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Job Specification


 Under  general  direction  of  an Education  Program  Development
 Specialist   1  or  other  supervisory  official,  in   a   State
 Department,  designs,  produces, and delivers  Special  Education
 curricula,  training, program improvement, and related  education
 services  to  education  agencies to ensure  the  achievement  of
 mandated goals and to meet existing, and emerging needs; performs
 mandated  regulatory  functions; performs  work  of  a  difficult
 nature  and  generally works independently in the monitoring  and
 evaluation  of education programs in school districts  statewide;
 does related work.

 NOTE: The  examples of work for this title are for illustrative
 purposes  only.  A particular position using this title  may  not
 perform all duties listed in this job specification.  Conversely,
 all duties performed on the job may not be listed.


 Conducts   work  of  a  difficult  nature  in  the   development,
 evaluation,  and  monitoring  of local  and  state  instructional
 programs, and recommends program changes to supervisor.

 Provides technical assistance in designing and implementing plans
 for improving instructional programming.

 Designs  and  implements procedures and instrumentation  for  the
 ongoing  assessment  of  the  staff  training  and  instructional
 program needs.

 In  cooperation with county offices and regional units,  conducts
 training activities for staff employed in education agencies.

 Develops  program  guidelines  in  the  areas  of  curricula  and
 instructional materials and methods as directed.

 Consults  with  local  program staff and provides  the  technical
 assistance    needed   to   develop   and   implement    improved
 curricular/instructional materials and methods.

 Reviews    educational   programs   and   recommends    approval,
 disapproval, or modification of funding levels.

 Reviews  annual program plans, applications for funds, and  final
 reports, and recommends acceptance, modification, or disapproval.

 Develops  guidelines for funding and/or contracting  with  state,
 county, and local agencies for programs and/or services.

 Reviews  monthly  and  annual  reports  and  writes  reports  and
 recommendations   pertaining   to   program   effectiveness   and

 Reviews  research, literature, and legislation and consults  with
 experts  in  the  discipline(s) to ascertain current  and  future
 trends in curricular area(s) of responsibility.

 In  cooperation with other professional staff, develops technical
 aspects  of  legislation  or administrative  code  for  technical
 accuracy  and  compliance with current  trends  in  the  area  of

 Participates  in  funding  decisions  for  local  districts   and
 monitors the approved funding plan.

 Will  be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or 
 manual recording and computerized information systems used by the 
 agency, office, or related units.



 Graduation  from an accredited college or  university with a Master's 
 degree in Special Education or a field related to Special Education, as 
 determined by the appointing authority.

 NOTE: Applicants who possess a master's degree which
 is not in special Education or a related field may substitute a New Jersey 
 educational certificate issued by the State Board of Examiners and/or  
 other  professional endorsement in Special Education, as Teacher of
 the Handicapped, Learning Disabilities  Consultant, School Psychologist, 
 School Social Worker, or certification in a related field as determined by 
 the appointing authority.


 Four (4) years of experience in a school district or other educational
 institution in programs providing Special Education.


 Appointee will  be required to possess a driver's license valid in 
 New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle rather  that  employee  
 mobility  is  necessary  to  perform  the essential duties of the position.


 Knowledge  of  education  theories, curriculum  development,  and
 instructional  methods  and  techniques  applicable  to   special
 education programs.

 Knowledge of methods used to effectively train education staff.

 Knowledge  of theories, principles, and practices in  educational
 testing and measurement.

 Knowledge of effective approaches to needs assessment.

 Knowledge  of  laws,  regulations,  and  policies  pertaining  to
 elementary, secondary, or adult education.

 Knowledge of instruction materials and assessment tools  used  in
 elementary, secondary, or adult education.

 Knowledge of state and local budgetary procedures.

 Knowledge  of the area of professional specialization,  including
 current practices, historical perspective, and future trends.

 Knowledge  of  state  and  federal laws, codes,  and  regulations
 governing curricular areas(s) of specialization.

 Ability   to  develop,  implement,  and  manage  preservice   and
 inservice staff training programs.

 Ability to plan and develop curricular/instructional materials.

 Ability   to   evaluate   the  effectiveness   of   instructional

 Ability  to  interface  with community  groups,  school  district
 professional staff, and other professionals.

 Ability  to provide leadership and planning assistance  to  local

 Ability to write clearly and effectively.

 Ability  to assess problems in education and implement  plans  to
 resolve them.

 Ability to identify cost effective procedures.

 Ability  to  provide planning and program improvement  assistance
 for educational programs.

 Ability  to  exercise  leadership in the  curricular  area(s)  of
 specialization    with   interest   groups,   specialists,    and
 counterparts in other state departments of education.

 Ability  to  plan  and execute a program and  allocate  resources
 provided for that purpose.

 Ability  to  provide  a  technical  analysis  of  legislation  or
 administrative code.

 Ability  to  plan, organize, and deliver public presentations  in
 the curricular area(s) of specialization.

 Ability   to  develop  special  education  product  and  training

 Ability  to  analyze  needs  in order to  determine  product  and
 training procedures needed.

 Ability  to develop human relations and group dynamics skills  in
 working as a member of a team.

 Ability  to  learn to utilize various types of electronic  and/or
 manual  recording  and information systems used  by  the  agency,
 office or related units.

 Ability  to  read,  write, speak, understand, or  communicate  in
 English  sufficiently  to perform the duties  of  this  position.
 American  Sign  Language or Braille may  also  be  considered  as
 acceptable forms of  communication.

 Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as they
 can perform essential functions of the job with or without reasonable 
 accommodation.  If the accommodation cannot be made because it 
 would cause the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be 

 This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
Local or
Class of
70341VSpecial EducationSNNL28N/AP28-

This job specification is for state government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.

DJ   9/13/2000