Regional Education Representative - Elementary Digital Learning Specialist

Augusta, Maine, United States Full-time

Department of Education

Regional Representative—Elementary Digital Learning Specialist

Code:  3032    Pay Grade: 28 – $48,547.20 - $72,737.60/annually

Open for Recruitment:  July 9, 2019

CLOSES:  July 23, 2019

 

PURPOSE OF ANNOUNCEMENT

The Department of Education has an opening for one (1) position based in Augusta.  Statewide travel is required.

JOB DESCRIPTION

This is professional services work involving regional and statewide implementation of Maine learning technology initiatives through which students and educators are provided tools and the support needed to enhance student ability to achieve Maine's education standards. The position serves schools and school districts throughout the State through customer service, providing and brokering professional development and technical assistance, and providing a communications link for the Maine DOE's continuous improvement process. Primary responsibilities include developing ongoing interaction with elementary school personnel and community representatives through the State; providing or brokering professional development opportunities for elementary school teachers and administrators, technical assistance, and other services to enhance teacher effectiveness and student and school performance at the elementary level; assisting districts with the implementation of education technology to achieve state education stadards at the elementary level; and promoting the Commissioner's education initiatives. The position also provides educational leadership and expertise to organizations and elementary educators statewide in the use of technology in teaching and learning. This position will coordinate with the Secondary Digital Learning Specialist to ensure consistent support for pk-12 education. The position may be assigned to lead other state and federal programs. Work is performed in collaboration with other members of the Maine DOE and is executed under limited supervision. Extensive use of technology, statewide/national travel and field assignemnts are required. The position is part of the Early Learning Team within the Office of Learning Systems (OLS).

 

REPRESENTATIVE TASKS of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Provides leadership, professional developement and technical assistance for elementary educators and schools districts related to the educational technology initiatives in order to improve instruction and assessment, especially as it supports implementation of Maine DOE strategic initiatives.
  • Interprets state and federal laws, rules, regulations and policies pertaining to initiatves related to learning through technology in order to answer questions, inform Maine DOE policy and legislative actions, and ensure uniform understanding.
  • Represents the Department of Education in meetings and other forums (state and national) related to learning technology initiatives in order to strengthen the use of technology in Maine education to increase elementary student achievment.
  • Serves as the Maine DOE's liaison and provides support to school leaders in order to build understanding and implement Maine DOE strategic initiatives.
  • Researches current and effective policies and practices in the use of technology in education in order to support the implementation of effective state policies and other duties as assigned.
  • Promotes the Commissioner's and Governor's initiatives in order to enhance school improvement and related services, particularly as they relate to educational technology.
  • Collaborates with other Maine DOE content specialists and regional representatives in order to design and deliver supports for student learning, particularly as they relate to the use of technology in education.
  • Collaborates with vendors in order to ensure that professional learning and technical assistance services provided under their contract are responsive to the needs of Maine elementary educators, leadership, and students and to ensure that they are aligned to Maine's education standards, goals, and initiatives.
  • Maintains national and state contacts, including involvement in the national State Education Technology Directors Assocation (SETDA) and the state Association of Computer Technology Educators of Maine (ACTEM), in order to stay current in research and exemplary practices, and to work in collaboration with state and national education technology organizations in education improvement efforts.
  • Directs or coordinates other digital learning initiatives for the Maine DOE as requested in order to promote education opportunity.
  • Coordinates with the Secondary Digital Learning Specialist to ensure consistent support for pk-12 education.

 

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

  • Knowledge of current learning research, exemplary general education pratices, and effective practice in the use of technology in education at the elementary level.
  • Knowledge of community improvement issues in education policy decisions and educational operations.
  • Knowledge of school improvement, Maine DOE strategic initiatives, systems-change concepts, student centered practices, and tools to support learning especially in the area of technology.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging state and federal legislation, rules, and regulations impacting education.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, Maine's education standards (Learning Results), the process of implementing standards, and current and emerging trends for including national standards development initiatives.
  • Knowledge of performance-based and standards-based educational systems.
  • Knowledge of systemic change principles.
  • Knowledge of a variety of computer software and hardware systems, including wireless networking and ability to troubleshoot technology problems.
  • Knowledge of assessment methods, including development and evaluation of portfolios and experiential learning.
  • Ability to coordinate with the Secondary Digital Learning Specialist to ensure consitent support for pk-12 education.
  • Ability to facilitate groups and use exemplary interpersonal skills; establish and maintain positive collaborative working relationships; effectively manage multiple projects and provide quality service.
  • Ability to integrate technology initiatives with other Maine DOE teams such as Special Education, Assessment and Accountability, and Higher Education and Certification.
  • Ability to assist organizations with systemic change strategies/ organizational development.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing and use technology for work and learning.
  • Ability to write clearly and effectively in a team environment to problem solve.
  • Ability to use computer technology for word processing, data applications, telecommunications (e-mails, instructional videos, and webinars) and internet searches.
  • Ability to design and implement innovative approaches to school improvement and to elementary student and teacher learning.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret research and data and to integrate divergent ideas to solve problems and make decisions.
  • Ability to manage projects.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and customer service.
  • Ability to interact effectively with peers and customers.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 

To qualify, candidates must have a Bachelor of Arts/Science Degree in Education, Psychology, or Educational Technology, and five (5) years of experience as an education practitioner.  A Masters’ Degree in a related field may be substituted for two (2) years of educational experience.

Preferred candidates will have will have a Master’s degree in Educational Technology and will have experience providing leadership, consultation and professional development related to the position.

BENEFITS

The value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement:  14.47% of salary for BU positions.  The value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $14.31 biweekly.  The value* of State-paid Health Insurance:

*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.

 

  • Level 1:  100% State Contribution (employee pays nothing):  $461.75 biweekly
  • Level 2:    95% State Contribution (employee pays 5%):  $438.66 biweekly
  • Level 3:    90% State Contribution (employee pays 10%):  $415.58 biweekly
  • Level 4:      85% State Contribution (employee pays 15%):  $392.49 biweekly