Technical Assistance Specialist - Dropout Prevention and School Completion
004793Vacancy Open to:
All CandidatesWorking Title:
Technical Assistance Specialist - Dropout Prevention and School CompletionPosition Designation:
EHRA Non-FacultyEmployment Type:
Time Limited - Part-timeMonths per Year:
Monday – Thursday
8:30 – 5
24 - 30 hours per week.FLSA Status:
College of Education (Col)Work Location:
Remote work is anticipatedSalary Range:
up to 52,500 (as .75FTE)Primary Purpose of Department:
The mission of the Department of Special Education and Child Development is to prepare highly effective and ethical professionals who have a positive impact on children, youth, families, community, and schools and who are successful in urban and other diverse settings. This mission is accomplished through teaching research, and community engagement that lead to improved practice and by working in partnership with schools, communities, and university colleagues. Briefly describe the primary purpose (mission) of your unit or departmentThe mission of the Department of Special Education and Child Development is to prepare highly effective and ethical professionals who have a positive impact on children, youth, families, community, and schools and who are successful in urban and other diverse settings. This mission is accomplished through teaching research, and community engagement that lead to improved practice and by working in partnership with schools, communities, and university colleagues.
The purpose of this U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services grant, funded to the Department of Special Education and Child Development at UNC Charlotte – the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) – is to assist State educational agencies (SEAs), local education agencies (LEAs), State vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies, and other VR service providers to implement evidence-based and promising practices and strategies to ensure that students with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities, graduate from high school with the knowledge, skills, and supports needed for success in postsecondary education and employment and community integration.
This Technical Assistance (TA) Specialist position for the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition: the Collaborative (NTACT:C) will be primarily responsible for technical assistance with selected State Education Agencies and their local education agency and vocational rehabilitation partners and other stakeholders to promote the quality provision of effective dropout prevention and school completion practices and policies for students and youth with disabilities. The TA specialist will partner with other NTACT:C staff at UNC Charlotte and its partner universities in this work with states across the nation. The TA specialist will also engage in the development of resources, relevant to school completion. Part of the TA Specialist’s position will also focus on states’ efforts to build local collaborative capacity across special education, general education – including career and technical education, school improvement teams, and other internal and external stakeholders to improve student outcomes.Summary of Position Responsibilities:
This TA Specialist will join the NTACT:C team for the following:
Serving as a liaison between NTACT:C and state agency personnel and their partners, focused on technical assistance services to improve school completion by students and youth with disabilities. The TA specialist will be required use web/ video communication (and travel when appropriate) to advise, plan, and collaborate with state personnel, NTACT:C colleagues, and other TA providers.
Masters Degree in a related field
Five years of experience providing services to stakeholders engaged in dropout prevention/ school completion/ graduation efforts in state or local agencies.
Experience with professional development and adult learners.
Prior experience partnering to engage and improve outcomes for marginalized student/youth populations and their families.
Practical knowledge of laws governing education (diplomas, graduation, discipline, stakeholder engagement) and relevant fields.
Strong written and oral communication skills
More than 5 years experience providing technical assistance to local or state agency staff in the context of improved school completion and retention of high risk students and youth with disabilities – including students from racially, ethnically, or otherwise marginalized backgrounds. Experience with professional development for adult learners, regarding dropout prevention and graduation improvement efforts. Experience with technical assistance systems in states. Experience with family engagement, organizational climate improvement, and other interdisciplinary efforts focused on high risk or at risk youth. Deep knowledge research and and policies governing education (general, special, CTE, Title I), VR, and other relevant agencies, in the context of high risk youth and students with disabilities.Special Notes to Applicants:
This is a time limited part-time position that will work .60 FTE – .75 FTE.
The finalist will be subject to a criminal background check.
02/08/2021Posting Close Date:
03/01/2021Open Until Filled:
NoProposed Hire Date:
03/01/2021If time-limited please indicate appointment end date:
Catherine Fowler, Co-Director, NTACT: the Collaborative