Education Program Specialist 2 (Education Program Specialist)
Education-Office of Learning - Student Services - Salem, OR

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Oregon Department of Education

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

VALUES: Equity for Every Student; High Quality Education; Results Focused; Service; Leadership; Teamwork; People Are Our Greatest Asset

We provide statewide leadership for all elementary and secondary students in Oregon’s public school districts and education service districts. Responsibility also extends to public preschool programs, the state School for the Deaf, regional programs for children with disabilities, and education programs in Oregon youth correctional facilities.

There is currently one full-time position available with the Office of Learning/Student Services at the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) in Salem, Oregon . This position is classified and represented by Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

The Office of Learning/Student Services is responsible to ensure the free appropriate public education for all children with disabilities in Oregon, birth through age 21, and assures that the education of these children is a vital element of Education Reform activities. The Office maintains educational services to students who are incarcerated in local, regional, and state correctional facilities. The Office directs the Oregon School for the Deaf. The Office provides technical assistance to school districts and regional programs; leads in program development and improvement of services; works cooperatively with educators and parents to improve the achievement of students with diverse learning needs; contracts for provision of state operated programs and services locally; monitors districts for compliance with state and federal law; monitors educational services for children and youth with disabilities; and assures that the education of students with special needs is a vital element of Education Reform activities.

Duties & Responsibilities:
This position provides technical assistance to Local Education Agencies (LEAs), parents and related agencies regarding education for students with disabilities, and the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and applicable Oregon Statutes and Oregon Administrative Rules ( OARs). Information and technical assistance includes compliance with state and federal standards, provision of ideas and best-practice resource, strategies for enhancing educational outcomes for children with disabilities, developing technical assistance documents, and strategies for the successful participating of students with disabilities in the assessment process.

Coordination of Information and Technical Assistance to Build Capacity of Services to Students with Disabilities
  • Coordinates the dissemination of highly technical education information in a timely and accurate manner. Information and technical assistance includes compliance with state and federal standards, provision of ideas and best-practice resource, strategies for enhancing educational outcomes for children with disabilities, developing technical assistance documents, and strategies for the successful participating of students with disabilities in the assessment process.
  • Work with parents and districts/programs on dispute resolution. Focus on facilitation of local resolution, but also provide information on the dispute resolution options available through ODE.
  • In addition to working closely with the field and other agencies servicing children, consults with agency staff as necessary to answer questions concerning technical issues, policy, or interpretations.
  • Project Manager of Statewide Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report ( SPP/APR) Writing Team. Schedule and coordinate Writing Team activities to assure timelines are met by providing team with relevant information relative to meeting deadlines. Ensure Writing Team and Indicator Writers have access to necessary SPP/APR resources.
  • Writer of parent involvement indicators B8 and C4 for the SPP/APR. Plan, coordinate and document current and/or future improvement activities for both indicators and provide timely reports on progress of indicator improvement activities. Work with Data Unit to supply and verify data for public reporting activities.
  • Contract administrator for certain contracts.
Resource Collection and Dissemination
  • Develops, organizes, catalogues, and maintains existing print and electronic resources that are consistent with state and federal laws on special education.
  • Develops and maintains a system for distribution of resources to the field through a variety of mediums.
  • Collaborates with Office list serve owners to ensure proper dissemination of highly technical education information via list serves.
  • Develops and conducts information educational needs assessments as requested by Assistant Superintendent.
  • Conducts highly technical training to the field, as required by supervisor. Presents at Fall Administrators Conferences, serves on interagency work groups, and conducts research to disseminate information that assists in building field capacity to best serve students with disabilities.
  • Responsible for the development and maintenance of a number of Office web pages, including content and regularly carrying out the necessary work to keep the web page information current, accurate, and responsive to constituent needs for information.
Systems Performance Review & Improvement (SPR&I) and Dispute Resolution
  • Serve on alternate Individualized Education Program (IEP) form team and plan and coordinate alternate IEP form process.
  • Serve as county contact.
  • Develop district resources for SPR&I compliance system. Assist SPR&I lead worker in data analysis of district compliance.
It is expected that this position will participate in statewide travel and occasional evening or weekend work. Requires valid driver’s license and satisfactory driving record, or provide an acceptable alternate method of transportation.

Qualifications & Desired Attributes:

Master's degree in Special Education or related field from an accredited college or university and five years of education experience (e.g., classroom teacher, counselor, itinerant service provider), two years of which includes leadership experience (e.g., lead teacher, program coordinator or director, school administrator) in education.

A Doctorate in Education or related field from an accredited university may substitute for two years of the education experience, but not for the two years of leadership experience.

An Oregon Standard Administrative License (issued by Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission) may substitute for the two years of leadership experience.


Excellent writing skills
Highly motivated
Ability to be flexible with work assignments
Ability to initiate tasks with minimal supervision

1. Cover letter summarizing how your work experience and background prepares you for this position.

Additional Information:
To apply: follow the “Apply” link above and complete the Oregon employment application online. Only complete applications submitted online will be considered . We do not accept paper or e-mail applications.

ODE will communicate with all applicants by e-mail.

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.

Determining Minimum Qualifications: Your application materials must clearly describe how you meet these qualifications. Answers to the supplemental questions must be supported by the “Work Experience” section of your Oregon E-Recruit application or you may not be considered for this position. A resume (text or attached) will not be reviewed for work history unless stated in the job posting that it is a required attachment.

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

Supplemental Questions: Be sure to answer the “Supplemental Questions” and attach all required documents. In order to evaluate your experience as it relates to this position, we need your responses to the supplemental questions. They will be the sole basis for determining which applicants, among those who meet the minimum qualifications, will be provided an interview. Failure to respond to each question in the space provided for that question may result in disqualification of your application.

The space provided will expand to accommodate additional text beyond the area shown. You may cut and paste text into the space provided from a word processing program, such as Word, WordPerfect, or Notepad. Please note that your responses will also be evaluated for English usage, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

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 thorough background investigation including fingerprinting and driving record. 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) 947-5757. Please be prepared to leave a message describing the alternate format needed.

Recruitment Contact:
Cassie Graham, Recruitment Coordinator
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. On the first day of employment, 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 Department of Education is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to a diverse workforce.

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