Lead Implementation Specialist


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Teacher Education (10000910)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

Note for Current UM Employees

Current employees must apply internally via connectU > connectu.olemiss.edu

Definition of Class

This is a position in which the incumbent provides leadership and direction to schools and districts identified through the Office of School Improvement.  The incumbent supports school improvement activities. This position frequently makes decisions by exercising discretion and independent judgment when engaging with the Office of School Improvement and the schools being served.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Communicates progress and reports the status of projects to internal and external parties to ensure goals are met.

  • Provides leadership to the School Improvement staff and to the district/school staff.

  • Ensures all work products meet an established quality standard.

  • Coordinates and conducts meetings as required. Ensures that project tasks such as tracking, evaluating and reporting are conducted in a timely manner.

  • Provides guidance and support to schools and districts to ensure timely and accurate completion of school improvement related activities.

  • Analyzes and uses student achievement data for school improvement instructional purposes.

  • Conducts and attends meetings with district/school officials as needed to discuss new and existing school improvement efforts.

  • Provides supervision and guidance to specialists and coordinators to ensure timely and accurate completion of projects.

  • Develops, implements, maintains, and evaluates education and training materials and programs to achieve project goals.

  • Conducts education presentations, seminars, and workshops as required.

  • Ensures that project tasks such as tracking, evaluating and reporting are conducted in a timely manner.

  • Serves as liaison between department and schools/districts.

  • Conducts training need assessments and oversees the formal evaluation process of School Improvement outcomes and deliverables.

  • Ensures efficient and effective operations to meet project deadlines.  

  • Communicates project status to internal and external parties.

  • Performs similar or related duties as assigned or required.

Essential Functions

These essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following. Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring department.

  1. Supervises staff assigned to School Improvement projects.
  2. Oversees and manages School Improvement projects.
  3. Provides visionary leadership to ensure activities contribute to the School Improvement mission and vision.
  4. Analyzes and utilizes data to improve the instructional practices of external parties.
  5. Develops training materials designed to improve instructional practices.

Minimum Education/Experience

Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university


Three (3) years of experience related to the above described duties.


Licensure: Current Mississippi Administrator License, or the ability to transfer license from another state, per requirements defined by the MS Department of Education.  


Substitution Statement:
Related experience may be substituted for education, on a basis set forth and approved by the Department of Human Resources.

Salary/Wage Information

To learn more about our pay structure and view our salary ranges, click here to visit the Compensation page of our Human Resources website. This link is provided for general pay information. Hourly rate or salary may vary depending on qualifications, experience, and departmental budget. Note: Unclassified positions (faculty, executives, researchers and coaches) do not have established salary ranges.


Interested applicants must include a cover letter that includes the following information.

  • Professional development delivered by the applicant at the local, state, and/or national level.
  • Specific schools and districts led/supported by the applicant with the corresponding timeframe of support.
  • Specific improvement/growth of schools supported based on the state accountability model.
  • Clear and specific job instructionally related responsibilities as school and/or district administrator

EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.


Interview Requirements: Any candidate who is called for an interview must notify the Department of Equal Opportunity/Regulatory Compliance in writing of any reasonable accommodation needed prior to the date of the interview.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

Nearest Major Market: Oxford Mississippi