Education Specialist III - Title I Coordinator (Anticipated Vacancy)

Augusta, Maine, United States Contract

Department of Education
Education Specialist III – Title I Coordinator

(Limited-Period Position)

Anticipated Vacancy

CODE: 3060                                PAY GRADE: 26 - $43,784.00 - $65,540.80

OPENING: September 18, 2018

CLOSING:  October 1, 2018




This is a professional service position directing and coordinating the Title I program under the Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA) currently authorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA). The position is responsible for the administration, management and evaluation of the Title I program and compliance with federal Title I regulations.

REPRESENTATIVE TASKS: Assignments include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Plan, organize, coordinate and direct Title I operations, functions and activities in compliance with the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and ensure the Department meets the requirements for ESSA implementation in Maine. 
  • Oversee Title I state finances and budget; and manage local funding allocations and Title I programming for schools and districts.
  • Review and approval of all ESEA program sub grantees within specified region.
  • Anticipate, respond to and document changes in policy, procedures and practice as a result of federal or State action, e.g., changes in how ESEA funds are allocated, overseen, and accounted for as a result of the reorganization of individual school units to Regional School Units (RSUs), etc. and the addition of charter schools.
  • Oversee the review and approval of ESEA annual Performance Reports and applications; the review annually of submissions by all SAUs of a yearly Performance Review for the prior year (before the current year’s application is accepted for review) and approve and/or follow up when submissions are incomplete or inadequate.
  • Evaluate Title I program effectiveness using clearly articulated standards and implement monitoring and reporting procedures, including technical assistance to sub-grantees and monitoring of program implementation. Compliance review of sub-grantees includes but is not limited to regulatory requirements associated with allowable cost, supplement vs. supplanting, maintenance of effort, comparability, and other regulatory concepts.
  • Prepare and implement regional technical assistance on program requirements for SAUs and other involved agencies to help schools create effective Title I programs.
  • Ensure continuous state oversight, support and technical assistance for districts and schools, to assist them in serving eligible students and implementing effective programs. 
  • Complete and report on agreed upon procedures for program monitoring, technical assistance and staff training
  • Oversee the yearly update, review and distribution of the electronic Consolidated ESEA Application for federal funds as well as the collection of the previous year’s Performance Reports and current applications and ensures that new application interventions are data driven and supported by current research.
  • Serve annually as a Review Team Leader for ESEA on-site visits and monitor the implementation of Title I requirements during scheduled visits.
  • Ensure the timely completion of the annual Consolidated State Performance Report (CSPR) and any other reports, surveys and data requests assigned; and fulfill federal requirements for increased levels of recordkeeping, program analysis, and reporting.
  • Serve as the U S Department of Education Title I contact.
  • Coordinate quarterly Title I Committee of Practitioner meetings.
  • Ensure accountability for student participation in the state assessments and for student achievement of instructional standards in Title I schools and districts in Maine.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED to successfully perform the work assigned:


  • Knowledge of current learning research and exemplary educational practice in the education of the disadvantaged and the ability to interpret and apply information to current programs.
  • Knowledge and understanding of US Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR).
  • Knowledge of current and emerging federal laws, rules and regulations regarding the Every Student Succeeds Act in particular Title I, including funding, compliance issues and evaluation issues.
  • Knowledge of the State’s assessment and accountability system.
  • Ability to provide leadership to public school Title I programs.
  • Ability to manage a complex program and federal program budgets.
  • Experience in project evaluation and provision of technical assistance.
  • Knowledge of continuous quality improvement and systems change concepts, practices, and tools.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to effectively supervise/direct subordinate staff in achieving program goals.
  • Ability to apply and facilitate group dynamics and use exemplary interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships and provide quality customer service.




To qualify, candidates must have a Bachelor degree in education or a field specialty/substance area, and four (4) years professional level experience in successfully administering federal programs and budgets under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  A Master’s degree in education or related field may be substituted for experience on a year-to-year basis.  Preferred candidates will have a Master’s degree and experience in the administration and implementation of Title I programs.



The value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement is 15.37% of salary for BU.  The value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $13.13 biweekly.  The value* of State-paid Health Insurance:


Level 1:  100% State Contribution (employee pays nothing):  $444.68 biweekly

Level 2:  95% State Contribution (employee pays 5%):  $422.45 biweekly

Level 3:  90% State Contribution (employee pays 10%):  $400.21 biweekly

Level 4:  85% State Contribution (employee pays 15%):  $377.98 biweekly


*The level of the actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on the employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program.