Assistant Director – Educator Certification (Education Specialist III)

This position impacts school in a big way! Join us as Assistant Director of Educator Certification to contribute to getting teachers into classrooms across the state. This position will oversee processes associated with the educator certification system, issuance of educator certificates, and interpretation and application of applicable state laws, rules, and regulations.

The team is looking for candidates with good communication skills, and great customer service. If this sounds like you, apply today!

Office Location & Schedule: This position is assigned to our office located at 84th & O St, Lincoln, NE.

Essential Functions

  • Provides programmatic leadership, consultative services, information, and technical assistance related to certification processes and technical functions in the Educator Certification system.
  • Collaborates with other Certification staff to determine areas for operational improvement and training needs. Provides training to other staff related to the utilization of the Educator Certification system and other processes.
  • Provides input on policy development and interpretation, particularly on Rules 21 and 24.
  • Develops communications delivered to internal and external stakeholders to inform of statutory or regulatory changes impacting educator credentialing.
  • Serves as interim Director in absence of the Section Director and assists with analysis of educator certification applications.
  • Demonstrates commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.

Working Conditions and Travel:

This position requires approximately 95% of work time spent in an office environment; the remaining 5% is spent traveling or working in alternative sites such as meetings and conferences. There is also approximately six days of overnight travel per year.

Requirements / Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree in the field of education or related subject area, two years of successful preK-12 teaching or school administration experience in an approved or accredited Nebraska school, or equivalent teaching or school administration experience in another state or country, and eligible for/possess a current Nebraska Teaching or Administrative Certificate per §79-807.

NOTE: A Nebraska Teaching or Administrative Certificate per 92 NAC 21 must be possessed by the time the candidate begins employment at the Nebraska Department of Education and an active certificate maintained while in the Education Specialist position.

Substitution: Bachelor’s degree in education or equivalent Master of Arts in Teaching per 92 NAC 21, and four years of teaching or school administration experience in an approved or accredited Nebraska school or equivalent teaching or school administration experience in another state or country, and eligible for/possess a current Nebraska Teaching or Administrative Certificate per §79-807.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree in Education with at least three years of experience in PreK-12 teaching or administrative experience, as well as experience with the Nebraska Educator Certification System.


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Additional Information

Pay Rate:

$66,879.97/year (or $68,886.37/year after July 1, 2024)

This rate is based upon available budget funds; any offer will be made at this rate. The “Classification Salary Range” above is not a listing of available funds.

Teammates Enjoy

In addition to being part of meaningful work and making a difference through public service, our Total Compensation package includes an approximate $27,800 ($28,200 after July 1) in additional Benefits value! See full benefits information at

  • Competitive benefits, paid time off, and retirement
    • 79% employer-paid health insurance, dental, vision, long and short-term disability, flex spending and health savings accounts, employee discount program, and more!
    • Generous vacation and sick leave earnings each year (starting at 12 days each!), plus a variety of other leave types
    • 156% state-matched retirement for state plans, or 101% state-matched retirement for school plans
  • Thirteen paid holidays per year


We offer a comprehensive package of pay, benefits, paid time off, retirement and professional development opportunities to help you get the most out of your career and life. Your paycheck is just part of your total compensation.

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Equal Opportunity Statement

The State of Nebraska values our teammates as well as a supportive environment that strives to promote diversity, inclusion, and belonging. We recruit, hire, train, and promote in all job classifications and at all levels without regard to race, color, religion, sex. age, national origin, disability, marital status or genetics.

Current employees of the State of Nebraska should NOT apply on this external career. Instead go to Workday and access the Jobs Hub – Internal Apply app from your home landing page.

Contact Information

Nebraska Department of Education
500 S 84th St, 2nd floor
Lincoln, NE, Nebraska 68510

Jasmine Gruhn
(p) (402) 440-3705

How to Apply

All applications must be received through the governmentjobs site in order to be considered:

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