Education Program Specialist
Description of Duties:
This is a minimum 1-year senior position in the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (ODCA), which is an independent agency that supports the Council of the District of Columbia. ODCA is responsible for monitoring, assessing, and reporting on District of Columbia government operations through the conduct of audits and program evaluations to promote economy and efficiency in the government.
The incumbent serves as an advisor to the D.C. Auditor and directs policy analysis in public PK-12 education including but not limited to development of a Public Education Research-Practice Partnership working with members of the executive and legislative branches of the District government and a wide range of community stakeholders.
The incumbent works under the direction of the Auditor. The successful incumbent will perform a variety of responsible tasks encompassing best-practices research on education public-private partnerships and other education topics, developing a D.C. public education research agenda in concert with policymakers and education community stakeholders, drafting position descriptions for potential additional staff members, developing requests for proposals and managing education research contracts, and developing legislation.
Work is primarily performed in an office setting, although approximately 50 percent of the incumbent’s time may be spent off-site in community meetings, interviews, hearings and other settings. Due to the delicate and confidential nature of the assignment, incumbent exercises extreme discretion in discussing information concerning the work of the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor.
The incumbent of this position will possess at least an undergraduate degree in education, public policy, public administration, or other related fields; a graduate degree is preferred.
Successful incumbents for the Education Program Specialist position will have the following:
- A minimum of 8 years of experience in increasingly responsible roles in policy analysis and development, education research, teaching and/or school administration, or other relevant professional experience in federal, state or local government;
- Demonstrated experience and skill in providing advice and guidance to resolve and/or manage complex issues;
- Demonstrated ability to work with individuals and organizations across a wide range of political and ideological affiliations;
- Demonstrated ability to effectively assist in developing new or revised practices and/or procedures and develop consensus among persons with diverging views;
- Excellent organization, writing, and communication skills;
- Ability to meet deadlines and work well under pressure. Ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects; and
- Experience in public sector procurement and human resources, managing quantitative research, and developing data management policies and practices are preferred but not required.
The Office of the District of Columbia Auditor does not audit taxes.
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