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State of Massachusetts Regional Education Specialist - Central Region in 5 Brussels Street, Massachusetts

The Department of Children and Families is seeking a mission driven dedicated individual with experiencein social work, community development and/orelementary and secondary education to fill the role of Regional Education Specialist. In this role the selected candidate will provide case consultation, coordination between stakeholders, and support and training to enhance the Department’s goals of educational stability and success for all elementary and secondary school-age children involved with DCF. Reporting to the Central Office Education Manager the Regional Education Specialist will be a problem-solver, team player and possess strong interpersonal and communication skills. They will work closely with the and will be available to area offices in their region to help promote consistent practice within DCF’s education work. _Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all Inclusive)_: * Consult with Area Office staff in assigned region to improve educational outcomes for children involved with DCF and problem solve on specific cases. * Build and sustain relationships with school districts staff in the region to improve communication between DCF and schools, collaborate on challenging situations and improve educational outcomes for children. * Share information and present to Area Office staff on education related topics. * Assist in implementing consistent protocols and practices related to: improving attendance and reducing truancy; Best Interest Determinations to facilitate school stability; access to special education services; reducing suspension and expulsion; and improving graduate rates. * Work closely with Educational Coordinators and other key staff in Area Offices to identify challenges facing children involved with DCF in succeeding in school. * Report to the Education Manager on a regular basis. _Preferred Qualifications_: * Bachelor’s level training in Social Work, Community Development and/or Education, Public Health, Public Administration, Public Policy. * Knowledge of the mission and mandates of the Department of Children and Families, including previous work with the Department. * Prior work with or in an education system. * At least four (4) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time professional experience related to children, families and/or education * Competence in resolving problems and conflicts in a diplomatic and tactful manner. * Ability to collect and analyze data, to draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations. * Proficient usage of Microsoft Office products including Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint. _To Apply:_ Please upload both Resume and Cover Letter for this position when applying. First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. _About the Department of Children and Families_: The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is committed to upholding the fundamental mission of protecting children from abuse and neglect to ensure they are able to grow and thrive in a safe and nurturing environment. DCF’s vision is that all children have the right to grow up in a nurturing home, free from abuse and neglect, with access to food, shelter, clothing, health care and education. DCF works toward establishing the safety, permanency and well-being of the Commonwealth's children by: stabilizing and preserving families; providing quality temporary alternative care when necessary, safely reunifying families; and when necessary and appropriate, creating new families through kinship, guardianship or adoption. Preferred applicants will possess a demonstrated commitment to the core practice values: 1) child-driven, 2) family-centered, 3) community-focused, 4) strength-based, 5) committed to diversity/cultural competency, and, 6) committed to continuous learning. For more information about our agency and programs visit: _Total Compensation_: As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including: 75% state paid medical insurance premium * 75% state paid medical insurance premium * Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans * Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance program * Low cost basic and optional life insurance * Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan * 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time * Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities * Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options * Incentive-based Wellness Programs * Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities * Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program _Pre-Offer Process_: A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit and click on "Information for Job Applicants." As part of the hiring process, the Office of Human Resources will be verifying any college-level degrees conferred to the selected candidate. Additionally, any licensure required for the position will be verified. Information provided as part of the hiring process is subject to the Massachusetts Public Record Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website. * Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines. Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website. For questions, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 1-800-510-4122 and select option 2. First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. * MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) three years of full time, or equivalent part-time, professional, administrative or managerial experience in business administration, business management or public administration the major duties of which involved program management, program administration, program coordination, program planning and/or program analysis, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below. Substitutions: I. A Bachelor's degree with a major in business administration, business management or public administration may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the-required experience. II. A Graduate degree with a major in business administration, business management or public administration may be substituted for the required experience.* III. A Bachelor's or higher degree with a major other than in business administration, business management or public administration may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required experience.* Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed. *An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. *Job: Administrative Services *Organization: Department of Children & Families *Title: *Regional Education Specialist - Central Region Location: Massachusetts-5 Brussels Street - Worcester Requisition ID: 210004YP