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The Public School Program Manager is responsible for planning and coordinating direct subject area services, and for developing and evaluating educational programs in public

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Occasional in-state/overnight travel may be required.

Typical Functions:

Directs supervisors and support staff through approving hire recommendations, reviewing performance evaluations, evaluating the performance of immediate subordinates, and reviewing policies and procedures recommended by subordinates. Provides leadership for implementing federal and state laws and regulations that impact education program preparation, quality, and approval. Implements programs to facilitate achievement of educational goals and objectives and to conform to policies and rules for grades K-12 in all content areas. Audits program records and financial data. Provides technical assistance to local school system personnel and coordinates the development of training for funded agencies, as needed. Designs and implements evaluation instruments to analyze effectiveness of training, curricula, and related educational services in local school districts. Assists in the establishment of developmental priorities for curriculum and training services, and initiates the development of specialized programs for target populations. Provides supplemental educational services consistent with the instruction and content provided by the local school district and aligned with the Arkansas curriculum objectives in reading, mathematics, and other content areas. Collaborates with staff, state and national education organization leaders, local education agency personnel, and general public to address grant programs. Manages fiscal and programmatic aspects of federal grants, contracts, and state programs. Analyzes demographic data and recommends policy and formula for funds distribution. Reviews relevant state and federal laws and regulations to develop policy recommendations for their enforcement, and ensures adherence to federal laws and regulations. Establishes and maintains liaison with education and public interest groups to inform them of departmental activities and identify their needs. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of supervisory practices and procedures. Knowledge of Arkansas public school system infrastructure. Knowledge of public education policy at local, state, and federal levels, including federal statutes, administrative codes, program aid requirements, and education grants. Knowledge of funded program guidelines and legislation related to such guidelines. Knowledge of the principles and techniques of grants administration and program monitoring and auditing. Ability to manage federal grants, contracts, and state programs. Ability to establish and maintain working and information networks with education and public interest groups. Ability to plan and develop programs with department staff, county offices, regional units, and local school district staff. Ability to analyze data and prepare accurate reports of findings, conclusions, and recommendations. Ability to communicate orally and in writing. Ability to develop technical assistance materials. Ability to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of public school programs, identify problems, and devise corrective actions.

Minimum Qualifications:

Licensed as a teacher, principal, or administrator by the Arkansas Department of Education in accordance with ACA 6-17-401. The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in education, administration, business administration, or a related field; plus five years of experience in a public school district, including three years in a supervisory or leadership capacity. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

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