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Child Development Specialist

Date Posted:  Aug 1, 2022
Requisition ID:  385541

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204


Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.


About the Department of Education (DOE):

We are dedicated to providing the highest quality of innovative support to Indiana's schools, teachers, students, and parents. We are proactively working with educators, policy makers, business leaders, and community-based organizations to achieve our mission of "Working Together for Student Success."



This position traditionally starts at $56,524 per year and may be commensurate with education and work experience.

Next Level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.


About the Job:

The Office of Special Education ensures that all eligible students with disabilities are provided a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment and has the federally mandated responsibility to provide general supervision of all local education agency(LEA) special education programs.  The role fulfills the federal requirement of a state-level coordinator related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B- 619. 
The specialist is responsible for (1) administering and interpreting federal and state education policy related to the provision of special education and related services; (2) maintaining and implementing procedures and protocols for federal compliance and results indicators pursuant to the (IDEA); (3) participating in the results driven accountability system; and (4) working with the Assistant Director and Director of Special Education to implement the state education agency’s general supervisory responsibilities.

A Day in the Life:

This position encompasses, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:
Establish, implement, and maintain operational procedures and protocols for data collection, analysis, and monitoring activities to implement the U.S. Department of Education's (USDOE) federal monitoring requirements.
Engage in all activities necessary to ensure Results Driven Accountability (RDA) as part of the federal monitoring responsibilities, including data collection, analysis, and related monitoring activities is implemented. 
Engage in all activities necessary to monitor assigned specific indicators as part of the federal monitoring responsibilities, including file reviews, 
Draft and update as needed the applicable chapters of the State Performance Plan and Annual Performance Report (APR) for timely submission to the USDOE.
Develop, implement, and maintain operational procedures and protocols for data collection, analysis, and monitoring activities specific to the indicators.
Ensure requisite Federal and State reporting requirements and deadlines are met.
Work with the local education agencies that have had a finding of noncompliance to determine a root cause analysis, develop a corrective action plan and resources to implement the plan.
Conduct on-site visits to LEAs as necessary for monitoring purposes.
Represent LEAs interests related to early childhood education issues at the state level.
Respond to questions from internal and external stakeholders on issues related to the provision of special education and related services.
Promote innovation to improve outcomes for students with disabilities including the implementation of evidence based, high leverage, inclusive early childhood practices state-wide.
Develop and maintain professional working relationships with state and national education professional organizations. 
Develop, implement and support new resources and tools to support teachers and administrators.

What You'll Need for Success:

Masters degree in special education, or related early childhood field.
Five (5) or more years of experience in the field of early childhood special education at an administrative level.
Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works cooperatively with others to achieve overall goals
Adapts readily to new situations and changes in the workplace; works well under pressure; learns and functions well under widely different situations and circumstances
Clearly and effectively expresses self in the presentation of ideas; comprehends oral and written information
Works well under pressure; responds appropriately to stressful situations
Maintains confidentiality of information or materials appropriate to position
Makes effort necessary to achieve goals/objectives; achieves results requested or agreed upon
Establishes effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors and managers,  and the public
Exercises logical thinking and foresees consequences of actions; has adequate knowledge of all applicable policies or rules and selects appropriate guidelines or procedures to follow in a variety of situations
Establishes priorities and work sequences to coordinate efforts, maintain work flow and meet deadlines
Recognizes and defines problems; thoroughly obtains and analyzes facts; uses resources and techniques to develop sound solutions while foreseeing possible consequences.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:


The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards)
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Group life insurance
  • Referral Bonus program
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Free Parking for most positions
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access


Equal Employment Opportunity:


The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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