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The Arkansas Department of Education Special Education Division Manager is responsible for directing the education programs for students with special needs. This position is

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Special Job Requirements:

Frequent in-state and out of state travel is required.

Typical Functions:

Directs all work of the Special Education Unit, including grants and data management, dispute resolution, non-traditional educational programs and settings, state program development, and monitoring program effectiveness. Supervises staff of Special Education Unit by interviewing and recommending for hire, training, approving work assignments, and evaluating job performance. Oversees the collection, analysis, and reporting of local education agency data for the development and revision of the Arkansas State Performance Plan (ASPP) for Special Education and the Annual Performance Report (APR) to the United States Department of Education. Develops policies and procedures to ensure state and local agency compliance with federal and state statutes pertaining to children with disabilities. Provides guidance and information on the education of children and youth with disabilities to the agency Commissioner, Governor’s Office, General Assembly, Congressional delegation, and other governmental agency personnel, school officials and staffs, educational cooperatives, higher education institutions, parents, and organizations. Secures necessary federal, state, and local funds, including grant awards, to fund special education mandates and initiatives. Prepares and conducts presentations and training on various disability topics at local, state, regional and national levels. Serves on national, regional, and state commissions, boards, and task forces necessary to benefit Arkansas’ programs for special education. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of supervisory techniques and practices. Knowledge of federal and state laws, rules, and regulations that govern the provision of special education and related services to children and youth with disabilities. Knowledge of public education system. Knowledge of fiscal management, budgeting for internal operations, and grant writing. Knowledge of data analysis and interpretation, and its application to the design of policies, grant applications, and evaluation/performance reports. Ability to assign and coordinate work activities and to monitor the performance of subordinates. Ability to conduct programmatic reviews and develop policies and procedures governing programs. Ability to communicate in oral and written forms. Ability to prepare reports and make public presentations. Ability to organize and adapt work to meet changing needs and conditions.

Minimum Qualifications:

Licensed as a Special Education Instructional Specialist, or Certified Public School Administrator in accordance with ACA 6-17-401. The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in education; plus six years of experience in special education or a related area, including four years of experience in a supervisory capacity. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

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