• Help



    DoDEA, through its Community Strategic Plan has made a commitment to be among the world's leaders in education, enriching the lives of military-connected students and the communities in which they live.  The mission to educate, engage and empower each student to succeed in a dynamic world is achieved through its five strategic goals of Student, School, Talent, Organization, and Outreach Excellence.

    DoDEA is a major Department of Defense (DoD) Field Activity with worldwide scope.  DoDEA plans, directs, and coordinates, and manages the education programs for DoD dependents.  DoDEA consists of three regions, DoDEA Americas, DoDEA Europe, and DoDEA Pacific and a total of eight school districts located overseas and in the U.S. and its territories.  DoDEA provides education to eligible DoD military and civilian dependents from pre-kindergarten through grade 12.  DoDEA has established three Centers for Instructional Leadership (CIL) in Europe, the Pacific and the Americas, each with satellite offices for remote locations.

    Visit our website at www.dodea.edu for more information! 


    *All applicants must reapply in order to be considered for positions advertised under this announcement.   Applications previously submitted under previous vacancy announcements will not be considered. 

    *The minimum qualification requirements for these positions as previously advertised have changed. 

    *Vacancies may not be available at all locations listed.  This announcement will be used to fill additional vacancies that may become available within 90 days of this announcement closing. 

    Area of Consideration:

    Select "001 Internal Candidates" if you are requesting consideration as an Internal Applicant.  Eligible internal applicants are defined as "Current Permanent DoDEA Employees".  Applicants are required to submit a copy of their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF 50) to verify this eligibility. 

    Select "002 External Candidates" if you do not meet the eligibility for "Internal Candidate" as described above. Applicants may request to be considered under both "Internal" and "External" Areas of Consideration if both codes (001 and 002) are selected.

    Learn more about this agency


    The Professional Practice and Improvement Specialist (PPIS) works directly for the Chief, Instructional Leadership Development (CILD) who is responsible for ensuring a quality education by providing embedded professional development and coaching for district and school leaders and leadership teams. This includes developing the knowledge, skills and abilities in these teams to effectively implement systemic and district priorities; providing differentiated support to specific district staff and school leaders; and monitoring efforts to ensure implementation that will lead to student success. Also responsible for working closely with the Superintendents, Principals, headquarters and other CIL staff to facilitate support between headquarters, districts and schools focused on academic achievement and equitable practices for all.

    The incumbent is among a team of professional educators who serve as consultants, coaches, collaborators, presenters, and facilitators within and across districts within the region to support district staffs, school leaders and teacher leaders providing professional development for the implementation and sustainment of systemic priorities such as the implementation of College and Career Ready standards; facilitate horizontal and vertical learning networks; and build capacity for proven innovative curriculum, instruction, assessment best practices.


    • Provide guidance to district/school leadership teams to develop goals that are aligned to the DoDEA's missions, beliefs, and priorities.
    • Develop capacity to build a shared commitment for high student performance by being a catalyst for change, and articulating, implementing, and sustaining a vision of learning.
    • Assess, identify, plan and prioritize actions to promote grade specific (elementary, middle or high school) standards-driven instruction, innovative practices and professional growth within professional learning communities.
    • Ensure a link between professional development and a change in practice to monitor and inform improvements of school-wide and classroom practices using observation, feedback, data, and reflection.
    • Conduct root analysis and identify discrepancies between goals and current status and develop solutions in order to stimulate achievement. Make recommendations based on research results and accountability data, regarding the leadership, instructional programs, school climate, and school improvement strategies to the CILD.
    • Assist the implementation and execution of teacher to leader development pipelines to build the capacity of DoDEA educators and provide professional paths of development from teachers to teacher leader, Instructional Systems Specialist, and/or Principal. 

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - As needed for meetings and/or training.

    Supervisory status


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    United States Citizens AND/OR Current Permanent DoDEA Employees

    Questions? This job is open to 3 groups.

  • Help


    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship
    • Mobility agreement (worldwide placement) as a condition of employment.
    • Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
    • Financial Disclosure Statement required upon appointment and annually.
    • Participation in direct deposit/electronic fund transfer.
    • Pre-appointment physical examination for overseas appointments.

    Conditions of Employment:  

    • Mobility agreement as a condition of employment – selectees must be available for worldwide placement to any DoDEA Europe, DoDEA Pacific or DoDEA Americas location.
    • A minimum of three years is required at a location before a DoDEA employee is eligible to apply for a lateral move (reassignment).
    • Ability to obtain and maintain a secret security clearance. This position is designated Non-Critical Sensitive as defined in DoD 5200.2-R and therefore requires that a personnel security investigation be adjudicated on a pre-appointment basis. This requirement may take 120 days or longer to process.
    • A successful National Agency Check with Inquiries (Childcare NACI/CNACI) and a check of State Criminal History Records (SCHR) is also required. 
    • A pre-appointment overseas physical examination is required for selected individuals assigned to overseas locations.
    • Individuals hired from CONUS (Continental United States) and their family members (who are U.S. citizens) are required to obtain Official Passports prior to departure to the overseas location.  Individuals hired stateside are also required to obtain an Official Passport as they may have to travel to support another Center of Instructional Leadership (CIL).
    • Financial Disclosure Statement, OGE-450, Executive Branch Personnel Confidential Financial Disclosure Report Required upon entering the position and annually in accordance with DoD Directive 5500-7-R, Joint Ethics Regulation, dated 30 August 1993.
    • Selectees may be required to serve a one or two year probationary period in accordance with 5 CFR 9901.512. 
    • Selectees may be required to travel by military and/or commercial aircraft, land, or sea transportation to a variety of stateside and/or overseas locations for meetings and conferences and may be subject to a variety of environmental conditions to include the potential exposure to acts of terrorism. 


    1)  Minimum Education Requirement: A Master's degree in education administration, educational leadership, professional development or curriculum and instruction OR a Master's degree in Education which includes at least 30 graduate semesters hours.  Graduate level coursework must include courses in ALL of the following areas:  education administration/supervision, curriculum development/design, supervision of curriculum, instruction and assessment, professional development, educational technology and school data analysis.  Educational course work must have been completed at or accepted by a regionally accredited U.S. college or university. Education may not be substituted for generalized or specialized experience at this grade level.

    2)  General Experience Requirement (5 years): Relevant elementary or secondary school experience in teaching, educational research, development of curriculum and instructional materials, education assessment and evaluation, professional development, special education, educational administration, or comparable experience which clearly demonstrated success in applying the principles, methods, and techniques of education, and provided familiarity with current developments in teaching, learning, instructional leadership, and professional development.

    3)  Specialized Experience Requirements (2 years): Experience in a staff or supervisory professional position which clearly demonstrated the ability to administer and support elementary or secondary school instructional programs or to effectively supervise educators in professional growth.  Specialized experience must include a minimum of (2) two years as an elementary or secondary School Principal, or a Supervisory Instructional Systems Specialist (ISS), or a Supervisory Curriculum/Instructional Specialist. Such experience may have been acquired in a leadership position supporting program innovations that go beyond the standard education programs such as special education, gifted education, technology and others.  

    Examples of specialized experience include:  experience gained in educational leadership positions in an elementary or secondary education system that demonstrated:

    • professional competencies as a district superintendent or assistant superintendent relating to instructional leadership and professional development in and elementary or secondary school environment;
    • ability to build capacity to include professional learning, coaching, modeling, and advising for system wide elementary or secondary school content-specific programs and initiatives, formative and summative assessments and instructional best practices to ensure alignment to DoDEA's College and Career-Ready/content standards;
    • skill in supporting elementary or secondary school principals and assistant principals in such areas as: observing and analyzing teaching, walk-throughs, and the creation of master schedules to ensure a consistent instructional day for students and collaborative time for job-embedded learning for teachers;
    • leadership in supervising members working with district, area, or headquarters staff, school administrators, school staff members, and stakeholders (or equivalent structure) in improving elementary or secondary schools and supporting program innovations in core curriculum areas and/or student support programs;
    • skill in using multiple sources of data, research techniques, analytical skills, and student assessment tools to identify elementary/secondary school /district strengths and weaknesses and to recommend changes for improving policies and programs;
    • skill in developing, coordinating, and managing professional development programs in support of teaching, learning, leading, and professional development goals;
    • ability to lead and assess continuous improvement, or technology integration efforts across a district, or within a school in such areas as curricula, program standards, or performance indicators;
    • ability to identify and address multiple causes of students' underperformance and determine/implement interventions to close the learning gap;
    • ability to assess learning needs of educators and school leaders, create a culture of collaboration and inquiry, and lead a comprehensive professional development program.

    4) Essay Responses to Leadership Questions:  Applicants who are determined to meet at least the minimum qualification requirements as noted above, will be required to submit essay style responses to three leadership questions within 5 calendar days of referral notice.  Those that meet the minimum qualification requirements will be individually contacted with additional information (the questions, where to send essay responses, format, due dates, etc.).

    Applicants will be rated on the following competencies:  

    1. Ability to implement and evaluate instructional leadership through an extensive knowledge of theories and principles of education, current trends and issues in areas such as instruction, assessment and accountability, curriculum implementation and education administration. 
    2. Ability to implement educational delivery systems.
    3. Ability to secure the confidence, respect and cooperation of military leaders, associates, management officials, teachers, union leaders, students, and others.
    4. Ability to design, implement, and monitor the development of professional and non-professional staff. 
    5. Ability to administer school systems and programs such as planning for school improvement, curriculum development, data analysis, personnel management, and budget administration.
    6. Ability to effectively and efficiently manage and build strong instructional teams.



    Additional information

    • This position is full-time year round.


    • Payment for travel and transportation expenses is authorized. This includes government paid air transportation travel, shipment of household goods, and/or temporary storage; and temporary lodging upon arrival of overseas.
    • A Living Quarters Allowance (LQA) or housing allowance is provided in addition to salary. The LQA is provided to eligible employees for leased quarters in lieu of Government provided housing and is intended to cover the average cost of rent, utilities and other allowable expenses. A maximum LQA is established for each post abroad based on the employee's grade, quarter's group and family size.  For more information on overseas allowances and benefits, please visit: https://hq-w4.dodea.edu/lqarates/lqarates.htm. Note:  Internal applicants who are not currently receiving LQA will be required to complete an allowance determination for entitlements eligibility.
    • Also provided, is a post allowance which is a cost-of-living allowance granted to full-time employees officially stationed at a post in a foreign area where the cost of living, exclusive of quarters costs, is substantially higher than in Washington, D.C.
    • For specific allowance rates visit: http://www.dodea.edu/offices/hr/employees/allowances/rates/htm
    • Locality pay does not apply in the overseas area.
    • Locality rates of pay in the Continental United States (CONUS) will not be used for pay setting when transferring to an overseas foreign area.
    • Medical Care: Applicants who have family members with special medical needs should ensure that prior to accepting a position overseas their family members' medical needs can be met. Access to care in a military treatment facility may not be available to civilian employees except on a space available basis. Consequently, host nation medical facilities may be the only care available. The availability and level of care at host nation medical facilities will vary by location.
    • Special Education Services: DoDEA provides education including special education to children of DoD civilians who are eligible to attend DoDEA Europe and DoDEA Pacific schools. However, most schools are not staffed for all special needs. For additional information, please contact the DoDEA, Student Services Branch at (571) 372-1872.
    • The initial overseas tour of duty is two or three years depending on the location.
    • For positions in a foreign country, that country's laws or international agreements may have a direct impact on the ability of an employee's same sex domestic partner or spouse to accompany the employee and receive certain benefits. If you believe you may be affected by these laws and agreements, you should familiarize yourself with relevant information before applying for or accepting this position (http://cpol.army.mil/library/permiss/2801ss.html).


    • In addition to the basic salary advertised on this announcement, selectees also receive locality pay. Locality pay is determined according to stateside geographical regions. To view current 2017 Locality Pay Tables go to: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2017/general-schedule/.
    • Payment for travel and transportation expenses is authorized. This includes government paid air transportation travel, shipment of household goods, and/or temporary storage; and temporary lodging upon arrival of new duty station.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    This is an Excepted Service position.  This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.

    Your resume, transcripts and responses to the occupational questionnaire are an integral part of the process for determining your generalized and specialized experience qualifications for the position.  Experience and education that is not supported by your resume and/or supporting documentation may eliminate you from consideration and may result in non-referral.  Your resume, transcripts, occupational questionnaire, and essay responses to leadership questions if applicable,  must clearly and accurately show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) to perform the duties of this position.   Description of your experience and education should be clear and should emphasize your level of responsibility, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts. 

    To determine if you are at least minimally qualified for these positions, a review of your resume, transcripts and any other supporting documentation will be made.  The initial numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire and include any added points for veteran's preference (external candidates only) if applicable. The score is a self-assessment measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume, transcripts and supporting documentation (or anytime during the application process), a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. 

    Once an applicant has been determined to meet at least the minimum qualification requirements, a multiple hurdles approach system will be used as the method for selecting candidates.  Under this system, applicants will be required to pass a hurdle (based on a predetermined cut-off score) before moving on in the selection process.  The process will include the following "hurdles": 1) Occupational Questionnaire (self-assessment);  2) Subject Matter Expert Panel review of your essay responses to the leadership questions and the quality of your specialized experience as noted on your resume and supporting documentation and 3) Structured Panel Interview. 

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


  • Help

    Required Documents

    A Complete Application Package Includes ALL of the documents/forms listed below.  

    NOTE:  Incomplete applications will not be considered. Failure to submit the required forms/documents as instructed in this announcement will not be a basis for subsequent appeal or grievance.

    1. Completed Resume.  Please ensure that your resume contains the basic information outlined under the "Applying for a Federal Job" link: http://www.gpo.gov/careers/pdfs/of0510.pdf.  Employment history should be recorded in chronological order beginning with the most recent experience.  Be sure to list start/end dates (month/year) and duties and responsibilities for each employment experience separately even if the experience was completed within the same school district.   
    2. Completed Occupational Questionnaire (OQ).  The OQ questions are embedded as part of the application process.  If you wish to view the questions on the OQ prior to beginning the application process online, go to View Assessment Questions.  Please note that this link will only allow you to preview the questions and you will not be able to respond to them.  You may only respond to the questions once you have started the actual online application process.  Please ensure you click the "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the process.   
    3. Educational Transcripts.  Please make photocopies and upload of all (undergraduate/graduate) OFFICIAL college/university transcripts.  To receive the maximum allowable credit you must include all transcripts (front and back) for each degree conferred and any additional courses currently in progress.  Transcripts submitted in other languages other than in English must include an official translation.   Computer print-outs of transcripts, grade reports, copies of degree diplomas or educational certificates, and unofficial copies of transcripts will not be acceptable. 
    4. Declaration of Federal Employment (OF-306)ALL applicants must submit a complete and signed OF-306.  Form may be downloaded from http://www.opm.gov/forms/Optional-forms/.
    5. If requesting consideration as an "Internal Candidate" submit a copy of last or most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) documenting eligibility.  Eligible "internal" applicants are defined as "Current Permanent DoDEA Employees."   

    The following documents must be submitted ONLY if applicable.

    • Essay responses to the leadership questions as noted in the "Qualifications" section of this announcement only if applicant is determined to be at least minimally qualified and is contacted by our office requesting such information. Applicants will have 5 calendar days to provide essay responses to the leadership questions.  Additional information will be provided at the time of referral.
    • Copy of DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 Copy) which identifies the type of separation, character of service, and narrative reason for separation - If applying for Veteran's Preference (5 Points). 
    • 1) Copy of DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 Copy) which identifies the type of separation, character of service, and narrative reason for separation; 2) Standard Form 15 (http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf); AND 3) Employment Letter from the Veterans' Administration dated 1991 or later identifying percentage of disability.  This letter can be requested from the Veterans' Administration by calling 1-800-827-1000 - If applying for Veteran's Preference (10 Points).


    • Do NOT submit documents such as reference letters, copies of licenses or certificates, performance appraisals, etc. as these will only delay the evaluation process and will not be considered part of the application evaluation process.  Also, do not include photographs of yourself in any of the documentation provided. 
    • Only those candidates with completed applications will be considered.  You may edit/update your application at any time until Monday, September 18, 2017Monday, September 18, 2017
    • Submit supplemental/supporting documents even if you have previously applied to similar announcements.  We will not use supplemental documentation from other announcements or employee files; documents must be resubmitted each time you apply. 
    • It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that ALL submitted documents are legible and complete.  Please log in to your application and "view" your uploaded documents to ensure they are the documents you would like the selecting officials to review.    
    • Mailed, faxed or e-mailed electronic applications, forms, transcripts, etc. submitted directly to our office and not through the USA Jobs application system will not be considered. Any documents received via email, mail, or fax (unless as instructed above) will be destroyed.  

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Help


    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    Working for the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  In addition, overseas employees receive a housing allowance (see section titled "Information for Overseas Positions" for more information).  The following web links are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. 

    Flexible Spending Accounts:  http://www.fsafeds.gov 

    Health Insurance:  http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/index.asp

    Life Insurance:  http://www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.asp

    Long Term Care Insurance:  http://www.ltcfeds.com

    Retirement Program:  http://www.opm.gov/retire/index.asp

    Thrift Savings Plan: http://www.tsp.gov

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • Help

    How to Apply


    Step 1:  To begin the application process, click the "Apply Online" button of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJobs account. 

    Step 2:  Follow the prompts to complete each section of the application process.  The Occupational Questionnaire (OQ) questions are embedded as part of the application process.  If you wish to view the questions on the OQ prior to beginning the application process online, go to View Assessment Questions.  Please note that this link will only allow you to preview the questions.  You will not be able to respond to them.  You may only respond to the questions once you have started the actual online application process.  Please ensure you click the "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the process.   

    Step 3:  Submit the required documents as specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy announcement.  If you submit a document using the same document title, the second submission will overwrite the first submission.  Please note that if you submit multiple copies of the same document, only the last one (most recent) will be considered.  You will not be able to delete any documents from your application package once uploaded. Be sure to label documents accordingly (i.e. "resume" label for resume, "OF-306" label for the OF-306, etc.).

    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page: http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 2000026.  Fax documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Be sure to type legibly and clearly to ensure your documents are uploaded to the correct file.

    Note:  To check the status of your application, to verify documents uploaded to your application, or to return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select "My Applications", and click on the desired application package link under the application status.  If you upload documents using the Application Manager system, do not fax the same documents.  Due to the high volume of applications received, note that it can take several hours for your uploaded documents to be processed.  Please continue to monitor the status of your application regularly by logging into the Applicant Manager system for any updates. Your uploaded documents will automatically be date and time stamped when originally submitted (not when processed).    

    Step 4:  Review application and click "Finish". 

    Step 5:  Edit Application as needed by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time Monday, September 18, 2017.   

    Here is a useful link that provides additional help information for navigating the Application Manager system: https://help.applicationmanager.gov/ApplicantHelp/index.php/Application_Manager.

    If you are unable to apply online: 

    1. Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.  NOTE:  You will not be able to respond to the Online Occupational Questionnaire directly online.  

    2. Print this 1203 FX Form to provide your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf and;

    3. Fax the completed 1203 FX Form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203 FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. 

    Agency contact information



    DoDEA Headquarters
    4800 Mark Center Drive
    Alexandria, VA
    Learn more about this agency

    The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is currently seeking candidates for Professional Practice & Improvement Specialist (PPIS) positions throughout DoDEA Americas, DoDEA Europe and DoDEA Pacific locations.   

    Next steps

    First Notification:  Applicants will receive an automatic notification message/email from the Applicant Manager system acknowledging receipt of the online questionnaire .  Receipt of this notification does not confirm receipt of the other required documentation such as:  resume, copies of official transcripts, SF-50, OF-306, etc. or any other required documents as listed under the “Required Documents” section of this announcement.

    Second Notification:  A review of applicant resumes and required supporting documentation will be made to ensure candidates meet the minimum basic qualification and eligibility requirements.  Candidates that are determined to meet at least the minimum qualification requirements will be contacted to provide the required essay responses to the leadership questions. 

    Third Notification: Applicants will be notified of their (referred/not referred) status when a list of candidates has been issued to the hiring official for further employment consideration.  Please note that only those candidates that have a applied for locations with actual  vacancies will be notified. 

    Additional Notifications:  Candidates continuing in the referral process will continue to be notified either by email, telephone, or via the online application system. 

    Disposition notices will be issued to all applicants once a selection decision (selection, no selection, cancellation, etc.) is made in reference to a specific vacancy.  Applicants will be able to view any notices sent via the Applicant Manager system by login into their Applicant Manager accounts.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/477026400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.