WVDE VACANCIES

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WV Department of Education.
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Title of Vacancy
Coordinator of Accessibility and Alternate Assessment, Charleston, WV

Administrative Unit
Division of Teaching and Learning, Office of Assessment

Expectations
1. The staff member works effectively as a member of an educational team. 
2. The staff member demonstrates self-control and exhibits an attitude of mutual respect. 
3. The staff member is ethical and demonstrates good work habits. 
4. The staff member demonstrates an ability to work effectively with district personnel. 
5. The staff member is capable of doing staff development and has good presentation skills. 
6. The staff member demonstrates problem solving skills and is highly self-directed.

Duties and Responsibilities
The coordinator will provide leadership in the development, administration, scoring and reporting of the West Virginia Alternate Summative Assessment, and in ensuring state-required assessments are accessible for all students, including those who require accommodations or supports. Specifically, the coordinator will:  
 
1. Coordinate the West Virginia Alternate Summative Assessment.  
2. Coordinate the distribution of reports for the alternate assessment. 
3. Conduct training on alternate assessment. 
4. Maintain communication regarding the alternate assessment, accessibility issues, and accommodations throughout the year, particularly during testing. 
5. Coordinate assessment development efforts with Office of Special Education and Office of Federal Programs. 
6. Communicate with district test coordinators. 
7. Provide leadership for accessibility and accommodations for state-required assessment. 
8. Develop, review, and revise manuals and documents, including the West Virginia Guidelines for Participation in State Assessments. 
9. Coordinate accessibility processes for all state assessment programs (WVS.326, IEP, ELP plans revision and automatic uploads). 
10. Serve as contact to accept/approve all requests for accommodations that are not currently approved, from District Test Coordinators/Special Education Directors/Title III Directors. 
11. Coordinate/plan meetings, prepare related materials/ deliver training, facilitate meetings, etc. 
12. Develop and/or revise letters, agendas, minutes of meetings and conference calls, memorandums, and reports. 
13. Attend and participate in national meetings and conferences. 
14. Work effectively as a member of a team with regard to editing and staging assessment items. 
15. Coordinate the technical aspects of the alternate assessment.  
16. Manage and oversee updates on state and vendor website. 
17. Design and develop test items. 
18. Participate in assessment activities such as bias and sensitivity reviews and other assessment development activities.  
19. Provide professional development for assessments that are managed within the Office of Assessment. 
20. Coordinate the state’s submission of evidence for federal assessment peer review for the alternate summative assessment and provide support for the state’s submission of evidence for the general summative assessment. 
21. Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director. 
 
EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIP: 
Department of Education staff are employed upon recommendation of the State Superintendent of Schools and are state employees. No representative or employee of the state is authorized to enter into any employment contract or other agreement. Department staff work under the direction of the State Superintendent of Schools for the general supervision of the free schools in the state and implementing the policies of the board and other necessary tasks as determined by the State Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee. Each employee is “at-will” and subject to termination by the State Superintendent of Schools at any time, with or without notice, cause or compensation. 
 
The employment relationship between the State Superintendent of Schools and the employee may be terminated by either party. Reasons for termination by the State Superintendent of Schools include, but are not limited to, immorality, incompetency, cruelty, insubordination, intemperance, willful neglect of duty, unsatisfactory performance, the conviction of a felony or a guilty plea or a plea of no contest to a felony charge, misuse of funds or property, violations of law or policies of the state board, lack of need, or a lack or loss of funding.

Qualifications
Academic Credentials & Knowledge: 
1. Master’s Degree in Special Education. 
2. West Virginia Teacher Certification (with preference for certification in special education). 
3. Knowledge of assistive technologies; special education issues; and English learners. 
4. Knowledge of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), American with Disabilities Act, Section 504 and the Individual with Disabilities Act and their implications for assessing students. 
5. Knowledge of the best practices in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. 
6. Strong understanding of the formative assessment process. 
 
Skills & Experience: 
7. Five years’ experience as an educator in special education or related field. 
8. Experience with Individualized Education Plans (IEP). 
9. Experience with students with significant cognitive disabilities. 
10. Experience with alternate and other large scale assessments. 
11. Strong facilitation and strategic planning skills. 
12. Background that indicates strong interpersonal skills. 
13. Effective written and oral communication skills. 
14. Technology skills.  
15. Skill in office software including spreadsheets, databases and word processing. 

Desired Qualifications
Academic Credentials & Knowledge: 
1. Ability to understand technical reports and psychometric methods. 
2. Familiarity with the organizational structure of the state department of education. 
3. Expertise in accessibility, accommodations, and issues of fairness in testing. 
4. Knowledge of data systems including WVEIS and Online IEP. 
5. Familiarity with state assessment policies (such as WVBE Policy 2340, WVBE Policy 2419, etc.) and procedures.  
6. Awareness of the federal requirements for state assessments. 
 
Skills & Experience: 
7. Administrative experience. 
8. Two years professional experience working with accessibility issues. 
9. Administrator experience at the school level or higher. 
10. Experience in writing and communication findings to policy makers, administrators, educators, the general public and parents. 
11. Ability to create materials to work with a variety of vendors and staff. 
12. Experience in planning and scheduling. 
 
This position is contingent upon the continuation of federal funds. 
 
Candidates for employment must complete an official application form that may be obtained by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (304) 558-2702. The application may be downloaded at http://wvde.state.wv.us/hr/jobOpportunities.php.

Salary
$72, 872.00-$79, 872.00 (Commensurate with educational level.)

Closing Date (by 4:00pm Eastern Daylight Time)
January 22, 2018

Apply to
Liz Bryant, Executive Secretary or Samantha Harvey, Secretary 
Office of Human Resources 
Building 6, Room 264 
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East 
Charleston, West Virginia 25305-0330 
Phone: 304-558-2702  
Fax: 304-558-0216 
Email: wvde.hr@k12.wv.us 


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