Program Associate - Center for Research on Learning
The University of Kansas Medical Center - Lawrence, KS

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Kansas Secondary Connections (KSSC) is a part of the Transition Coalition in the KU Center for Research on Learning and is funded through the Kansas Department of Education. KSSC focuses on state and school district improvement needs through technical assistance and training regarding student engagement in secondary schools, improving transition services, and improving post-school outcomes for students with disabilities.

KSSC is seeking a Program Associate in the field of education, special education, or a related field with experience working in US public schools or US social service agencies supporting school districts to improve outcomes for students with disabilities. A focus of this position is to provide training and technical assistance to school districts across Kansas in the area of improving transition services and increasing post-school outcomes for youth with disabilities. Position # 66482

Job Duties:
10% - Collaborate with project team to ensure that all activities are completed in a timely manner.
15% - Collaborate with Project Coordinator/Principle Investigator, project staff and subcontractors to complete training and technical assistance within identified timelines.
20% - Develop and conduct training and technical assistance activities associated with transition, student engagement, dropout prevention, and related topics.
20% - Develop and conduct training and technical assistance activities associated with data analysis and data-driven decision making for school districts.
20% - Assist in development and coordination of regional training providers for transition, student engagement and dropout prevention.
15% - Assist in implementation of project evaluation and research measures.
Note: This position requires travel overnight approximately 12 nights per year, travel for day trips approximately 2 times per month and could include 1-2 out of state travel events.

Required Qualifications:
Master’s degree in special education or related field.
Three years experience working with high risk youth and/or youth with disabilities.
Excellent written communication skills as demonstrated by application materials.
At least one year experience providing training, technical assistance in professional development.
Experience working independently and with a collaborative team.
Experience with computer systems including spreadsheets, word processing, and database software programs such as Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience implementing and/or researching secondary transition, dropout prevention and/or increasing graduation rate for high risk youth.
Direct experience with behavioral support programs for youth at risk for dropping out of school.
Knowledge and experience with Kansas state policies and practices regarding secondary transition and youth with disabilities.
Experience collaborating with national centers involved with at risk youth and secondary student engagement.
Excellent verbal communication skills as demonstrated by the interview and references.
Salary Range: $46,000 - $48,000
FTE: 1.0

Contact Information for Applicants:
Heather Thornton
Application Deadline / Review Date: January 4, 2013
Estimated Start Date: January 28, 2013
Specific Detailed Application Instructions: Complete online application and attach cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references. Be sure that application materials clearly indicate how you meet the required qualifications. The system will allow you to upload these documents when finished completing the application.

Pay, Benefits & Work Schedule

Pay: This is a Non-Exempt (Hourly), Unclassified Professional Staff (UPS) position.
The salary range is $46,000 - $48,000.
Benefits: If this position will be appointed at 50% or more it is benefits-eligible. Benefits-eligible employees are eligible for group health insurance coverage as well as other benefit programs, retirement and other insurance programs. Semi-monthly employee health insurance premiums are determined based upon full-time or part-time employment status. Please click here for additional information concerning benefits coverage.
Work Schedule: This position is Monday-Friday, 8 a.m to 5 p.m.

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