The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), is recruiting for an Associate Education Consultant position. The primary focus of the Associate Education Consultant will be to oversee work related to social and emotional learning, character education, improving school climate and reducing bullying in Connecticut schools. The essential duties and responsibilities will include:
- Consult with school districts, schools, and other agencies and educational organizations to increase awareness and provide guidance, training, and technical assistance around matters pertaining to bullying, character education, and improving school climate;
- Develop and deliver professional development and technical assistance to school districts in creating physically, emotionally and intellectually safe and respectful learning communities;
- Develop and deliver professional development and technical assistance to school districts in the area of social and emotional learning.
- Stay current on best practices in the area of social and emotional learning, school climate, anti-bullying and character education;
- Collaborate with colleagues and external partners to create a tool box of resources for schools to address school climate, bullying and character education:
- Work to implement school climate legislation, including the new PA 19-166, by working with the Social and Emotional Learning and School Climate Advisory Collaborative to develop a statewide model school climate policy and school climate survey; review and approve district safe school climate plans, and provide guidance to school districts regarding these matters;
- Respond to parent/guardian and community inquiries, concerns and complaints the CSDE receives about allegations of bullying in public schools, and other school-sponsored activities;
- Assist in the development and support of statewide initiatives that improve and ensure the quality of socially and emotionally safe learning environments; and
- Engage in targeted school climate improvement and restorative practices work with school districts as needed.
This position is located at the State of Connecticut office building at 450 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford. This is a 35-hour position that operates Monday - Friday.
- New hires to state service start at the minimum of the pay plan.
- There are no supplemental attachments required at this time. Candidates selected for interview will be asked to provide a resume detailing experience in addition to three (3) pertinent professional references. State employees selected for interview will be asked to provide a copy of their last two service ratings.
- Due to the anticipated volume of applications, the Bureau of Human Resources is unable to provide confirmation of receipt and/or the status of applications during the recruitment process. Updates will be provided through your JobAps portal account. Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position. For all other inquiries, please contact Kim Barberi at firstname.lastname@example.org; 860-713-6691.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Department of Education assists in planning and executing programs of extensive difficulty and scope for the improvement of education in the State.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Assists a Bureau Chief or Education Consultant in supervising various educational programs and services offered by the State; assists in the development and administration of certain programs of major importance or may develop and administer other programs within the framework of bureau policy; provides professional leadership and guidance to school authorities, professional organizations, students and various community groups and individuals; may assist in directing the routine functioning of the bureau; performs related duties as required.
Works with the Office of Student Supports and Organizational Effectiveness managers; plans and manages activities related to school climate and bullying; assists in the development of relevant policies; conducts bullying investigations in coordination with CSDE Title IX staff; provides extensive professional development workshops to educators in the areas of improving school climate, reducing bullying, and restorative practices; and coordinates efforts with colleagues who lead efforts in the areas of social and emotional learning and student mental health.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of the philosophy and methods of education with particular reference to the field concerned; teaching skill; ability to prepare reports; ability to deal effectively with others.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
An earned advanced degree and five (5) years of professional experience OR in lieu thereof an equivalent combination of experience and training approved by the Board of Education.
Preference will be given to candidates with the following experience and training:
- Master’s degree in education or a related field such as psychology, social work, or school
- At least five (5) years of classroom teaching, social work, school guidance or similar
- At least five (5) years of experience providing professional development to educators;
- Extensive and demonstrated experience working on issues related to school climate,
bullying, racism and similar issues, and the implementation of programs designed to
improve school climate and eliminate bullying and racism;
- Experience interacting with state agencies, boards of education and school district leaders;
- Experience in addressing challenging issues such as bullying and school discipline, and working directly with students, parents/guardians, and school staff on such issues;
Must hold an appropriate certificate issued by State Board of Education.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.