Director, Title Programs and Grant Support

Dover, Delaware
Feb 22, 2019

Director, Title Programs and Grant Support
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Category: Administration/Director
Date Posted: 2/8/2019
Location: Delaware Department of Education
Date Closing: 03/09/2019

Title of Position: Director, Title Programs and Grant Support

Reports To: Associate Secretary, Student Support Team

Description of Position: 
The Director of Title Programs and Grant Support is responsible for the overall implementation of Title Programs for Delaware’s districts and charter schools and the Delaware Department of Education.  Under the supervision of the Associate Secretary, the selected candidate will oversee the planning, implementation, evaluation, and reporting required in Title funding projects contained in the Consolidated Application.  In addition, the supervision of other categorical programs such as School Improvement and English Learners will be included in the duties of the Director of Title Programs and Grant Support.  
Qualities needed to thrive in this role:
Policy depth – A passion for and deep understanding of best practices in school support and improvement, instructional leadership, and student support services.  Thorough knowledge of financial management principles and procedures, particularly relating to federally funded Programs.
Relationships – You will need to build strong partnerships with key stakeholders in districts, with community partners, and across the Department
Manager – Your team manages a diverse range of projects critical to improving educational outcomes and educational services
Leader – You need to be a dynamic thinker, willing to tackle difficult problems objectively and creatively
Major Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership for the Title Programs; manage team business operations including personnel, resources, and project plans.
  • Promote the Department’s mission: To empower every learner with the highest quality education through shared leadership, innovative practices and exemplary services.
  • Direct and coordinate the implementation of the Title I, Title III, Title IV and other related Programs, providing technical assistance to eligible schools in preparing their plans, consistent with Title Programs
  • Ensure adherence to federal policies and procedures.
  • Stay current on all guidelines, requirements, and procedures for submitting federal projects.
  • Provide expertise and information on best practices on support for low-performing schools and English Learners.
  • Assist in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of activities related to school improvement plans consistent with Title Programs throughout the state.
  • Provide detailed information on expenditure status of federal Title Program budgets, both on the local and state level.
  • Initiates all required actions for any school identified as Title I Program.
  • Organize and conduct school site reviews and Consolidated Program Monitoring as required.
  • Monitor and track expenditures of federal funds for accuracy and compliance according to federal guidelines.
  • Interpret and enforce school support and improvement requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Essential Qualifications and Skills:  

Education:  Bachelor’s degrees is required; Master’s Degree in Education Leadership, Education Policy, Public Administration, Business Administration or related field is preferred.


  • A minimum of three years of experience in financial administration. Experience in a district business office is preferred.
  • Experience in establishing, building and overseeing teams is essential.
  • Experience leading school improvement activities resulting in improved student achievement is preferred.
  • Experience with federal fund management; federal program experience in supporting instructional programs in schools is preferred.
  • Experience managing multiple projects while ensuring that goals and priorities are met.
  • Experience communicating with a range of stakeholders.
  • Experience with state and federal regulations, laws, policies and procedures.
  • Must have strong experience in Excel, Access and PowerPoint. 


  • Effective leadership, planning, and decision-making skills
  • Ability to establish collaborative relationships in pursuit of goals common to both the Department and school districts
  • Strategic mindset, including demonstrated ability to problem-solve effectively and efficiently
  • Understanding of educational equity and multicultural issues
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to convey complex information and mediate multiple perspectives while adhering to federal and state requirements
  • Positively represent the Department to third parties and to project an appropriate image for the organization
  • Establish and implement annual project plans and develop project reports
  • Effective working in a team-oriented environment
  • Technological literacy 

Salary will be computed in accordance with the education, experience, and training of the individual selected and in accordance with salary schedules for employees of the Department of Education. Direct deposit of payroll checks is a condition of state employment, and employees are paid on a lag pay schedule with the first payment made after approximately one month of employment.

A criminal background check is required. The successful candidate must demonstrate during the interview process an understanding of diversity, educational equity and multicultural education. This job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position. The selected candidate should expect to perform any other related activities needed to deliver the position’s key duties and responsibilities and follow any other instructions as defined by his/her supervisor.

The Delaware Department of Education is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment practices or educational programs, services or activities based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran’s status or any other legally protected category.  Inquiries should be directed to the Human Resource Office, 401 Federal Street, Suite 2, Dover, DE 19901.  Phone: 302-735-4030.