Early Learning Specialist - Department of Education

Indiana Department of Education - Indianapolis, IN3.5

30+ days agoFull-time

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Indiana Department of Education

We are dedicated to providing the highest quality of innovative support to Indiana's schools, teachers, students, and parents. We are proactively working with educators, policy makers, business leaders, and community-based organizations to achieve our mission of "Working Together for Student Success."

Early Learning Specialist

The Early Learning Specialist provides statewide leadership, coordination, and technical assistance for early childhood instruction and the implementation of education reform and accountability. The incumbent is responsible for administering and interpreting state educational policy related to early childhood education; reviewing, updating, and supporting the Early Learning Foundations and the state kindergarten readiness assessment; coordinating the development of resources focused on the improvement of early childhood education and achievement; providing content expertise for the alignment of assessments; and participating in early childhood initiatives, programs, and activities statewide. In addition, the incumbent provides expertise for improvement activities related to early childhood outcomes, least restrictive environment, and transition from early childhood. The Specialist provides leadership and technical assistance to all stakeholders. Work is conducted professionally within federal and state guidelines.

Salary range: $50,000 - 65,000

A day in the life

  • Support all efforts pertaining to the Indiana Department of Education's (IDOE) early childhood initiatives;
  • Support the implementation, provide technical assistance, and professional development for the Indiana Early Learning Foundations;
  • Support curriculum resources for early childhood education;
  • Promote innovation in early childhood leadership and teaching;
  • Participate in and support all efforts pertaining to IDOE’s Literacy Initiatives;
  • Participate in the development and implementation of Indiana’s Literacy Framework;
  • Provide content expertise on assessment and standard development;
  • Provide technical assistance and professional development to districts and other IDOE divisions;
  • Maintain website with up-to-date content that reflects the IDOE's mission and vision for early learning;
  • Provide expertise to address identified deficiencies related to early childhood outcomes and transitions from early childhood;
  • Collaborate with the IDEA Part B 619 Coordinator on least restrictive environment and Office of Special Education Program Indicators 6, 7, and 12;
  • Promote fidelity implementation of programs, assessments, and interventions;
  • Review and evaluate early childhood grants and maintain all correspondence with awardees;
  • Provide analysis of research and data to assist in policy and program management decisions;
  • Respond to questions regarding Indiana laws and rules pertaining to early childhood education;
  • Maintain relationships with State and national early childhood education professional organizations;
  • Collaborate with other early childhood agencies in Indiana;
  • Work closely with School Improvement Specialists to facilitate school reviews, respond to school's data with technical assistance and professional development, facilitate the continuous improvement cycle, contribute to the feedback on school improvement plans;

What we’re looking for

  • A Bachelor's degree with at least three years of classroom teaching experience and extensive early childhood training;
  • Experience in early childhood curriculum development and workshop presentations;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all stakeholders, internal and external;
  • Work collaboratively with a diverse group of stakeholders (federal agencies, Indiana state agencies, local education agencies, institutes of higher education, education service centers, child care resource and referral agencies);
  • Extensive knowledge of the IDOE's mission and vision;
  • Broad knowledge of education issues, concerns, and projects;
  • Thorough knowledge of early childhood curriculum and instruction, including knowledge of developmental delays;
  • Ability to develop, plan, administer, manage, and organize complex projects and activities;
  • Professionally active person, e.g. professional organization members, conference attendance, etc.;
  • Exemplary interpersonal, writing, and effective communication skills
  • Strong technology, problem solving, and project management skills; and
  • The ability to travel statewide and nationally at times, remaining overnight when necessary.


The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes:

  • Choose from four medical plans (including RX coverage), vision and dental
  • Wellness program that offers eligibility into a discounted medical plan
  • Health savings account, offered for most medical plans, includes state contributions
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to a private sector’s 401 K plan) with employer match, as well as a choice between two fully funded pension plans
  • Group life insurance
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
  • The State of Indiana offers other generous leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
  • New Parent Leave
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Free downtown parking

Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $50,000.00 to $65,000.00 /year


  • early childhood curriculum development: 3 years (Required)
  • classroom teaching in early childhood environment: 3 years (Required)


  • Bachelor's (Required)

Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)