Special Education Funding (IDEA)/Program Associate II

Employer
WestEd
Location
Washington, DC
Posted
Mar 20, 2017
Closes
Mar 23, 2017
Function
Accountant, IT
Hours
Full Time
Apply for this PositionWestEd Position AnnouncementBenefits HighlightsAll health benefits effective first of the month following date of hire15% contribution toward retirement effective day one of employment 15 vacation days, which will increase to 20 days per year beginning the 4th year of employment12 holidays12 days sick leave per year Position Title: Special Education Funding (IDEA)/Program Associate II Reports to: Project Director Program: Learning Innovations Salary: Competitive Location: Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Burlington, VT; Chicago Area; Home Office; Sacramento, CA; San Francisco, CA; Washington, DC Time Base: 100% Position No: 5195 WestEd's Learning Innovations Program (LI) improves education for children by strengthening adult learning and promoting systemic improvement at the state, district, and school levels. LI provides technical assistance, professional development, research, and evaluation to improve education and human service systems, address needs of English learners and students with disabilities, and improve learning for all students.Position DescriptionWestEd, a leader in providing comprehensive services to schools, districts and states on general and special education issues, seeks a Program Associate II to join its team of technical assistance providers. At least 80% of this full-time position will be devoted to work within WestEd's Center for IDEA Fiscal Reporting (CIFR). Funded by the US Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), the purpose of CIFR is to provide technical assistance to State Education Agencies (SEAs) addressing special education fiscal data collection and reporting requirements. The other 20% of this position will be devoted to supporting other district and state fiscal TA projects based on the experiences of the person selected for the role and project needs.We are seeking a highly motivated, customer and service-oriented professional with developing knowledge and/or experience supporting state and/or local entities in meeting federal education fiscal requirements, especially Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) fiscal requirements, eg local education agency maintenance of effort. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of IDEA fiscal and data collection and reporting requirements and demonstrate experience in special education fiscal issues. This position will include a combination of one or more of the following activities: provision of technical assistance on IDEA fiscal issues to state and/or local agencies across the US; development of specialized IDEA fiscal reporting tools; research on special education fiscal issues. This position will be based in one of WestEd's offices or from a home office. Location is negotiable. Travel averaging 2 - 3 trips a month of 1 - 2 days in duration is expected for this position. Most work is done in a virtual environment across time zones. Note that we encourage interested candidates with high interest, relevant background and significant leadership experience in technical assistance provision and/or IDEA fiscal content to explore our posted Senior Program Associate position. Applying for either job will not preclude consideration for each. ResponsibilitiesCenter for IDEA Fiscal Reporting (CIFR): Provide technical assistance and consultation, with coaching from senior staff, that results in enhanced capacity and performance of State Education Agencies (SEAs) in meeting the IDEA fiscal requirements. Serve as a assistant facilitator of regional and state-alike practice communities comprised of SEA staff with fiscal expertise; enhance the development of knowledge on IDEA fiscal issues facing states; contribute to the development and dissemination of fiscal data collection tools and templates; provide direct technical assistance to states in virtual and on-site settings with coaching and mentorship from senior staff. Additional Responsibilities: Support technical assistance activities of other local, state and national education projects based on project needs aligned with areas of expertise. Support resource development activities for new projects. QualificationsSpecific Areas of Expertise: We are seeking individuals with a broad range of knowledge, skills, and contextual awareness of education fiscal requirements with specific knowledge of IDEA fiscal requirements. While it is unlikely that any one individual will demonstrate expertise in all areas, we are interested in applicants who have a combination of experience and skills in the following areas: * Responsibilities for implementing special education fiscal requirements.* Knowledge of IDEA fiscal requirements in general and/or experience with utilizing state and local systems to collect and report IDEA fiscal data specifically.* Familiarity, knowledge and/or experience with other federal fiscal requirements, eg Uniform Guidance, Single Audits, ESEA, Perkins Act. * Federal special education data reporting requirements; eg, 618 data, reporting, or overseeing reporting of EDFacts special education fiscal data, or the State Performance Plan and Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR) * Research and program evaluation of special education programs. * Special education federal and state compliance monitoring and general supervision * Grant writing and proposal development* Highly developed written and oral communication skills * Ability to work independently as well as function as part of a dynamic, sophisticated, and passionate team * A minimum of 5 years of related education and/or experience utilizing knowledge of education and special education fiscal issues at the federal, state, or local level * Masters or higher preferred in education administration, public administration, special education, organizational leadership, or related field * Must be authorized to work in the USA (visa sponsorship not available) Application ProcessWe invite you to Apply for this Position.If you are an individual with a disability and need an accommodation to complete the online application process, please call 415.615.3131. Please leave a message and a member of our Human Resources team will return your call within three business days. Alternatively, you may send an email to hr-help@wested.org with "Applicant Accommodation" in the subject line of the email. Please note that this phone number and email are only for those individuals with a disability who would like to request an accommodation to apply for a job. If you are not an individual with a disability and have a question or comment, please email recruitingassistance@wested.org.Human ResourcesWestEd730 Harrison StreetSan Francisco, CA 94107 is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veterans' status or other status protected by applicable law.