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There is currently one full-time position available with the Office of Student Learning & Partnerships at the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) in Salem, Oregon. This is an executive position and serves at the pleasure of the Deputy Superintendent.
The Oregon Department of Education provides statewide leadership for all elementary and secondary students in Oregon’s public school districts and education service districts. Responsibility also extends to public preschool programs, the state School for the Deaf, regional programs for children with disabilities, and education programs in Oregon youth corrections facilities.
The Office of Student Learning & Partnerships (OSL&P) supports and monitors programs that provide direct services to diverse learners and assists in the development of strategies to address unique learning differences. Units in this office manage programs that include special education, early childhood education, accountability and program compliance, and capacity building and partnerships with community stakeholders. This work is designed to ensure that multiple teaching and learning strategies encompass student needs derived from socio-economic, social, emotional, linguistic, cultural, ethnic or other differences. This focus allows learners to demonstrate their performance skills and to benefit from participation in meaningful venues as they prepare to become contributing members of the adult community.
Salem, Oregon, is a growing community located in the heart of the Willamette Valley, one of the most fertile and agriculturally productive regions in the world. The area is dotted with cities, farms and forests and is considered one of the most livable areas of the country, offering a low cost of living, quality schools and mild weather.
The city covers 47 square miles and has a population of approximately 156,000. Salem, the state capital, is one of the valley’s oldest cities. The principal industries are agriculture, government, food processing, lumber, manufacturing, education and tourism. Salem has both private and public schools, pre-school through university level.
The Salem area is rich with parks, rivers, lakes and recreational activities, including hiking, fishing, biking, boating, equestrian trails, organized children’s sports and activities, artisan markets, theatre, museums, art fairs, music fairs and the Oregon State Fair. A short driving distance to the east is world class skiing in the Cascade Mountains. To the west are many beautiful public beaches on the Pacific Ocean. To the north is Portland, Oregon’s cultural hub and largest city, and to the south are the rivers and canyons of the beautiful Rogue Valley and the annual Oregon Shakespearean Festival in Ashland.
Responsible to the Deputy Superintendent to ensure that all students, especially those with disabilities and other special needs benefit from effective educational services and programs and related services that lead to successful transition to adult life, independent living, and employment by:
Leading, directing, and administering special education and related services for the State of Oregon.
Developing, promoting, and implementing effective programs of services through school reform, instructional excellence, and interagency collaboration.
Administering a biennial budget exceeding $450 million for operations, contracts, and grants for special education, related services, educational services, evaluation, research, program and resource development, personnel development, and other activities.
Working with advisory groups such as the State Advisory Council for Special Education, the Cooperative Personnel Planning Council, the Higher Education Council, the Policy and Planning Committee of the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators, and others to create and sustain coordinated programs and services in an effective manner.
Extensive travel in state and nationally with frequent overnight and extended stays for meetings and conferences which frequently occur during evenings and weekends. Work often extends into the evening and into the weekend. Communication with eastern states and the US Department of Education requires work beginning frequently before 7:00 am.
The successful candidate will have eight years of management experience in an education-related organization which included responsibility for each of the following:
a) development of program rules and policies,
b) development of long- and short-range goals and plans,
c) program evaluation, and
d) budget preparation.
Your resume or CV will be reviewed and qualified applicants with backgrounds that most closely match the needs of the position will be invited to interview.
You must apply through our online State of Oregon Jobs page. You can view the entire job announcement, including applications instructions, online at EDUC12-0061 Assistant Superintendent, Student Learning and Partnerships or our JOBS page at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=71.
**To apply please submit the following four (4) items. A full online application is not required, but you must establish an account/user profile with the State of Oregon’s e-Recruit system and submit the following materials**
1. A resume or curriculum vitae that clearly describes your experience, skills and/or knowledge related to the requirements of the position and demonstrates that you meet the minimum qualifications as listed above. Please attach as CV EDUC12-0061.
2. A narrative explaining how your background, experience and training qualify you for this position. Please describe your experience and training specifically how they relate to the desired attributes listed below. If you do not respond to each of the desired attributes, you may not be offered an interview.
Qualified applicants whose background most closely matches the desired attributes will be invited to interview. Please attach as Narrative EDUC12-0061.
* 5 or more years experience administering a special education program involving multiple agencies.
* Experience in budget management.
* Demonstrated leadership in program development, renewal, and innovation.
* Expertise in special education law and policy at the federal, state and local level.
* Demonstrated commitment to equity and opportunity for individuals with disabilities.
* Demonstrated commitment to equity and opportunity for individuals with minority ethnic, cultural, and language backgrounds.
3. Three (3) letters of recommendation. Please attach as Letters EDUC12-0061. Do not submit more than three (3).
4. Answers to the following questions. Limit your answers to no more than one (1) page per answer. Please attach as Answers EDUC12-0061.
1. Describe the various responsibilities of the Federal Government, State Education Agency and Local Education Agency with respect to the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
2. How does your career path lead you to apply for this position?
3. What does the Governor's 40-40-20 goal mean for students with disabilities?
4. What would you do, as Assistant Superintendent, to change education for an individual student with a disability?
5. Describe how you have and would work with other agencies and constituent groups.
Depending on the volume of applications received for this recruitment, you should allow two weeks after the close date to be notified concerning the review of your application. This job announcement may be used to fill future vacancies in this class of work. Apply now if you are interested in this or future vacancies.
Your application materials must clearly describe how you meet these qualifications.
Only complete applications will be considered. Be sure to attach all required documents. Late submissions will not be accepted.
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