Preschool Specialist – Big Sandy

TITLE: Preschool Specialist
STATUS: Permanent Contract, Full-time
CLOSING DATE : November 2, 2016

POSITION NO : 351-30502
DEPARTMENT : Office of Public Instruction
DIVISION: Educational Opportunity and Equity
LOCATION : Big Sandy

SPECIAL INFORMATION: This position is dependent on grant funding and utilizes an employment contract. Funding for this position is anticipated to be available through December 2018. If additional funding becomes available the contract may be renewed or extended.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLYING : Only the information you submit on your attached resume and supplemental questions will be reviewed to determine if you meet the qualifications. The State of Montana Careers system application will not be considered in this process.

To apply for this position you must attach the required resume and supplemental questions as separate documents. Supplemental questions located at the bottom of this job announcement are required. Materials not requested in this vacancy announcement will not be considered. Required materials must be received or postmarked by midnight (Mountain Standard Time) on the closing date in order to be considered.

Your resume must include the following information:
• Education
• All relevant work history, listing employment in chronological order in a month/year format with the most recent job first.
• Supervisor’s name and phone number for each job.
• Detailed description of the duties for each job, including hours per week, and the reason why you separated.

Applicants claiming employment preference are required to submit proper documentation to opipersonnel@mt.gov in order to receive any preferences. If you indicate your preference status while completing your application process, the system will generate an e-mail with instructions on how to submit the required preference documents.


Procedures to be used in evaluating an applicant’s qualifications may include, but not limited to, a resume, supplemental questions, an oral interview, skills based testing and reference checks.

If accommodation for disability is needed during the application or interview processes please contact the OPI Human Resource Office at (406) 444-2673 or opipersonnel@mt.gov.

The Montana Office of Public Instruction is an equal opportunity employer. Women (and/or) minorities are under-represented in this position and are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States.

ADDITIONAL SALARY AND BENEFIT INFORMATION : This is a Teachers’ Retirement position. Full-time employees earn 15 vacation days, 12 sick days, state holidays, health and dental benefits and life insurance. They also receive access to a defined benefit – contribution retirement. For more information click on the link http://benefits.mt.gov/

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES : This position exercises leadership in the EOE Division of the Office of Public Instruction through interaction with the education community; local, state, national, and federal organizations, institutions, and agencies; and policy makers relating to the design, delivery, analysis, and monitoring of the Montana Office of Public Instruction’s Montana Preschool Development Grant program. The position also provides specialist/consultant services for schools and Head Start programs, gathers and analyzes information regarding teacher needs and development of appropriate responses to those needs in relation to Montana’s Preschool Program Standards. Particular attention is given to school and teacher needs in providing culturally appropriate instruction for MPDG eligible students in preparation for kindergarten readiness. The knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the duties of this position can be acquired through a bachelor’s degree in education and five years’ experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience in an early childhood educational setting. Experience and knowledge of early childhood in school and Head Start programs is desirable.

: COMPETENCIES: Considerable and thorough knowledge is required of the theories, principles, and practices of early education and programs, administration, principles of planning and organization; teaching methodology and learning theory, curriculum and instruction background, philosophy, policy, rules and Montana Preschool Program standards.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the public to communicate effective by verbally and in writing, to plan and direct an educational service program, to supervise and coordinate the work of others, and to understand and apply federal and state laws and regulations.

Specific knowledge skills and abilities for supervision of staff and ability to prioritize work and ensure completion of work plans. Specific knowledge, skills and abilities in the field of educational leadership related to Early Childhood education which can include, but are not limited to: preschool program standards, continuous improvement processes, research and assessment, group process, data analysis, evaluation of program and resource materials, accreditation and certification, research and current education practices, and the support of families and communities in the transition from preschool to K-12 education.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: The above knowledge, skills and abilities are typically acquired through a Bachelor’s degree in education and five years of experience in education or an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered on a case by case basis.
Experience and knowledge of Early Childhood education is desirable.

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS: The supplemental question(s) are scored in a separate phase and are required for this vacancy announcement. Supplemental questions are evaluated on their own merit without referring to your resume so it is important to provide specific information regarding names of employers, dates, job titles, etc. List the position title and your name at the top of each page. The suggested response is a minimum of ½ a page, but no more than 2 pages per question.

Once you have answered the following supplemental questions, you must upload your responses into the State of Montana recruiting system .

1. Describe your experience in establishing and concurrently managing the goals, and objectives, and specific program tasks of an educational program.

2. Describe a collaborative work project in which your role was significant. Describe the scope of the work, your role, the accomplishments that resulted from the project, and the changes you would make if you were to work on the project again.

3. Do you want to be informed before we contact your present employer?

Applicant Pool Statement : If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection. Training Assignment : Not Applicable
Job : Education/Training
Salary: $ 60,320.00 – 60,320.00 Yearly Benefits Package Eligibility : Health Insurance, Paid Leave & Holidays, Retirement Plan
Number of Openings : 1 Employee Status : Regular Schedule : Full-Time
Shift : Day Job Travel : Yes, 75 % of the Time
Primary Location : Big Sandy

Agency : Office of Public Instruction Union : 000 – None Bargaining Unit : 000 – None
Posting Date : Oct 25, 2016, 5:25:31 PM Closing Date (based on your computer’s timezone)
: Nov 3, 2016, 12:59:00 AM
Required Application Materials : Resume, Supplemental Questions (Refer to Job Posting)
Contact Name : OPI Personnel | Contact Email : opipersonnel@mt.gov | Contact Phone : 406-444-2673

Company: State of Montana

Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2016

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