Career Opportunity

Recognition Liaison (Principal Consultant #679)
Springfield or Chicago
Regional Services
$52,618 -$67,204
$52,618 - $91,998
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
September 3, 2020
Open Until Filled

​Reporting to the Director, regulates and monitors the statutory and regulatory compliance and recognition of public and nonpublic schools; oversees the execution of department contracts and federal and state grant awards; reviews and approves public school calendars (including Chicago District 299); and manages special projects identified as necessary to supporting ISBE’s vision of ensuring each and every child is equipped to make meaningful contributions to society and live life to its fullest potential.

  • ​Serves as team leader or team member for the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of public and non-public school recognition processes to ensure compliance with applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, the analysis of findings, preparation of reports, and oversight and coordination of follow-up activities.
  • Oversees the execution of contracts and federal and state grant awards.
  • Identifies problems/issues.
  • Provides a variety of budget-related documents.
  • Creates and distributes documents related to contracts and federal and state awards.
  • Participates in the management of grant funds.
  • Acts as the department lead on the calculation and drawing down of funds.
  • Participates in special projects and assignments.
  • Responds to and participates in the investigation of inquiries and concerns from school districts, parents, students, members of the general public, and other stakeholders with respect to all areas of public school and nonpublic school compliance and provides support to all schools and districts seeking to remedy areas of noncompliance.
  • Reviews and approves public school calendars, including the calendars maintained by City of Chicago District 299 and alternative programs operated by Regional Offices of Education (ROEs). 
  • Provides technical assistance to ROEs, school districts, and external constituents as needed via email, phone, and presentations.
  • Participates in the development and ongoing review/revision of webpages, publications, documents, and other materials that are required to carry out department and agency activities.
  • Collaborates with other departments and agencies in order to help ISBE better serve all students.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • ​Master's Degree in Education, Teaching, Policy, Grant Management, Business, Finance, or a related field; or a Bachelor's Degree in one of the indicated fields plus two years of relevant professional experience.  (COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED AT TIME OF APPLICATION)
  • Two years of experience (in addition to education requirements) either as a teacher, administrator, school service personnel, in a public school, nonpublic school, school district, ROE, ISC, university, or state agency; or in policy, data, budgets, grant management, and/or project management.
  • Ability to develop and manage budgets.
  • Ability to present complex information to professional audiences in formal and informal settings.
  • Ability to work with diverse teams.
  • Ability to identify and locate resources.
  • Knowledge of federal and state funding sources.
  • Ability to set schedules and timelines.
  • Knowledge of policy development.
  • Demonstrated skill in written and oral communication, including public speaking.
  • Commitment to public service and equity in schools.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite.
  • ​Experience working with public and non-public schools.
  • Experience working with contracts and/or grants.
  • Experience working in a variety of education settings.
  • Experience working in policy and/or data.