Education Specialist (McKinney-Vento/Homeless Capacity Building)...

Reports To: Director of Administrative Services/Federal Programs
FLSA Status: Exempt
Months: 12 (Three (3) year grant supported position) 
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:  
  • Design and facilitate professional development opportunities.
  • Provide technical assistance for use of stimulus funds.
  • Provide professional development related to de-stigmatization, identification, and resources to support students experiencing homelessness. 
  • Develop community collaborations to support the needs of students experiencing homelessness. 
  • Develop resources related to supporting students experiencing homelessness. 
  • Disseminate program materials. 
  • Support parent and family engagement activities and resources. 
  • Coordinate and collaborate with other state agencies. 
  • Maintain, analyze, and communicate data related to program outcomes. 
  • Develop a needs assessment. 
  • Promote high attendance and high overall academic performance for students experiencing homelessness. 
  • Assist with clean data for district collection of identified students. 
  • Coordinate with other general education and special programs to support students experiencing homelessness. 
  • Develop promotional materials to identify and support students experiencing homelessness. 
  • Attend meetings, trainings, and conferences, to gain new knowledge. 
  • Work cooperatively with Texas Education Agency and ESC Education Specialists to gain new knowledge in educational areas affecting the role and stay abreast of changing requirements for the program in an effort to build a reciprocal support system to assist other areas of the educational system. 
  • Foster partnerships with the community and businesses to provide avenues to support students.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Administrative Services/Federal Programs Director, Associate Director and/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 
  • Knowledge of instructional strategies and classroom development 
  • 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 
  • Experience connecting community resources with LEAs 
  • Resources development 
  • Strong communication skills 
  • Working with persons experiencing homelessness

Preference will be given to applicants with social work experience and licensing and/or LEA homeless liaison experience

For More Information Contact:
Robin Graves
Director of Administrative Services/Federal Programs