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State of Massachusetts CCTE Pathways Liaison in Malden, Massachusetts

CCTE Pathways Liaison Job Description The Education Secretariat is committed to equity and valuing the unique and diverse characteristics and experiences of every member of its workforce. We encourage an authentic workplace where colleagues show up as their full selves, where collaboration, innovation, and connections are key to realizing our mission that all children, youth, and families thrive socially, academically, and economically. We seek teammates who are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive work environment, where everyone is valued and engaged. We encourage you to apply and identify your strengths in these areas. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is recruiting an Educational Specialist C to join the College, Career, and Technical Education (CCTE) team engaging in statewide activities focused on policies, programs, and secondary school technical assistance to ensure Massachusetts students graduate college and career ready. Our Charge The Office of College, Career and Technical Education (CCTE) within the Center for Educational Options (CEO) at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is responsible for expanding, enhancing, and ensuring equitable access to high quality of college, career, and technical educational opportunities and pathways—especially for those learners who have been historically underserved—to ensure that all students are successful after high school. More information about the office’s core work can be found atCollege, Career and Technical Education - Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary EducationThe work is guided by DESE’s commitment to educational access and equity. This commitment means that: * All students, and especially our most vulnerable students — inclusive of low-income students, English Learner students, students of color, and students with disabilities — will have access to high-quality educational opportunities and will experience high expectations to ensure greater equity in outcomes; * All educators are culturally responsive and honor as well as leverage diversity in their education practices; * All families and caregivers are valuable partners and help to create a rich educational experience for students; and * The Center for Educational Options, in partnership with other DESE Centers, will collaborate on efforts to eliminate explicit and implicit bias, to dismantle racism and to promote social justice within districts, schools, and programs. How you’d contribute: * Function as a Pathways Liaison to school districts and postsecondary institutions to support continued improvement and implementation of high-quality college and career pathways including Innovation Pathways, Perkins, and Chapter 74 career/vocational technical education programs. Activities include: * Facilitate access, use, and application of data resources available to districts for continuous improvement * Support schools in developing and executing strategic action plans to increase students graduating college and career ready. * Provide coaching and technical assistance to assist LEAs, including through CCTE Quality Support System * Issue, review, and support execution of allocation and competitive grant applications in accordance with the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) and all associated laws, regulations and guidelines. Grant reviews include compliance with the federal Perkins Act regarding allowable, required, and permissible costs; review and approval of amendment requests; and the maintenance of proper grant record keeping. * Partner with organizations, vendors, and other state agencies to deliver professional development and resources aligned to school and district needs. * Call on various state middle and high school resources and policies (i.e. includingMyCAP, MassCoreCompetency Determination) to consider and support districts in ensuring students graduate college and career ready. * Proactively support and uphold the team mission and core values including con ganas (acting with purpose); kaizen (continuous improvement), ujima (collaborative teamwork), stewardship, learner centered, equity and racial equity. * Provide specific policy and implementation support for theInnovation Pathwaysinitiative which may include review of designation and grant applications, development of Request for Proposals, policy and data analysis, and event support. * Work as an owner/manager on special projects * Participate in and facilitate, as appropriate, regular meetings of the department staff who work on related initiatives to support alignment. * Contribute to a high performing culture by demonstrating initiative, a results-driven focus, effective collaboration, and in investment in improvement. * Based on assignment, travel throughout the Commonwealth is required. * Other duties as assigned. This may be the role for you if: * Are experienced and motivated to dissect complex problems, and develop and implement large scale solutions through partnerships with many stakeholders * Have an ability to lead, facilitate, coach, and/or participate in teams working to develop and implement large scale programs and policies * You understand that college and career readiness is comprised of a range of complex issues, including but not limited to academic and career development success on both the secondary and postsecondary levels and are committed to ensuring every student has a high-quality education and graduates ready for college and career. * You have knowledge and expertise with racial equity, combating implicit bias, cultural competency and navigating issues and leading conversations related to race and culture in educational systems and public forums. * You have strong written and verbal communication and a willingness to learn and adopt technology and processes as needed to facilitate your work. You may even be able to do so in multiple languages. Qualifications and Preferred Qualifications Preferred Qualifications: * Ability to proactively support and uphold the team mission and core values including con ganas (acting with purpose); kaizen (continuous improvement), ujima (collaborative teamwork), stewardship, learner centered, equity and racial equity. * Ability to work collaboratively with internal and external partners. * Ability to work on multiple tasks and/or projects concurrently with multiple deadlines and outcomes. * Ability to practice self-reflection and self-correction to solve problems. * Ability to learn and build on the varying cultural and community norms of students, families, school districts and other community members through awareness of one’s own cultural identity and views about difference. * Bilingual or multi-lingual; * Ability to work as part of a team and commitment to being part of a learning organization Demonstrated knowledge of career/vocational technical education under M.G.L. Chapter 74 and The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V). * Knowledge of Massachusetts laws, regulations, and policies regarding school and district accountability; * Strong computer skills, including but not limited to: Microsoft WORD, Excel, and PowerPoint; * Strong oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills; * Ability to integrate customer/constituent services into daily work and ability to work with schools, districts, other government agencies and community partners; * Understanding of the complex range of issues that leads to college and career readiness, including but not limited to academic and career development success on both the secondary and postsecondary levels; Please include a cover letter with your resume. Questions regarding this posting or the application process should be referred to Maureen O’Brien @ maureen.t.o’ 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. 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 four 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 experience -- 30 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. *Job: Education *Organization: Department of Elementary and Secondary Education *Title: *CCTE Pathways Liaison Location: Massachusetts-Malden - 75 Pleasant Street Requisition ID: 22000ASA