Applications accepted from all sources (internal and external)
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.
Note: This position is full-time year round (260 days).
Visit our website at http://www.dodea.edu/ for more information!
*All applicants must reapply in order to be considered for positions advertised under this announcement. Applications submitted under previously advertised vacancy announcements will not be considered.
*Vacancies may not be available at all locations listed. This announcement will be used to fill additional vacancies that may become available within 90 days of this announcement closing.
Area of Consideration:
Select "001 Internal Candidates" if you are requesting consideration as an Internal Applicant. Eligible internal applicants are defined as "Current Permanent DoDEA Employees". Applicants are required to submit a copy of their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF 50) to verify this eligibility.
Select "002 External Candidates" if you do not meet the eligibility for "Internal Candidate" as described above. Applicants may request to be considered under both "Internal" and "External" Areas of Consideration if both codes (001 and 002) are selected.
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.
Relocation Authorized •Yes •Payment for travel and transportation expenses is authorized for both stateside and overseas moves.
Key Requirements •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.
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.
Examples of specialized experience include experience gained in educational leadership positions in a PreK-12 education system that demonstrated: •professional competencies as an assistant principal, principal, ISS or instructional coach, relating to curriculum and standards-based programs, instructional leadership and professional development for PreK-12th grade schools; •ability to build capacity to include professional learning, coaching, modeling, and advising for system wide PreK - 12 school 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; •skill in supporting PreK – 12 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; •leadership in directing staff members working with district, area, or headquarters staff, school administrators, school staff members, and stakeholders (or equivalent structure) in improving PreK-12 schools and supporting program innovations in core curriculum areas and/or student support programs; •skill in using multiple sources of data, research techniques, analytical skills, and student assessment tools to identify PreK-12 school /district strengths and weaknesses and to recommend changes for improving policies and programs; •skill in developing, coordinating, and managing professional development programs in support of teaching, learning, leading, and professional development goals; •skill in providing consultation, professional learning, and capacity building on the SPED federal legislation, policies and procedures, and best practices in special education instruction to include Response to Intervention (RTI); •ability to understand and manage Pre-K-12 special education programs and ensure special education services are in alignment with CCRS and support a systemic approach for standards, curriculum, and instructional planning, development, implementation, and evaluation; •ability to lead and assess continuous improvement, or technology integration efforts across a district, or within a school in such areas as curricula, program standards, or performance indicators; • ability to identify and address multiple causes of students' underperformance and determine/implement interventions to close the learning gap; •ability to assess learning needs of educators and school leaders, create a culture of collaboration and inquiry, and lead a comprehensive professional development program.
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
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. Those that meet the minimum qualification requirements will be individually contacted with additional information (the questions, where to send essay responses, format, due dates, etc.).
A Complete Application Package Includes ALL of the documents/forms listed below.
NOTE: Incomplete applications will not be considered. Failure to submit the required forms/documents as instructed below will not be a basis for subsequent appeal or grievance. 1.Completed Resume. Please ensure that your resume contains the basic information outlined under the "Applying for a Federal Job" link: http://www.gpo.gov/careers/pdfs/of0510.pdf. Employment history should be recorded in chronological order beginning with the most recent experiences. Be sure to list start/end dates (month/year) and duties and responsibilities for each employment experience separately even if the experience was completed within the same school district. 2.Completed Occupational Questionnaire (OQ). The OQ questions are embedded as part of the application process. If you wish to view the questions on the OQ prior to beginning the application process online, go to View Assessment Questions. Please note that this link will only allow you to preview the questions and you will not be able to respond to them. You may only respond to the questions once you have started the actual online application process. Please ensure you click the "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the process. 3.Educational Transcripts. Please make photocopies and upload of all (undergraduate/graduate) OFFICIAL college/university transcripts. To receive the maximum allowable credit you must include all transcripts (front and back) for each degree (undergraduate and graduate) conferred and any additional courses currently in progress. Transcripts submitted in other languages other than in English must include an official translation. Computer print-outs of transcripts, grade reports, copies of degree diplomas or educational certificates, and unofficial copies of transcripts will not be acceptable. 4.Declaration of Federal Employment (OF-306). ALL applicants must submit a complete and signed OF-306. Form may be downloaded from http://www.opm.gov/forms/Optional-forms/. 5.Professional Teacher Certification/License: A valid DoDEA or state teaching license is required. Applicants must be DoDEA certified/certifiable as noted on the Qualifications section of this vacancy announcement. 6.If requesting consideration as an "Internal Candidate" submit a copy of last or most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) documenting eligibility. Eligible "internal" applicants are defined as "Current Permanent DoDEA Employees."
The following documents must be submitted ONLY if applicable. •Copy of DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 Copy) which identifies the type of separation, character of service, and narrative reason for separation - If applying for Veteran's Preference (5 Points). •1) Copy of DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 Copy) which identifies the type of separation, character of service, and narrative reason for separation; 2) Standard Form 15 (http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf); AND 3) Employment Letter from the Veterans' Administration dated 1991 or later identifying percentage of disability. This letter can be requested from the Veterans' Administration by calling 1-800-827-1000 - If applying for Veteran's Preference (10 Points).
IMPORTANT APPLICATION INFORMATION: •Do NOT submit documents such as reference letters, copies of licenses or certificates, performance appraisals, etc. as these will only delay the evaluation process and will not be considered part of the application evaluation process. Also, do not include photographs of yourself in any of the documentation provided. •Only those candidates with completed applications will be considered. You may edit/update your application at any time until Monday, September 18, 2017Monday, September 18, 2017 •Submit supplemental/supporting documents even if you have previously applied to similar announcements. We will not use supplemental documentation from other announcements or employee files; documents must be resubmitted each time you apply. •It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that ALL submitted documents are legible and complete. Please log in to your application and "view" your uploaded documents to ensure they are the documents you would like the selecting officials to review. •Mailed, faxed or e-mailed electronic applications, forms, transcripts, etc. submitted directly to our office and not through the USA Jobs application system will not be considered. Any documents received via email, mail, or fax (unless as instructed above) will be destroyed.
How to Apply: To view the complete vacancy announcement at: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/477330200 . To view application instructions click on the "How to Apply" section of the vacancy announcement at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/477330200#btn-how-apply .
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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.