Education Associate, Procedural Safeguards and Monitoring
Title of Position: Education Associate, Procedural Safeguards and Monitoring
Reports To: Director of Exceptional Children Resources
Date of Employment: Approximately April 15, 2013
Closing Date for Application: March 11, 2013
Description of Position:
The Education Associate for Procedural Safeguards and Monitoring is a member of the Exceptional Children Resources work group of the Teaching and Learning Branch of the Department.
- Oversight and maintenance of the special education monitoring and general supervision system, including:
- Continued development of focused monitoring of LEAs within the state
- Coordination of monitoring activities as outlined in the SPP/APR
- Review and maintenance of written policies and procedures for districts and charter schools to ensure implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act and state special education laws.
- Complaint investigation which may include on site investigation and issuing a letter of findings within prescribed timelines
- Management of the Due Process Hearing system, including recruitment, retention and training of hearing officers.
- Management of the special education mediation system.
- Oversight and maintenance of required state and federal regulations, including:
- Yearly submission of funding documents required by the federal Office of Special Education Programs; and
- Review and maintain Interagency Agreements
- Other duties as assigned by the Director, Associate Secretary, and/or Secretary of Education.
Essential Qualifications and Skills:
Education: Master’s Degree (Doctorate preferred) in Special Education or a Doctorate of Jurisprudence with experience in special education law.
- Firm knowledge of the IDEA and regulations specific to Delaware students with disabilities.
- Preferred experience in providing technical assistance and investigating complaints.
- Demonstration of an understanding of diversity issues and the ability to apply the principles of multicultural education.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Performs responsibilities with minimal supervision
- Capable of setting priorities and working in collaboration with others
- Be able to proactively problem-solve with professionalism
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to deal with staff in a tactful, congenial and personal manner
- Discretion and confidentiality are essential.
Salary will be computed in accordance with the educational level and work experience of the individual selected and in accordance with the salary schedules for employees of the Department of Education. Direct deposit of payroll checks is mandatory for state employment, and employees are paid on a lag pay schedule with the first payment made after approximately one month of employment.
A criminal background check is required. The successful candidate must meet Delaware’s PRAXIS I test of basic skills requirements in reading, writing and mathematics. This job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position. The successful canidate should expect to perform any other related activities needed to deliver the position’s key duties and responsibilities and follow any other instructions as defined by his/her supervisor.
Mary L. Cooke, Esq.
Human Resource Office
Delaware Department of Education
401 Federal Street
Dover, Delaware 19901
The Delaware Department of Education is an equal opportunity employer. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age or Vietnam Era veteran’s status in employment or its programs and activities.