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Program Specialist

Recruitment #181030-UNCE-345

Introduction

PROGRAM SPECIALIST - SIGNIFICANT COGNITIVE DISABILITIES
Office of Special Education, Oliver Hodge Building, Oklahoma City

GENERAL DESCRIPTION
To interpret and uphold federal regulations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and state Special Education Policies/Procedures and state laws governing assessment and instruction of students with disabilities.  Perform related work as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION
• Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in school psychology or Speech/Language Pathology/communication disorders (preferred), special education or a closely related field [official transcript(s) required upon hire].
• Possession of a school psychology or speech-language pathology certificate or a valid certification in special education or closely related field.
• 5 years’ experience working in the field of special education with students with significant cognitive disabilities.
• 5 years’ experience working with the Oklahoma School Testing Program and the Oklahoma Alternate Assessment Program.
• Applicants must be willing and able to perform necessary job-related statewide travel (including but not limited to, regular overnight stays of 1-3 nights at a time in some instances).

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES
• Considerable knowledge of modern special education techniques, methods and practices; of current trends and sources of information in the field of special education; of educational psychology; general knowledge of statistical measurements, general knowledge of tests and measurements including individual educational/psychological tests; formative and summative assessments; functional behavioral assessments; and assessment accommodation/modifications.
• Knowledge of adult learning theory and methods.
• Experience providing professional development at the school or district level.
• Knowledge of technology and ability to use it to maximize efficiency and services.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships; to direct, conduct, coordinate and implement adequate special education programs; to express ideas clearly and concisely; to conduct meetings and workshops; to judge a situation correctly and adopt an effective course of action; and adequate knowledge of public relations.
• Commitment to teamwork, consensus management and participatory decision-making process.
• Conscientious commitment/willingness to provide courteous, consistent, efficient service through performance of prescribed job duties.

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED
• Participate in the development and dissemination of professional development materials.
• Consult with public/private agencies and organizations on establishing, expanding, and/or improving special education programs; evaluate and approve plans/applications for special education programs; disseminate ideas, new methods and materials to parents, educators and administrators throughout the state.
• Provide ongoing assistance to promote program effectiveness; support and develop special education within the regular education system.
• Serve on professional committees; conduct and participate in workshops and meetings with parents and professionals; promote special education by interpreting rules and regulations and by speaking before other interested groups.
• Participate in and/or lead teams related to special education services.

TRAVEL
Frequent travel required with occasional overnight stays.

ANNUAL SALARY RANGE: $51,000 - $56,000
BENEFITS: https://www.ebd.ok.gov
RETIREMENT: https://www.ok.gov/trs

NOTES

Please read instructions carefully and include all required documents when you submit your application.

No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.

Conclusion

Veteran's Preference Points apply only for initial appointment in the Classified Service.



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