Title: Local Education Agency Facilitator (Research Project Coordinator)
Salary range: $55,000 – $66,157 annually plus benefits
Apply here: https://employment.ku.edu/staff/2927BR
The Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT) Center, a national technical assistance center researching fully integrated and coordinated systems and supports for inclusionary schoolwide reform, seeks a Local Education Agency (LEA) Facilitator/technical assistance provider to lead implementation efforts in Mississippi. LEA Facilitators/ technical assistance providers will guide and monitor a data-based action plan and provide direct evidence-based support to schools in mostly low-income, urban and rural districts. Implementation of the SWIFT framework results in the benefit of all students academically, socially, and behaviorally.
Interested applicants must have the ability to travel to schools and districts within Mississippi (specifically schools in Meridian and Sunflower County School Districts), as well as some additional travel to out of state meetings and conferences (e.g., Kansas, Washington, DC). LEA Facilitators/ technical assistance providers would seek to build capacity within the district and state to sustain and further scale up SWIFT practices in other schools and districts over time. The LEA Facilitators/ technical assistance providers will serve as the liaison between the SWIFT Center and state, district and school teams.
This will be a time- limited position through October 2017.
1. Work with the SWIFT Center National Leadership Consortium, the state, the district leadership teams and school coaches in order to develop and monitor implementation of an action plan. The action plan will be based on an analysis of relevant data with the goal of assisting schools to fully integrate and focus all resources to the benefit of all students. (20%)
2. Routinely visit assigned state, districts, and schools to lead the on-site technical assistance and professional development to ensure appropriate support is being provided to move forward the installation of SWIFT. (25%)
3. Serve as a liaison over an assigned region to maintain regular communication between on-site visits through email, conference calls, and skype with school, district and state personnel to support the continued installation of SWIFT. (20%)
4. Coordinate all SWIFT Center personnel coming into the geographical area and provide them with district specific information to streamline services, smooth transitions, and maintain adequate communication standard. (10%)
5. Participate in SWIFT conference calls and meetings, biannual National Leadership Consortium meetings, and annual Professional Learning Institutes. (10%)
6. Disseminate knowledge and influence education about integrated educational systems by publishing in peer reviewed journals and presenting at professional conferences (15%).
Required Qualifications: A cover letter must specifically address how applicant meets required and preferred qualifications that follow.
1. EDD, PhD (or ABD) OR – Masters level training (e.g., MS, MA) in Education, Special Education, Psychology or other similar highly related field and each of the following:
2. At least 2 yrs experience supporting educators and school or district teams to implement academic and/or behavior multi-tiered systems of support or response to intervention.
3. At least 2 yrs experience providing professional development to schools or districts around inclusive practice.
4. At least 2 yrs. experience working with State Education Agencies and Institutions of Higher Education, including project management and cross-agency collaboration.
5. At least 2 years of experience working with individuals who have diverse learning needs.
1. Education or experience in school reform, sustainability, and scale up practices preferably in urban or rural schools and districts.
2. Additional education or experience in Universal Design for Learning (UDL), curriculum, positive behavior support, policy, and family and community engagement.
3. At least 2 years experience utilizing a problem solving process using data to make decisions at the school or district level and/or experience supporting educators on how to utilize data to guide decision making.
4. At least 4 years experience teaching regular or special education at the K-8 level, including students with very high needs academically and/or behaviorally.
5. At least 2 years experience developing/facilitating/maintaining communities of practice.
6. Experience collaborating across local, district, and state levels.
7. Ability to establish effective working relations in multi-cultural, educational team environments.
8. Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
9. Excellent leadership, interpersonal, teamwork, and verbal and written communication skills.
10. Resides in Mississippi.
Review of applicants begins on Thursday, April 9th, 2015 and continues as needed to collect a pool of qualified applicants. To ensure consideration, apply on or before Thursday, Wednesday, April 8, 2015.