Are you an educator ready to contribute to teaching and learning for ALL Nebraska students? Join us as a Science Education Specialist and support educators, schools, and communities by working towards a vision of high quality instruction in Science Education!
If you're committed to providing high quality professional learning and support, and want to be part of a team committed to serving students and schools across the state, apply now!
$51,224.16 - $66,578.72/year
This range is based upon available budget funds. The selected candidate's skills, abilities, education, and experience will determine the salary offer within this posted range.
In addition to being part of meaningful work and making a difference through public service, our Total Compensation package includes an additional $24,200 - $27,700 in Benefits value! This includes:
Hybrid work locations and workplace flexibility
Stable employment and hours with regular salary increases
Thirteen paid holidays per year
Competitive benefits, paid time off, and retirement
79% employer-paid health insurance with four plans and coverage levels to choose from
Dental, vision, long and short-term disability, flex spending and health savings accounts, employee assistance program, employee discount program, and more!
Generous vacation and sick leave earnings each year (starting at 12 days each!), plus a variety of other leave types
156% state-matched retirement for state plans, or 101% state-matched retirement for school plans
$20,000 term life insurance at no cost to you, with additional supplemental life insurance options
Wide variety of professional development opportunities
NEW Dependent Tuition Reimbursement Program with six Nebraska community colleges!
EEO: NDE is committed to advancing equity, inclusiveness, and diversity in all that we do. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, we encourage applications from ALL qualified candidates and assure they will receive consideration for this position regardless of sex, race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Examples of Work
Facilitates the review and revision process for Nebraska's College and Career Ready Standards for Science.
Provides support and expertise related to content area standards implementation, the statewide summative science assessment, professional learning, instructional materials, and curriculum.
Develops and delivers professional learning experiences and provides resources related to science education.
Provides guidance and recommendations on selecting and implementing high quality, standards-aligned instructional materials including curriculum and digital, open educational, and assessment resources.
Establishes and fosters strategic partnerships with other state agencies, nonprofit organizations, postsecondary education institutions, and business and industry partners.
Demonstrates commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.
Working Conditions and Travel:
This position requires approximately 70% of work time spent in an office environment (whether the state office or a home office), and the remaining 30% of work time spent traveling and working in sites such as schools, ESUs, and other service agencies.
Qualifications / Requirements
Master's degree in the field of education or related subject area, two years of successful preK-12 teaching or school administration experience in an approved or accredited Nebraska school, or equivalent teaching or school administration experience in another state or country, and eligible for/possess a current Nebraska Teaching or Administrative Certificate per §79-807.
NOTE: A Nebraska Teaching or Administrative Certificate per 92 NAC 21 must be possessed by the time the candidate begins employment at the Nebraska Department of Education and an active certificate maintained while in the Education Specialist position.
Substitution: Bachelor's degree in education or equivalent Master of Arts in Teaching per 92 NAC 21, and four years of teaching or school administration experience in an approved or accredited Nebraska school or equivalent teaching or school administration experience in another state or country, and eligible for/possess a current Nebraska Teaching or Administrative Certificate per §79-807.
Master's degree in Education and five or more years of successful preK-12 experience teaching science as a director, specialist, coordinator, department head, or administrator in a school, ESU, or other professional organization. Experience facilitating science professional development experiences.
*The supplemental "Questions" section of the application assists us in learning about specific, comparable experiences from each candidate. We can then use evidence-based equitable practices to determine candidates to move forward. In addition to the required Work Experience and Education sections, answering the supplemental Questions completely with requested details is highly encouraged. Each written response area has ample space to provide a complete response; due to screen size, we do not recommend filling out this application on small mobile devices.