Specialist, Assistive Technology
District of Columbia Public Schools - Washington, DC

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DCPS Office of Special Education aspires to be recognized and respected as a leader in urban special education. We are determined to do whatever it takes to ensure that students with disabilities become successful adults holding good jobs, living independently and engaging in the community. Under the leadership of the Chief of Special Education, we have made three pledges to the community:
  • Build parent and community trust
  • Build capacity to serve all our students
  • Control our costs
Specialist, Assistive Technology will coordinate assistive technology services throughout the district to ensure students with disabilities have appropriate access to assistive technology. As such, the Specialist must be knowledgeable of assistive technology devices, of trends in student use of technology, and of the application of technology for students with disabilities. The Specialist will complete a number of critical tasks. They will work with a team to develop and implement efficient systems for procurement and inventory, and ensure technologies are maintained and serviced appropriately. They also will offer regular training and professional development for teachers, students, related service providers, and families to ensure technologies are utilized effectively throughout the district. In addition, the Specialist will provide high quality consultation and assessment, and will be responsible for creating and managing a data system to identify and track needs for individual students and schools.

The Specialist, Assistive Technology reports to the Manager, Assistive Technology.

Educational Requirements
Bachelor's Degree

Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years work experience.
  • Master’s degree strongly preferred. Specific experience in project management and assistive technology required.
  • Previous experience in the education sector preferred.
  • Previous employee supervision experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of assistive devices and of trends in student use of technology preferred.
  • Knowledge of the principles of effective supervision.
  • Experience working with school staff to develop and implement school based plans for effective use of assistive technology preferred.
  • A track record of successful use of assistive technology for students with disabilities preferred.
  • Organizational and communication skills that will facilitate support of schools’ implementation of Assistive Technology programs preferred.
Personal Qualities of Top Candidates
  • Commitment to Equity: Passionate about closing the achievement gap and ensuring that every child, regardless of background or circumstance, receives an excellent education.
  • Leadership: Coaches, mentors, and challenges others to excel despite obstacles and challenging situations.
  • Focus on Data-Driven Results: Relentlessly pursues the improvement of central office performance and school leadership, instruction, and operations, and is driven by a desire to produce quantifiable student achievement gains.
  • Innovative Problem-Solving: Approaches work with a sense of possibility and sees challenges as opportunities for creative problem solving; takes initiative to explore issues and find potential innovative solutions.
  • Adaptability: Excels in constantly changing environments and adapts flexibly in shifting projects or priorities to meet the needs of a dynamic transformation effort; comfortable with ambiguity and non-routine situations.
  • Teamwork: Increases the effectiveness of surrounding teams through collaboration, constant learning and supporting others; sensitive to diversity in all its forms; respects and is committed to learning from others.
  • Dependability: Does whatever it takes to consistently deliver with high quality under tight deadlines; successfully manages own projects through strong organization, detailed workplans, and balancing of multiple priorities.
  • Communication and Customer Service Skills: Communicates clearly and compellingly with diverse stakeholders in both oral and written forms; anticipates and responds to customer needs in a high-quality and courteous manner.
Responsibilities
The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other clinical duties may be assigned.
  • Conducts Assistive Technology assessments, consultations, and equipment trails. Makes equipment and training recommendations to IEP Teams and 504 Committees based on student needs and legal requirements.
  • Develops and supports the implementation of data tracking systems for AT equipment lending, AT equipment maintenance, case management, stakeholder need assessment, and AT Team performance.
  • Develops and disseminates assistive technology training materials to DCPS staff, students, and families.
  • Provides training and procedural support to school administrators, teachers, students, and families on determination of Assistive Technology needs, procurement of Assistive Technology, and effective use of Assistive Technology.
  • Provides ongoing support and accountability to schools for the use of Assistive Technology.
  • Manages the analysis and presentation of data and progress of data-driven initiatives for senior management team and external audiences; and communicates progress to key stakeholder groups and incorporates their input.
  • Coordinates or implements several medium-sized projects, or components of a larger project.
  • Determines nature of obstacles and best DCPS staff to resolve, and tracks and follows up until issue is resolved.
  • Schedules and coordinates program-related meetings, conferences, appointments, and logistics.
  • Coordinates and follows up on logistics of staffing and funding projects, working with HR, budget, and procurement.
  • Builds relationships and liaises with various internal departments to drive collaboration and project success.
  • Liaises with DCPS AT vendors and professional organizations identify future equipment purchases based on student need and best practices.
  • Tracks and reports progress of projects through use of various computer programs and tools.
  • Interacts with and responds effectively to urgent requests from multiple internal and external DCPS stakeholders.
  • Refines and improves project management process; identifies patterns/trends in issues across multiple projects; and develops longer-term, systematic solutions to address them. Manages the development and revision of assistive technologies policies and procedures.
  • Stays closely aware of progress of projects, high-level initiatives, and emerging issues across DCPS organization; and informs the Director of developments that impact or change the direction of programmatic priorities.

Notice of Non-Discrimination. In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, District of Columbia Official Code Section 2-1401.01 et seq. (Act), the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) does not discriminate (including employment therein and admission thereto) on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, status as a victim of an interfamily offense, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination, which is prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above-protected categories is prohibited. Discrimination in violation of the aforementioned laws will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

Title IX regulation requires schools to implement specific and continuing steps to protect students and others against discrimination on the basis of sex. Students, parents and/or guardians with inquiries regarding Title IX non-discrimination policies related to students and student activities shall contact:

Title IX Coordinator
Office of Youth Engagement
District of Columbia Public Schools
1200 First St, NE, 8 th Floor Washington, DC 20002
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 442-5099

or

Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-1100

Telephone: 1-800-421-3481
FAX: 202-245-6840; TDD: 877-521-2172
Email: OCR@ed.gov

Inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies of DCPS will be handled as follows:

Employees with inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies related to employment and employees or who wish to file a discrimination complaint should contact:
Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist
Office of Labor Management & Employee Relations
District of Columbia Public Schools
1200 First St, NE, 10th Floor Washington, DC 20002
(202) 442-5424

Students, parents and/or guardians with inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies related to students and student activities, including Section 504, should contact:

Director of Targeted Student Support
Office of Youth Engagement
District of Columbia Public Schools
1200 First St, NE, 10th Floor Washington, DC 20002
(202) 442-5099

Notice of Criminal Background Check. In accordance with the Criminal Background Checks for the Protection of Children Act of 2004, this position has been designated and identified as one which requires a criminal background check and/or traffic record check. If you are tentatively selected for the position, a criminal background check and/or traffic record check (for positions which require the operation of a motor vehicle) will be conducted. A final offer of employment is contingent upon the receipt of a satisfactory criminal background check and/or traffic record check.

Position Information Opening Date: February 20, 2013
Closing Date: February 19, 2014
Vacancy Announcement Number: 13-OSE-3
Salary: $67,333 - $73,816
Location: Washington, DC

How to Apply To apply for this position, please complete an online
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the position for which you are applying, so please note
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Questions? Email DCPS.Careers@dc.gov for technical
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