Education Specialist (ESSA Programs)...

Reports To: Director of Administrative Services/Federal Programs
FLSA Status: Exempt
Months: 12
Pay Grade: Contingent Upon ESC Salary Schedule

Mission: Education Service Center Region 15 is dedicated to excellence in education through leadership, partnership, and service.

Position Purpose:
  As a service organization, Education Service Center Region 15’s primary commitment is to provide superior support to every Local Education Agency (LEA) stakeholder served.  Our people are our greatest asset.  All staff in the Teaching and Learning program area believe it is imperative that all students have the same opportunity to learn no matter where they live or what school they attend.  Therefore, the Teaching and Learning program area is committed to assisting our LEAs in the task of ensuring a proficient teacher is in every classroom throughout Region 15.  As a member of the Teaching and Learning program area, you will assist in helping us achieve our vision of a proficient teacher in every classroom by providing our LEAs with high-quality support and resources. 

This position reports to the Administrative Services/Federal Programs Director and is responsible for leading and guiding the LEAs of Region 15 in research-based best practices relative to Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Formula Programs; while supporting a high performance culture that emphasizes excellence, quality, productivity, and standards.

Essential Functions:

Content Knowledge and Understanding: Exhibit deep content knowledge specific to the position to provide continuity, coherence and effectiveness in the development of the teaching/learning process. Stay current and up-to-date on the most effective practices, skills and strategies that enhance knowledge and transfer of learning.
Partnership, Support and Coaching: Design, deliver and facilitate content-specific, as well as, systemic best practice (e.g., campus-wide/district-wide) job-embedded professional development, including: 1. Whole-group trainings that build a shared understanding of skills, practices, or systems and include opportunities for practice. 2. Support for participants implementing a new skill, practice, or system within their context, including co-planning, observation, and real-time feedback. 3. One-on-one coaching sessions that identify participant successes and develop their capacity to improve high-leverage areas of growth.
Federal Program Support:  Work to ensure that LEAs are in compliance with federal, state and local requirements outlined in statute, education code, administrative code and policy in accordance to the programs assigned. Prepare federal/state/local reports accurately and timely and make LEA recommendations, as requested.  Participate in grant-writing activities to obtain program funding. Assist with the writing/distribution or required program manuals and forms, as requested.
Culture & Growth: Contribute to maintaining and improving the culture of the ESC through customer service, respect for confidentiality, displaying self-initiative, and modeling a growth mindset through self-reflection and feedback reception.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:
  • Provide assistance with federal stimulus funds.
  • Provide assistance and sustained support to LEAs.
  • Work cooperatively with campuses implementing ESSA formula programs to increase the opportunity for all students to meet the state’s content and student performance standards and to decrease the dropout rate.
  • Provide technical assistance and training to districts for the implementation of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) programs, in particular:
    • Title I, Part A – Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged,
    • Title II, Part A – Preparing, Training and Recruiting High-Quality Teachers, Principals, or other School Leaders,
    • Title IV, Part A – 21st Century Schools, and
    • Title V – Flexibility and Accountability.
  • Provide professional development and technical assistance in a variety of ESSA-related topics such as: Title I School-wide and Targeted Assistance Programs, Staff Equity Compliance Reports, Parent and Family Engagement Requirements, Comprehensive Needs Assessment, District and Campus Planning, Title I Fiscal Requirements including Comparability, Maintenance of Effort and Supplement/Not Supplant, Equitable Services to Private Nonprofit Schools, ESSA Application and Compliance, Performance Based Monitoring (PBM), Program-Compliance Monitoring, and ESSA program compliance validations. 
  • Disseminate information from TEA to districts regarding ESSA programs and provide follow-up services, as needed. 
  • Complete ESSA Consolidated and/or School Improvement Applications, and Compliance reports for contracting LEAs. 
  • Assist contracting districts in monitoring fund expenditures. 
  • Provide guidance and assistance with TEA audits/surveys, as requested.
  • Develop tools and resources to assist districts in implementing ESSA programs.
  • Attend TEA/ESC coordinated ESSA trainings, monthly programmatic TETNs.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Federal Programs Director, Associate Director or Executive Director.
Special Knowledge/Skills
  • In-Depth knowledge of instructional practices that lead to improved teaching and learning, including data-driven practices, observation and feedback coaching, student culture routines, designing and delivering professional development and change management 
  • Demonstrates educational and assistive technology skills  
  • Possesses the ability to deal effectively with parents, students, and school personnel 
  • Exhibits the ability to be a team member and is service-oriented 
  • Demonstrated ability to set goals and creatively problem solve 
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to team/organizational goals 
  • Proven ability to deliver content-specific professional development as well as systemic best practice (e.g., campus-wide/district-wide) professional development 
  • Knowledge of Every Student Succeeds Act 
  • Knowledge of Federal and State program requirements
Three (3) years classroom teaching experience

More Information:
Robin Graves, Director Administrative Services/Federal Programs