Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Education Bureau Chief

Recruitment #180525-3181MP-001


The State of Connecticut Department of Education is recruiting for an Education Bureau Chief position.  The Bureau Chief in the Turnaround Office will assist the Chief Turnaround Officer in:

  • Leading the design and implementation of a continuum of interventions and turnaround strategies codified in Connecticut’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Consolidated State Plan.
  • Coordinating with local Opportunity Districts and Alliance Districts and their communities to foster and strengthen a culture of high expectations for all students.
  • Leading cross-departmental teams that collaborate with Opportunity Districts to implement best practices in key areas such as curriculum, instruction, leadership, professional development, data driven analysis, school climate, school operations, talent, and community engagement.
  • Leveraging content area and intervention systems expertise to lead technical assistance efforts in  Opportunity Districts.
  • Refining protocols and systems for supporting transformation strategies and related investments required of the state's Alliance Districts.
  • Collaborating with the department’s Performance Office to implement the state's school and district accountability system as described in the Connecticut’s ESSA Consolidated State Plan.
  • Continuously improving the department’s support strategies and necessary partnerships to ensure that Commissioner's Network schools have a dramatic positive impact on student learning.
  • Serving as a leader in fulfilling the State Board of Education’s responsibility to approve, monitor, and renew state charters for Connecticut’s charter schools, ensuring schools are providing students and families with the high quality school choice and programming.
  • Leading the implementation of the department’s long-term school turnaround vision with a strong focus on stakeholder engagement, the use of evidence-based practices, interagency collaboration, and the effective use of state and federal funds. 

This position is located at 450 Columbus Blvd in Hartford, CT and is a 12-month position, 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Applicants are required to submit a resume with details of experience and training on the resume tab with their submission.  (Note: In order to upload documents you must ensure that your internet browser's 'pop-up' blocker is off.  Failure to do so may prevent you from being able to upload documentation and submit your application.)  Questions about this recruitment and these required documents should be directed to the hiring agency's human resources office: or (860) 713-6695.


In the Department of Education, this class is accountable for directing the operation of an education services bureau.


Directs Education programs and staff activities and manages all related functions; develops comprehensive long and short term goals and objectives which support educational initiatives and agency mission; participates and makes recommendations in review and formulation of agency policy, program priorities, funding, legislation and regulation; develops or assists in the development of educational programs in area of specialty; provides consultant services for these programs and services; interprets and administers pertinent laws within assigned bureau; controls fiscal operations within bureau by determining priority of expenditures of financial and related resources; evaluates and assesses staff performance; responds to inquiries from the public, Governor’s office, and federal, state and local educators concerning education initiatives and programs; maintains statewide responsibility for all bureau programs and activities and represents agency and state in related activities as required; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of the philosophy and methods of education, with emphasis on educational administration and management; considerable knowledge of the objectives and purposes of educational programs within area of specialty; considerable knowledge of the principles of professional management; considerable knowledge of public school administration; knowledge of the principles and techniques of budgetary preparation and fiscal management; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable written and oral skills; considerable ability to understand and apply relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations.


An earned advanced degree and ten (10) years of experience in the field of Education or in a related areas.


Three (3) years of the General Experience must have been at the full advanced working level in the oversight of the development or administration of an educational bureau, system, operation, school or service.

Note: For State employees, this is interpreted at the level of Education Consultant.


1. A 092 certificate (Intermediate Administrator), or 093 certificate (Superintendent), or Sixth Year Diploma in Educational Leadership, or an Ed.D. (Doctorate in Educational Leadership) may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
2. An advanced degree and three (3) years of managerial experience in the oversight of the development or administration of an educational bureau, system, operation, school or service may substitute for the General Experience and the Special Experience.


1. 10+ years successful experience in one of Connecticut’s Opportunity or Alliance Districts in multiple settings with varying responsibilities.

2. Master’s degree in education.

3. Certification as a teacher in one of Connecticut’s tested grades or subjects.

4. Completion or current enrollment in an Intermediate Administration or Supervision (092) certification program.

5. In-depth understanding of the challenges facing Connecticut's persistently low-performing schools and districts.

6. Considerable experience in school or district turnaround efforts backed by data to demonstrate improved outcomes.

7. Considerable knowledge and skills in the development of intervention systems.

8. Experience in identification of educators’ needs for and the organization and delivery of  professional development in schools within Alliance and Opportunity Districts.

9. Experience in the implementation of best practices in the areas of School Climate and Restorative Practices in schools within Alliance and Opportunity Districts.

10. Considerable experience and understanding of federal grant programs.

11. Exceptional interpersonal skills, with demonstrated success navigating complex environments with multiple stakeholders, a wide array of divergent points of view, and the ability to build consensus and build /maintain productive working relationships.

12. Experience coordinating feedback structures from a variety of stakeholders to inform and promote continuous improvement.

13. Experience leveraging and aligning external partners, families, and community providers to support school improvement efforts.

14. Ability to manage multiple competing priorities and projects.

15. Ability to work effectively and efficiently as a leader in a multi-tasked, large volume office.


May be required to possess an appropriate certificate issued by the State Board of Education.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.