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The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) Coordinator for Computer Science is responsible for coordinating for the computer science initiative in Arkansas. This position is

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Creates a computer science network throughout every public school district within the state for connecting teachers, higher education, and businesses to ensure uniformity. Collaborates with the Department of Education’s Curriculum and Instruction Unit to facilitate the development of K-12 computer science standards and appropriate coursework. Collaborates with the Arkansas Department of Career Education, following the development of these standards and courses, for the creation of an integration system for them. Collaborates with the Department of Education’s Licensure Unit to develop competencies for the appropriate teacher licensure and methods for reviewing licensure pathways for computer science candidates. Collaborates with the Department of Education’s Communications Unit to develop a computer science webpage that provides access to standards, curriculum resources, and business partnership opportunities. Develops a networked interactive educator and industry communication system which allows for partnership formation and continuous feedback. Writes proposals for the computer science needs of public school districts throughout the state and applies for the appropriate grants, regulating upon demand those grants awarded. Participates in the Department of Education’s recruitment and retention processes to attract computer science educators as well as encourage candidates to pursue employment opportunities in the field of computer science. Performs other duties as assigned.

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Knowledge of federal and state laws and guidelines governing the specialty area. Knowledge of generalized organizational and computer science skills. Knowledge of the Arkansas Public School Computer Network (APSCN). Knowledge of existing computer science curricula within public school districts. Knowledge of practical methods for enhancing computer science curricula. Knowledge of grant proposal application and guidelines. Ability to evaluate existing computer science standards and required coursework and recommend modifications as needed. Ability to network with state and federal agencies and private businesses to develop partnering opportunities. Ability to prepare proposals for computer science needs in public school districts and solicit grants to support the proposals. Ability to coordinate workflow throughout multiple units within the Department of Education. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in business administration, education, computer science, information technology, public administration, public relations, or a related field; plus five years of progressively more responsible experience in educational technology program development, including two years in a managerial or supervisory capacity.

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