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English Learner Specialist -

Date Posted: 
Requisition ID:  119124

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 may be commensurate with education and job experience

Title Grants Specialist/Ombudsman

The Title Grants Specialist/State Equitable Services Ombudsman helps ensure that non-public school children, teachers, and other educational personnel receive services equitable to those in public schools by monitoring and enforcing Title I and Title VIII equitable services requirements.

A day in the life

  • Monitors and enforces the equitable services requirements in Titles I and VIII as outlined in the Every Student Succees Act (ESSA);
  • Works under the direction of IDOE Office of Title Grants and Support as an impartial mediator between the Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) and non-public school officials when a concern arises;
  • Addresses questions and concerns from the non-public school officials, LEAs and IDOE staff regarding the provision of equitable services under Titles I and VIII;
  • Serves as a general resource regarding equitable services requirements for both LEAs and non-public officials;
  • Develop, in partnership with other relevant SEA staff, and administer monitoring protocals, processes, procedures and resources applicable to the provision of equitable services to support the LEAs, non-public school officials and IDOE staff;
  • Establish a process for receiving documentation of agreement from LEAs consistent with the consultation requirement that the results of such agreement shall be transmitted to the ombudsman;
  • Develop and annually update the "LEA Affirmation of Consultation with the Non-Public School Official" form;
  • Respond to and resolve formal complaints from the non-public school officials within 45 days;
  • Oversee the provision of equitable services through a third party contract when an LEA is found to have substnatially failed its duties to carry out equitable services
  • Carry out ombudsman duties in a fair and impartial manner;
  • Provide guidance to LEAs and non-public school officials to facilitate the goal of reaching agreement when agreement cannot be achieved independently through consultation;
  • Provide information on the Ombudsman webpage on the amount of funds, by program, allocated for equitable services that each LEA responsible for providing equitable services has determined are available for eligible non-public school students, teachers, and other educational personnel, and families;
  • Establish and maintain a working relationship with the Indiana Office of Non-Public School Education;
  • Provide presentations on equitable services requirements at IDOE and non-public school conferences;
  • Maintain the Ombudsman webpage on the IDOE website;
  • Organize and participate in the quarterly Non-Public School Advisory Group;
  • Participate in monthly in Regional Ombudsman Networking groups;
  • Prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously and follow through on issues in a timely manner;
  • Attend national conferences that address the ombudsman position, as appropriate.
  • Title Grants & Support
  • Support the federal grants specialists (Titles I, IC, ID, II, III, RLIS IV, 21st century, McKinney Vento) in the administration of these programs, including grant review, evaluation/monitoring assistance, and program evaluation
  • Coordinate and support the state board of accounts A-133 single audit resolutions
  • Develop and enhance current parent engagement resources and facilitation to improve the parental engagement requirements under federal programs

What we're looking for

  • Bachelor's degree in Education required, Master's degree preferred.
  • Three or more years of successful education-related job experience;
  • Must have sufficient experience working in federal programs with ability to demonstrate thorough knowledge and understanding regarding the equitable services provisions, including the statute, regulations and guidance, necessary to implement, monitor, and enforce the equitable services requirments under both Titles I and VIII;
  • Experience with integrating input from other technical experts and IDOE program specialists, including those at the U.S. Department of Education and communicating it to the appropriate audiences;  
  • Ability to carry out the ombudsman duties, including monitoring, enforcement, and resolving complaints, in a fair and impartial manner;
  • Ability to work alone and in collaboration with IDOE federal program directors, assistant directors and specialists;
  • Ability to provide guidance to LEAs and non-public school officials to facilitate the goal of reaching agreement when agreement cannot be achieved independently;
  • Use of correct grammer (both oral and written), spelling and punctuation;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to deal with an array of personalities;
  • Expert level written and verbal communciation skills; strong decision making ability and attention to detail are equally important;
  • Ability to compose letters, memorandums, legal notices, templates and processes;


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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