Coordinator, Special Education
The Coordinator, Special Education is responsible for: 1) coordinating the Experiential Education Internship (EEI) program, an inclusive internship program for people with intellectual disabilities interested in arts administration. The Coordinator will oversee all aspects of the program, including communication with social agencies, families, educators, job coaches, and other interested parties; the recruitment, onboarding, training, and support of EEI Interns; and the differentiation, and teaching of program content, and 2) supporting other special education programs and projects, including professional development resources, webinars, and workshops, and the VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference, and 3) assisting with other programs and projects of the Office of VSA and Accessibility This position reports to the Manager, Special Education.
Duties and Responsibilities:
65% Coordinate Experiential Education Initiative (EEI) Internship Program
Administer and run the Experiential Education Initiative (EEI) Internship program for young people with intellectual disabilities and/or multiple disabilities.
Program Administration (20%): Document the program’s development expansion, and progress, and assist in reporting. Collect program data and report on impact. Represent the program and the Kennedy Center on social media and in the community through presentations and attendance at local disability community events.
Worksite Design, Hiring, Recruitment (15%): Identify appropriate internship placements and assist supervisors to craft appropriate work experiences. Carryout all aspects of recruitment and hiring process, including communication with social service agencies that refer applicants. Develop and maintain relationships with local transition/social service agencies to identify potential interns and serve as a liaison between the service providers, Kennedy Center staff, and EEI Interns and their families. Support KC staff, applicants, and job coaches throughout.
Job Coaching, Instruction, and Support (30%): Support the integration of EEI Interns into the Kennedy Center College Internship program, including setting goals and objectives, providing job coaching and structured intervention techniques, assist the interns in mastering job tasks, and administrative procedures. Foster the interns’ success and independence on the job and around the Center. Support social integration by modeling appropriate workplace behaviors. Work closely with the Coordinator, Internships and Fellowships to ensure EEI Interns are meaningfully included in all KC Internship activities. Train and support supervisors during the intern’s placement. Exercise good judgment and discretion to provide crisis management and intervention when unforeseen problems arise. Author incident reports and coordinate response.
35% Special Education Program Support
Assist with coordination for other special education programs as assigned, including professional development activities such as monthly webinars, resource publication, and the annual VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference.
Professional Development (20%): Support the planning and implementation of the annual VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference. Coordinate and run the monthly professional development webinar series.
Cross-Department Support (5%): Support and advise across the Education Division on creative careers, internships, transition, and workforce readiness programming. Develop and produce resources and provide technical assistance on issues in workplace inclusion and transition. Assist with VSA Contract work in this area.
Administrative Duties (10%): Assist the Manager, Special Education and coordinate daily office activities. Maintain relevant office systems, contact databases, marketing strategies, and registration logistics. Prepare and keep current financial information, process contracts, requisitions, and purchase orders in a timely manner. May be required to travel on an occasional basis.
Bachelor’s degree and at least 2 years of program administration or service coordination experience; 4 years’ experience in one or more of the following fields: special education, job coaching, social services, or transition support. Master’s degree in special education or related field preferred.
Minimum Skills and/or Knowledge Required
- Must demonstrate in-depth knowledge of best practice in supporting young adults with intellectual disabilities in workplace settings. Must understand issues related to and affecting the professional experiences of people with disabilities, and have experience supporting adolescents/young adults with disabilities and their families.
- Must have expertise in special education and knowledge of current issues and concerns in transitioning youth with disabilities from educational environments to the workplace. Must have knowledge of some or all of the following: typical and atypical student development, developmental and cognitive/intellectual disabilities, autism, language and learning disabilities, communication disabilities such as deafness and/or blindness, and awareness of the broad spectrum of disability.
- Familiarity with arts education issues and working knowledge of the performing arts, theater jobs, and theater administration helpful.
- Strong communication skills that reflect an understanding of dynamics in social service agencies and proven success in cultivating and maintaining partnerships. Must be able to analyze and express concepts related to workplace accommodations, job coaching, and intervention supports for both the professional and the layperson.
- Strong customer service and interpersonal skills. Ability to establish and maintain productive working relationships. Comfort interacting with people with disabilities.
- Strong communication skills, pleasant manner and demeanor, good phone skills. Ability to take charge and work independently, yet still take instruction and work with a team. Must manage and complete complex assignments with little supervision. Must manage time and prioritize projects, while responding quickly to internship-related issues. Must have the ability to work well under pressure, meet deadlines, handle numerous tasks simultaneously, and handle confidential information.
- Must be comfortable interacting with staff from a variety of departments, local service providers such as schools and social service agencies, and persons with disabilities and their families.
- Knowledge of and experience with arts, education, and disability issues.
- Must be proficient with core office skills including office, phone and email etiquette, and with core office computer applications such as Go-to-Webinar/Meeting, Excel, Word and Power Point.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a world premier performing arts organization and our nation’s cultural center. Diversity is a critical component of our mission, vision, and values. Our staff exhibits a wide variety of perspectives and experiences which enable us to foster and strengthen an environment of diversity and inclusion. We offer a comprehensive range of benefits including medical, dental and vision insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, and a 403(b) retirement plan.