EDUCATION PROGRAM SPECIALIST - OFFICE OF EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN: THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION - DISPUTE RESOLUTION SECTION

EDUCATION PROGRAM SPECIALIST - OFFICE OF EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN: THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION - DISPUTE RESOLUTION SECTION

Job Announcement: Education Program Specialist 

The Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children, is seeking an individual who is highly skilled in problem solving and verbal and written communication to serve as Education Program Specialist in the Dispute Resolution section. 

Major Responsibilities and Duties: 

On behalf of the Office for Exceptional Children (OEC) ensures compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and state regulations through the formal complaint process: 

  • Investigates IDEA formal complaints within the 60-day federal timeline; 
  • Ensures formal and neutral complaint process are followed; 
  • Provides technical assistance to parties regarding the process, develops various complaint letters; 
  • Develops interview questions and conducts interviews; 
  • Conducts onsite visits (as applicable); 
  • Develops a letter of allegation, including issues based on the original complaint, and provides legal citation; 
  • Develops a letter of finding including restating issues from the letter of allegations, facts pertinent to each issue, finding of a violation or non-violation; 
  • Develops a corrective action plan if there is noncompliance; 
  • Provides technical assistance to district administrators, advocates, attorneys, parents and organizations regarding the dispute resolution process and IDEA; 
  • Responds to inquiries regarding the dispute resolution processes and IDEA; 
  • Makes presentations to State agencies, committees, parents, school districts and other groups on a variety of special education topics. 


Minimum Qualifications: 

Completion of a Master’s degree in one of the following areas: Education [i.e., special education, educational administration/leadership, curriculum (core academic content), assessment, education technology, cross-cultural studies, English language learner (ELL), gifted, psychology (i.e., school psychology, educational psychology), educational guidance/counseling]; Social Work; Public Policy; Public Administration; Juris Doctorate; Communication; Journalism; Dispute Resolution; Social Sciences; Criminal Justice; and 3 years of experience in any combination of the following: 

  • Legal and/or analytical writing. 
  • Direct or administrative experience dealing with Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) related rules, policies, and procedures (e.g., writing and implementing special education procedures and required documents). 
  • Analysis of documents and records, and in conducting investigatory interviews (e.g., phone, in-person). 


Additional Information: 

- Starting compensation for this position is non-negotiable at $27.76 hourly/$57,741 annually with the opportunity to advance in pay after 6 months. 

- This position is located in Columbus, Ohio but requires travel throughout State of Ohio and may require overnight stay. (Must be willing and able to secure a valid Driver’s License OR supply your own transportation.) 


All qualified candidates should apply at www.careers.ohio.gov no later than January 17, 2020. 

The Ohio Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability (ADA), age or veteran status in employment, programs, or against individuals receiving services.