Education Specialist II - Project Impact Coordinator

at State of Maine, Bureau of Human Resources in South Portland, Maine, United States

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Education Specialist II – Project Impact Coordinator

South Portland , Maine , United States | Education | Full-time Apply by: Feb. 8, 2022 Apply with Linkedin Apply

Education Specialist II

Project Impact Coordinator

Code:3042 Pay Grade: 24 $45,510.40 – $67,662.40

Open: January 25, 2022

Close: February 8, 2022


The Department of Corrections is accepting applications for an Education Specialist II at Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland, Maine. This position is open to current Maine DOC employees who wish to transfer to this facility and all outside candidates.


This is professional services work promoting public safety by ensuring that juvenile offenders are provided with education, treatment and other services that teach skills and competencies; strengthen pro-social behaviors and require accountability to victims and communities. The position is responsible to organize, promote and administer a program of successful re-integration for committed students at the Long Creek Youth Development Center by communicating effectively with schools to develop relationships to initiate and support the reintegration process beginning when students are committed to the facility. Preference will be given to candidates with experience working in a juvenile correctional facility.

REPRESENTATIVE TASKS ofthis position include, but are not limited to:

Collaborates with Division of Juvenile Services (Facility and Regions), schools and school administrative units (SAUs) to coordinate the education of students detained at Long Creek Youth Development Center and their reintegration into their sending schools, including:

+ Directs the education component of the intake process for detained students in order to meet Maine Special Education regulations and MaineLearning Results.

+ Directs the communication with schools and SAU’s regarding youth who are being held for court or serving short sentences.

+ Communicates with superintendents, school administrators, supervisor and teachers in order to exchange information regarding students.

+ Directs the collection and distribution of educational records and other information from SAU’s.

+ Coordinates reintegration team training.

Serves on educational committees within the facility and in the community.

Maintain monthly statistics regarding releases and returns, and submits quarterly reports regarding transition planning, education services, diplomas awarded, community reintegration releases, school participation and school districts served.

Provides assistance to the Project Impact statewide Advisory Board to explain program, exchange information and develop program support.

Informs the teaching staff of the special education needs of students in the Long Creek Youth Development Center.

KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIREDto successfully perform the work assigned:

Knowledge of state and federal laws, rules, and regulations applicable to and enforced by the Department, including special education laws (federal IDEA 2004).

Ability to interpret and explain statutory provisions to local school authorities and the public

Knowledge of Maine’s learning standards, proficiency-based education and student assessment.

Knowledge of the services, curriculum and program needs of students with disabilities.

Knowledge and experience working with at risk and emotionally disabled youth.

Ability to successfully coordinate education, treatment and other services appropriate for detained youth.

Ability to coordinate, organize, promote and administer a program of successful re-integration for committed students.

Ability to communicate effectively with schools to develop relationships in order to initiate and support the reintegration process.

Knowledge and understanding of the requirements of working in secure correctional environment.

Ability to communicate effectively

Ability to apply and facilitate group dynamics and use exemplary interpersonal skills; establish and maintain effective working relationships; and provide quality service.


A Bachelor’s Degree in Education or related field and two (2) years professional level experience in developing, coordinating and /or administering education programs, treatment programs for youth with special needs. A Master’s Degree in Education or required specialty/subject area may be substituted for experience on a year-for-year basis.


Individual positions may require a professional teaching certificate in assigned specialty/subject area as issued by the State Department of Education & Cultural Services.


No matter where you work across Maine state government, you find employees who embody our state motto-“Dirigo” or “I lead”-as they provide essential services to Mainers every day. We believe in supporting our workforce’s health and wellbeing with a valuable total compensation package, including:

+ Work-Life Balance – Rest is essential. Take time for yourself using13 paid holidays, 12 days of sick leave, and 3+ weeks of vacation leave Vacation leave accrual increases with years of service, and overtime-exempt employees receive personal leave.

+ Health Insurance Coverage- The State of Maine pays 85%-100% of employee-only premiums ($9,893.52-$11,057.52 annual value), depending on salary. Use this chart to find the premium costs for you and your family, including the percentage of dependent coverage paid by the State.

+ Health Insurance Premium Credit- Participation decreases employee-only premiums by 5%. Visit the Office of Employee Health and Wellness for more information about program requirements.

+ Dental Insurance- The State of Maine pays 100% of employee-only dental premiums ($350.40 annual value).

+ Retirement Plan- The State of Maine contributes 19.63% of pay to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS), on behalf of the employee.

+ Gym Membership Reimbursement- Improve overall health with regular exercise and receive up to $40 per month to offset this expense.

+ Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts- Set aside money pre-tax to help pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses and/or daycare expenses.

+ Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness- The State of Maine is a qualified employer for this federal program. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid office.

+ Living Resources Program – Navigate challenging work and life situations with our employee assistance program.

+ Parental leaveis one of the most important benefits for any working parent. All employees who are welcoming a child-including fathers and adoptive parents-receive four weeks of fully paid parental leave. Additional, unpaid leave may also be available, under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

+ Voluntary Deferred Compensation- Save additional pre-tax funds for retirement in a MaineSaves 457(b) account through payroll deductions.

+ Learn about additional wellness benefits for State employees from the Office of Employee Health and Wellness.

Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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Job Posting: JC203030380

Posted On: Jan 27, 2022

Updated On: Feb 11, 2022