Director of Teacher & Principal Support


The Nebraska Department of Education is looking for an Education Specialist to be our Director of Teacher & Principal Support to improve educator effectiveness in fulfilling the vision of Accountability for a Quality Education System, Today and Tomorrow (AQuESTT).

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Examples of Work

  • Leads the implementation of the Nebraska Teacher and Principal Performance Frameworks.
  • Revises and improves the state model for teacher and principal development and evaluation.
  • Collects and analyzes data relevant to educator effectiveness outcomes and support, and prepares reports based on this data for state level decision makers and other audiences.
  • Manages the Nebraska Educator Evaluation grant competition.
  • Assists with policy research and leadership for the Teaching and Learning tenet of AQuESTT.
  • Builds and strengthens leadership supports for school personnel by connecting professional development systems to improve teacher and principal effectiveness.
  • Collaborates with internal and external partners regarding teacher and principal evaluation and support, to identify best practices of adult learning.
  • Leads the development of protocols, guidelines, evaluation tools, and other resources to support high-quality professional learning.
  • Provides leadership in the hiring, supervision, and potential discipline of staff. Conducts performance management activities including establishing annual goals related to the strategic plan, holding check-in meetings to discuss goal progress, and completing performance appraisals. Facilitates a continuous learning environment by promoting professional development to ensure all employees have the opportunity and skills to be efficient and effective in meeting the goals of the agency. Delegates work and projects appropriately among staff.
  • Possesses a valid driver’s license, travels independently, and works in a variety of settings.
  • Maintains regular and reliable attendance.
Other Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Participates in national level opportunities regarding educator effectiveness and evaluation at national and regional centers, universities, and other state departments of education.
Extent of Public Contact:
  • This position requires extensive contact with school administrators and other educators, school board members, other NDE staff, and the public.

Qualifications / Requirements

REQUIREMENTS: Master’s degree in the field of education or related subject area, three 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, five 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: The completion of a doctorate or equivalent academic endeavor such as a Six-Year Specialist Certificate. At least three years of experience as a director, specialist, coordinator, instructional coach, department head, or administrator in a school, ESU, or professional organization.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Laws, statutes, regulations, and policies related to position and program area.
  • Principles and best practices of program evaluation and the teaching and learning process.
  • Professional development and public speaking techniques and methods.
  • Educational trends, issues, and developments.
  • +Structure, fundamentals, and functions of Nebraska’s educational system.
  • Principles and best practices of supervision, management, and administration.
  • Development, implementation, and assessment of educational programs at elementary and secondary levels.
  • Formats used in written business communications.
  • English grammar, spelling, and composition needed for correspondence.
  • Computer software necessary to carry out job responsibilities.
  • Types and uses of office equipment.
  • Office management principles, methods, and procedures.
  • Established policies, procedures, and practices of the Nebraska Department of Education.
  • Apply program policies and procedures to review programs for compliance.
  • Evaluate and research information in order to solve problems and make recommendations.
  • Initiate and facilitate cross-team projects.
  • Oversee and conduct training sessions and workshops.
  • Supervise subordinates and work with minimal supervision.
  • Communicate orally and in writing with agency staff and the public.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Understand, interpret, and apply rules, administrative policies, and program guidelines.
  • Operate office equipment necessary to perform the required duties.
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Additional Information

BUDGETED SALARY RANGE: $51,900.16 – $70,077.28 This range is based upon available budget funds. The selected candidate’s skills, abilities, education, and experience will determine the salary offer within this posted range. 

Contact Information

Nebraska Department of Education
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509

Jasmine Lionberger
(p) (402) 471-9234