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The process of application to the Georgia Department of Education is one of a candidate reviewing our advertised positions and applying to those which best fit his/her employment history and qualifications.

Submit either by fax, U.S. mail, or email a cover letter and a resume OR a State of Georgia Application to:

Tracey Glen, Recruiter
Georgia Department of Education
Human Resources Office
2052 Twin Towers East
205 Jesse Hill, Jr. Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Telephone: 404-656-2510
Fax: 404-657-7840

Please be sure to reference the job announcement number in your email or cover letter.

Please note: Please be sure to read the minimum qualifications posted for each position. Some of the education-specific positions require Georgia professional education certification. Documentation of this certification is required with the application/resume. An application or resume will not be considered for the position until this documentation is received in Human Resources. Georgia professional educator certification inquiries can be directed to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission by calling 404-232-2500 or visiting the web site at www.gapsc.com.

Announcement 11-81 All Job Openings
Job Title: School Improvement Specialist (School Improvement Grants and State-Directed Schools)
Post Date: 07/11/2011
Apply by: Until Filled
Job ID: Five (5) federally-funded positions (Note: one (1) of these positions may be considered for a part-time position.)
Location: Regional/field-based positions located in West, East, and Southeast Georgia (specific office location will be determined when candidates are selected)
Program/Unit: Department of Education
Description of Duties: In collaboration with the Division of School Improvement Grants and School Turnaround support members and organizations including Regional Educational Services Agencies (RESAs), Educational Technology Centers (ETCs), Georgia Learning Resource System (GLRS) and other agencies, guides, coordinates, and provides onsite school improvement services to identified schools. Duties include, but are not limited to, guiding leaders in developing and sustaining a leadership team that is focused on continuous improvement in order to increase student achievement; guiding leaders, the leadership team, and collaborative learning teams with the development of structures and processes that support standards-based, job-embedded, results-driven professional learning and will assist the School Improvement Specialist in brokering professional learning resources as needed, with emphasis on Thinking Maps, Data Teams, formative assessment and Active Literacy; assisting the leadership team in maximizing the use of Title I School Improvement Grant funds, if applicable; guiding school leaders in creating and sustaining a culture of data-driven decision making; guiding the leadership team and collaborative learning teams in creating school improvement plans that are action plans with measurable goals; guiding the leadership team and collaborative learning teams with implementing and monitoring the GPS within standards-based classrooms; facilitating the leadership team and collaborative learning teams’ development, implementation, and continuous monitoring of a formalized system of data-driven intervention(s); assisting the leadership team in continuously assessing progress toward fully-operational high impact practices; guiding leaders in sustaining the school improvement process; guiding the leadership team, collaborative learning teams, and individual teachers (through observation, modeling, and feedback) in best practices that will directly lead to increased academic achievement for individual students and subgroups in relation to AYP targets; guiding the leadership team in interventions to monitor and improve student and teacher attendance; guiding the leadership team in the development of action plans; performing other related duties as assigned by the Lead School Improvement Specialist; attending and participating in Division and Office meetings and activities; and maintaining records (electronic and hard copy) of services provided to assigned school(s) using formats required by the Office of School Turnaround. Note: Travel is required.
Minimum Qualifications: Master’s degree in education or education administration and three years of full-time experience in a leadership role in a school, school system, Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA), or state education agency. Must hold Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) certification. Note: Applicant must submit documentation of required certification (i.e., copy of GaPSC certificate or printout from GaPSC website) with resume and cover letter or with application. Applicants will not be considered for interviews if this documentation is not provided.
Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to applicants who, in addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, posses one or more of the following: • Documented success in improving low achieving schools • Education Specialist or higher degree • Leadership experience at the secondary level (middle and/or high school) • Highly effective interpersonal and group communications skills • Strong knowledge base of best practices in leadership and standards-based instruction • Demonstrated success in team building and the school improvement process • Experience in data analysis and the organization and implementation of major school initiatives • Experience in working with adult learners • Strong work ethic, self-directed, and self-motivated • Knowledge of state and federal guidelines, including the No Child Left Behind Act
Salary/Benefits: Pay grade 18 - $47,280.21 (minimum) to $82,962.30 (maximum). Hiring salary is typically $70,000.00, depending on current employment, training, experience, and available funding. Benefit options include life, disability, dental and health insurance; annual/sick leave; and Employees’ Retirement or Teachers Retirement.

Consideration/interviews will begin as soon as a list of applicants is established. Applications/resumes will be evaluated and only those meeting the qualifications will be considered. Top candidates will be contacted for interviews. No notification will be sent to applicants except those who are selected for interviews. Due to the large volume of applications received by this office, we are unable to provide information on your application status.

It is the policy of the Georgia Department of Education not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, disability, or age in its employment practices.

In accordance with Public Law 99-603, also known as the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the Department of Education employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers. All persons hired by the Georgia Department of Education are required to verify identity and employment eligibility and must agree to undergo drug screening and a criminal background investigation.

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