Specialist, Resolution
District of Columbia Public Schools - Washington, DC

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The DCPS Office of Special Education (OSE) aspires to be the district of choice for students with disabilities. We are committed to serving our students with disabilities:
• By providing high quality instruction and services;
• As close to home as possible; and
• In the timely and consistent manner they deserve.
This position is located in the Early Stages Center, which manages the District’s child find campaign as part of the Office of Special Education within the District of Columbia Public Schools. The Specialist, Evaluation Program-Early Stages (EPS) will assist the Evaluation and Family Care Program Managers in developing and directing the implementation of the Center’s Evaluation Program. This program’s purpose is to accurately assess a child’s need for special education services, determine the best site to receive needed services, and ensure their developmental and educational success. The EPS will assist in supervising the evaluation process and will closely monitor quality of services provided, as well as the timeliness of all services.
The Specialist, Evaluation Program-Early Stages reports to the Early Stages Program Manager for Evaluation.
Educational Requirements
Bachelor's Degree

Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years work experience.
  • Master’s degree and specific experience in project management strongly preferred.
  • Previous exposure to or experience in the education sector a plus.
  • Experience with children with special needs and their families a plus.
  • Specific experience managing others a plus.
  • Experience responding quickly and effectively to urgent requests from diverse stakeholders.
  • Experience building and maintaining professional relationships.
  • Ability to track and analyze data and ensure its accuracy.
  • Self-direction and a strong proactive mindset about determining tasks and priorities.
  • Discretion, good judgment, and sensitivity in working with families and professionals
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong analytical/problem-solving skills, and the ability to ask probing questions and to think systemically.
  • Ability to maintain a sense of humor and be effective under changing conditions.
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
  • Assists in supervising and evaluating each team’s performance, both on an individual and team level.
  • Creates comprehensive professional development modules to train the teams around the evaluation process.
  • Assists in determining, monitoring, and analyzing the key metrics/data critical to the program's success.
  • Leads the Early Stages transition process.
  • Monitors staff schedules and troubleshoots obstacles.
  • Monitors and updates Early Stages online polices and procedures manual for the Evaluation process.
  • Provides extra guidance and managerial support for staff at each Early Stages center.
  • Determines nature of obstacles and best DCPS staff to resolve; and tracks and follows up until issue is resolved.
  • Builds relationships and liaises with various internal departments to drive collaboration and project success.
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.
  • Stays closely aware of progress of projects, high-level initiatives, and emerging issues across DCPS organization; and informs the Director of the 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
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Washington, DC 20002
(202) 442-5099

or

Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
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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:
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District of Columbia Public Schools
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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
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(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-2
Salary: $67,333 - $73,816
Location: Washington, DC

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