The Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionality (TAC-D) aims to disrupt, dismantle and eliminate disproportionality by building the capacity of educators to implement Culturally Responsive Equity-Based Systems that meet the needs of all students and families. TAC-D provides training and technical assistance in New York state regions, and districts cited by New York State Education Department for disproportionate representation of racial and ethnic groups in (a) special education and related services; (b) in specific disability categories; (c) in special education placement and/or (d) in disciplinary practices.
The Project Associate will provide training and technical assistance in a variety of key educational reform areas in districts and schools related to leadership, capacity building, instructional practices, and social emotional learning, as well as, family engagement initiatives' and how each area intersects with equity, race and culture. Responsibilities include, but will not be limited to:
Serve as specialist on issues related to disproportionality in general and special education. Disseminate timely, relevant resources to districts, and schools.
Work with state agencies and other regional organizations to influence district and school practices on ensuring equity in race, national origin, and gender.
Develop and implement comprehensive culturally responsive school improvement plans for schools, districts, and state education agencies.
Effectively participate in partnerships with external organizations (e.g., business, non-profits) in order to maximize the potential of achieving education reform goals for all students.
Attend and participate in a variety of school and district meetings to represent the center's position.
Coordinate and collaborate effectively with the team members.
A Masters degree or higher in education, special education, psychology, education administration, or public administration.
At least 4-5 years of experience working in districts and/or schools.
At least 1 year of experience providing technical assistance on disproportionality and students with disabilities to districts and/or schools and working with culturally and linguistically diverse students.
Substantive knowledge on education reform, achievement gap research, English as a New Language (ENL), disproportionality in special education, race in schools, and race and gender equity.
Strong written and oral communication skills.
Computer skills in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Creative and independent thinker.
Able to work under pressure and time constraints.
Available to travel 90% of the time.
Able to make a 3-4 year commitment.
K-12 teaching and coaching experience is preferred.
Submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae or resume and letter of recommendation. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
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