Education Specialist

Are you passionate about growing the Indiana Uplands? ROI is hiring!

Organizational Overview:

Regional Opportunity Initiatives (ROI) is a 501(c)(3) organization established to advance community and economic prosperity in the Indiana Uplands, an eleven-county region in southwest central Indiana that includes Brown, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Owen, and Washington Counties.

ROI seeks to advance regional prosperity through its education, workforce, and quality of place initiatives. Key to the organizational mission is the development of sector-based strategies to support the life sciences, national security and defense, and advanced manufacturing.

Education Specialist Job Summary and Responsibilities:

Education specialists coordinate training activities and support ROI programs within regional school districts, post-secondary, and industry partners, with primary responsibilities being dedicated to supporting ROI’s Ready Schools Initiative. The Education Specialist also designs and develops new training modules and supervises all the activities related to the planning and delivery of these programs.

Example Activities:

  • Serve as a coach to school districts and communities engaged in the Ready Schools process.
  • Assess programmatic needs through surveys, interviews with stakeholders, focus groups.
  • Design, plan, organize, or direct training programs for school districts and key stakeholders.
  • Offer specific training programs to help educators maintain or improve job skills.
  • Present information using a variety of instructional techniques or formats, such as role playing, simulations, team exercises, group discussions, videos, or lectures.
  • Obtain, organize, or develop training procedure manuals, guides, or course materials, such as handouts or visual materials.
  • Monitor, evaluate, or record training activities or program effectiveness.
  • Develop alternative training methods if expected improvements are not seen.
  • Collect and manage data related to ROI’s educational outcome goals.
  • Evaluate training materials prepared by instructors, such as outlines, text, or handouts.

Required Experience: Experience in K-12 education and (preferably) school leadership.

Required Competencies:

Occupational Competencies

  • Strategic thinking: Apply processes and strategies to establish and enact strategic goals for school districts and communities.
  • School management: Familiarity with principles governing school management methods such as strategy planning, methods of effective teaching and learning, people, and resources coordination.
  • Assessment processes: Knowledge of various evaluation techniques, theories, and tools applicable in the assessment of students, participants in a program, and employees (such as initial, formative, summative, and self- assessments).
  • Adult education: Experience with instruction targeted at adult students, both in a recreational and in an academic context, for self-improvement purposes, or to better equip the students for the labor market.
  • Project management: Familiarity with project management and the variables implied in project management such as time, resources, requirements, deadlines, and responding to unexpected events.
  • Teamwork principles: The cooperation between people characterized by a unified commitment to achieving a given goal, participating equally, maintaining open communication, facilitating effective usage of ideas.
  • Curriculum objectives: Familiarity with the goals identified in curricula and defined learning outcomes.
  • Facilitation Skills: Ability to facilitate large groups of diverse partners, ensuring positive, outcome-driven dialogue.

Foundational Competencies

  • Professional Development: Effectively lead others through engaging activities with clearly identified learning outcomes.
  • Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Learning Strategies: Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Design Thinking: Using design thinking principles to develop innovative solutions to systemic challenges.
  • Communication: Exchanging and conveying information, ideas, concepts, thoughts, and feelings through the use of a shared system of words, signs, and images.

Preferred Competencies:

Occupational Competencies

  • Organizational policies: The policies to achieve a set of goals and targets regarding the development and maintenance of an organization.
  • Consultation: Employ the theories, methods, and concepts related to consultation and communication with clients.
  • Training subject expertise: The topic, content, and methods of training, acquired by doing research and following training courses. Actively research opportunities for continuous improvement and best practices.
  • Conflict management: The practices concerning the resolution of conflicts or disputes in an organization or institution. It encompasses reducing the negative aspects of a conflict and increasing the positive outcomes of it by learning from the errors made.
  • Leadership principles: Set of traits and values that guide the actions of a leader with her/his employees and the organization and provide direction throughout her/his career. These principles are also an important tool for self-evaluation to identify strengths and weaknesses, and seek self-improvement.

Foundational Competencies

  • Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.

Things You Need To Learn On The Job:

For more information and to apply, please contact:

Michi McClaine
Director of K-12 Strategies
Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc.