Assistant Superintendent (Office of Student Learning and Partnerships)
Education-Superintendent's Office - Salem, OR

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The Oregon Department of Education fosters excellence for every learner through innovation, collaboration, leadership, and service to our education partners.

There is currently one full-time position available with the Office of Student Learning & Partnerships at the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) in Salem, Oregon . This is an executive position and serves at the pleasure of the Deputy Superintendent.

The Office of Student Learning & Partnerships (OSL&P) supports and monitors programs that provide direct services to diverse learners and assists in the development of strategies to address unique learning differences. Units in this office manage programs that include special education, early childhood education, accountability and program compliance, and capacity building and partnerships with community stakeholders. This work is designed to ensure that multiple teaching and learning strategies encompass student needs derived from socio-economic, social, emotional, linguistic, cultural, ethnic or other differences. This focus allows learners to demonstrate their performance skills and to benefit from participation in meaningful venues as they prepare to become contributing members of the adult community.

About Salem:
Salem, Oregon, is a growing community located in the heart of the Willamette Valley, one of the most fertile and agriculturally productive regions in the world. The area is dotted with cities, farms and forests and is considered one of the most livable areas of the country, offering a low cost of living, quality schools and mild weather.

The city covers 47 square miles and has a population of approximately 156,000. Salem, the state capital, is one of the valley’s oldest cities. The principal industries are agriculture, government, food processing, lumber, manufacturing, education and tourism. Salem has both private and public schools, pre-school through university level.

The Salem area is rich with parks, rivers, lakes and recreational activities, including hiking, fishing, biking, boating, equestrian trails, organized children’s sports and activities, artisan markets, theatre, museums, art fairs, music fairs and the Oregon State Fair. A short driving distance to the east is world class skiing in the Cascade Mountains. To the west are many beautiful public beaches on the Pacific Ocean. To the north is Portland, Oregon’s cultural hub and largest city, and to the south are the rivers and canyons of the beautiful Rogue Valley and the annual Oregon Shakespearean Festival in Ashland.

Duties & Responsibilities:
Responsible to the Deputy Superintendent to ensure that all students, especially those with disabilities and other special needs benefit from effective educational services and programs and related services that lead to successful transition to adult life, independent living, and employment by:

Leading, directing, and administering special education and related services for the State of Oregon.

Developing, promoting, and implementing effective programs of services through school reform, instructional excellence, and interagency collaboration.

Administering a biennial budget exceeding $450 million for operations, contracts, and grants for special education, related services, educational services, evaluation, research, program and resource development, personnel development, and other activities.

Working with advisory groups such as the State Advisory Council for Special Education, the Cooperative Personnel Planning Council, the Higher Education Council, the Policy and Planning Committee of the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators, and others to create and sustain coordinated programs and services in an effective manner.

Extensive travel in state and nationally with frequent overnight and extended stays for meetings and conferences which frequently occur during evenings and weekends. Work often extends into the evening and into the weekend. Communication with eastern states and the US Department of Education requires work beginning frequently before 7:00 am.

Qualifications & Desired Attributes:
The successful candidate will have eight years of management experience in an education-related organization which included responsibility for each of the following: a) development of program rules and policies, b) development of long- and short-range goals and plans, c) program evaluation, and d) budget preparation.

In addition, the ideal candidate will be a leader who is well regarded and respected by his or her constituencies including the community, colleagues, co-workers, and subordinates and possess the following desired attributes :
5 or more years experience administering a special education program involving multiple agencies. Experience in budget management. Demonstrated leadership in program development, renewal, and innovation. Expertise in special education law and policy at the federal, state and local level. Demonstrated commitment to equity and opportunity for individuals with disabilities. Demonstrated commitment to equity and opportunity for individuals with minority ethnic, cultural, and language backgrounds.

Your resume or CV will be reviewed and qualified applicants with backgrounds that most closely match the needs of the position will be invited to interview.

Additional Information:
**To apply please submit the following four (4) items. A full online application is not required, but you must establish an account/user profile with the State of Oregon’s e-Recruit system and submit the following materials**

1. A resume or curriculum vitae that clearly describes your experience, skills and/or knowledge related to the requirements of the position and demonstrates that you meet the minimum qualifications as listed above. Please attach as CV EDUC13-0026.

2. A narrative explaining how your background, experience and training qualify you for this position. Please describe your experience and training specifically how they relate to the desired attributes listed below. If you do not respond to each of the desired attributes, you may not be offered an interview. Qualified applicants whose background most closely matches the desired attributes will be invited to interview. Please attach as Narrative EDUC13-0026.
5 or more years experience administering a special education program involving multiple agencies. Experience in budget management. Demonstrated leadership in program development, renewal, and innovation. Expertise in special education law and policy at the federal, state and local level. Demonstrated commitment to equity and opportunity for individuals with disabilities. Demonstrated commitment to equity and opportunity for individuals with minority ethnic, cultural, and language backgrounds.

3. Four (4) names and contact information of references . Please attach as References EDUC13-0026.

4. Answers to the following questions . Limit your answers to no more than one (1) page per answer. Please attach as Answers EDUC13-0026 .

1. Describe the various responsibilities of the Federal Government, State Education Agency and Local Education Agency with respect to the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
2. What does the Governor's 40-40-20 goal mean for students with disabilities?
3. Describe how you have and would work with other agencies and constituent groups.

Depending on the volume of applications received for this recruitment, you should allow two weeks after the close date to be notified concerning the review of your application. This job announcement may be used to fill future vacancies in this class of work. Apply now if you are interested in this or future vacancies.

Your application materials must clearly describe how you meet these qualifications.

Only complete applications will be considered. Be sure to attach all required documents. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Please note that your responses will also be evaluated for English usage, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

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Interviews: Qualified applicants whose responses most closely match the minimum qualifications and desired attributes for this position will be invited to an interview. If called for an interview, applicants will be asked to sign a reference authorization and release form at the time of interview.

Background Check: Applicants will be subject to a fingerprint-based background investigation including driving record. The successful candidate will need to be fingerprinted before beginning work and will be responsible for the $59.00 fee. Adverse background data may be grounds for immediate disqualification. Applicants will be subject to a computerized criminal history check. Conviction of a crime will not automatically preclude an appointment. The circumstances involved in the conviction will be considered.

If you require an alternate format in order to complete the employment process, you may call Recruitment Services at (503) 947-5635. Please be prepared to leave a message describing the alternate format needed.

Recruitment Contact:
Cassie Graham, Human Resources
Oregon Department of Education
255 Capitol Street NE
Salem, OR 97310
Ph: 503-947-5635

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NOTE: The Oregon Department of Education does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, the successful candidate will be required to complete the U.S. Department of Justice form I-9 confirming authorization to work in the United States.

The Oregon Department of Education is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer and encourages qualified women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, and any other classification protected under state or federal law to apply for this opening.

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