About the position:
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) believes that educator preparation can and should produce teachers who are ready to be effective on day one. Specifically, we are working toward an ambitious goal that by 2022, candidates prepared in Massachusetts will enter classrooms and demonstrate results on par with peers in their third year of teaching.
In working toward this goal, the Office of Educator Effectiveness has made significant advancements in the policies and implementation expectations associated with educator preparation in the Commonwealth over the last few years. These policy and regulatory initiatives include updated programmatic review standards, statewide performance assessments for new teachers and administrators, and improved data systems and supports to Educator Preparation Providers (EPPs).
We are seeking to add capacity to the existing team of Educator Effectiveness Specialists in order to ensure an increasingly effective, efficient, and consistent evaluation process of and technical assistance to EPPs. The Educator Effectiveness Specialist will oversee a caseload of EPPs, managing various types of reviews and participating in ongoing monitoring. Specialists assume these responsibilities that are core to the educator preparation efforts at DESE and are critical to the success of all other initiatives.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Facilitate and oversee a complex and multi-faceted review process of EPPs, which results in accountability recommendations that are supported by a solid evidentiary base; manage a team of volunteer reviewers and provide assistance to providers readying for an evaluation.
• Support the development and creation of improved systems, resources, and tools that help DESE conduct increasingly effective reviews.
• Provide technical assistance and inform guidance to the Educator Preparation field in alignment with DESE policy and regulations.
• Obtain, analyze, and evaluate quantitative and qualitative data related to review criteria to assess program quality.
• Produce evidence-based evaluation reports that have been calibrated externally and vetted internally, and uphold DESE's expectations for providers.
• Participate in the recruitment, selection, training of reviewers and coordinate the full review process for a team of reviewers.
• Communicate with organizations and other constituents regarding state regulations, guidance, and technical assistance.
• Provide high-quality customer service.
• Identify, communicate, and promote the link between high quality educator preparation and educator effectiveness in K-12 employment through engagement in broader educator effectiveness project work.
• Travel throughout the Commonwealth one-two times per month.
• Perform other functions as assigned.
The successful candidate will demonstrate the following required qualifications:
• Superior project management skills. Successful candidate will be able to manage multiple, shifting priorities in a high-demand, fast-paced environment;
• Detail-oriented approach;
• Excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking ability;
• Strong ability to comprehend, analyze, and communicate complex information quickly;
• Strategic initiative; especially in problem-solving and anticipating risks;
• Demonstrated success working independently and collaboratively;
• Eagerness to work in a dynamic, entrepreneurial environment where team members push each other's thinking and strive consistently toward the highest-quality work;
• Improvement mindset;
• Relentless sense of urgency and commitment to setting and attaining ambitious goals;
• Experience working with a range of diverse stakeholders and tailoring approach and communication to successfully meet project goals and timelines; and
• Knowledge of educator preparation and its role in the large context of educator quality issues.
Minimum Entrance Requirements:
• Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree and at least four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional educational experience in a specific or related content area, education program/or service;
Master's degree or higher in a specific or related educational content area may be substituted for two years of the required experience -- 30 semester hours equals one year of experience for substitution purposes.
Education toward a degree in a specific or related educational content area will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
• Experience working with higher education institutions, school districts/collaboratives, education professional associations and/or other organizations related to educator preparation and licensure.
• Knowledge of current state, national, and international trends and research on improving standards, programs, and assessments for pre-service educator preparation.
• Demonstrated ability to work productively and collegially with individuals and teams.
• Experience working with an explicit equity-based lens, working on anti-racism efforts, or facilitating adult learners around exploring bias.
• Knowledge of and experience with culturally responsive or culturally sustaining teaching and leading.
• Experience in recruiting and/or retaining educators of color.
First consideration will be given to those applicants who apply within the first 14 days.