Utah State University

Special Education Program Specialist (Remote/Virtual)

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 1 month ago(9/17/2021 5:40 PM)
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# of Openings
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Program Management & Support
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
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E Eccles Jones Coll of Ed & Hum Svs
Inst for Disabil Res Policy & Pract
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits


The Special Education Program Specialist or Technical Assistance (TA) Specialist for the Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education (TAESE) provides technical assistance/professional development (TA/PD), as assigned, to TAESE clientele. All assigned technical assistance and professional development is specified in State contracts or associated with TAESE. The TA specialist will receive direction from the TAESE director, associate director(s), and State Education Agency (SEA) staff assigned to the specific activity


State Education Agency and school district technical assistance and professional development. (95%)

  • Have a knowledge and appreciation of the position of State Special Education Director.
  • Be familiar with and implement TAESE standards of TA/PD.
  • Research the unique educational culture and climate of assigned States and other clientele.
  • Take the lead of the State or school district client, provide support, and establish a positive relationship.
  • Develop a working understanding of special education general supervision and laws.
  • Be familiar with each States’ SPP/APR process and data.
  • Conduct activities with the knowledge of the role of the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) TA&D Centers, State supports, and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE).
  • Have an understanding of the role of the State Special Education Director and SEA staff.
  • Whenever appropriate, utilize technology in delivering TA/PD.
  • Apply correct interpretations of State regulations, IDEA, FERPA, ESSA, and 504 in all areas of TA/PD.
  • Conduct and participate in necessary conference calls with State and school district staff.
  • As directed, develop and/or revise State special education guidelines and documents.
  • Understand the role and functions of OSEP and Office of Civil Rights (OCR).
  • As requested, make presentations and provide trainings for clients.
  • Develop and make revisions to SEA and LEA orientation curriculum.
  • Continue to be current on all areas of special education and IDEA.
  • Develop agendas for all assigned activities.
  • Conduct an evaluation and submit a report for all TA/PD assigned activities.
  • Have group facilitation skills that will be used at the LEA and SEA levels.


Provide input and participate in USU/CPD/TAESE level activities (5%)

  • Participate in all relevant USU/CPD/TAESE events and activities.
  • Attend and report at TAESE quarterly staff meetings.
  • Follow all USU/CPD/TAESE policies and procedures.
  • Submit all TA/PD related paperwork and documentation.
  • Keep the TAESE director updated on all TA/PD activities.
  • Provide input regarding TAESE websites.
  • Participate in TAESE committee work.
  • Follow all USU/CPD/TAESE policies and procedures.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or higher in special education or related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in special education TA/PD to State and local education agencies.
  • Demonstrated experience in coordination and supervision of projects.
  • Demonstrated skills in professional verbal and written communication.
  • Ability to travel extensively (air and automobile) independently.
  • Proficiency in the use of MS Office Suite (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint) as well as data collection and evaluation tools such as Qualtrics or similar software.
  • Demonstrated understanding of IDEA, FERPA, ESSA, Section 504, and State special education regulations.
  • Demonstrated understanding of special education general supervision as applied to the SEA, including the State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR).
  • Demonstrated skills in developing professional PowerPoints and material packets.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the current Federal role in special education.
  • Experience in writing proposals and grant applications.
  • Excellent social and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in group facilitation and training.
  • Experience delivering technical assistance virtually from a variety of technological platforms.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctorate level degree in special education-related field.
  • Graduate level education and training in behavior analysis.
  • Demonstrated successful experience in delivering small and large-group professional development on topics of behavior in public schools, including classroom management, Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS), multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS), Response to Intervention (RtI) for behavior, and other behavior management related trainings.
  • Demonstrated experience with grant writing.
  • Experience in virtual teleconference meeting facilitation.
  • Ability to increase TAESE workload and contracted activities.
  • Knowledge of business models.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”

2. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

The Institute for Disability Research, Policy, & Practice is Utah’s federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). The CPD was established in 1972, and was the first UCEDD program in the U.S. to focus on the educational and social needs of children and adults with disabilities. The IDRPP has since grown into one of the largest UCEDD programs in the nation and is recognized as a pioneer in research, training, technical assistance, and services for children and adults with disabilities, families, and the professionals who serve them.


The IDRPP is committed to hiring qualified people with disabilities, veterans, and individuals from diverse communities and backgrounds.  We recognize that diversity makes us stronger, and we welcome applicants who bring something different and unique to our organization.  We value creativity, loyalty, and hard work.  We believe that we can change the world and make it a better, more inclusive place for everyone and we want to hire people who also believe that they can make a difference. We have high standards and we hire exceptional people.



We are working together to create inclusive communities and improve the lives of children and adults with disabilities and their families through sustainable innovation, collaborative research, responsive service, and interdisciplinary training and education.



We Innovate: We lead by developing dynamic, sustainable, forward-thinking programs and services.


We Include: We demonstrate how to effectively work toward inclusive communities in our planning, programs, and services. We celebrate diversity in ability, race, ethnicity, culture, language, gender, sexual orientation, politics, and religion. 


We Collaborate: We forge partnerships. Working together makes us more effective and responsive to the current needs of our clients and communities.


We Care: We do what we do because we care. We are making the world a better place for people with disabilities and their families.


Funding Statement

The Institute for Disability Research, Policy, & Practice is one of the largest research and outreach centers at USU, and we are largely funded through grants, contracts, and fee for service programs. All staff positions at the IDRPP are contingent upon funding, and all senior staff at the IDRPP with graduate degrees are responsible for helping to generate funding to support our operations and growth.


The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services is home to eight departments and is committed to providing the best learning opportunities and educational research in the state of Utah. Our programs are strengthened by an on-campus elementary laboratory school and five stand-alone centers, including the Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Clinical Excellence. The college offers clinical services to the community across the human lifespan and provide students with real-world service and research opportunities.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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