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Homeless Education Specialist

Date Posted:  Jan 14, 2022
Requisition ID:  295962

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204


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About the 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, policymakers, business leaders, and community-based organizations to achieve our mission of "Working Together for Student Success."
Salary Information:
This position traditionally starts at an annual salary of $35,568.  Salary for this position may be commensurate with education and job experience.

About the Job:

The Homeless Education Specialist, including McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY), is responsible for coordinating Indiana’s program to assure each child and youth experiencing homelessness is able to gain access to a free, appropriate public education, as well as all educational services to which the children and youth are entitled.  The Specialist assists in the approval, monitoring, and technical assistance of the McKinney-Vento subgrant program, as well as providing technical assistance related to legal compliance with McKinney-Vento to all local educational agencies (LEAs) in the state. The Specialist will serve as the program expert to support the needs of homeless children and youth through other programming, such as Title I, Part A, which will include providing professional development related to improving educational and life outcomes for these students.  

The Specialist is also responsible for data collection, analysis, and reporting related to the EHCY program; developing and carrying out the state’s plan for EHCY implementation; and coordinating and collaborating with educators, other state agencies, social services agencies and homeless service providers, and LEA liaisons.

A Day in the Life:

•     Gather reliable, valid, and comprehensive information on the unique educational needs of homeless children and youth.
•      Design McKinney-Vento grant parameters in compliance with federal and state guidelines.
•      Design McKinney-Vento desktop monitoring and on site review process in coordination with NCHE that is in compliance with federal and state guidelines, definitions, and mandates.
•     Create and author grant documentation such as application guidance, scoring guides, complex spreadsheets.
•     Evaluate grant proposals and direct the evaluation process.
•     Provide technical assistance to McKinney-Vento grant applicants and respond to complex questions concerning grant application submission and evaluation process.
•     Serve as program expert regarding the needs of homeless students in other program, such as Title I, Part A and its required homeless set-aside.
•     Carry out (and develop, as necessary) the state’s plan for implementation of EHCY.
•     Facilitate compliance with all relevant federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
•     Maintains communication with local McKinney-Vento Liaisons and sub grantee school districts.
•     Develop policies and procedures for the grant program.
•     Manage competitive grant cycles from determination to eligibility, and to grant award.
•     Manage reporting and accountability fo grantees to comply with federal and state guidelines.
•     Serve as the Indiana Department of Education’s (IDOE) point of contact with the United States Department of Education, including IDOE at local, state, and national meetings.
•     Collect, analyze, and submit required data to the United States Department of Education.
•     Act as liaison between the IDOE, other state and local agencies, school districts, social services and homeless service providers, and the public, as necessary
•     Participate on state committees such as the Interagency Council on Homelessness and others as required by law.

What You'll Need for Success:

•    Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Education, or related field. Master's degree preferred.
•    Minimum of five (5) years’ experience working with homeless children and youth. Preferred experience in grants management.
•    Specialized knowledge of McKinney-Vento Homeless Education.
•    Working knowledge of laws, rules and regulations relating to McKinney-Vento.
•    Ability to interpret federal guidance and communicate guidance to local school districts.
•    Exemplary work ethic.
•    Ability to effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing, with professionals and non-professionals.
•    Ability to plan, prepare and provide presentations in a variety of settings. 
•    Working knowledge of group process/facilitation techniques;
•    Broad knowledge of the needs of homeless children and children and families living in poverty, as well as the needs and capabilities of the agencies that serve these populations.
•     Strong technical writing skills.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

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

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages 
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the 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 Parking 
  • Free LinkedIn Learning 


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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