Employment Opportunities with NDE
Employment Opportunities with Vocational Rehab
View all State of Nebraska job postings and apply at governmentjobs.com.
Employment Opportunities for Educators
If you’re a teacher or administrator looking for a position in Nebraska’s schools, we can help point you in the right direction. Contrary to popular belief, NDE does not hire teachers and administrators that work in the schools, each school district hires their own personnel.
Click on the links below to access websites that list teacher and administrator vacancies in Nebraska. NDE does not maintain or take responsibility for the information provided on these external sites.
Welcome to the Nebraska Department of Education Office of Human Resources
The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) is comprised of individuals who are committed to providing services that ultimately result in a quality education for all Nebraska students. Approximately 500 employees carry out the myriad duties assigned by state and federal statues and the policy direction of the State Board of Education.
In broad terms, the work of NDE may be categorized into four main areas:
- Assisting people with disabilities to join the workforce,
- Adjudication of claims for disability benefits under Social Security or Supplemental Security Income, and
- Agency administration.
Because of the varied work, NDE has an eclectic mix of personnel including accountants, attorneys, educators who work in consultant and leadership roles, rehabilitation specialists, adjudicators, support personnel, human resources staff, program directors and many more. Click on the following links to read about what some of our employees have to say about working at NDE.
If you would like to learn more about NDE, peruse our current job openings, or obtain information about fringe benefits, check out the quick links to the left. Click on the following links to learn more about Nebraska and living in Lincoln.
NDE does not hire the teachers and administrators that work in the schools. Each school district hires its own personnel. You can view other job openings websites that list teacher and administrator vacancies in Nebraska.
NDE Fringe Benefits
The fringe benefits available to NDE employees are the same as those available to other State of Nebraska employees. These benefits include health insurance, a prescription drug program, dental and vision insurance, life insurance, accidental death and disbursement insurance, long-term disability coverage and flex spending accounts.
Click on the links below for more information about fringe benefits.
- State of Nebraska Benefits
- Active Employee Benefit Plans – This link will direct you to a web page with a great deal of information, including detailed plan descriptions.
About NDE Human Resources
NDE’s Human Resources (HR) Office is responsible for supporting or carrying out functions such as: recruitment and selection, employee training and development, employee relations, benefits administration, classification and compensation, equal employment opportunity, and safety.
HR Contact Information:
301 Centennial Mall South
PO Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987
Phone: (402) 471-2295
HR FAX: (402) 471-6639
Front Desk FAX: (402) 471-0117
About the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE)
History. Missionaries established the first Nebraska schools to assimilate Indians into white culture. The U.S. Army started the first schools for white people at Fort Atkinson (near present-day Fort Calhoun) in the 1820s. In 1855, the first Legislature of the Nebraska Territory adopted a free-school law, one year after the territory was established. Nebraska’s present public education system is based on the state constitution adopted in 1875. The state constitution directs the Legislature to offer free instruction in public schools for people between 5 and 21 years of age. School attendance is mandatory for children 6 to 18 years of age. Public schools also provide special education for children with disabilities.
Governance. The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) is a constitutional agency that operates under the authority of an elected, nonpartisan board of education. A board-appointed commissioner oversees administration of the state school system.
Purpose. NDE employees carry out the mission of the agency on behalf of Nebraska students in public, private, and nonpublic school systems. NDE staff interacts with schools and institutions of higher education to develop, coordinate, and improve educational programs. Click on the following link for NDE’s mission, vision and values.
The work of the agency. Approximately 500 employees carry out the myriad duties assigned by state and federal statues and the policy direction of the State Board of Education. In broad terms, the work of NDE may be categorized into four main areas:
2) Assisting people with disabilities to join the workforce (Vocational Rehabilitation),
3) Adjudication of claims for disability benefits under Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (Disability Determination Section), and
4) Agency administration.
Education. NDE provides a broad range of consultative and support services to public schools. Services are provided in areas such as:
• Adult program services,
• Curriculum, instruction and innovation,
• Data services,
• Early childhood,
• Education technology,
• Equity and instructional strategies,
• Federal programs,
• School accreditation
• Special education
• Statewide assessment
Approximately 180 NDE employees work in this area.
Disability Determination Section. The DDS determines whether Nebraskans are medically eligible to receive disability benefits under Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The Social Security disability program can be compared to a private insurance policy since workers obtain “coverage” by paying “premiums” in the form of the FICA deductions from their pay checks. Workers who have sufficient covered employment are eligible to receive benefits if they are no longer able to work because of injury or illness. SSI is a public assistance program in which payments are available based on a combination of disability and meeting a means test. Applications for benefits are taken at the Social Security field offices across the state and forwarded to the DDS office in Lincoln. DDS staff members obtain and evaluate medical and vocational documentation in order to make a decision on each applicant’s medical eligibility for benefits. Approximately 75 NDE employees work in this area.
Vocational Rehabilitation. Since 1921, the Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation program has helped people with disabilities join the workforce. Services are provided or arranged through an employment team and may include vocational evaluation, career planning, independent living, assistive technology, job training and placement. District offices are located in Grand Island, Kearney, Lincoln, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha and Scottsbluff, with satellite offices in Columbus and South Sioux City. The agency receives approximately 20 percent of its funding from the state and 80 percent from the federal government. The goal of the program is to help people with disabilities achieve economic self-sufficiency including earnings at or above the full-time minimum wage equivalent with health benefits in competitive employment, self-employment and business enterprise employment. If economic self-sufficiency is not possible with the first job placement, Vocational Rehabilitation may continue to work with the person to help him/her retain or advance in employment. Vocational Rehabilitation staff work with students with disabilities as early as age 14. Through the Transition Partnership Initiative, educators, parents, students and Vocational Rehabilitation plan to assure that students with disabilities are prepared for employment after graduation. Vocational Rehabilitation provides services to U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and refugees/asylees who have legal employment authorization documents. Nearly 220 NDE employees work in this area.
Agency Administration. This facet of the agency’s work involves areas such as accounting, computer network services, human resources, internal finance support, legal services, and office services. Approximately 35 NDE employees work in this area.
NDE and State Job Openings
NDE’s job openings are included with all State of Nebraska job openings. NDE positions must be posted for a minimum of ten calendar days. Closing dates (application deadlines) are provided unless the position has an open closing date. Closing dates are subject to extension based on size of applicant pool.
Click on the following links to access job opening listings:
Instructions for Applying
To apply online, go to https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/nebraska or click on a specific job position under ‘NDE Job Openings’ to be taken to that posting.
For more information about working for Nebraska, visit http://www.statejobs.nebraska.gov/.
- Things to Remember when Applying:
Here are some important points to remember when applying for positions at the State of Nebraska:
· The employment application is required and is the only source of information used to determine if you meet the minimum requirements of the job.
· Please make sure your application is complete. Incomplete applications are rejected.
· You will have the opportunity to attach a resume, however it is not considered part of the application. Information contained in a resume, supplemental questionnaire, or other document, will not be considered in lieu of the formal on-line application form.
· Please be complete. You will not be allowed to change your application after you have applied for a position and you cannot re-apply for the same position unless it is posted again.
· When you have successfully applied for a job, you will receive an instant e-mail confirmation notice.
We encourage you to use the Search feature to find jobs that are available in a particular location or a job that matches your work experience.
Applicants who need accommodation in the selection process should request this in advance. Requests can be made by contacting the Nebraska State Personnel Office, 1526 K Street, Suite 100, Lincoln. NE. (402) 471-2075.
The Nebraska Department of Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, age, sex, national origin, marital status, disabling condition, or genetic information in conformity with applicable laws. Joel Scherling, Director of Human Resources, P.O. Box 94987, Lincoln, NE 68509-4987, phone (402) 471-4736, is the contact for concerns for Section 504 (prohibits disability discrimination), Title IX (prohibits sex discrimination), and other laws and regulations regarding equal employment opportunities and rights.
Working at NDE
Because of the varied work, NDE has an eclectic mix of personnel including accountants, attorneys, educators who work in consultant and leadership roles, rehabilitation specialists, adjudicators, support personnel, human resources staff, program directors and many more.
Click on the following links to read about what some of our employees have to say about working at NDE.