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School Improvement Specialist

Date Posted:  Dec 4, 2021
Requisition ID:  255542

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.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


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 $37,778.00 but may be commensurate with education and job experience.

About the Job:

The School Improvement Specialist will be responsible for leading a group of 15 – 20 schools identified for Comprehensive Support & Improvement in a strategic process to deepen their understanding of current student performance, identify strategic initiatives to address prioritized gaps, and systematically measure the impact of those initiatives. The School Support Specialist will provide technical support to school and system leaders on the requirements of Indiana’s approved ESSA plan, including the requirements for schools identified comprehensive support and improvement and additional targeted support and improvement.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Support school and school district leaders navigate the requirements for schools identified for comprehensive support and improvement and/or additional targeted support and improvement, including but not limited to the completion of school improvement planning requirements;
  • Work closely with a portfolio of 15 to 18 schools, both individually and as a group, to identify trends in state performance data to help inform strategic decision-making, including the allocation of resources, to support student success;
  • Collaborate with school leaders to establish and monitor progress towards school improvement goals tied directly to Indiana’s vision for a Next Level Hoosier Graduate;
  • Contribute to the design of technical assistance materials used to support school and system leaders leverage student performance data to inform school improvement efforts;
  • Assists leadership in evaluating proposed programs in specialist area; and,
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

What You'll Need for Success:

To successfully execute their responsibilities, School Improvement Specialists will coordinate internally with federal grants team to familiarize themselves with how Title I funding has historically been used within their portfolio, and help schools make the connection between strategic investments and student outcomes to inform decision-making and analysis for school and district leaders.

  • Establishes program goals, priorities and methodology;
  • Broad knowledge of state and local level school performance, laws and regulations guiding the federal school improvement process, and deep understanding of Indiana's approved ESSA state plan;
  • Working knowledge of the organization of the agency and of state and federal agencies dealing with the programs;
  • Working knowledge of school system operations;
  • Ability to comprehend, analyze, interpret and correlate technical material and make recommendations on the implementation of school improvement initiatives;
  • Ability to develop and implement new principles and policies and discern potential implications;
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing; and,
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with school officials and other offices within IDOE.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role may serve as a team lead for an assigned work group.


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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