Education Program Specialist

Provides leadership and coordination in the administration of the dispute prevention and resolution processes of the special education help desk, IEP Team meeting facilitation, mediation, formal written complaints, and due process hearing requests. Duties include communicating verbally and in writing, assisting in the continuous improvement of the five dispute prevention and resolution processes as it relates to school districts and families of students with disabilities. Providing oversight for IEP Team meeting facilitation, including but not limited to, reviewing IEP Team meeting facilitation requests, coordinating the assignment of IEP facilitators, communicating with parents and school districts who request IEP Team meeting facilitation, and maintaining the IEP Team meeting facilitation database. Providing oversight with regard to formal written complaints, including but not limited to, reviewing investigator reports, developing corrective action plans, reviewing the policies, procedures, and practices of school districts, and ensuring school district correction of noncompliance in a timely manner. Conducting training and professional development activities for mediators, investigators, and IEP Facilitators. Must also be able to prepare memoranda, reports, and presentation materials. Personnel must be able to complete required job duties with limited supervision.
Minimum Qualifications:
Must have Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) professional educator’s certification or GaPSC eligibility certification; a Master’s degree in education, education administration, or a related field and five (5) years of experience in a professional education capacity in K-12 general or special education. Must submit a copy of GaPSC certificate/certification or GaPSC eligibility certificate/certification with cover letter, (application) resume and salary history; *applicants who fail to submit required GaPSC documentation will not be considered.
Preferred Qualifications:
Preference will be given to applicants who, in addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, possess one or more of the following:
Experience in dispute or conflict resolution in special education, general education, or post-secondary education
Experience at the school, local district, or state level in supervising/monitoring for compliance with federal and state rules and regulations.
Georgia professional educator certification in special education
Doctoral degree in education or law
Excellent oral and written communications skills
Excellent presentation skills
Salary/Benefits:
Pay grade N – Annual salary range $52,331 (minimum) to $91,579 (maximum). *Hiring salary is commensurate with current employment, relevant education/training and work experience, and available funding. Benefit options include life, disability, dental and health insurance, annual/sick leave, and Employees’ Retirement or Teachers’ Retirement.