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Vacancy Title:    Director (Science)

Job Order Number:   10097311


Domicile Location:   Jefferson City

Section/Office:  Curriculum / Office of College and Career Readiness

Salary:   $48,552

Deadline:   April 4, 2014





Master’s degree with concentration in specified science area at the undergraduate level and significant coursework in science area at the graduate level.


A minimum of five (5) years of science area teaching experience at either the elementary or secondary levels. 


Elementary certificate or secondary science area teaching certificate.


(Other qualifications and experience, which in the opinion of the Commissioner of Education meet the requirements of the position may be accepted in lieu of the above.)






Proficient in Microsoft Office software.


Travel may be required reimbursed at the approved rate.






This is a twelve-month, professional position in the area of improving curriculum, instruction, and student performance in the specified science area, PK-12.



Provides technical assistance to school districts in developing and implementing more effective instruction in science

Organizes and conducts high-quality professional development for teachers in implementing various strategies for teaching and evaluating science competencies

Develops procedures and publications designed to assist school districts in developing and implementing more effective PK-20 science curriculum

Provides leadership for development/refinement of science curriculum documents and related instructional materials

Provides leadership for implementing the requirements pertaining to science area mandated by federal regulations or law

Participates in the Department review teams as appropriate

Acts as science liaison between the Department and other state and national organizations

Acts as Department science resource to teacher preparation institutions

Helps local educators interpret and implement legislative and State Board policy requirements pertaining to science

Works with science educators across the state to create and implement the Top 10x20 plan for the Department

Works with members of Statewide System of Support in planning, coordination, and implementation of curriculum and assessment strategic priorities


Provides science expertise for the development and implementation of Missouri Assessment Program  in specialized area:

·       Item writing

·       Content/bias review

·       Creation of scoring materials:  selection of examples, writing of annotations for scoring

·       Form Selection

·       Monitoring of  Scoring

·       Participation in field test Training Materials Review

·       Assessment Manuals review/revision

·       Achievement Level Descriptor writing/Standard Setting

Acts as state science specialist for National Assessment of Educational Progress item review and provides NAEP resource information for state educators.

Performs other related work as assigned.


Coordinate Awards programs

State/National Conference planning

STEM information dissemination, conference planning and related activities

MSP grants Liaison with Federal Programs Staff

Collaboration/coordination with other departments on specialized projects

Monitoring of curriculum science page on DESE website

Serves on Department committees

Preparation and presentation of State Board reports as needed




Complete a DESE application online at http://www.dese.mo.gov/divadm/humanres/documents/Employment_Application_2005.pdf.  Please attach a scanned copy of your transcripts with the application.  You will receive an e-mail confirmation when your application is received online.  

NOTE: If a college degree is a requirement for this position, transcripts MUST be submitted with the application in order to be considered for employment.  Failure to include transcripts (when required for the position) with your application will eliminate the application from the review process.


We do not keep applications on file to submit for other vacant positions.   You must submit an application for each vacant position you are applying for. 


BENEFITS (For a Full-Time Position)


ANNUAL LEAVE:  Accrue 10 hours per month for new full-time employees, longer term State employees can earn more. Prorated leave for part-time employees in eligible positions.


SICK LEAVE:  Accrue 10 hours per month.  Prorated leave for part-time employees in eligible positions.


HOLIDAYS:  12 holidays per year.


RETIREMENT:  Coverage provided through the Missouri State Employees Retirement System (MOSERS).


LIFE INSURANCE:  Term life insurance coverage, equal to one times employee's annual salary, through the Missouri State Employees Retirement System.


OPTIONAL LIFE INSURANCE:  Optional term life insurance available with maximum coverage of six times member’s annual salary.  Plans are also offered for spouse and dependents. Premiums paid by employee.


CAFETERIA PLAN:  Easy tax savings on employee’s cost for qualified payroll-deducted insurance plans, medical care, and dependent care.


HEALTH PLANS:  Employer-paid/subsidized plans available the first day of the following month after employment.


DENTAL PLANS:  Delta Dental insurance coverage is available.


VISION PLAN:  Vision Service Plan (VSP) is available. 


DEFERRED COMPENSATION:  A payroll deduction deferred compensation plan available to defer taxes until retirement by investing in mutual funds and a fixed income account is currently provided.




Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer


Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer. If you have special needs addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact Human Resources at (573) 751-9619, through Missouri Relay System at (800) 735-2966, or via email at hr@dese.mo.gov.    

To Our Applicants with Disabilities:  For assistance with any phase of the Department process, please notify the Director of Human Resources at (573) 751-9619.  Reasonable attempts will be made to accommodate special needs.

TTY/TDD users:  Relay Missouri service (800) 735-2966.






The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, or disability in its programs and activities. Inquiries related to Department employment practices may be directed to the Jefferson State Office Building, Human Resources Director, 8th floor, 205 Jefferson Street, P.O. Box 480, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102-0480; telephone number (573) 751-9619 or TYY (800) 735-2966.