Program Specialist IV-cc215-1110-B20-157...
Texas Education Agency - Austin, TX

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This position reports to the manager in the division of Federal & State Education Policy. Performs highly complex consultative services and technical assistance work. Work involves developing policy guidance related to federal regulations and state rules. The position leads the ongoing development, management, and technical assistance for indicators 11, 13, and 14 in the state performance plan (SPP); collaborates with the Department of Health and Human Services regarding School Health and Related Services (SHARS); and reviews applications to ensure LEA compliance with federal and state rules and regulations regarding placements of students with disabilities in residential settings. The position collaborates with the Grants Administration Division regarding application for funds through the LEA Risk Pool program. The position works with the Education Service Center (ESC) state leads for priority projects, including graduation and post-secondary transition, and eligibility evaluations for students with disabilities, and represents the Division on interagency councils and groups. Works under limited supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with major course work in education, public policy, or other related field. Prefer advanced degree in special education and diagnostician certification.

Experience: Two (2) years experience working with students with disabilities. Prefer three (3) years or more experience at the secondary level. Prefer one year LEA administrative, ESC or state agency experience.

Note: A practical exam may be given at time of interview.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA):

Knowledge of: Federal regulations, state laws, and SBOE and commissioner's rules pertaining to special education; State Performance Plan and Annual Performance Report; programs for students with disabilities, including high school graduation requirements and post-secondary options, and evaluation of students; SHARS documentation requirements; LEA Risk Pool requirements; and Texas Continuous Improvement Process.

Skill in: Interpersonal relationships; leadership; facilitating and making presentations to large and/or small groups; analyzing and modifying data and related data collection processes; and using a computer and Microsoft Office applications.

Ability to: Work successfully in teams; manage multiple projects and meet timelines; and effectively communicate both orally and in writing. This position requires the ability to create guidance and oversee the creation of technical assistance related to all of the knowledge areas listed above.

Supplemental Information:

This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.

Salary is dependent on qualifications.

Positions exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will earn compensatory time off rather than overtime for hours in excess of 40 per week. May be required to work hours other than 8 to 5. May be required to work weekends and holidays.

In accordance with applicable federal and state equal opportunity laws, it is TEA's policy that no person shall be excluded from consideration for recruitment, selection, appointment, training, promotion, retention or any other personnel action, or be denied any benefits or participation in any educational programs or activities which it operates on the grounds of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or veteran status (except where age, sex, or disability constitutes a bona fide occupational qualification necessary to proper and efficient administration).

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires all new employees to present proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States. TEA does not sponsor H1-B work visas. Males, 18 to 25 years of age, are required to present proof of selective service registration (or exemption) prior to being employed by any state agency.

There is a 90-day waiting period for health insurance coverage and retirement contributions for new hires and re-hires.

This position requires the applicant to meet Agency standards and criteria which may include passing a pre-employment criminal background check, prior to being offered employment by the Agency.

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