Who May Apply: United States Citizens AND/OR Current Permanent DoDEA Employees
Locations: Peachtree City, GA; Sembach, Germany; Okinawa Island, Japan
JOB SUMMARY: The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is currently seeking candidates for Professional Development Specialist (PDS) positions that will be assigned to work at the three DoDEA Centers for Instructional Leadership located in Peachtree City, GA, Okinawa, Japan and Sembach, Germany.
DoDEA, through its Community Strategic Plan has made a commitment to be among the world's leaders in education, enriching the lives of military-connected students and the communities in which they live. The mission to educate, engage and empower each student to succeed in a dynamic world is achieved through its five strategic goals of Student, School, Talent, Organization, and Outreach Excellence.
DoDEA is a major Department of Defense (DoD) Field Activity with worldwide scope. DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages the education programs for DoD dependents. DoDEA consists of three regions, DoDEA Americas, DoDEA Europe, and DoDEA Pacific and a total of eight school districts located overseas and in the U.S. and its territories. DoDEA provides education to eligible DoD military and civilian dependents from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. DoDEA has established three Centers for Instructional Leadership (CIL) in Europe, the Pacific and the Americas, each with satellite offices for remote locations. Visit our website at www.dodea.edu for more information!
DUTIES: The Professional Development Specialist (PDS) works directly for the Chief, Instructional Leadership Development (CILD) who is responsible for ensuring a quality education by providing embedded professional development and coaching for district and school leaders and leadership teams. This includes developing the knowledge, skills and abilities in these teams to effectively implement systemic and district priorities; providing differentiated support to specific district staff and school leaders; and monitoring efforts to ensure implementation that will lead to student success. Also responsible for working closely with the superintendents, principals, headquarters and other CIL staff to facilitate support between headquarters, districts and schools focused on academic achievement and equitable practices for all.
The incumbent is among a team of professional educators who serve as consultants, coaches, collaborators, presenters, and facilitators within and across districts within the region to support district staffs, school leaders and teacher leaders providing professional development for the implementation and sustainment of systemic priorities such as the implementation of College and Career Ready standards; facilitate horizontal and vertical learning networks; and build capacity for proven innovative curriculum, instruction, and assessment best practices.
• Provide guidance to district and school leadership teams to develop goals that are aligned to the DoDEA's missions, beliefs, and priorities. • Develop capacity of district/school leadership teams to build a commitment for high student performance by being a catalyst for change, and articulating, implementing, and sustaining a vision of learning. • Engage and support district and school leaders in collaborative learning communities to foster continuous learning, productive interaction, and support transfer of the learning to practice. • Implement and sustain a collaborative coaching approach for districts/school leaders to become more reflective practitioners and support their roles as instructional leaders and ensure a link between professional development and a change in practice by building capacity to monitor and inform improvements of school-wide and classroom practices using observation, feedback and reflection. • Assist superintendents and principals with the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of aligned School Improvement Plans (SIP). • Develop and administer a research agenda to identify, replicate, and catalog best practices. • Support mechanisms to provide accurate data to superintendents and principals in order to recommend and implement data-driven, research-based school improvement plans and instructional leadership; to monitor student progress and achievement, and to evaluate the effects of professional learning provided. • Assist the implementation and execution of teacher to leader development pipelines to build the capacity of DoDEA educators and provide professional paths of development from teacher to teacher leader, Instructional Systems Specialist, and/or, principal. GRADE/CONTENT SPECIFIC DUTIES (Special Education, Elementary (PK-5), Middle (6-8), or High School (9-12 grades): • Assess, identify, plan and prioritize actions to build capacity for district/school stakeholders to promote special education, elementary, middle or high school standards-driven instruction, innovative practices and professional growth within professional learning communities. • Assist with the coordination of special education, elementary, middle or high school instructional programs and services to ensure efficient implementation and avoid duplication or overlap of efforts, and support a systemic approach for standards, curriculum, and instructional planning, development, implementation, and evaluation. • Facilitate vertical and horizontal communication between and among all grade levels. • Provide support to include professional learning, coaching, modeling, and advising for system-wide school grade and content-specific programs and initiatives, formative and summative assessments and instructional best practices to ensure alignment to DoDEA's College and Career Ready/content standards. • Remain current in and seek out innovative, research-based special education, elementary, middle or high school curriculum, instruction, and assessment strategies, and technologies. Participate in leadership training for content and grade specific standards, curriculum, instruction and assessment. • Consult and coordinate with grade and content areas specialists at headquarters and districts to support quality and consistent program implementations. • Collaborate and support elementary, middle or high school principals and assistant principals in such areas as: observing and analyzing teaching, walk-throughs, and the creation of master schedules to ensure a consistent instructional day for students and collaborative time for job embedded learning for teachers.
GENERAL POSITION INFORMATION:
This position is full-time year round.
Supervisory Status: Non-Supervisory
Security Clearance: Secret
Travel Required: Occasional travel as needed for meetings and/or trainings.
Relocation Authorized: Payment for travel and transportation expenses is authorized for both stateside and overseas moves.
Locations: Positions may not be available at all locations listed on this announcement.
• U.S. Citizenship • Mobility agreement (worldwide placement) as a condition of employment. • Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance. • Financial Disclosure Statement required upon appointment and annually. • Participation in direct deposit/electronic fund transfer. • Pre-appointment physical examination for overseas appointments. • Selectees must report no later than June 1, 2017. • Selectees must attend CIL training in June, 2017.
1) Minimum Education Requirement: A Master's degree in Education or Special Education with at least 15 undergraduate/graduate semester hours of course work in ALL of the following areas: professional development, education technology, school data analysis, and supervision of general or special education. Educational course work must have been completed at or accepted by a regionally accredited U.S. college or university. Education may not be substituted for generalized or specialized experience at this grade level.
2) General Experience Requirement (5 years): Relevant elementary or secondary school experience in teaching, educational research, development of curriculum and instructional materials, education assessment and evaluation, professional development, special education, educational administration, or comparable experience which clearly demonstrated success in applying the principles, methods, and techniques of education, and provided familiarity with current developments in teaching, learning, instructional leadership, and professional development. Relevant experience must be in the grade levels/program listed below or a combination of the grades listed below.
3) Specialized Experience Requirement (3 years): Experience in a professional position which clearly demonstrated the ability to administer and support PreK-12 grade curriculum, instruction, assessment, professional development, or special education programs and to effectively support educators in professional growth. Specialized experience must include a minimum of three years as an Elementary or Secondary School Administrator, Instructional Systems Specialist (ISS), Curriculum Coordinator or Instructional Coach.
4) Professional Certification/License Requirement: Must be DoDEA certified/certifiable in any of the areas listed below. Applicants who present a valid state teaching license are required to present a minimum of 12-15 semester hours in the content area and 9 semester hours in professional teacher education.
• Elementary School Grades PreK-3 • Middle School Grades 4-8 • High School Grades 9-12 • Special Education
5) Essay Responses to Leadership Questions: Applicants who are determined to meet at least the minimum qualification requirements as noted above, will be required to submit essay style responses to three leadership questions within 5 calendar days of referral notice. Responses should be no longer than 3,000 characters long. Those that meet the minimum qualification requirements will be individually contacted with additional information (the questions, where to send essay responses, due dates, etc.).
Applicants will be rated on the following competencies:
1. Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in PreK-12 pedagogy to include developmentally appropriate use of differentiated instructional strategies to promote critical thinking and problem solving to include inquiry based instruction, cooperative learning, project and problem-based learning, and the use of digital age technology for teaching and learning. 2. Demonstrated ability to integrate concepts of teacher effectiveness, best practices in instruction, adult learning theory, team building, instructional/cognitive coaching, and learning communities into activities that improve student learning, foster collaboration and improve the professional practices of teachers and school leaders in a PreK-12 grade level learning environment. 3. Ability to secure the confidence, respect and cooperation of military leaders, associates, management officials, teachers, union leaders, students, and others. 4. Ability to design, implement, and monitor the development of professional and non-professional staff. 5. Ability to effectively and efficiently communicate with all stakeholders.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
• Mobility agreement as a condition of employment – selectees must be available for worldwide placement to any DoDEA Europe, DoDEA Pacific or DoDEA Americas location. • A minimum of three years is required at a location before a DoDEA employee is eligible to apply for a lateral move (reassignment). • Ability to obtain and maintain a secret security clearance. This position is designated Non-Critical Sensitive as defined in DoD 5200.2-R and therefore requires that a personnel security investigation be adjudicated on a pre-appointment basis. This requirement may take 120 days or longer to process. • A successful National Agency Check with Inquiries (Childcare NACI/CNACI) and a check of State Criminal History Records (SCHR) is also required. • A pre-appointment overseas physical examination is required for selected individuals assigned to overseas locations. • Individuals hired from CONUS (Continental United States) and their family members (who are U.S. citizens) are required to obtain Official Passports prior to departure to the overseas location. Individuals hired stateside are also required to obtain an Official Passport as they may have to travel to support another Center of Instructional Leadership (CIL). • Financial Disclosure Statement, OGE-450, Executive Branch Personnel Confidential Financial Disclosure Report Required upon entering the position and annually in accordance with DoD Directive 5500-7-R, Joint Ethics Regulation, dated 30 August 1993. • Selectees may be required to serve a one or two year probationary period in accordance with 5 CFR 9901.512. • Selectees may be required to travel by military and/or commercial aircraft, land, or sea transportation to a variety of stateside and/or overseas locations for meetings and conferences and may be subject to a variety of environmental conditions to include the potential exposure to acts of terrorism.
Working for the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal employees’ retirement system. In addition, overseas employees receive a housing allowance (see section titled "Information for Overseas Positions" for more information. The following web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.
To find out more click here: http://www.usajobs.gov//ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc. Flexible Spending Accounts: http://www.fsafeds.gov Health Insurance: http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/index.asp Life Insurance: http://www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.asp Long Term Care Insurance: http://www.ltcfeds.com Retirement Program: http://www.opm.gov/retire/index.asp Thrift Savings Plan: http://www.tsp.gov
INFORMATION FOR OVERSEAS POSITIONS:
• Payment for travel and transportation expenses is authorized. This includes government paid air transportation travel, shipment of household goods, and/or temporary storage; and temporary lodging upon arrival of overseas. • A Living Quarters Allowance (LQA) or housing allowance is provided in addition to salary. The LQA is provided to eligible employees for leased quarters in lieu of Government provided housing and is intended to cover the average cost of rent, utilities and other allowable expenses. A maximum LQA is established for each post abroad based on the employee's grade, quarter's group and family size. For more information on overseas allowances and benefits, please visit: https://hq-w4.dodea.edu/lqarates/lqarates.htm. Note: Internal applicants who are not currently receiving LQA will be required to complete an allowance determination for entitlements eligibility. • Also provided is a post allowance which is a cost-of-living allowance granted to full-time employees officially stationed at a post in a foreign area where the cost of living, exclusive of quarters costs, is substantially higher than in Washington, D.C. • For specific allowance rates visit: http://www.dodea.edu/offices/hr/employees/allowances/rates/htm • Locality pay does not apply in the overseas area. • Locality rates of pay in the Continental United States (CONUS) will not be used for pay setting when transferring to an overseas foreign area. • Medical Care: Applicants who have family members with special medical needs should ensure that prior to accepting a position overseas their family members' medical needs can be met. Access to care in a military treatment facility may not be available to civilian employees except on a space available basis. Consequently, host nation medical facilities may be the only care available. The availability and level of care at host nation medical facilities will vary by location. • Special Education Services: DoDEA provides education including special education to children of DoD civilians who are eligible to attend DoDEA Europe and DoDEA Pacific schools. However, most schools are not staffed for all special needs. For additional information, please contact the DoDEA, Student Services Branch at (571) 372-1872. • The initial overseas tour of duty is two or three years depending on the location. • For positions in a foreign country, that country's laws or international agreements may have a direct impact on the ability of an employee's same sex domestic partner or spouse to accompany the employee and receive certain benefits. If you believe you may be affected by these laws and agreements, you should familiarize yourself with relevant information before applying for or accepting this position (http://cpol.army.mil/library/permiss/2801ss.html).
INFORMATION FOR STATESIDE POSITIONS:
• In addition to the basic salary advertised on this announcement, selectees also receive locality pay. Locality pay is determined according to stateside geographical regions. To view current 2017 Locality Pay Tables go to: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2017/general-schedule/. • Payment for travel and transportation expenses is authorized. This includes government paid air transportation travel, shipment of household goods, and/or temporary storage; and temporary lodging upon arrival of new duty station.
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About Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)
DoDEA, through its Community Strategic Plan has made a commitment to be among the world's leaders in education, enriching the lives of military-connected students and the communities in which they live. The mission to educate, engage and empower each student to succeed in a dynamic world is achieved through its five strategic goals of Student, School, Talent, Organization, and Outreach Excellence....
DoDEA is a major Department of Defense (DoD) Field Activity with worldwide scope. DoDEA plans, directs, and coordinates, and manages the education programs for DoD dependents. DoDEA consists of three regions, DoDEA Americas, DoDEA Europe, and DoDEA Pacific and a total of eight school districts located overseas and in the U.S. and its territories. DoDEA provides education to eligible DoD military and civilian dependents from pre-kindergarten through grade 12.