A full-time (100% FTE) position is open in the Institute on Community Integration’s (ICI) Education Policy and Practice focus area, working on the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) project. The person who fills this position will co-lead NCEO’s technical assistance (TA) activities with the Center’s director. This technical assistance will be focused on topics related to the inclusion of students with disabilities in assessments. This includes issues related to accessibility on state and district assessments, and for formative assessment. The purpose of this position is to ensure good provision, coordination, and leadership of technical assistance. The individual who fills this position will oversee the development, planning, operation, and internal evaluation of multiple technical assistance activities that are provided to state and federal agencies, and other stakeholders. This will require that the individual formulates and defines technical assistance needs, and provides leadership to develop technical assistance and training that is well-designed, timely, and utilizes state-of-the-art methods. The person who fills this position will have a substantial understanding of the needs of states and other stakeholders related to the inclusion of students with disabilities in assessments. This individual will also will be expected to assist with grant writing, including authoring proposals or sections of proposals.
Develop, manage, and implement technical assistance activities (training, outreach, consultation) to states, federal agencies, and other stakeholders (60% time)
• Maintain up-to-date knowledge of issues, policies, and research on topics related to the inclusion of students with disabilities, including English learners with disabilities, in assessments; and, engage in scholarship that will lead to reports and peer-reviewed journal articles on topics related to the inclusion of students with disabilities in assessments that will provide useful information to policymakers, the federal government, states, researchers, and other stakeholders. • Design, implement, and manage technical assistance activities, including the development and management of work plans, timelines, and resources to meet project goals. • Lead dissemination of information on project knowledge development activities by developing, and collaborating with others to develop presentations, newsletter articles, social media posts, and website materials. • Direct the work of staff with regards to registration and logistics for program meetings and workshops. • Interact with state leadership personnel and advisory panels related to project activities. • Facilitate state efforts to implement the requirements the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) by providing research-based and policy-appropriate information. • Lead, plan and conduct events (teleconferences, webinars, in-person meetings, etc.) for diverse audiences including state and federal department of education staff, educators, parents, and researchers.
Strategic Program Planning (20% time)
• Lead the assessment of the needs of state agencies and other stakeholders in order to set objectives for developing and implementing technical assistance programming. • Lead the design, development, and implementation of technical assistance processes and protocols. • Build and maintain relationships with agencies, partners, organizations, and other stakeholders to identify technical assistance needs and preferences related to the inclusion of students with disabilities in assessments. • Represent NCEO to various agencies, organizations, committees, and partners. • Serve as a liaison with NCEO’s external evaluator, and conduct internal evaluation activities and continuous improvement activities.
Supervision (20% time)
• Serve as a member of NCEO’s management team. • Provide formal coaching, mentoring and/or supervision to 3 staff who support or provide technical assistance. • Provide informal coaching, mentoring and/or supervision to many professional and academic staff as part of writing teams that develop products and materials which are used for technical assistance purposes. • As needed, modify practices and procedures to improve efficiency and quality to better achieve project goals.
A bachelor’s or advanced degree in a relevant field - special education, education, a content area (e.g., English, math) with teacher licensure, educational psychology, organizational leadership, or related field.
At least 6 years (if hold a B.A. or B.S.) or 4 years (if have an advanced degree) of research, technical assistance, or test development experience related to state and district assessments.
Knowledge and/or experience working with students with disabilities in K-12 settings in the U.S.
Evidence of strong professional technical assistance skills, including organizing and presenting at conferences and professional meetings.
Demonstrated knowledge of inclusion of students with disabilities or English learners with disabilities in large-scale assessments used for accountability purposes.
Demonstrated knowledge of Federal laws (e.g., Every Student Succeeds Act – ESSA; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act – IDEA) as they apply to the assessment and students with disabilities.
Demonstrated evidence of strong collaboration skills.
Ability to travel outside Minnesota on a regular basis once travel bans end.
Experience in grant writing.
Demonstrated evidence of strong organizational and communications skills.
Demonstrated evidence of high level of attention to detail.
Experience supervising staff.
Proven management skills, and ability to plan and track multiple activities in a team environment with minimal supervision.
Demonstrated capacity to collaborate and function effectively in an environment requiring participatory decision making and cooperative interactions.
Demonstrated knowledge of linguistic and cultural diversity, including knowledge related to the inclusion of English learners with disabilities in assessments
Willingness to live within commuting distance of NCEO’s location in Minneapolis MN.
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