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The Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) is committed to providing information, resources, and leadership to schools, districts, parents, and the public in order to support an excellent education for every student every day. DEED values collaboration and relationship building, creativity and innovation, and mission-driven work guided by Alaska’s Education Challenge. Staff at DEED are engaged in meaningful professional work in support of Alaska’s most valuable resource – its children. In order to fulfill this commitment, DEED is seeking a strong leader in the education field to serve as the Deputy Director of the Division of Innovation and Education Excellence (IEE).

This Deputy Director position will serve as a partner to the Division Director in providing leadership to the division. The Deputy Director will play a pivotal role in modernizing the public education system in Alaska. The leadership provided by the Deputy Director assists in ensuring that programs housed and managed within IEE remain laser-focused on the department’s mission. The incumbent is responsible for leading teams focused on Federal Title programs, Teacher Certification, School Health and Safety, and Career and Technical Education. The work will require clarity of purpose, vision, determination, and solid leadership. In addition to promoting and ensuring excellence in daily division activities and delivery of services to school districts, this position assists in developing and establishing education policy, regulations development, strategic planning, resource management, issue resolution, and program execution aimed at meeting the five priorities of Alaska’s Education Challenge. While strong individual leadership skills are essential, the role also requires a commitment to collaboration, shared decision making, and teamwork, as well as knowledge of effective teaching methods and evidence-based best practices.

This important position directly influences and contributes to the development of policy and programming that impacts districts, schools, and classrooms across Alaska. An experienced leader with a passion for education and a commitment to excellence will thrive as a member of the IEE Division leadership team. On a daily basis, opportunities arise to influence decisions, lead programs, create opportunities, and impact education at the state level. As a member of the DEED team, the Deputy Director has the opportunity to grow professionally through national networks and organizations, and to participate in state and national conversations about education policy and programming. The daily work environment at DEED is energetic, collaborative, fast paced, and challenging as staff work together to support Alaska’s school districts and students.

This position may be located in Anchorage or Juneau. The position is suitable for telework if candidates meet telework qualifications; however, occasional in-person attendance in the traditional office setting will be required, particularly during the Legislative session and/or as directed by executive leadership. This position requires occasional in-state travel to attend meetings.

The successful candidate for this position will possess some or all of the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience (Each of these traits must be documented in your cover letter and applicant profile in order to advance to the interview phase of the recruitment process.):

  1. Current Alaska Teacher or Administrator certificate, or have possessed a valid Alaska Teacher or Administrator Certificate within the 5 years prior to hire.
  2. Experience leading a team of education professionals in meeting state and federal program requirements.
  3. Experience creating policy and procedure for education programs based on data-informed practices.
  4. Experience leading or overseeing education programs in a variety of settings, including in-person, correspondence, and/or online/virtual.
  5. Knowledge of budget management.
  6. Experience with grant oversight.

Applicants must supply a responsive cover letter that addresses their knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience as related to the traits listed above in order to advance to the interview phase of the recruitment process. Please provide examples of duties from specific positions you have held which helped you gain the skill or experience. Applicants are NOT required to have experience in every area. If you do not have experience with a particular trait, simply say so.

Please see the “Additional Application Instructions” section below for further information on additional supplemental materials required.

Minimum Qualifications

Positions in the partially exempt service are exempt from the recruitment processes required by AS 39.25.150 (3)-(10).

Special Note:
The partially exempt service is established by statute and is subject to the state’s classification and pay plans. Employees appointed to partially exempt positions are exempt from the usual recruitment process and serve at the discretion of the appointing authority. Partially exempt positions are not covered by the terms of a collective bargaining agreement.

Additional Required Information

A cover letter is required for this position.  The cover letter should highlight your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience as they relate to the key responsibilities and desired traits listed in the job description above. Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online or, if unable to attach to your application, fax it to the contact number provided in the job posting.

This is not a traditional cover letter. It is expected that your letter will exceed one page in length. Please ensure that you have responded to the desired traits fully.

Your cover letter will be used as a writing sample and will be used to help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.

If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position.  Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of interview.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the minimum qualifications listed above. If utilizing this education, you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the post-secondary institution.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.

Questions regarding application submission or system operation errors should be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 1-800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465-4095 if you are located in the Juneau area. Requests for information may also be emailed to If you choose to be contacted by email, please ensure your email address is correct on your application and that the spam filter will permit email from the ‘’ domains.

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The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-0430 or (907) 465-4095 in Juneau or TTY: Alaska Relay 711 or 1-800-770-8973 or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P.O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.

At the time of application, applicants must submit a business writing sample which responds to the following writing prompt: 

You receive an email from a parent who is familiar with Alaska’s Education Challenge, who wants to know how high stakes testing is going to help accomplish the goals of the Challenge. How would you respond?

At the time of interview, applicants must submit the following documentation, if it is not already attached to their application package: 

  • A copy of their Alaska Teacher Certificate, or proof of eligibility for certification.
  • Names and current contact information for at least three professional references, at least two of which are current or former supervisors.

Contact Information

Name: Tamara Van Wyhe, Director, Division of Innovation & Education Excellence
Fax #: 907-465-2806