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School Improvement Consultant


Reports to: Regional Administrator Classification: Contracted
Date: August 2003

Job Summary

Partners with educators, families and communities to provide effective learning environments for all students.† Helps ensure success for all learners.† Provides leadership and assistance to Agency and district staff in school improvement activities.† Develops collaborative relationships with Agency staff and school districts to provide services that are customer focused and based on district service plans.


  1. Masterís degree in the field of education or related area.
  2. Three years of professional experience in K-12 education.
  3. Iowa instructional or support license.

Essential Functions:

  1. Supports total school/community efforts to create a positive learning environment for students/children.
  2. Serves as liaison among AEA, district building(s), families and community and collaborates with various teams to assure positive outcomes for all learners.
  3. Models, implements and assesses strategies related to learning, social, emotional and behavioral needs to enhance educational programming for all learners.
  4. Provides ongoing support to educational staff related to applicable rules and laws.
  5. Integrates research into the design of best practices.
  6. Consults with teachers and administrators regarding best practices for classroom and building educational programs.
  7. Follows policies, procedures, standards and rules in accordance with national and state laws, the Iowa Dept of Education and GWAEA, which includes, but is not limited to, developing and maintaining proper and adequate records and documentation.
  8. Provides leadership and support for LEA and AEA continuous improvement processes including needs assessment, data collection and analysis, school/community planning, implementation of action plans and reporting to community and Department of Education.
  9. Stays current with federal and state mandates related to school improvement and assists in the interpretation and implementation of changing requirements.
  10. Assists regional facilitator in providing school improvement services to districts.

Additional Responsibilities:

  1. Participates in projects, committees or activities to support the Agencyís mission, goals and priorities.
  2. Demonstrates self-discipline and initiative to produce high-quality, organized and dependable results.
  3. Conveys a positive and professional image to staff and public.
  4. Handles information in a confidential manner in accordance with established policies and legal requirements (FERPA, HIPAA, etc).
  5. Pursues professional growth opportunities and relationships to keep current with and influence educational directions.
  6. Informs LEA and AEA personnel of school improvement trends and mandates.
  7. Assists LEAs in implementing projects related to improving student achievement.
  8. Designs and conducts professional development, based on principles of adult learning, for the purpose of improved student achievement.
  9. Serves as AEA content area contact (for an area other than math, reading, science), as assigned.
  10. Performs such other duties as may be assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  1. Ability to communicate effectively and maintain effective working relationships.
  2. Ability to function effectively as a team member and work collaboratively with others and independently as appropriate.
  3. Ability and willingness to be flexible and respond to the changing needs of clients and the Agency.
  4. Ability to integrate educational theory, research and expertise into appropriate practices for local contexts, in a service style that facilitates positive change and continuous improvement.
  5. Effective presentation and group facilitation skills.
  6. Ability to use data to make educationally sound decisions.
  7. Knowledge of best practices in curriculum, instruction and assessment.
  8. Knowledge of applicable rules and laws that govern educational decisions.
  9. Ability to read and interpret documents, write reports and correspondence, and apply appropriate mathematical concepts.
  10. Ability to use and integrate technology appropriately in daily work which includes, but is not limited to, efficient operation of telephone and voice mail systems and application of basic computer skills to effectively use e-mail, internet and word processing.
  11. Knowledge of data collection/analysis methods, community involvement processes and school improvement models.
  12. Effective coaching and consulting skills.
  13. Ability to design and conduct on-going professional development activities.

Physical Requirements:

  1. Ability to travel between schools/sites served.
  2. Normal, routine levels of activity related to bending, carrying, climbing, hearing, lifting, reaching, sitting, standing, vision and walking, and may also involve above-average levels of activity at times that canít always be anticipated.