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State of Massachusetts Special Education Support Specialist in Boston, Massachusetts

The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) is an agency focused on building a coordinated, comprehensive system of early education and care services in Massachusetts. EEC’s mission is to lead the way in helping Massachusetts’ children and families reach their full potential. By providing and coordinating a range of services and assistance, EEC will continuously improve the quality, affordability and accessibility of early education and care in the Commonwealth. EEC Seeks to hire a Special Education Support Specialist to join its' Research and Program Innovation Unit. The Special Education Support Specialist is responsible for supporting new and existing EEC regulations, requirements and initiatives in the early education and care field. They monitor grants, contractors, and programs using EEC funds and stay current on research and trends to develop professional development opportunities for educators. Detailed Statement of Duties and Responsibilities: * Promote quality of services for children with special needs through coordination of local and state wide partnerships between EEC, DESE, DPH and other relevant agencies * Support program design to ensure the quality of services for children with special needs in early education and out of school time settings * Support coordination of professional development support, including, but not limited to higher education, trainings, technical assistance, conferences, and workshops. * Work closely with local collaborations working to improve equitable local supports to children with special needs and reduce suspension and expulsion rates * Analyze and propose improvement to systemic efforts to support families in accessing inclusive and high-quality early education programs, managing transitions and understanding available services * Compile, analyze and present data and information on, special education, inclusion and transition to inform grants, policies and initiatives, including developing written materials and reports for external partners, the legislature and other stakeholders. Develop written materials including briefs and reports on topics relevant to this work * Track state and national trends/research on and about best practices for inclusion, special education, early intervention and early education and care programming for relevance for EEC programs, policies, and initiatives. * Support project development from conceptualization to completion, including managing necessary collaboration with other staff and agencies * Develop and facilitate presentations to external/internal audiences. * Participate in EEC policy projects and initiatives as assigned. * Other related duties. Preferred Qualifications: * Experience working in early intervention, special education or other related fields * Experience with project management, contracts and grant monitoring, and/or program evaluation including the collection and analysis of data and the integration of data results to inform the work * Experience working with families utilizing strength based family engagement practices * Knowledge of Federal IDEA regulations, IEP and IFSP processes and procedures. * Skill managing others to think critically, plan collaboratively and manage grantees and contractors to effective outcomes * Success working with a range of diverse stakeholders and tailoring approach and communication to successfully meet project goals and timelines. * Excellent written and oral communication skills * Advanced degree in special education, education, early education, public policy or related field * Adept at effectively managing multiple priorities in high-demand environment * Strong ability to analyze problems and take initiative in generating strategic solutions. * Demonstrated success working independently and collaboratively * Extensive skills using computers and familiarity with Microsoft Access, Excel, Word, and Power Point. Questions regarding this posting may be directed to Jillian Auerbach in Human Resources atjillian.g.auerbach@mass.gov First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. Minimum Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have a Bachelor’s Degree and at least four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional educational experience in a specific, relevant, or related content area, educational program/or service. Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator’s License or the equivalent from another state may be required. Substitutions: A Master’s degree or higher in a specific or related educational content area may be substituted for two years of the required experience. Thirty (30) semester hours equals one year of experience for substitution purposes. Education toward a degree in a specific or related educational content area will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed. Executive Order #595:As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption. An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Job: Education* *Organization: Department of Early Education and Care *Title: *Special Education Support Specialist Location: Massachusetts-Boston - 50 Milk St Requisition ID: 21000A43

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