JobID 186 : English Learners Education Consultant (#1148037)

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PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITY

EDUCATION CONSULTANT

The State Education Resource Center (SERC) is recruiting candidates for a full-time position as an Education Consultant with specific expertise in English Learners (EL).  This position reports directly to the Director for Program Development.

SERC’s mission is to provide resources, professional development, and a centralized library to educators, families, and community members in collaboration with the CT State Board of Education and other partners.  SERC believes that all students have the right to access opportunities and experiences that reflect and respect their differences and abilities.  Research indicates that educational outcomes for students of color, students who are English learners, and students with disabilities continue to lag behind outcomes of other students.  SERC’s consultants and staff, in collaboration with our partners in school districts and organizations, build the capacity of educators, service providers, and families to meet the diverse needs of our student population.

General Summary
 The Education Consultant is an instructional leader who designs, delivers, and evaluates high-quality professional development that supports the application of learning and capacity-building for English learners.  Through collaborative internal and external partnerships, consultants operationalize SERC’s vision of Equity-Excellence-Education by applying a lens of equity and 21st-century skills to all programming, technical assistance, and materials development. 

Essential Job Functions
Applicants must have the ability to complete the following essential job functions: 
  • Design, implement, facilitate, evaluate, and follow up on the application of high-quality professional development, technical assistance, formal and informal EL/ESOL/Bilingual training, study groups, in-services, and workshops specific to English learners.
  • Plan and coordinate professional learning programs that are accessible, inclusive, and culturally relevant to the needs of participants.  A working knowledge of standards for professional learning is vital. 
  • Have experience in data team implementation and facilitation, tiers of intervention, and effective strategies that meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse learners in general education settings. 
  • Have expertise in the Connecticut English Language Proficiency Standards (CELP) as well as the requirements and implementation of the Language Assessment Scales (LAS) Links.
  • Have direct experience working in public schools or programs that serve English learners.
  • Plan for and organize the resources, including human capital and fiscal resources needed for the provision of high-quality professional learning. 
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 
Responsibilities
SERC’s English Learner Education Consultant will handle a wide array of responsibilities in partnership with peers, schools, school districts, agencies, and community organizations.  They include, but are not limited to:
  • Build collaborative relationships with internal and external partners such as state agencies, school districts, colleges, universities, and community organizations.
  • Coordinate SERC’s programming for English learners, including logistical planning, scheduling, management, and oversight of professional learning opportunities, services, and programs.
  • Coordinate and provide peer coaching, mentoring, modeling, and other types of educational and instructional support geared to enhance academic success for English learners.
  • Assist school administrators with district-level and school-level strategic programming that supports the academic achievement of English learners. 
  • Maintain an understanding of current national and state matters related to the needs of English learners.
  • Plan and implement a comprehensive program evaluation designed to develop, monitor, and adjust programming for professional learning. 
Responsibilities and assignments may change to meet departmental needs.  Other agency responsibilities may be added, as required.  

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:
  • General needs of English learners regarding access to academic language and content.
  • Systems change, implementation fidelity and professional development to build capacity and ensure sustainability and coaching. 
  • Professional learning standards, adult learning, and differentiated learning models to design the effective delivery of professional learning and achieve intended outcomes.
  • Federal and state laws, regulations, statutes, and policies specific to English learners, ESOL, and Bilingual Education.
Skill In:
  • Utilizing research-based strategies specific to the needs of English learners.
  • Using quantitative and qualitative student, educator and system data to plan, inform and guide program development, all of which would be used to monitor and adjust programming.
  • Providing high-quality customer service and collaborative communication that is culturally responsive and accessible for multiple stakeholders internal and external to the implementation of professional learning. 
  • Facilitating the development and execution of state-level policy, research-based practices, and strategies for implementing sustainable change in the area of culturally and linguistically diverse learners.
  • Communicating professionally and effectively, as well as keen attention-to-detail.
Ability to: 
  • Communicate and market the professional learning opportunities, services, products, resources, or programs. 
  • Develop funding sources and collaborate with funders in the development and implementation of effective professional learning that meets agreed-upon outcomes.
  • Identify the intersection of equity (race, language, culture, and ethnicity) within all aspects of education and schooling as a link to promote seamless connections and ensure coherence with the agency’s vision of Equity. Excellence. Education.
  • Demonstrate work in culturally diverse and inclusive settings. 
The ideal applicants must have demonstrated effectiveness in a collaborative, highly team-oriented environment, yet possess initiative, self-motivation, and the ability to manage multiple priorities independently, and work with minimal supervision.

Supervisory Responsibility
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Work Environment
The Education Consultant operates in a professional office environment.  Appropriate business attire is required.  This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers and phones.  There are off-site requirements, specific to workshops, training, or school and community work.

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the functions of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear.  The employee is frequently required to stand; be mobile; use hands or fingers; handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms and lift/carry items.  The capacity to drive and the availability of a car is preferred.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time, exempt position.  Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Occasionally, weekend or after hours work might be necessary. 

Education and Experience
Master’s degree in Education or a related field is required and a Sixth-Year Certificate or Doctorate is preferred, AND experience working in public schools or programs. 

Salary Range 
*$87,500-$115,700
*New hires will start at the first step of the salary range.

This position will remain open until filled. A thorough, updated resume and at least three professional references must be submitted with the application package in order to be considered. Apply online at: www.ctserc.org (select Employment under the About tab).  SERC reserves the right to substitute years of experience for certification or degrees.  SERC may expand inquiries into materials submitted in support of an applicant’s candidacy without further permission from the applicant.

SERC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of individuals from racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse backgrounds and from persons with disabilities.