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High Ability Specialist

Date Posted:  Aug 22, 2019
Requisition ID:  15985

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204

Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


Indiana Department of Education

We are dedicated to providing the highest quality of innovative support to Indiana's schools, teachers, students, and parents. We are proactively working with educators, policy makers, business leaders, and community-based organizations to achieve our mission of "Working Together for Student Success."

Salary for this position starts at $55,000 but is commensurate with education and job experience

High Ability Specialist

This High Ability Specialist position is soley responsible for assisting public school corporations in providing an appropriately differentiated curriculum and instruction in grades K-12 for students identified as high ability.  This position is also responsible for the oversight of grants to local school corporations and other public educational entities, delivery of resources, and professional development opportunitites essential to high ability programs and services.

A day in the life
  • Respond with expertise to inquiries from constituency groups regarding high ability education;
  • Develop and maintain communication among local high ability coordinators, professional organizations, institutes of higher learning, and the general public;
  • Establish and support initiatives based on best practices in high ability education with special emphasis on curriculum and instruction and identification;
  • Develop and maintain State network of high ability education resources, based on best practice;
  • Develop and provide professional development opportunities for public school personnel that are in alignment with the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) Vision and Plan;
  • Develop, manage, and review grant process (including final reports) for public school corporations and other public education entities;
  • Provide technical assistance to school corporations applying for the High Ability grant and developing high ability programs and services;
  • Establish and support intitiatives regarding Advanced Placement;
  • Work closely with Assessment in regards to High Ability screening and AP testing;
  • Analyze data from High Ability grant and final report for constituency groups;
  • Collaborate with other IDOE employees on High Ability education, differentiated curriculum and instruction, Advanced Placement, and other areas of student learning;
  • Represent Indiana on the Council for State Directors of Programs for the Gifted;
  • Represent IDOE on committees, advisory boards and task forces related to High Ability education;
  • Work closely with School Improvement Specialists to facilitate school reviews, respond to school's data with technical assistance and professional development, facilitate the continuous improvement cycle, contribute to the feedback on school improvement plans
What we're looking for
  • Teacher Licence with endorsement in Gifted Education;
  • Extensive experience working with and within programs for students with High Ability;
  • Extensive knowledge of High Ability education (best practices) and its supporting legislation;
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneouly, and follow through on issues in a timely manner;
  • Ability to interact with staff (at all levels) in a fast paced environment, sometimes under pressure, remaining flexible, proactive, resourceful and efficient, with a high level of professionalism and confidentiality;
  • Expert level written and verbal communication skills, effective listening skills, strong decision making ability and attention to detail;
  • Ability to make independent decisions and to perform without the need for direct supervision;
  • Ability to accept responsibility and complete assigned tasks.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:

  • Four (4) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers eligibility into a discounted medical plan)
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • Group life insurance
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • New Parent Leave
  • Free Downtown Parking


Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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