difficult nature with a high degree of accuracy
• Interpret and summarize complex written and oral information, including Federal and state laws
• Respond to data to develop and deliver effective presentations to small and large audiences, both in-person and online platforms
• Effective use of data to provide technical assistance
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of assignments

Selective Preference(s):


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.