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Federal Program Support Specialist/Educational Specialist B

Company: MASS
Location: Malden
Posted on: August 6, 2022

Job Description:

Position: Federal Program Support Specialist/Educational Specialist B The Office of Federal Grant Programs is seeking an individual to support a robust portfolio of work aimed at supporting school districts in their efforts to enhance their use of fiscal resources to nurture and cultivate academic excellence, cultural competence, sociopolitical consciousness, and emotional intelligence. As a member of the Federal Grants Office, the Federal Grants Specialist will be a part of a team of people responsible for overseeing and administering the implementation of all Federal Entitlement grant programs (Titles IA, IIA, IIIA, and IVA under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the Carl D. Perkins grant programs, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) programs, and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic security Act (CARES), the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA), and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) Federal Coronavirus Relief Programs), and has a core responsibility for a caseload of districts. The Federal Grant Specialist will work closely with those districts to facilitate their access to federal funds, and to support them in using the funds to implement proven initiatives that help close persistent achievement gaps in our schools. This is a temporary state position funded through American Rescue Plan Elementary & Secondary Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Fund grant. The funding for this grant is currently set to expire on or before September 30, 2024. This temporary position will expire upon the occurrence of one of the following: the completion of the assigned project, the expiration of the funding source, if impacted by the bumping process , or on or before September 30, 2024, whichever situation occurs first. The applicant shall not be entitled to bumping or recall rights under the collective bargaining agreement, but that the applicant may be impacted by the bumping process identified in the SEIU collective bargaining agreement. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is committed to cultivating a climate of safety and trust throughout the agency, built on diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Federal Grants Program Office sits within DESE's Resource Allocation Strategy and Planning Office. Key Responsibilities: This individual will: assist in the review, approval, and monitoring of federal entitlement grant applications and amendments; build relationships with a cohort of districts to assist them in their implementation of various programs; participate in federal and state data collection and reporting activities related to all entitlement federal grants; support the provision of information and assistance to district administrators regarding federal grants and program matters; prepare and present workshops on federal grant program matters for district staff; serve as a point of contact for school district staff, department staff, and stakeholder groups concerning federal grants and programmatic matters; collaborate with other department staff in the development of efficient grant-making protocols and procedures; assist in the preparation of reports and information as required by United States Department of Education regulations; develop technical assistance materials utilizing different media forms; and perform other duties as required. Based on assignment, travel throughout the Commonwealth is required. Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Experience: Below are characteristics we will look for in the selection process. We recognize that the depth of each individually and the balance of all of them collectively may vary from candidate to candidate and, as such, we encourage applications from individuals with a range of backgrounds, experiences, and skills. Familiarity with federal laws regarding federal entitlement grants The ability to serve as an advocate for fairness, as a source of support and information, and as a neutral liaison between conflicting parties; Superior project management skills. A successful candidate will be able to manage multiple, shifting priorities in a high-demand, fast-paced environment; Excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking ability; Strong ability to comprehend, analyze, and communicate complex information; Strategic initiative; especially in problem-solving and anticipating challenges; Creativity, thoroughness, attention to detail, and a willingness and ability to work on a team This position is based at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in Malden. Staff are currently operating within a hybrid model, telecommuting up to three days per week. Please include a cover letter and resume with your online submission. Questions regarding this posting or the application process should be referred to Maureen O'Brien @ Maureen.T.O'Brien@mass.govQualifications: First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. Minimum Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree and at least three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional educational experience in a specific or related content area, educational program/or service; a Master's degree or higher in a specific or related educational content area may be substituted for two years of the required experience30 semester hours equals one year of experience for substitution purposes. Education toward a degree in a specific or related educational content area will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed. Special Requirements: Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator's License or the equivalent from another state may be required. Executive Order #595: As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply

Keywords: MASS, Malden , Federal Program Support Specialist/Educational Specialist B, Other , Malden, Massachusetts

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