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State of Massachusetts Registered Teacher Apprenticeship (RTA) Program Coordinator (ESD) in Everett, Massachusetts

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, and 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 (DESE) knows that our most important asset is our staff and that creating strong schools starts with recruiting the best talent. DESE continuously strives for a workplace that values a community of diverse talent where everyone works together to improve education for all students as outlined in ourEducational Vision ( We believe in diverse talent. A strong, innovative, and effective team has members with diverse experiences. We believe in, and work toward, equity for all protected classes. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Our staff have the chance to lead and support work that influences over 400 school districts that serve almost 1 million learners a year. We are committed to the success of our staff and support the growth of all employees. We offer a comprehensive benefit plan that includes medical, dental, and vision coverage and competitive salaries in accordance with individuals' experience and education. Careers at DESE also include a state pension plan. DESE is committed to an Educational Vision with three objectives: supporting the whole student, advancing deeper learning, and cultivating a more effective and diverse workforce. The development of the state’s first Registered Teacher Apprenticeship (RTA) Program is a key initiative within this educational vision. The RTA Program Coordinator position is located in the Center for Instructional Support’s Office of Educator Effectiveness, which works to create the conditions that support the preparation, development, and retention of a diverse and effective educator workforce so that all of our students thrive. The individual will also work closely with the Center for Strategic Initiatives (CSI), which coordinates and partners with stakeholders to identify, design, pilot, and elevate strategies that advance educational equity for Massachusetts students, particularly those who are traditionally or currently underserved. Other partner centers include the Office of Educator Licensure, the Office of College, Career & Technical Educations, and the Office of Early College and Career. This job is an ideal opportunity for an organized, detail-oriented, self-motivated individual who enjoys establishing new workforce development programs and project management. The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating the design and roll-out of a new program in partnership with a diverse set of internal and external partners (including the Executive Office of Education’s Office of Labor & Workforce Development), coordinating related grants and contracts, balancing project management and individual contributions, problem-solving in novel situations, and excelling in a team environment. Program goals include the following:  • Establish and launch a formal registered teacher apprenticeship designation in partnership with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. • Increase the number of teachers in the pipeline through a job-embedded pathway to licensure at no cost to candidates.  • Create partnerships with teacher preparation providers and K12 schools and districts to support a combination job-embedded training and related instruction over multiple years. • Diversify the workforce. Key initial implementation tasks include: Summer/Fall 2024: o Research funding streams through preparation providers and school districts that can be created to support students entering the program with little to no cost o Oversee release of competitive grant application for K12/Educator Preparation Program (EPP) partnerships interested in implementing an apprenticeship model o Develop guidebook and related resources for each role in the apprenticeship model (e.g. registered apprentice, mentor, EPP, etc.) (seeTDOE-GYO-Playbook.pdf ( o Partner with MA districts and educator preparation providers to develop eligibility and readiness criteria o Lead selection of Cohort 1 K12 district/EPP partner sites o Lead procurement processes to identify and contract with professional development and technical assistance providers in support of program implementation and mentor training Winter/Spring 2025:  o In partnership with the Office of Licensure and other Office of Educator Effectiveness staff, solidify certification process for apprentices to achieve licensure. o Seek and apply for relevant state and federal grant funding in support of program implementation and scale o Secure vendor to develop professional development academies on culturally responsive mentorship and supporting apprentices for mentor teachers. o Launch Cohort 1 Pilot o Release competitive grant application for Cohort 2 and select K12 district/EPP partnerships. Job responsibilities: • Lead and complete all aspects of the development, and implementation of the MA Registered Teacher Apprenticeship Program as described above. • Oversee DESE activities to seek and apply for state and federal grant opportunities to support registered teacher apprenticeship implementation and scale • Consistently liaise with internal and external stakeholders to ensure coherence with DESE’s Educational Vision, strategic objectives, and other major related initiatives. • Supervise staff and contracted partners as assigned to support this initiative to ensure effective implementation. • Support the development of additional research-based educator recruitment initiatives and other efforts to diversify the educator workforce. • Collect, maintain and monitor implementation data for reporting purposes and engage in other monitoring activities. • Perform other duties as assigned. • Based on assignment, travel throughout the Commonwealth and to regional and/or national conferences may be required. Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Experience: Below are characteristics we will look for in the selection process. We recognize that the depth of each individually and the balance of all of them collectively may vary from candidate to candidate and, as such, we encourage applications from individuals with a range of backgrounds, experiences, and skills. 1. Knowledge of educator pipelines in general, in particular alternative pathways (e.g., apprenticeships and internships, residencies). 2. A demonstrated track record of strong project management, individual contribution to projects, and data-driven decision-making. 3. Experience with writing successful grant applications and/or securing funding from a variety of external sources (e.g., foundations, state and federal agencies). 4. Experience managing multiple programs and tasks and working independently in a complex work environment. 5. Ability to coordinate activities and interact with organizational and program leaders and other internal and external stakeholders in a culturally responsive, professional manner. 6. Experience providing information to multiple audiences, including developing and delivering high quality presentations and excellent oral and written communication skills. 7. Understanding of school and district financing and budgets. 8. Demonstrated experience leading and working in a way that has supported systemically marginalized communities/groups. Desired Mindsets & Attributes a) A strong commitment to develop and sustain a workforce that is diverse, culturally responsive, well-prepared, and committed to continuous improvement, so that all students have equitable access to effective educators (DESE’s strategic objective #3) b) Committed to centering the experiences of Black, Latinx, Asian, Indigenous, and Multiracial students and educators, and believes that we must disrupt systemic inequities within our current educational system in order for all students to have excellent educators c) Adaptability, flexibility, and an ability to successfully navigate ambiguity and an evolving landscape d) Comfort regularly engaging with senior-level leaders e) Comfort challenging deficit perspectives and engaging in “race-conscious” work f) A willingness to accept feedback and engage in self-reflection g) Collaborative yet determinative, knows when to seek input from others and when to make a decision You must submit a cover letter with your on-line application that includes the following information: • A succinct description of experiences and impact that align to key responsibilities of this position (e.g., workforce development, educator preparation and licensure, grant management) • The reason you’re applying for this position, and why you would be successful in the role Questions regarding this position or the application process should be directed to First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. Minimum Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have a Master’s degree and at least five years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, educational experience in a specific or related content area, educational program/or service; Based on assignment, candidates must possess at least one year of supervisory, program coordination or managerial experience; a Doctorate degree in a specific or related educational content area may be substituted for two years of the required experience; one year of education equals 30 semester hours; education towards 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. *Comprehensive Benefits* When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future. Want the specifics? Explore our Employee Benefits and Rewards! An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role. Job: Education* *Organization: Department of Elementary and Secondary Education *Title: *Registered Teacher Apprenticeship (RTA) Program Coordinator (ESD) Location: Massachusetts-Everett- 135 Santilli Highway Requisition ID: 24000581