Utah State University

Technical Assistance Specialist

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(9/8/2023 5:32 PM)
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Benefited Full-Time
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E Eccles Jones Coll of Ed & Hum Svs
Inst for Disabil Res Policy & Pract
Advertised Salary
Minimum $80,000; commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


The Technical Assistance (TA) Specialist for the Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education (TAESE) provides Special Education 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 funding agency staff assigned to the specific activity.


Exempt positions are eligible for excellent benefits including: 13 paid holidays, earn 22 days of paid vacation leave and 12 days of sick leave per year, 50% tuition reduction for employees and dependents, competitive health benefits packages and a generous contribution into your retirement. View more information here: Summary of Benefits 2023-2024.


This position is telework eligible within the state of Utah. Telework outside of the state of Utah is subject to review and approval by the University prior to a job offer being extended. 


  • 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/IDRPP/TAESE events and activities.
    • Attend and report at TAESE staff meetings.
    • Follow all USU/IDRPP/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/IDRPP/TAESE policies and procedures.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or higher in special education or related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in delivering 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 applicable federal laws and regulations, such as 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 scope of work 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

  3. Responses to the following questions as part of the application process:
    • Have you worked for a State Education Agency within the past 3 years?
    • Have you had at least 5 years’ experience working as a special education teacher or provider?
    • Do you LOVE standing up in front of people and conducting trainings about special education?
    • Are you willing and able to travel independently at least once per month in order to conduct training and special education technical assistance?

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

Advertised Salary

Minimum $80,000; 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 (IDRPP) is Utah’s federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). The IDRPP opened its doors 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. Over the past 50 years the IDRPP has 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, their families, and the professionals who serve them.


The IDRPP is committed to hiring people with disabilities, veterans, and diverse individuals from all communities and backgrounds.  We value visible and invisible differences, and we recognize that diversity makes us stronger.  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 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.

College Highlights

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 provides students with real-world service and research opportunities.

University Highlights

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is Utah’s premier land-grant and space-grant university, with a strong commitment to excellence, access, and inclusion. USU serves approximately 27,500 students throughout the state at three residential campuses, eight statewide campuses, and 23 education centers. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for over 25 years, and USU Extension provides outreach and service to all counties in Utah.  


As a land-grant university, USU engages communities and empowers people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. As an R1 research institution, USU provides a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education at an affordable price. Washington Monthly has consistently ranked USU in the top 10 among public universities for contribution to social mobility, research, and public service.  


Utah State is committed to cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community where different perspectives, values, cultures, and identities are acknowledged, welcomed, and valued. We seek to recruit, hire, and retain people from all walks of life who will champion excellence in education, research, discovery, outreach, and service. We believe that promoting a strong sense of community and belonging empowers and engages all members of USU to thrive and be successful. Learn more about USU. 


The university provides a Dual Career Assistance Program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment. Additionally, USU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources at (435) 797-0122 or hr@usu.edu. 


About the Region

U.S. News and World Report ranked Utah first for its strong economy, fiscal stability, education, and health care. Outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities abound throughout the state, including five national parks, 43 state parks and recreation areas, and 15 alpine ski resorts. The home of USU’s main campus, Logan, is a city of 54,000-plus people in a picturesque mountain valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. The Logan metro area claimed the top spot in the Milken Institute’s 2022 ranking for best-performing small cities in the nation. 


*updated 7/2023

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 Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Cody Carmichael, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322

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


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