Professional Development Specialist (PDS)
The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is currently seeking candidates for Professional Development Specialist (PDS) positions that will be assigned to work at the three DoDEA Centers for Instructional Leadership located in Peachtree City, GA, Okinawa, Japan and Sembach, Germany. DoDEA, through its Community Strategic Plan has made a commitment to be among the world's leaders in education, enriching the lives of military-connected students and the communities in which they live. The mission to educate, engage and empower each student to succeed in a dynamic world is achieved through its five strategic goals of Student, School, Talent, Organization, and Outreach Excellence. DoDEA is a major Department of Defense (DoD) Field Activity with worldwide scope. DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages the education programs for DoD dependents. DoDEA consists of three regions, DoDEA Americas, DoDEA Europe, and DoDEA Pacific and a total of eight school districts located overseas and in the US and its territories. DoDEA provides education to eligible DoD military and civilian dependents from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. DoDEA has established three Centers for Instructional Leadership (CIL) in Europe, the Pacific and the Americas, each with satellite offices for remote locations. Note: This position is full-time year round (260 days). Visit our website at www.dodea.edu for more information! How to Apply: To view the complete vacancy announcement at: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/477330200. To view application instructions click on the "How to Apply" section of the vacancy announcement at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/477330200#btn-how-apply. NOTE: Applications will NOT be accepted via email . To apply and be considered for these positions, please follow the instructions provided above. Applications will be accepted until September 18, 2017. IMPORTANT INFORMATION *All applicants must reapply in order to be considered for positions advertised under this announcement. Applications submitted under previously advertised vacancy announcements will not be considered. *Vacancies may not be available at all locations listed. This announcement will be used to fill additional vacancies that may become available within 90 days of this announcement closing. Area of Consideration: Select "001 Internal Candidates" if you are requesting consideration as an Internal Applicant. Eligible internal applicants are defined as "Current Permanent DoDEA Employees". Applicants are required to submit a copy of their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF 50) to verify this eligibility. Select "002 External Candidates" if you do not meet the eligibility for "Internal Candidate" as described above. Applicants may request to be considered under both "Internal" and "External" Areas of Consideration if both codes (001 and 002) are selected.Key Requirements US Citizenship Mobility agreement (worldwide placement) as a condition of employment. Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance. Financial Disclosure Statement required upon appointment and annually. Participation in direct deposit/electronic fund transfer. Pre-appointment physical examination for overseas appointments. Qualifications 1) Minimum Education Requirement: A Master's degree in Education or Special Education with at least 15 undergraduate/graduate semester hours of course work in ALL of the following areas: professional development, education technology, school data analysis, and supervision of general or special education. Educational course work must have been completed at or accepted by a regionally accredited US college or university. Education may not be substituted for generalized or specialized experience at this grade level. 2) General Experience Requirement (5 years): Relevant elementary or secondary school experience in teaching, educational research, development of curriculum and instructional materials, education assessment and evaluation, professional development, special education, educational administration, or comparable experience which clearly demonstrated success in applying the principles, methods, and techniques of education, and provided familiarity with current developments in teaching, learning, instructional leadership, and professional development. Relevant experience must be in the grade levels/program listed below or a combination of the grades listed below. 3) Specialized Experience Requirement (3 years): Experience in a professional position which clearly demonstrated the ability to administer and support PreK-12 grade curriculum, instruction, assessment, professional development, or special education programs and to effectively support educators in professional growth. Specialized experience must include a minimum of three years as an Elementary or Secondary School Administrator, Instructional Systems Specialist (ISS), Curriculum Coordinator or Instructional Coach. Examples of specialized experience include experience gained in educational leadership positions in a PreK-12 education system that demonstrated: professional competencies as an assistant principal, principal, ISS or instructional coach, relating to curriculum and standards-based programs, instructional leadership and professional development for PreK-12th grade schools; ability to build capacity to include professional learning, coaching, modeling, and advising for system wide PreK - 12 school content-specific programs and initiatives, formative and summative assessments and instructional best practices to ensure alignment to DoDEA's College and Career-Ready/content standards; skill in supporting PreK - 12 school principals and assistant principals in such areas as: observing and analyzing teaching, walk-throughs, and the creation of master schedules to ensure a consistent instructional day for students and collaborative time for job-embedded learning for teachers; leadership in directing staff members working with district, area, or headquarters staff, school administrators, school staff members, and stakeholders (or equivalent structure) in improving PreK-12 schools and supporting program innovations in core curriculum areas and/or student support programs; skill in using multiple sources of data, research techniques, analytical skills, and student assessment tools to identify PreK-12 school /district strengths and weaknesses and to recommend changes for improving policies and programs; skill in developing, coordinating, and managing professional development programs in support of teaching, learning, leading, and professional development goals; skill in providing consultation, professional learning, and capacity building on the SPED federal legislation, policies and procedures, and best practices in special education instruction to include Response to Intervention (RTI); ability to understand and manage Pre-K-12 special education programs and ensure special education services are in alignment with CCRS and support a systemic approach for standards, curriculum, and instructional planning, development, implementation, and evaluation; ability to lead and assess continuous improvement, or technology integration efforts across a district, or within a school in such areas as curricula, program standards, or performance indicators; ability to identify and address multiple causes of students' underperformance and determine/implement interventions to close the learning gap; ability to assess learning needs of educators and school leaders, create a culture of collaboration and inquiry, and lead a comprehensive professional development program. 4) Professional Certification/License Requirement: Must be DoDEA certified/certifiable in any of the areas listed below. Applicants who present a valid state teaching license are required to present a minimum of 12-15 semester hours in the content area and 9 semester hours in professional teacher education. Elementary School Grades PreK-3 Middle School Grades 4-8 High School Grades 9-12 Special Education 5) Essay Responses to Leadership Questions: Applicants who are determined to meet at least the minimum qualification requirements as noted above, will be required to submit essay style responses to three leadership questions within 5 calendar days of referral notice. Those that meet the minimum qualification requirements will be individually contacted with additional information (the questions, where to send essay responses, format, due dates, etc.).