Education Specialist III - Special Projects Specialist

at State of Maine, Bureau of Human Resources in Augusta, Maine, United States

Job Description

Education Specialist III – Special Projects Specialist

Augusta, Maine | Education | Full-time | COVID-19 remote Apply by: Sept. 2, 2021 Apply with Linkedin Apply

Department of Education

Education Specialist III – Special Projects Specialist

- limited-period- Anticipated vacancy -


Code:3060 Pay Grade:26 – $48,568.00 – $72,321.60/annually

OPEN: August 20, 2021

CLOSES: September 2, 2021


Maine provides quality education to individuals with disabilities, including highly effective transition planning that is student centered and student driven. Transition planning is developed based on individual strengths, needs, preferences and interests and supports community inclusion, independent living, employment and post-secondary educational goals. The Special Projects Specialist will play a crucial role in creating, developing and promoting this important work.

This is professional services work in the area of special education, working primarily. The primary focus of this position is assisting in planning, research, program development, and coordination of projects under the Program Coordinator for Special Projects. In particular, the position contributes to the execution and oversight of various projects for the Department of Education, Office of Special Services. This position promotes the development and implementation of policies and procedures to improve outcomes for students with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). This position supports the development of extended eligibility through the coordination of professional development, technical assistance, and program expansion. It also assists in planning targeted professional development, online content, and resources for educators. This position will offer both remote and in person work opportunities.


TYPICAL DUTIES of this position include, but are not limited to:

+ Develop, coordinate and administer a plan for the implementation of professional development for SAU’s in the area of evidence-based transition planning

+ Provide professional development and technical assistance to SAU’s in order to strengthen programming for students eligible for extended school programming.

+ Assist with the development and implementation of a technical assistance to school districts for improved outcomes for students with disabilities.

+ Assist with the development and implementation of a coherent set of interventions and evaluation for Indicator 13 of the State Performance Plan for increasing proficiency for students with disabilities.

+ Develop web-based resource for SAU’s to access for improved outcomes for students with disabilities.

+ Respond by phone and email to questions from administrators, teachers, other educators, and community members in order to provide technical assistance and clarification of department rules.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED to successfully perform the tasks assigned:

+ Knowledge of federal and state special education requirements and evolving learning research and exemplary educational practices, especially in transition planning

+ Knowledge of federal determinations and requirements for improving Maine’s status.

+ Knowledge of current issues in special education policy.

+ Knowledge of regulations governing Educator Effectiveness and Getting to Proficiency.

+ Knowledge of the use of technology (including webinars) for the delivery of technical assistance and professional development.

+ Knowledge of proficiency based education and assessment, and its implementation for students with disabilities.

+ Knowledge of current and emerging state and federal legislation, rules and regulations impacting special education.

+ Knowledge of curriculum and instructional programs and best practices.

+ Knowledge of data collection and documentation strategies.

+ Ability to analyze data and systems and make informed recommendations to DOE leadership.

+ Ability to assist organizations with systematic change strategies/organizational development.

+ Ability to plan, organize and prioritize short and long term projects and use of team resources within budget set by Director

+ Ability to advise on policy or interpret regulatory information communicated to the field in dispatches.

+ Ability to apply and facilitate group dynamics and to use exemplary interpersonal skills.

+ Ability to manage projects and supervise staff.


To qualify, candidates must have a Bachelors’ degree in education or a related field, and four (4) years professional level experience in special education or special education administration. A Master’s degree in education/special education or a related area may be substituted for experience on a year-to-year basis.

Preference will be given to applicants who have five (5) years successful experience as a special education teacher or special education administer. Preference will also be given to applicants who have at least two (2) years’ experience with regular education as a teacher or administrator and experience with systemic, continuous improvement work, professional development, and technical assistance.

You must submit a cover letter and resume’ to be considered for an interview.


The bi-weekly dollar values of some State-paid benefits for full-time employees include: $14.60 for dental insurance; 13.16% of employee’s pay towards retirement; and, depending on the employee’s annual pay, at least 85% ($412.23) of health insurance premiums (more information is available here). Participation in theHealth Premium Credit Programcan decrease the employee’s cost of health insurance by 5%.

Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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Job Posting: JC188790701

Posted On: Jul 29, 2021

Updated On: Sep 05, 2021