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Equity Coordinator, Virginia Department of Education, VA

About the Position:

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), Office of Equity and Community Engagement, is seeking an experienced professional to support the Department’s efforts to advance equity outcomes for Virginia’s public school students. This position will coordinate efforts aimed at advancing education equity, closing the achievement gaps, and decreasing disproportionality in student outcomes. This position is also responsible for developing strategic partnerships, coordinating outreach efforts, and soliciting engagement and support for public education.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to: working with education stakeholders, local superintendents and division level leaders to identify and disseminate evidence based equity practices to reduce disproportionality and comprehensive approaches to creating, maintaining, and delivering culturally sensitive and equitable instructional resources; working collaboratively with VDOE agency staff (SPED, Student Services, Teacher Education/Prep, VTSS, School Quality) to align state support and federal program support provided to school divisions to advance equity outcomes for students; coordinating with Local School Divisions and stakeholder groups to ensure that progress and challenges relevant to equity efforts are shared and promoted throughout the state; coordinating initiatives, programs and technical assistance designed to disseminate best practices in reducing disproportionality and implementing comprehensive approaches delivering culturally sensitive and equitable instructional resources; and maintain web content related to Virginia’s Education Equity Commitments and progress on the VDOE website and Virginia is for Learners.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Demonstrated experience advancing equity outcomes in an educational setting.
  • Experience working with state agencies and/or community organizations to advance outcomes for underrepresented minority (Latinx, African American, LGBTQ+ and Special Education) students.
  • Knowledge of education equity strategies and opportunities, cultural competency methodologies, and K-12 education policy.
  • Considerable knowledge of English Language Learner student needs and dual language learning programs.
  • Experience coordinating minority stakeholder/family engagement and outreach to Latinx and African-American partners in education. 
  • Experience facilitating trainings and/or coordinating professional development related to education equity, diversity, and cultural competency.
  • Considerable knowledge of local school divisions, state and local government policies and procedures, communications development and the role of a liaison representing a state agency.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with others to support organizational changes that advance equity outcomes for students.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop effective relations with stakeholders and local education leaders (principals and local school division administrators).
  • Skilled in using research and data to inform and evaluate education policies and practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently to resolve problems and carry out assignments.
  • Organizational skills to handle the development and implementation of multiple projects.
  • Knowledge and experience working with local school division leadership, education agencies and education stakeholder groups. Demonstrated ability to work across lines of difference, engage and build relationships and influence others without direct authority.
  • Experience working productively with senior management/leadership teams.
  • Strong presentation/facilitation skills and superior oral and written skills.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in education, public policy, public administration.
Special Requirements
  • Successful candidate must pass a criminal background check.
  • Management approval to telework is contingent upon successful completion of 6 months of employment and the business needs of the work unit.
Special Instructions to Applicants
To be considered for this position, you must complete a Commonwealth of Virginia application for employment (i.e. state application) through the on-line “Virginia Jobs” (RMS) employment site no later than the cut-off date stated in this announcement.
The application must be detailed and fully completed (including periods of unemployment if applicable). Each application is reviewed for documentation that shows the applicant meets the minimum and preferred qualifications stated in the job announcement. The decision to interview an applicant is based on the information provided on the application, therefore, it is essential to fully complete each section of the application and provide descriptive information.
Submitting an incomplete state application, or a state application lacking in detail, may result in your non-selection.
This website will provide a confirmation of receipt when the application is submitted for consideration.
Please refer to your RMS account for the status of your application and this position.
Review of applications will begin August 5, 2019.
VDOE values the service and experience of our Veterans. As such, Veterans are encouraged to apply and receive preference in the hiring process. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other national service alumni also are encouraged to apply.
Reasonable accommodations are available to applicants, if requested, during the application and/or interview process. [TTY: (804) 786-8389]
Virginia Department of Education does not provide sponsorship.
The Virginia Department of Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer.