The Johns Hopkins School of Education has launched the Institute for Innovation in Development, Engagement, and Learning Systems (IDEALS), focused on promoting high-quality early learning, developmentally appropriate care across the life-span, and impactful educational practices. While IDEALS is a new unit within the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, the core team currently manages a large existing portfolio of grants, sponsored projects, and contractual work related to its mission. One of these grant-funded projects is the Capital Reimagining Professional Learning Opportunity grant, a project aimed at driving fundamental, sustainable, systemic changes for students with disabilities and their families in the Capital School District, located in Dover, Delaware. IDEALS is seeking a part-time Project Coordinator and subject-matter expert to serve on this project during its three-year funding, with the possibility of renewal and expansion to other jurisdictions.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
The primary role of the Project Coordinator is to serve as the day to day bridge between members of the school district, the Principal Investigator within IDEALS, and other IDEALS staff affiliated with the project. The Project Coordinator is accountable for the objectives associated with the grant, developing the tasks required to meet these objectives, developing timelines and detailed plans, and proactively communicating progress, dependencies, obstacles, and delays up and down the chain of responsibility. Specifically, these responsibilities include the following:
Serve as the primary point of communication for key members of the Capital School District
Review and revise annual project plans and coordinate the team who will enact these plans
Document and communicate dependencies and requirements
Track the progress of the team’s execution of the plan and communicate milestones and phases
Organize, prioritize, and assign tasks to other members of the organization and contractual support personnel
Enforce work deadlines as they apply to assigned project requirements and other project goals
Act as a liaison between the organization, key stakeholders, and outside agencies
Lead and facilitate communication with key stakeholders on collaborative projects and coordinate facilities, meetings and events
Host weekly key stakeholder team meetings (both internal and external) and monthly leadership meetings regarding the project
In addition to coordinating these aspects of the project, the Project Coordinator will also play a key role in carrying out the annual project plan, in close collaboration with the Principal Investigator. These activities will include the following throughout the three-year period:
In year one, (a) analyze the effectiveness of structures, roles, processes, functions and tools for the identification and service of students with disabilities through a variety of existing and new quantitative and qualitative measures; and (b) develop a plan of action to identify areas of strength, areas of needed improvement, and proven practices to address areas of need.
In year two, (a) collaborate with members of the Capital School District and IDEALS Institute to provide initial, differentiated training and coaching to teachers, staff and families in the identified practices; (b) identify and/or develop fidelity tools to monitor the effectiveness of these practices; and (c) provide regular coaching in the implementation of these practices throughout the course of the year.
In year three, (a) provide ongoing coaching and support for the full implementation and evaluation of the structures, roles, processes, functions, and tools for identification and services of students with disabilities within the district; and (b) ensure that gains can be sustained, measured, and improved upon over time.
Level of Independent Decision Making:
The employee filling this position will make independent decisions regarding:
Communication with internal and external participants related to the projected activities, tasks, and roles of support provided in order to reach the intended goals of the project
Management of work schedule (including visits to the district and with members of IDEALS), production timelines and priorities, and deadlines.
Identification of key project decisions to achieve the established aims of the project
Development of training and professional development materials
Minimum Qualifications (mandatory):
Bachelor's degree in a related discipline
Three years related experience
Additional education (Master's level) may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.
Master’s Degree in special education (or a related field) and advanced graduate study which spans a range of disability types and levels of intensity
Experience in leading district-wide initiatives and systemic change in the areas of inclusion and service provision for students with disabilities
Experience in the design and delivery of professional development for a wide range of audiences, including educators, support staff, and families of individuals with disabilities
Experience working with families of students with disabilities to understand their needs and engage them in the change process
Experience in the design and delivery of measurement tools and instruments aimed at evaluating levels of systemic change within an organization
Experience in the design and delivery of effective, differentiated instruction to children with a wide range of disabilities in the K-12 setting
Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Strong attention to detail and accuracy
Proven, successful project management experience
Self-directed and collaborative leadership style with a propensity for a teamwork-oriented approach to facilitating change
Strong oral and written communication skills, with the ability to develop and deliver concise and clear feedback to various audiences
Extensive knowledge in the foundational aspects of special education, including the governing principles of federal law, associated civil rights laws, and the research underlying these laws and principles
Solid understanding of the characteristics associated with successful inclusive schools and districts, the research associated with effective inclusive programs, and knowledge of the roles teachers and students play in the inclusive classroom
Experience in facilitating PATH and MAPS meetings
Experience working with a wide array of stakeholders in an inclusive change process to define and achieve consensus goals
Direct and clearly demonstrated supervisory experience of teachers serving students with autism and significant behavioral, motor, and cognitive needs
Experience planning and operating large-scale inclusive community events, like Very Special Arts Festival or similar, highly preferred.
Any Specific Physical Requirements for the Job:
Flexibility to telecommute (through regular designated, self-selected office hours) and travel intermittently between the IDEALS and locations within the Dover, Delaware area
Availability to meet for face-to-face monthly at the JHU Columbia campus, and to attend other virtual or onsite meetings as needed
Classified Title: Business Project Coordinator Working Title: IDEALS Project Coordinator for Transformative and Inclusive Practices Role/Level/Range: ATP/03/PC Starting Salary Range: $35,152 to $52,000 annually Employee group: Part-time Schedule: Monday - Friday Exempt Status: Exempt Location: 25-MD:JH at Columbia Center Department name: 60008577-IDEALS Personnel area: School of Education
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