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Program Specialist VII Child Find and Evaluation Technical Assistance Specialist -cc216-24669-B25-

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Austin, TX

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Applicants who are strongly being considered for employment must submit to a national criminal history background check. 
Performs highly advanced consultative services and technical assistance work for the Division of Special Education (Division).  Work involves planning, developing, and implementing policy related to child find, evaluations, and special education eligibility determinations. Coordinates, leads, and provides special education programmatic technical assistance to agency staff, Education Service Centers (ESC), school personnel, and other stakeholders with regard to child find, evaluations, and special education eligibility determinations.   Works collaboratively in teams under minimal supervision with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Additional Military Crosswalk (occupational specialty code) information can be accessed at: ****Essential Job Functions:
• Reviews current research and literature related to child find, evaluations, and special education eligibility determinations in order to ensure that the state's related policies and technical assistance are based on the most recent developments in the field. 
• Oversees writing, updating, and implementation of the state's policies related to child find, evaluations, and special education eligibility determinations.
• Collaborates with ESC State Leadership and with agency ESC Support Specialists on developing guidance and technical assistance documents associated with child find, evaluations, and special education eligibility determinations.
• Provides technical assistance to educators, parents, adult students, and ESCs related to child find, evaluations, and special education eligibility determinations.
• Serves on intra and inter-agency councils and work groups as assigned.
• Attends, presents at, and represents the state at state and national conferences with regard to child find, evaluations, and special education eligibility determinations.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications
Education:
Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with a degree in special education or related field required; related advanced degree preferred. Preference given to juris doctor or equivalent.

Experience:
Five (5) years of experience related to child find, administering and interpreting educational evaluations, and making special education eligibility determinations required. Experience at school district, education service center, university, or public agency preferred.

Certification/Licensure: 
Special education, diagnostician, licensed specialist in school psychology (LSSP), or related certification/license required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs):
Knowledge of:
Federal regulations, state laws, and State Board of Education (SBOE) and commissioner's rules pertaining to special education required; expert-level understanding of Child Find requirements, evaluation, and eligibility process required; in-depth understanding of the development and provision of special education and related services to students with disabilities required; in-depth understanding of the development of individualized educational programs (IEPs) that ensure, to the maximum extent appropriate, the participation of students with disabilities in the general education setting, in extracurricular activities, and in nonacademic settings.

Skill in:
Developing interpersonal working relationships, coordinating with a variety of stakeholders to develop statewide policies/procedures, technical assistance, and commissioner rule; leadership; facilitating and making presentations to large and small groups; analyzing and interpreting data and related data collection processes; reviewing and editing complex documents; and using a computer and Microsoft Office, and Adobe applications.

Ability to:
Work successfully in teams; manage multiple projects and meet time-lines; maintain confidentiality of information; and effectively communicate with a variety of audiences both orally and in writing.

NOTE:
  An in-box activity is required as part of the interview. A second round of interviews may be required.
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This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.

Salary is dependent on qualifications.

Positions exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will earn compensatory time off rather than overtime for hours in excess of 40 per week. May be required to work hours other than 8 to 5. May be required to work weekends and holidays.

In accordance with applicable federal and state equal opportunity laws, it is TEA's policy that no person shall be excluded from consideration for recruitment, selection, appointment, training, promotion, retention or any other personnel action, or be denied any benefits or participation in any educational programs or activities which it operates on the grounds of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or veteran status (except where age, sex, or disability constitutes a bona fide occupational qualification necessary to proper and efficient administration).

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires all new employees to present proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States. TEA does not sponsor H1-B work visas. Males, 18 to 25 years of age, are required to present proof of selection service registration (or exemption) prior to being employed by any state agency.

There is a 60-day waiting period for health insurance coverage.

This position requires the applicant to meet Agency standards and criteria which may include passing a pre-employment criminal background check, prior to being offered employment by the Agency.

Please note, TEA does not accept resumes.

An internal applicant who is selected for a position in their current salary group that has the same state title is not eligible for a salary increase. An internal applicant who is selected for a position in their current salary group with a new state title may receive an increase up to 3.4%.

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Other insurance options: You may select from two dental plans, employee and dependent term life, long-term and short-term disability, and long term care.

You may elect to participate in a flexible spending account.

Retirement: You and **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. each contributes 9.5% of your gross salary into a defined benefit retirement plan.

Voluntary retirement plans: You may elect to contribute to a 401(k), 403(b) and/or 457 plan.

Vacation leave: Effective your first day of work, you begin accruing vacation leave. Your rate of accrual increases based on length of employment. You may use accrued vacation leave once you have completed six months of continuous state service.

Sick leave: Employees earn eight (8) hours of sick leave each month.
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Please describe your education and experience
related to child find, administering and interpreting educational evaluations, and making special education eligibility determinations.
I have a bachelor's degree and five (5) years or more of the required experience.
I have a master's degree and five (5) years or more of the required experience.
I have a doctoral degree and five (5) years or more of the required experience.
None of the above accurately describes my education and experience.
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Do you have a certification/license in one or more of the following: Special education, diagnostician, licensed specialist in school psychology (LSSP), or related certification/license?
Yes I do.
No, I do not.
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