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OCALI- Program Director - AT and AEM Center

Company: Young World Physical Education
Location: Columbus
Posted on: March 20, 2023

Job Description:

Educational Service Center of Central Ohio (ESCCO) Enter your email to receive job alerts when new jobs like this one are posted. My Email Job Description Job Description Summary At the Assistive Technology & Accessible Educational Materials (AT&AEM) Center at OCALI, we believe that people with disabilities and those who support them need access to the right materials, technology, and training to ensure they can live their best lives for their whole lives.

The AT&AEM Center offers specialized training and technical assistance related to assistive technologies, obtaining accessible educational materials for Ohio schools, and maintaining a clearinghouse of AT devices, large print, and braille books for loan. We also offer production and dissemination services and provide an array of expertise and resources to those who support and care for people with disabilities.

The AT&AEM Center is just one of OCALI's nine centers, who work collaboratively to inspire change and promote access for people with disabilities. When you work for OCALI, you become part of a growing, mission-driven organization that problem solves issues with energy and creativity. OCALI encourages all staff members to develop their various talents and passions, and expand their expertise in new and innovative ways.
The Program Director of the AT&AEM Center will have the opportunity to:

  • Inform the direction and practices of OCALI and our partners by providing thought leadership in accessible educational materials and technologies;
  • Provide direction and support to AT&AEM Center team for completion of center projects that align with the missions of the AT&AEM Center and OCALI;
  • Lead development of products and resources in the area of assistive technology, accessible educational materials and accessibility;
  • Work collaboratively with other center directors and staff on projects of mutual interest;
  • Connect with professionals across the nation, state, and locally to implement best practices;
  • Deliver professional development to various audiences, as well as share resources at local, state, and national conferences; and
  • Work in a fast-paced environment with a great deal of variety and considerable opportunity to use creativity and problem-solving skills. What OCALI Offers You: OCALI promotes a "PLUS" culture, with a strong focus on: practice what we preach, leading with purpose, understanding others, and being solution oriented. OCALI staff are recognized for their many talents, and utilized in ways that nurture and develop their passions and expertise. In addition, OCALI offers excellent benefits and retirement packages, including eligibility in SERS or STRS, as well as access to:
    • Being part of a creative, mission-driven, growing team
    • Health, dental, and vision insurance
    • Paid time off and generous holiday schedule
    • Flexible work environment
    • Professional learning opportunities
      - Job Responsibilities and Duties Core responsibilities and duties of this position are:
      • Provide leadership and supervisory support to 12 highly specialized, multi-disciplinary staff;
      • Serve as Ohio's state coordinator to the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Center (NIMAC);
      • Collaborate with the Ohio Department of Education to conduct the Ohio Federal Quota (FQ) census, order FQ materials for LEAs and other agencies and manage and distribute braille, large print, and supplemental learning materials from the Ohio FQ Clearinghouse;
      • Oversee the statewide AT&AEM Production Center, ensuring LEAs receive high quality accessible format materials (braille, large print, audio, digital) in a timely manner;
      • Oversee the administration of a federal braille training grant, including planning and implementing grant activities, budget, data collection, and required reporting;
      • Oversee the selection, purchase, setup, and maintenance of select OCALI's Lending Library collections (e.g. AT devices, braille and large print books, AT assessments, etc.) in collaboration with the Lending Library staff;
      • Plan and facilitate various AT and AEM professional advisory boards and networks;
      • Participate in state and national advisory committees and work groups;
      • Conduct professional development and technical assistance to LEAs, disabilities groups, and higher education programs;
      • Oversee website, social media, and other marketing and communications of the center to market products and services; and
      • Complete other duties as assigned by the executive director, which may include supporting district technical assistance initiatives, grant writing, meeting attendance, developing reports, analyzing data, etc. Qualifications and Skills Required
        • Master's degree in education, special education, education administration, related services, or appropriate related field or evidence of equivalency;
        • A license appropriate to the individual's profession;
        • Extensive experience in providing services for students/adults with a broad range of disabilities;
        • Proven leadership skills in the field of AT, AEM, and accessibility;
        • Ability to inspire, motivate, mentor, support, coach, and facilitate a team to work collaboratively and towards a common mission;
        • Knowledge about federal and state accessibility standards and guidelines (504, WCAG, ADA, etc.);
        • Knowledge of relevant special education law related to service delivery in the schools;
        • Knowledge of culturally responsive practices and inclusive of diverse populations;
        • Willingness to work alongside the disability community and with service providers to increase accessible and inclusive opportunities and practices;
        • Demonstrate innovative thinking, strong initiative, driven to complete projects, and ability to leverage resources while maintaining focus on the global organizational mission;
        • Demonstrate a history as a self-directed professional with strong analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills;
        • Demonstrate ability to build successful relationships with others, including co-workers, external partners and customers;
        • Communicate professionally and effectively, in writing and orally, with internal teams and external partners, and/or customers;
        • Experience in project management with evidence of ability to plan, execute, progress monitor, and problem solve long-term, multi-year projects;
        • Ability to prioritize and vet project opportunities and make effective decisions based on data analysis, customer needs, trends, funding opportunities, etc.;
        • Experience developing and/or implementing federal, state, and/or local grants and contracts;
        • Ability to deliver effective coaching, consultation, and high-quality professional development in a variety of environments including, virtual and in-person;
        • Experience and proficiency with technology and technology applications, including but not limited to: Microsoft Word products, Apple products, SharePoint, Zoom, Teams, etc.);
        • Willingness to continuously learn and engage in relevant learning activities related to the position;
        • And, ability to independently travel within the state for meetings, consultation, and professional development when needed.
          Ideal candidates will also demonstrate the following preferred skills:
          • Knowledge of service provision systems and intervention supports for adults with disabilities;
          • Ability to make data-driven decisions for the implementation of monitoring and improvement efforts;
          • Engage in focused planning, including research-based instructional and intervention practices;
          • Effective coaching and consultation skills;
          • Knowledge of current educational practices (e.g. differentiated instruction, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports(PBIS), Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), Multi-System Youth (MSY), etc.);
          • Demonstrate comfort in online learning environments and conferencing;
          • Demonstrate knowledge about Ohio's educational system agencies (e.g. State Support Teams, Educational Service Centers, Department of Education, Local Education Agencies, Higher Education, etc.)
          • Demonstrate knowledge about Ohio's disabilities related agencies (e.g. Department of Developmental Disabilities, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, etc.). and
          • And, willingness to obtain specialty certifications as related to job needs. Salary Commensurate with experience and in accordance with specified salary schedule Reports To OCALI Senior Director: Programs and Center Collaboration

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            • Position Type: Full-time
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