Transition Specialist

Atlanta, Georgia
Jul 09, 2018
Aug 08, 2018
Position Number 0080076
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level

Under limited supervision, coordinates all necessary research, administrative, and programmatic support related to inclusive post-secondary education, k-12 education, and transition.  Responsible for assisting the staff and Council in activities such as supporting grant and project development and implementation e.g. conducting research for policy analysis, providing technical assistance to contractors, assisting in contract budget monitoring and data analysis; fielding consumer calls; and attendance and/or participation in public meetings and forums. Requires knowledge of similar program operations, policies, and procedures. This position requires some travel and occasional weekend meetings.

Responsibility Number 1

Researches and analyzes program/operation data; generates regular and ad hoc statistical and informational reports. 

Performance Standards

  1. Works with Deputy Director to identify topics that may warrant research and analysis, providing needed assistance such as data collection and analysis, report composition and/or making presentations.
  2. Initiates research projects based on the Council's established programmatic and legislative priorities.
  3. Demonstrates understanding and formulates methodology to review or analyze information using a variety of data collection methods and analytical tools using both quantitative and qualitative data.
  4. Develops, compiles and analyzes surveys, focus group data, and other data to formulate policy and programmatic recommendations for Council members, staff, advocates, and others.
  5. Prepares position papers, issues papers and other kinds of reports for review by Council members, staff, advocates, legislators and others.

  Responsibility Number 2

Works with Public Policy Director to review and analyze policy proposals, proposed regulations and legislation, position papers, and other documents to evaluate their soundness and potential impact on people with developmental disabilities.

Performance Standards         

  1. Researches programmatic issues affecting program areas or special projects.
  2. Attends meetings with legislators, agency representatives, advocates and other representatives on issues related to area of assignment.
  3. Offers specific, timely recommendations for improvement where appropriate
  4. Prepares clear and concise reports for Public Policy Director, Executive Director and Council members.

Responsibility Number 3

Works with Finance and Operations Director To manage, monitor, advise, report and document the administrative, fiscal and program activities related to the Council’s work around inclusive post secondary and k-12 education grants and contracts, and to manage data reported from all State Plan implementation activities and outcomes through an automated data system.

Performance Standards:

  1. Provides programmatic oversight according to guidelines for Council projects
  2. Provides leadership on the development and management of the process for awarding grants and contracts including development of  Request for Proposals for competitive grants, solicited grants, and programmatic contracts.
  3. Manages the grant review and award process and recommends and implements improvement. 
  4. Establishes time frames needed to complete projects according to federal, state and Council deadlines.
  5. Monitors records, data and information flow in the area of assignment according to established guidelines.
  6. Works with coalitions on a variety of issues as assigned by the Deputy Director.

Responsibility Number 6

Maintains financial, personnel, or related records of the program/operation.  Establishes and maintains filing and record-keeping systems in support of program/operation.

Performance Standards

1.   Establishes and maintains organized, accessible and current systems according to program/operation policies and procedures.

2.    Classifies, sorts, files, transfers and/or retrieves documents according to program/operation policies and procedures.

3.    Maintains confidentiality of records; releases information according to program/operation policies and procedures.

4.    Purges documents according to program/operation guidelines.

5.    Processes information related to programmatic contractors according to program/operation policies and procedures.

6.    Responsible for the maintenance and operation of the Council mailing database including regular updates and label and report production.

Minimum Qualifications:
Master’s degree in a related field from an accredited college or university OR Bachelor’s degree in a related field from an accredited college or university AND TWO years or related experience OR completion of 90 quarter hours (60 semester hours) at an accredited college or university AND Four years of related experience OR Two years of experience required at the lower level Planner 2 (GSP051) or position equivalent.  Note:  Related professional experience may substitute for the minimum educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.

 Preferred Qualifications:
Professional experience in the area of developmental disabilities, preferably in the areas of special education and/or inclusive post-secondary education. Experience with training, consultation, public speaking, networking, and advocacy.   Knowledge of programs, available services, laws, regulations and issues related to people with developmental disabilities.

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