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Education Program Spec 3

Company: University of Minnesota
Location: Saint Paul
Posted on: January 23, 2023

Job Description:

Apply for JobJob ID353523
LocationTwin Cities
Job FamilyEducation-General
Full/Part TimeFull-Time
Job Code9745S3
Employee ClassAcad Prof and Admin
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Position Overview
A full-time (100% FTE) position is open in the Institute on Community Integration's (ICI) National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO). The person in this position will work collaboratively with the NCEO project team to provide support to state departments of education as they work to improve academic outcomes for students. This technical assistance will be focused on topics related to the inclusion of students with disabilities, including English learners with disabilities, in assessments. This involves providing expert knowledge and consultation on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) data collection and reporting requirements, including sections 616 and 618 of IDEA, as well as the instruction and assessment requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). It also includes providing technical assistance on the implementation of the State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) with particular focus on systematic approaches to connecting assessment data to shifts in practices to improve outcomes within the context of the larger standards-based system in states with assessment-related state identified measurable results (SIMRs).
The individual who fills this position will formulate and define technical assistance needs, and develops technical assistance and training that is well-designed and utilizes state-of-the-art methods. This includes technical assistance on issues related to accessibility on state and district assessments, and for formative assessment processes. The person who fills this position will have a substantial understanding of the needs of states and other stakeholders related to the inclusion of students with disabilities in assessments. The successful candidate will also demonstrate a commitment to the understanding of diversity and inclusion and cultural responsiveness with working with diverse and often marginalized populations.

The University of Minnesota encourages a healthy work life balance for employees. CEHD is committed to an excellent employee experience, offering a flexible work environment that meets the needs of students, staff, faculty, and the communities we serve. Flexible work arrangements may include flexibility in schedule and/or work location. Please note that 100% remote work requires approval. All UMN employees are expected to follow applicable public health and safety procedures.

Job Responsibilities

Delivery of Technical Assistance (40%)

  • Facilitate state efforts to implement the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) by providing research-based and policy-appropriate information.
  • Use data from State Performance Plans (SPPs), Annual Performance Reports (APRs) and State Systemic Improvement Plans (SSIPs) to assess states' needs for assistance, and then design and provide technical assistance that aligns to standards to meet those needs.
  • Assist states with assessment-related SSIPs with development and implementation of strategies to address the State Identified Measurable Result (SIMR).
  • Provide consultation to states on the analysis and use of formative, interim, and summative assessment data to guide programmatic decisions and inform standards-based instructional practices.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of issues, policies, and research on topics related to the inclusion of students with disabilities, including the needs of English learners with disabilities, in assessments.
  • Conduct events (teleconferences, webinars, meetings, etc.) for diverse audiences including State and federal department of education staff, educators, parents, and researchers. Development of Technical Assistance Materials (30%)
    • Develop tools, products, and professional development materials to assist states in building their capacity to support their districts.
    • Engage in scholarship that will lead to reports and peer-reviewed journal articles, and that will support technical assistance activities, and provide useful information to policymakers, the federal government, states, and other stakeholders.
    • Develop materials for events (teleconferences, webinars, meetings, etc.) for diverse audiences including State and federal department of education staff, educators, parents, and researchers. Technical Assistance Management and Program Oversight (30% time)
      • Develop workplans and timelines that ensure activities are completed on time and address project goals.
      • Supervise the work of professional staff and students in relation to specific project activities.
      • Assist in identifying potential grant partners, and lead or support grant writing, including authoring proposals or sections of proposals.
      • Other duties as assigned.

        Required Qualifications
        • Masters degree in education, special education, education policy, educational psychology, public policy, or related field, and at least six (6) years of related experience.
        • Demonstrated experience working with students with disabilities or English learners with disabilities in K-12 settings in the U.S.
        • Adept at leading and facilitating in-person and online meetings, including the use of Zoom or other digital learning tools/platforms.
        • Ability to collaborate effectively with people from a variety of communities, backgrounds, and identities.
        • Ability to travel outside of Minnesota on a regular basis.Desired Qualifications
          • Ph.D. or Ed.D. in education, special education, education policy, educational psychology, public policy, or related field.
          • Experience providing technical assistance to states.
          • Strong content expertise and experience on the inclusion of students with disabilities in assessments.
          • Thorough understanding of the instruction and assessment requirements in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) regarding data collection and reporting, including sections 616 and 618 of IDEA.
          • Knowledge or relevant experience in State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) assessment-related topics and issues
            About the Department

            Unit OverviewThe Institute on Community Integration (ICI) is a designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities within the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. ICI improves policies and practices to ensure that all children, youth, and adults with disabilities, and those requiring educational supports, are valued by and contribute to their communities of choice.College OverviewThe College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), the third largest college at the University, contributes to a just and sustainable future through engagement with the local and global communities to enhance human learning and development at all stages of the life span. We know diversity is necessary to do our best work and foster our humanity. That's why the CEHD community is collectively dedicated to cultivating an inclusive and equitable environment, embracing and celebrating all identities of our students, staff, and faculty. These values are also a moral imperative requiring continuous proactive measures and a firm stance against prejudice, discrimination, and systemic injustice.

            Working at the UniversityAt the University of Minnesota, you'll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
            • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
            • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the
            • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
            • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
            • University HSA contributions
            • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
            • Employee wellbeing program
            • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
            • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
            • Financial counseling services
            • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no costPlease visit the for more information regarding benefits.
              How To Apply

              Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume. Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section. Application materials include:
            • Cover letter
            • Resume
            • Contact information for three references
            • Writing Sample
            • Proof of highest degree earnedThis position will remain open until filled.To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

              The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:
              Employment Requirements

              Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

              Please note: All employees at the University of Minnesota are required to comply with the University's Administrative Policy: COVID-19 Vaccination and Safety Protocol by either providing proof of being fully vaccinated on their first day of employment, or complete a request for an exemption for medical exemption or religious reasons. To learn more please visit:
              About the U of M

              The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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