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Illinois

State Board

of

Education

100 North First Street • Springfield, Illinois 62777-0001

www.isbe.net

James T. Meeks Tony Smith, Ph.D.

Chairman State Superintendent of Education

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

July 8, 2016

#16-32

WELCOME TO ISBE!

Welcome to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) job announcement for career opportunities. Thank you for your interest in obtaining employment with our agency.

The mission of ISBE is to provide leadership, assistance, resources and advocacy so that every student is prepared to succeed in careers and post-secondary education, and to share accountability for meeting these goals with districts and schools.

To begin your journey of obtaining a rewarding career with excellent benefits at ISBE, please take a moment to review the eligibility guidelines (for current employees) and/or the instructions for applying, including other resource information as identified below.

Instructions for Applying

Career Opportunities

• Assistant General Counsel

• Director Media and External Communications • Human Resources Labor Specialist

• College and Career Readiness • Information Technology

• Nutrition and Wellness Programs • Special Education Services

Eligibility Guidelines (for Current Employees)

Important Notices Background Check Policy Salary Policy

Notice to Applicants Regarding Retirement Systems

INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLYING:

To apply, please download the application here: www.isbe.net/hrDefault.htm, and submit the completed application including all required information to:

Illinois State Board of Education

Division of Human Resources and Labor Relations (S-202) 100 North First Street

Springfield IL, 62777

If you are interested in applying for more than one vacancy, you will need to add the position title and position number of each vacancy for which you are interested, to the application.

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The application materials must contain the following:

• An official application which must be received no later than the closing date(s) shown on this vacancy list. The application must include:

o the position title(s) for which you are applying; and, o the inventory number of each position applied for.

• A cover letter identifying your knowledge, skills, and abilities, and/or relevant coursework relevant to the position for which you are applying.

• A detailed resume describing the applicable knowledge, skills, and experience

• A copy of your transcript(s) if the position for which you are applying requires a degree(s). The original transcript(s) will be required if selected for the position.

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TO BE ELIGIBLE:

• Current employees (AFSCME positions) If you have performed satisfactorily for at least six (6) months in your current assignment (or at the same administrative professional/subcategory level e.g. lateral appointments) you are eligible to apply for Operations positions listed.

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IMPORTANT NOTICES:

• The “closing date” identified for each vacancy defines the date Human Resources will officially stop accepting applications and begin the screening/interviewing process. However, applications received after the “closing date” will be retained and may be considered if it has been determined the initial applicant pool did not produce a suitable candidate to be recommended for employment.

• Faxed copies of required materials will be accepted as a “temporary” replacement for original materials. Materials faxed on the date identified as the closing date will be accepted through the close of the work day, which is 5:00 p.m. Such faxed documents must be followed up and replaced by the original materials as soon as possible in order to receive full consideration. The fax number for Human Resources and Labor Relations is (217)524-0396.

• Applicants will be contacted if an interview is to be scheduled. Should an applicant have a number of applications pending when appointed to a position with ISBE, all such applications will be rescinded. However, if the applicant is a permanent employee of the agency and is selected for a lateral position, the lateral move will not rescind any pending applications for promotional positions.

• The Illinois State Board of Education is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. If you require a special accommodation in order to participate in the application or interview process, please call Human Resources and Labor Relations at (217)782-6434 or TTY (217)782-1900.

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BACKGROUND CHECKS:

The Illinois State Board of Education has implemented the practice of using the services of an outside vendor to run a background check on any/all external applicants recommended for employment. Each applicant invited to an interview will be asked to sign a release that identifies the applicant is aware, and approves the agency to secure the background check, should the applicant be recommended for employment by the hiring administrator. Refusal to sign the release will result in the termination of consideration of the applicant. You should be advised that your employment with ISBE is conditioned upon the completion of background and reference checks satisfactory to ISBE and evidence that you are authorized to work in the United States. (Return to Top)

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3 SALARY POLICY:

The salary identified for a specific vacancy is either Step 1 of the assigned salary lane or the minimum of the assigned salary range. The agency’s policy regarding applicants not currently employed by the agency is to employ new staff at such entry levels unless sufficient evidence is provided by the recommending authority to consider a higher rate.

NOTICE TO APPLICANTS REGARDING RETIREMENT SYSTEMS:

Based on an agreement reached between officials of the Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS), and the Illinois State Board of Education, effective January 1, 1995, all new employees hired by the Illinois State Board of Education to fill professional and management positions shall contribute to TRS.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Position Vacancy: Assistant General Counsel (Labor)

Inventory#: 1526

Location: Springfield Office

Division: Office of the General Counsel

Monthly Salary: Salary commensurate with education and experience

Closing Date: July 18, 2016 (#16-30)

This position exercises independent professional judgment in providing legal assistance to the Illinois State Board of Education, the State Superintendent, and agency management. This position reports to the General Counsel or his or her designee.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Represents the agency in collective bargaining negotiations and arbitrations not referred to outside counsel.

• Advises on legal sufficiency of and compliance with Human Resources and Labor Relations’ policies and practices including, but not limited to, grievance processing, investigations, employee discipline, and interpretation of collective bargaining agreements.

• Oversees litigation in federal or state court.

• Represents the agency in administrative proceedings not referred to outside counsel.

• Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Required:

• Graduation from an accredited law school. (COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED AT TIME OF APPLICATION)

• Licensed to practice law in Illinois. (PROOF OF ILLINOIS LAW LICENSE REQUIRED)

• Minimum of three years of employment and labor law experience.

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Position Vacancy: Director Media and External Communications

Inventory#: 1527

Location: Chicago Office

Division: Chief Communications and Partnerships Officer

Monthly Salary: Salary commensurate with education and experience.

Closing Date: July 22, 2016 (#16-32)

This position assists in the development and implementation of internal and external Agency communications programs; serves as a spokesperson for the Agency, focusing efforts on clearly communicating the Agency’s and Board’s priorities, mission and goals. This position reports to the Chief

Communications and Partnerships Officer. Duties and Responsibilities

• Under the direct supervision of the Chief Communications and Partnerships Officer, manages day-to-day implementation and oversight of the Agency media relations programs, ensuring consistency of the Agency’s message in communications platforms including, but not limited to, media relations.

• Assists the State Superintendent and members of the State Board in communications decision making.

• Clearly communicates the mission, vision and goals of the Agency to the media and external stakeholders at large.

• Develops and maintains strong relationships with media.

• Coordinates the creation and implementation of communication plans to support key reform agenda initiatives.

• Coordinates the day to day media responses of the agency.

• Serves as a main agency spokesperson working with other agency administrators to ensure all media requests are filled in a timely manner on a daily basis.

• Composes/edits various communications including, but not limited to, press releases, opinion pieces for the media, internal documents and other external communications.

• Secures approval from Governor’s communication team as needed.

• Supervises/manages and directs activities of staff.

• Generates annual reviews.

• As part of the communications leadership team, is responsible for creating personal development opportunities for direct reports as well as guidance and coaching.

• Handles multiple projects/issues at once in addition to multiple personalities with varying objectives.

• Advises the State Board of Education, State Superintendent, and senior leadership in the development of external communications strategies.

• Partners with senior management and a variety of other organizations’ teams in developing and gaining acceptance and support of short and long-term strategies, programs, and plans.

• Analyzes and researches market opportunities, develops assessment methods, assembles complex and varied information, and applies innovative approaches to developing and implementing strategic plans and programs.

• Develops strategies for and utilizes Social Media, search engine optimization (SEO), and search engine marketing (SEM) strategies, speaking to the strategies and results of these in specific approaches.

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• Coordinates with the Governor’s communications team and represents the Agency at P10 meetings.

• Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Required:

• Master’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree plus two years of relevant professional experience in Communications, Journalism, or Public Relations. (COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED AT TIME OF APPLICATION)

• Prior media relations experience.

• Strategic planning experience.

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to represent the Agency to various media outlets.

• Ability to creatively translate complicated subject matter into language more easily understood.

• Ability to effectively promote and inform agency activities; to respond in respectful, tactful and discretionary manner to a broad range of audiences in a multi-cultural political setting.

• Leadership skills including accountability, comfort with decision-making responsibilities, coaching, teaching and counseling skills, and the ability to inspire and build confidence in others and to forge alliances and garner support.

• Strong organizational skills to effectively manage multiple complex issues and projects.

• Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

• Ability to effectively navigate social media.

• Strong electronic and conventional research skills. Preferred:

• Master’s Degree in Communications, Journalism, or Public Relations.

• Experience in education media.

• Previous staff management experience.

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Position Vacancy: Human Resources Labor Specialist

Inventory#: 1525

Location: Springfield Office

Division: Human Resources and Labor Relations

Monthly Salary: Salary commensurate with education and experience

Closing Date: July 18, 2016 (#16-30)

This position performs duties related to the monitoring and processing of grievances, disciplinary matters, and internal/external investigations; counsels and assists managerial staff in grievances and in the discipline of staff; researches and provides information for negotiation of collective bargaining agreements; assists in the development, interpretation, modification and maintenance of agency personnel policies; collaborates with the agency legal division performing investigations of agency employees and coordinates documentation regarding disciplinary action. This position reports to the Executive Director of Professional Capital.

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6 Duties and Responsibilities

• Maintains a tracking system for grievances and disciplinary actions.

• Arranges and schedules grievance and disciplinary hearings.

• Counsels, trains and assists management personnel as it relates to grievances and notices of pre-disciplinary hearings/actions.

• Schedules and participates as needed in arbitration hearings.

• Trains managers in conducting discipline hearings and assists legal staff in providing documentation as requested.

• Coordinates/facilitates reporting compliance regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) responsibilities.

• Participates in the development, implementation, and amendment and interpretation of the agency personnel policies and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requirements.

• Assists with employee training as it relates to personnel issues.

• Reviews, researches, and responds to charges and complaints both internal and external and advises the Executive Director of Human Capital and managers on investigations as appropriate.

• Researches and provides information for negotiation of collective bargaining agreements.

• Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Required:

• Master’s Degree in Administration (Business or Public), Human Resource Management, Labor Relations, or Education field or a Bachelor’s Degree in one of the listed fields plus two years of relevant professional experience. (COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED AT TIME OF APPLICATION)

• Two years of progressively responsible professional experience in an office environment involving labor relations and/or disciplinary matters.

• Ability to draft labor relations (grievance) related correspondence and reports.

• Ability to handle/interact effectively with management and union representatives.

• Demonstrated interpersonal skills. Preferred:

• Experience in the processing/administration of grievance and disciplinary issues.

• Experience in Human Resources.

• Experience in negotiation of labor agreements.

• Demonstrated knowledge of the theories and concepts of labor relations and/or collective bargaining.

• Knowledge of labor statutes and policies.

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Position Vacancy: Industry/Technical Standards (Principal Consultant)

Inventory#: 485

Location: Springfield Office

Division: College and Career Readiness

Monthly Salary: Lane 4 – Minimum Salary $3,946

Closing Date: July 11, 2016 (#16-28)

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This position provides leadership and technical assistance to local education agencies and other entities to promote school reform and innovation in career and technical education. This position is responsible for planning, developing, and setting standards, including evaluating programs in family and consumer sciences. This position reports to the Division Administrator for College and Career Readiness.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Administers grants and contracts, and develops Requests for Proposals.

• Plans and coordinates professional development activities.

• Provides leadership to plan, develop and implement quality instructional programs in family and consumer sciences with emphasis on integration and applications aligned with the new Illinois Learning Standards for Industry/Technical Standards.

• Reviews and recommends approval status of Endorsement for Career and Technical Educator and Endorsement for Provisional Career and Technical Educator certificate applications in the program area.

• Serves as state advisor to teacher associations and student organizations affiliated with family and consumer sciences.

• Provides technical assistance and other support services to regional systems, administrative and instructional personnel in southwestern region of the state.

• Monitors and evaluates career and technical education programs and grants through on-site visits and regular communication with clientele.

• Assists in the development of grant applications and ensures compliance with state and federal rules and regulations, fiscal and programmatic practices.

• Provides leadership and consultative services to local and regional personnel for the development and implementation of effective and innovative practices leading to school reform and improved student achievement.

• Utilizes data collection for analysis and evaluation and provides assistance on implementing data-driven continuous improvement strategies.

• Assists in the planning and implementation of in-service training sessions for regional systems, school and agency personnel and other audiences, as necessary.

• Collaborates in the delivery of professional development associated with improvement initiatives to institutionalize effective change processes, curriculum innovations and student improvement efforts.

• Initiates and maintains contact with external resources, business/industry and labor representatives and professional organizations related to assigned program areas in order to sustain and coordinate improved teaching and learning.

• Serves as a liaison with university teacher education programs to communicate effective reform and restructuring practices.

• Participates in the development of teacher content-area teaching standards and assessments.

• Assists in the review of new and proposed state and federal legislation rules and regulations.

• Assists in the development of the state plan for career and technical education.

• Recommends policy and procedures, and prepares state and federal performance reports for career and technical education.

• Performs other duties as assigned.

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8 Qualifications

Required:

• Master’s Degree in Education or Bachelor’s Degree in Education plus two years of relevant professional experience. (COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED AT TIME OF APPLICATION)

• Must hold Illinois Professional Educator License with an Endorsement in Family and Consumer Sciences.

• Two years of experience (in addition to education requirements) teaching in a career and technical related field and/or administrative experience at the K-12 level.

• Knowledge of general research and technology applications.

• Ability to Travel.

• Ability to work in teams.

• Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing to a variety of audiences.

• Ability to participate in staff development training and other meetings as requested, or required.

Preferred:

• Experience with grants and budgets.

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Position Vacancy: Technical Assistance Team (Principal Consultant)

Inventory#: 1524

Location: Springfield Office

Division: Information Technology

Monthly Salary: Lane 4 – Minimum Salary $3,946

Closing Date: July 11, 2016 (#16-28)

This position provides technical and end-user support at an advanced level ensuring ISBE standards and policies are followed in configuration, installation, maintenance, upgrade, inventory control, and in general use of personal computers. This position conducts in-depth technical research to find solutions to technical problems, identifies and resolves hardware and software problems, documenting activity according to Information Technology directives, including providing follow-up to ensure end-user satisfaction. This position reports to the Division Administrator for Information Technology.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Functions as a team leader by assuming additional responsibility for and demonstrating expertise for a particular process area.

• Performs Technical Assistance Team (TAT) related tasks in response to HEAT (call logging system) tickets and other routine TAT assigned duties that provide end-user support on all hardware and software.

• Researches, investigates, diagnoses, and resolves hardware and software problems (isolating network vs. standard desktop issues).

• Deploys, installs, upgrades, and reconfigures hardware and software, as needed.

• Appropriately opens, updates, and closes HEAT tickets.

• Updates Information Technology tracking system and other sources according to divisional policy.

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• Supports Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) migration project with specific responsibilities that include: create, test, and update Thin apps; delete Thinstall directory; provision/deploy Thin Clients and monitors to agency users.

• Diagnoses and isolates network trouble issues versus those attributable only to VDI environment.

• Evaluates new hardware and software and makes recommendations for technical problems and is involved in long-term technology planning.

• Participates in and conducts training as requested, including training TAT team members and agency end users.

• Assists other groups with technology in workshops, meetings and conferences.

• Continues to develop knowledge and familiarity with supported equipment and services by attending meetings, training sessions, seminars, industry related conferences, and personal research to stay current on information technology products, vendors, techniques, and procedures applicable to TAT and VDI activities.

• Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Required:

• Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Computer Network Systems, Information Technology or other specific IT or computer field, or an Associate’s Degree in one of the listed fields plus six months recent (within past 12 months) full-time employment in a diagnostic/repair/refurbish/deployment position that demonstrates increasing responsibility and experience in hardware and software support. (COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED AT TIME OF APPLICATION)

• A minimum of 40 hours in course work related to wiring/cabling/connection topology, personal computers, desktop operating systems (Microsoft Windows/Linux/Unix or any combination), networking and LAN/WAN protocols and standards, network and systems security, problem-solving, or skills for technical learning, or any other coursework specifically related to performance of TAT diagnostic/repair/installation duties.

• Recent experience (within past 12 months) with direct, hands-on performance of diagnostic/repair/refurbish/deployment tasks for personal computers, printers, scanners, laptops, Thin Clients, Fat Clients, mobile devices, and/or other peripheral equipment.

• Experience in laptop encryption.

• Experience in both a standard desktop network environment and virtual environment that includes diagnosing and isolating trouble issues attributable to each, and the planning, design, testing, installation or connection of peripherals in each environment.

• Experience troubleshooting performance issues related to hardware and software such as Windows and Microsoft Office, security, LAN connectivity, networking, and Internet communications.

• Experience in installation of operating systems and migration from one operating system to another required.

• Advanced knowledge of information technology concepts, principles, theories and the functions of computer systems.

• Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to translate technical issues and descriptions into user-friendly terminology.

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• Ability to write clear, concise, and thorough methods, process, and procedure documentation.

• Demonstrated understanding of virtualization concepts, solutions, and practices; previous vendor or employer based training on VMWare Thin App/Thin Client deployment and/or exact on-the-job training and experience in both a standard desktop and virtualized environment.

• Requires working closely with infrastructure team in completion of virtualization and other installation tasks.

• Excellent organizational skills with the ability to analyze data logically.

• Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.

• Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with team members, management staff, and agency personnel at all hierarchy levels.

• Ability to work independently on tickets and issues and participate cooperatively on group projects.

• Ability to quickly learn and apply new technologies.

• Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds. (SIMULATION INCLUDED IN INTERVIEW) Preferred:

• Experience in a large network environment.

• Microsoft Certification.

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Position Vacancy: Field Monitor (Principal Consultant)

Inventory#: 690

Location: Other/Regional Assignments – Cook County

Division: Nutrition and Wellness Programs

Monthly Salary: Lane 4 – Minimum Salary $3,946

Closing Date: July 11, 2016 (#16-28)

This position performs work ranging from moderate to considerable complexity applying practices and technical expertise in the areas of nutrition, financial management, and child nutrition program management. This position will coordinate monitoring programs with local education agencies, regional offices of education, and other sponsoring organizations for the purpose of determining fiscal and programmatic compliance with applicable federal and state rules and regulations, agency guidelines and the enhancement of the quality of the programs. This position reports to the Division Administrator for Nutrition and Wellness Programs.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Independently, or as a member or leader of a team, conducts monitoring reviews of school food authorities, child care centers, child care home providers and other community organizations to determine fiscal and programmatic compliance with child nutrition program rules and regulations, and generally accepted business practices.

• Develops and drafts findings and recommendations.

• Compiles and writes details reports of work performed including findings and recommendations.

• Performs quality control reviews of peers work.

• Ensures adequate resolution of findings by participating institutions.

• Provides technical assistance to school food authorities, child care centers, other community organizations and agency staff.

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• Serves as a primary contact for school food authorities, child care centers, other community organizations and agency staff on fiscal, nutrition and programmatic issues related to child nutrition programs.

• Develops and implements project assignments.

• Assists in the development of divisional information systems and the gathering of division data.

• Develops and presents training to school food authorities, child care centers, and other community organizations related to child nutrition programs.

• Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Required:

• Master’s Degree in Nutrition, Food Service Management, Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, Economics or Social Services, or a Bachelor’s Degree in one of the listed areas plus two years of relevant professional experience. (COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED AT TIME OF APPLICATION)

• Two years of experience (in addition to education requirements) in nutrition, food service management, business administration, accounting, finance, economics or social services.

• Comprehensive knowledge and demonstrated ability in nutrition, food service management, business administration, accounting, finance, economics, or social services.

• Demonstrated ability in conducting multi-task assignments and meeting deadlines.

• Demonstrated oral and written communications.

• Must be proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel.

• Must have a valid Illinois Driver’s License.

• Ability to work independently or as part of a team.

• Ability to travel extensively. Preferred:

• Knowledge of food services and/or review (monitoring) practices and procedures.

Note: This position will work primarily in Cook County. Residency for this position is required within Cook County – to commence no later than 30 days following the date of hire.

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Position Vacancy: Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind (Principal Consultant)

Inventory#: 1310

Location: Springfield Office

Division: Special Education Services

Monthly Salary: Lane 4 – Minimum salary $3,946

Closing Date: July 22, 2016 (#16-32)

This position is responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of programs which impact the services to students who have or are suspected of having a disability; monitors programs; acts as a communication link between various publics; provides programmatic consultation and assists in the division’s overall activities related to the support and improvements of educational programs. This position reports to the Division Administrator of Special Education Services.

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12 Duties and Responsibilities

• Participates in statewide program development activities and provides programmatic technical assistance to educators, administrators, parents, organizations, other agencies and the community on recommended educational practices and special education service delivery in the disability areas of Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind.

• Serves as the agency representative on and provides technical assistance to the Blind/Visually Impaired Advisory Council and various councils and committees.

• Serves as the agency representative on and provides technical assistance regarding collection and reporting of statewide assessment outcomes data including the development and implementation of activities associated with this indicator of the State Performance Plan.

• Assists in the accomplishment of the division’s regulatory functions, including complaint investigation, policy and procedures review, and others as necessary.

• Participates in the development and ongoing review/revision of publications, documents and other materials that are required to carry out the division’s activities.

• Performs other duties as assigned, including participation in professional development activities to improve knowledge and skills.

Qualifications

Required:

• Master’s Degree in Special Education, Education, Educational Administration, Pupil Personnel Services (School Counselor, School Psychologist, School Social Worker) or Rehabilitation Services, or a Bachelor’s Degree in one of these areas plus two years of relevant professional experience. (COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED AT TIME OF APPLICATION)

• Training in the area of Deaf/Hard of Hearing.

• Two years of experience (in additional to education requirements) providing education, special education, or pupil personnel services to students who are deaf/hard of hearing and/or deaf-blind required.

• Working knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations regarding students with disabilities.

• Competency in sign language.

• Ability to communicate clearly verbally and in writing.

• Knowledge of current issues and best practices in the field of special education.

• Knowledge of methods, practices and procedures for serving students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment.

Preferred:

• Licensure in Deaf/Hard of Hearing.

• General experience working with students from diverse social and cultural backgrounds.

• Experience in a variety of educational settings.

• Knowledge of methods, practices and procedures for serving students with disabilities from diverse social and cultural backgrounds.

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