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Professional Development Specialist

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Department Of Defense Education Activity Peachtree City , GA 30269

Posted 2 months ago



The Professional Development Specialist (PDS) works directly for the Chief, Instructional Leadership Development (CILD) who is responsible for ensuring a quality education by providing embedded professional development and coaching for district and school leaders.

GRADE/CONTENT SPECIFIC DUTIES: Elementary (PK-5 grades), Middle (6-8 grades), or High School (9-12 grades):
Develop capacity of district/school leadership teams to build a commitment for high student performance by being a catalyst for change, and articulating, implementing, and sustaining a vision of learning.
Engage and support district and school leaders in collaborative learning communities to foster continuous learning, productive interaction, and support transfer of the learning to practice.
Implement and sustain a collaborative coaching approach for districts/school leaders to become more reflective practitioners.
Ensure a link between professional development and a change in practice by building capacity to monitor and inform improvements of school-wide and classroom practices using observation, feedback and reflection.
Assist superintendents and principals with the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of aligned School Improvement Plans (SIP).
Develop and administer a research agenda to identify, replicate, and catalog best practices.
Provide accurate data to leaders to recommend and implement data-driven, research-based school improvement plans and instructional leadership; to monitor student progress and achievement, and to evaluate the effects of professional learning provided.
Implement and execute teacher to leader development pipelines to build the capacity of agency's educators and provide professional paths of development from teacher to teacher leader, Instructional Systems Specialist, and/or, principal.
Provide guidance to district and school leadership teams to develop goals that are aligned to the agency's missions, beliefs, and priorities.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Regular travel is expected for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Job family (Series)


Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship Required.
Mobility Agreement - must be available for worldwide placement to any DoDEA Europe, Pacific or Americas location.
Ability to obtain and maintain a secret security clearance. This position is designated Non-Critical Sensitive as defined in DoD 5200.2-R and therefore requires that personnel security investigation be adjudicated on a pre-appointment basis.
Successful National Agency Check with Inquiries (Childcare NACI/CNACI) and a check of State Criminal History Records (SCHR) is also required.
A pre-appointment physical examination is required for selected individuals assigned to overseas locations.
Must serve a one or two year probationary period in accordance with 5 CFR 9901.512.
Selectees and U.S. citizen family members are required to obtain Official Passports prior to departure to the overseas location.
Must travel by military and/or commercial aircraft, land, or sea transportation to stateside and/or overseas locations for meetings/conferences and may be subject to environmental conditions to include the potential exposure to acts of terrorism.


PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION/LICENSE REQUIREMENT: Must be DoDEA certified/certifiable in any of the content areas listed below. Applicants who present a valid state (non-DoDEA) teaching license are required to present a minimum of 12 semester hours in the content area for which applying and 9 semester hours in professional teacher education.
Elementary School Grades PK-5
Middle School Grades 6-8
High School Grades 9-12 GENERAL EXPERIENCE Requirement (5 years): Relevant elementary or secondary school experience in teaching, educational research, development of curriculum and instructional materials, education assessment and evaluation, professional development, special education, educational administration, or comparable experience which clearly demonstrated success in applying the principles, methods, and techniques of education, and provided familiarity with current developments in teaching, learning, instructional leadership, and professional development. Relevant experience must be in the grade levels or a combination of the grades.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE Requirement (3 years): Experience in a professional position which clearly demonstrated the ability to administer and support PK-12 grade curriculum, instruction, assessment, professional development, or special education programs and to effectively support educators in professional growth. Specialized experience must include a minimum of three years as an Elementary or Secondary School Administrator, Instructional Systems Specialist (ISS), Curriculum Coordinator or Instructional Coach.

Examples of specialized experience include experience gained in educational leadership positions in a PK-12 education system that demonstrated:
Professional competencies as an assistant principal, principal, ISS or instructional coach, relating to curriculum and standards-based programs, instructional leadership and professional development for PK-12 grade schools.
Ability to build capacity to include professional learning, coaching, modeling, and advising for system wide PK-12 school content-specific programs and initiatives, formative and summative assessments and instructional best practices to ensure alignment to DoDEA's College and Career-Ready/content standards.
Skill in supporting PK-12 school principals and assistant principals in such areas as: observing and analyzing teaching, walkthroughs, and the creation of master schedules to ensure a consistent instructional day for students and collaborative time for job-embedded learning for teachers. Applicants will be rated on the following competencies:
Education Consultation, Coaching and Collaboration
Instructional Delivery and Learner Development
Learning and Program Evaluation
Training and Education Analysis


Minimum EDUCATION Requirement: A Master's degree in Education or Special Education with at least 15 undergraduate/graduate semester hours of course work in ALL of the following areas:
Professional Development
Education Technology
School Data Analysis
Supervision of general or special education. Education may not be substituted for generalized or specialized experience at this grade level.

Additional information

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This announcement will be used to fill vacancies that may become available within 90 days of this announcement closing. Vacancies may not be available at all locations listed.

Payment for travel and transportation expenses is authorized. This includes government paid air transportation travel, shipment of household goods, and/or temporary storage; and temporary lodging upon arrival of overseas.
A Living Quarters Allowance (LQA) or housing allowance is provided in addition to salary. The LQA is provided to eligible employees for leased quarters in lieu of Government provided housing and is intended to cover the average cost of rent, utilities and other allowable expenses. A maximum LQA is established for each post abroad based on the employee's grade, quarter's group and family size. For more information on overseas allowances and benefits, please visit: . Note: Internal applicants who are not currently receiving LQA will be required to complete an allowance determination for entitlements eligibility.
Also provided, is a post allowance which is a cost-of-living allowance granted to full-time employees officially stationed at a post in a foreign area where the cost of living, exclusive of quarters costs, is substantially higher than in Washington, D.C.
Locality pay does not apply in the overseas area.
Locality rates of pay in the Continental United States (CONUS) will not be used for pay setting purposes when transferring to an overseas foreign area.
Medical Care: Applicants who have family members with special medical needs should ensure that prior to accepting a position overseas their family members' medical needs can be met. Access to care in a military treatment facility may not be available to civilian employees except on a space available basis. Consequently, host nation medical facilities may be the only care available. The availability and level of care at host nation medical facilities will vary by location.
Special Education Services: DoDEA provides education including special education to children of DoD civilians who are eligible to attend DoDEA Europe and DoDEA Pacific schools. However, most schools are not staffed for all special needs. For additional information, please contact the DoDEA, Student Services Branch at .
The initial overseas tour of duty is two or three years depending on the location.
For positions in a foreign country, that country's laws or international agreements may have a direct impact on the ability of an employee's same sex domestic partner or spouse to accompany the employee and receive certain benefits. If you believe you may be affected by these laws and agreements, you should familiarize yourself with relevant information before applying for or accepting this position. INFORMATION FOR STATESIDE POSITIONS:
Payment for travel and transportation expenses is authorized. This includes government paid air transportation travel, shipment of household goods, and/or temporary storage; and temporary lodging upon arrival of new duty station.
In addition to the basic salary advertised on this announcement, selectees also receive locality pay. Locality pay is determined according to stateside geographical regions. To view current go to:

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
This is an Excepted Service position. This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.

Your resume, transcripts and responses to the assessment questionnaire are an integral part of the process for determining your generalized and specialized experience qualifications for the position. Experience and education that is not supported by your resume and/or supporting documentation may eliminate you from consideration and may result in non-referral.

Your resume, transcripts, assessment questionnaire, and essay responses to leadership questions if applicable, must clearly and accurately show that you possess the experience and competencies to perform the duties of this position. Description of your experience and education should be clear and should emphasize your level of responsibility, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts.

To determine if you are at least minimally qualified for these positions, a review of your resume, transcripts and any other supporting documentation will be made. The initial numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire and include any added points for veteran's preference (external candidates only) if applicable.

The score is a self-assessment measure of the degree to which your background matches the competencies required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume, transcripts and supporting documentation (or anytime during the application process), a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

Once an applicant has been determined to meet at least the minimum qualification requirements, a multiple hurdles approach system will be used as the method for selecting candidates. Under this system, applicants will be required to pass a hurdle (based on a determined cut off score) before moving on in the selection process. The process will include the following "hurdles": 1) Assessment Questionnaire (self-assessment); 2) Subject Matter Expert Panel review of your essay responses to the leadership questions and the quality of your specialized experience as noted on your resume and supporting documentation and 3) Structured Panel Interview.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required


Required Documents

A Complete Application Package Includes ALL of the documents/forms listed below.

NOTE: Incomplete applications will not be considered. Failure to submit the required forms/documents as instructed in this announcement will not be a basis for subsequent appeal or grievance.

Completed Resume:
Your resume must show relevant experience (cover letter optional) where you worked, job title, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, supervisor's name and phone number, starting and end dates (Mo/Yr), hours per week & salary. If you are a current Federal employee or previous Federal employee, provide your pay plan, series and grade level (i.e. GS-0201-09).
Note: If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.
If your resume includes photographs or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
Completed Assessment Questionnaire.
Educational Transcripts.
Upload photocopies of ALL (undergraduate/graduate) OFFICIAL college/university transcripts.
To receive the maximum allowable credit you must include all transcripts (front and back) for each degree conferred and any additional courses currently in progress.
Transcripts submitted in other languages other than in English must include an official translation.
Computer print-outs of transcripts, grade reports, copies of degree diplomas or educational certificates, and unofficial copies of transcripts will not be acceptable and will not be used to make a minimum education qualification determination. The following documents must be submitted ONLY if applicable.
ARE YOU AN INTERNAL APPLICANT (Current Permanent DoDEA Employee)? If requesting consideration as an "Internal Applicant" submit a copy of last or most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) documenting eligibility. Eligible "internal" applicants are defined as "Current Permanent DoDEA Employees."
You are strongly encouraged to provide legible copy/copies of the following: DD-214 (member 4 copy), "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," showing all dates of service, as well as character of service (Honorable, General, etc.) or Statement of Service/Proof of Service (in lieu of a DD-214) from your command or local Personnel Support Detachment (PSD). The Statement of Service/Proof of Service must provide all dates of service, the expected date of discharge and anticipated character of service (Honorable, General, etc.). Veterans should upload their DD-214 once they receive it upon separation.
Disabled veterans, veterans, widows, spouses or the mother of a veteran, who are eligible for 10-point veterans' preference, are strongly encouraged to provide legible copies of the following: Applicable supporting documents as noted on the .
Essay responses to the leadership questions as noted in the "Qualifications" section of this announcement only if applicant is determined

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Professional Development Specialist

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Department Of Defense Education Activity