Program Specialist (Assistive Technology and Intellectual Disabilities)
Virginia Commonwealth University
November 18, 2017
School/Unit: School of Education
Department: SOESpecEd&DP: PPD
Purpose of Position:
The Virginia Department of Education's Training and Technical Assistance Center (T/TAC) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is seeking an experienced and dynamic professional to serve as a program specialist for personnel serving children and youth with disabilities. The professional will join a team of Program Specialists who provide training and technical assistance to schools, school divisions and state operated programs in the central and southside Virginia regions. This is a twelve-month non-tenure track position that is grant funded through June 30, 2018, with additional funding anticipated on an annual basis.
1. Respond to the needs of school personnel in divisions/schools classified as needs improvement resulting in a Results Driven Accountability ( RDA) visit (as identified by the VDOE) by providing training and technical assistance in using effective instructional strategies with students with disabilities in all content areas. 2. Use a variety of training and technical assistance methods including small and large group workshops, systems change processes, consultations, communities of practice, book clubs, web resources, distance training methods (i.e. webinars), literature searches, library information, consultation, electronic mail and audio conferencing to provide training and technical assistance to personnel working with students with Intellectual Disabilities. 3. Use a variety of training and technical assistance methods which promote the theory of Universal Design for Learning and respond to needs in assistive and instructional technology to assist students in gaining access to the general education curriculum (Standards of Learning/Alternate Standards of Learning) and state assessments. Areas of need may include technology related accommodations and modifications in all content areas, augmentative and alternative communication, computer and environmental access, reading and writing, and other AT for students with all disabilities. 4. Assist with the acquisition and organization of resource materials pertaining to augmentative communication, assistive technology, accommodations and modification, program development, curriculum, and federal laws that govern services for students with disabilities for the two T/TAC libraries and assistive and instructional technology labs. This includes the maintenance of AT devices, and the annual inventory of the lab and computer learning stations. 5. Participate in professional development to stay abreast of emerging and current assistive technologies,. Assist other program specialists with professional development related to learning new assistive technologies (products and processes) and learning about evidence-based practices in working with students with disabilities. 6. Assist with coordinating local and regional assistive technology groups/teams to include membership from schools, State Operated Programs and early intervention programs. Activities include needs assessments, conferences (such as TechKnowledgy) and/or workshops, technical assistance activities, research and information requests, product information, selecting and borrowing appropriate materials, electronic newsletters and interest groups and communities of practice. 7. Promote and lead school divisions through a systems change process for developing assistive technology teams and implementing inclusive practices (division/system-wide and/or school-wide). 8. Assist teams in learning to conduct assistive technology assessments and identify resources for providing assistive technology materials. 9. Assist professionals and families in understanding evidence-based practices related to serving children and youth with Intellectual Disabilities using assistive technology. 10. Assist school divisions with needs assessments and provide support for systems change efforts related to serving children and youth with disabilities. 11. Collaborate with the Virginia Department of Education, T/TACs, Partnership for People with Disabilities, Autism Center for Excellence, School of Education, local school divisions, and other professional and public agencies. 12. Write E-blasts for dissemination in T/TAC online publication. 13. Actively participate as a member of the T/TAC Program Specialist Team, sharing all team responsibilities including facilitating team meetings, providing leadership on organizational teams and collecting evaluation information. 14. Participate on VDOE state-directed project teams as assigned. 15. Work independently and with teams on a variety of tasks to develop products to assist students and professionals. 16. Additional duties assigned by the Virginia Department of Education and the T/TAC Co-Directors and Program Specialists' teams. 17. Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
A Master's degree in Special Education, Assistive Technology, or in a related services field. Valid Virginia teaching license with appropriate endorsement or similar license from another state.
1. A minimum of five years teaching/service experience, with recent experience working with students with assistive technology needs. 2. A minimum of five years supporting students with disabilities and/or professionals in the area of assistive technology, including augmentative and alternative communication. 3. Effective leadership skills that have been demonstrated in special education positions (e.g., lead teacher, program coordinator, instructional specialist) with a strong emphasis in inclusive education. 4. Awareness of ESSA federal legislation, the Virginia School Accreditation Standards, and Virginia Standards of Learning, Virginia State Regulations regarding students with disabilities, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA 2004); 5. Knowledge of effective practices and current issues in working with children and youth with disabilities. 6. Knowledge of assessments for students with disabilities; 7. Ability to use distance technology to provide services to professionals and families; 8. Ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team to promote successful outcomes for youth with disabilities; 9. Knowledge of adult learning principles; 10. Skills and experience in working as a member of an interdisciplinary team. 11. Comprehensive knowledge of the effects of disabilities on students and their families 12. Competence in developing and providing professional development and consulting with other professionals. 13. Knowledge of and participation in the leadership and facilitation of a systems change initiative. 14. Working knowledge of Windows, Microsoft Office operating systems and familiarity with the utilization of mainstream computer applications (e.g., email and internet). Knowledge and use of wikis, blogs and podcasts would be helpful. 15. Ability to facilitate teams in a variety of situations, including meetings or systems change initiatives. 16. Efficient management of professional time, independently and as a team member. Include any descriptions regarding involvement in school or division level teams. 17. Ability to travel, using one's own personal vehicle, to school and program sites with occasional overnight stays. 18. Ability to work flexible hours including early mornings, late afternoons, and occasional evenings and weekends. 19. Excellent oral and written communication skills. 20. Demonstrate experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: www.vcujobs.comVirginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran's status, political affiliation or disability.
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