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Non-Classified Opening

Coordinator, Special Education Early Childhood, Low Incidence, Alternative Assessment & Medicaid

Non-Classified Classification

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Open for Recruitment: April 17, 2017 - Open until further notice
Announcement # NONCLS065128
Salary Range: $27.89 - $32.70 per hour ($58,011-$68,016 yearly) -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Boise

SPECIAL NOTIFICATION:  This position is exempt from classified state service and the rules of the Division of Human Resources and the Idaho Personnel Commission.

The State Department of Education is looking for a highly qualified candidate to fill the position of Special Education Early Childhood, Low Incidence, Alternative Assessment & Medicaid Coordinator.

The Special Education Early Childhood, Low Incidence, Alternative Assessment & Medicaid Coordinator is a part of the special education team with key responsibilities for ensuring that school districts have the information and supports necessary to serve students with disabilities and are in compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This Coordinator reports to the State Special Education Director.

The incumbent would, among other tasks, make presentations at education conferences and workshops regarding special education requirements and effective practices, provide training and technical assistance to school district personnel, assist in monitoring school districts for compliance with state and federal special education laws and participate in instructional reviews. The principal duties of this position are performed in a general office environment, but occasional travel is necessary for training and monitoring.

This position requires an understanding of special education rules, regulations and experience providing special education services. This is a full time position serving under an appointment of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.


  • Coordinate as needed the development of Idaho special education policies and procedures necessary for the provision of education to students with disabilities specifically related to OSEP Indicator 6: Preschool Children in General Education Settings, Indicator 7: Preschool Children with Improved Outcomes, and Indicator 12: Transition Between Part C and Part B.
  • Collaborate with IDEA data manager in the collection and analysis of early childhood outcomes specifically related to OSEP Indicators 6, 7, and 12.
  • Communicate and work collaboratively with local school districts, parents, community members, and state agencies through e-mails, mailings, phone calls, etc. to answer questions about special education services and implementation of IDEA.
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of interagency agreements required under IDEA.
  • Participate in on-site visits to verify special education compliance with IDEA and review of instructional practices. Requires some travel throughout the State.*
  • Act as the SDE representative on a variety of cross-agency committees related to the delivery of special education services and IDEA implementation.
  • Act as SDE representative as 619 coordinator at national OSEP meetings and events.
  • Serves as the State contact for the alternate assessment vendor.
  • Develop and coordinate what instruction looks like in a self-contained environment.
  • Knowledge of educational practices, self-care, assistive technology, mobility, communication, and OT/PT for students with intensive needs.
  • Knowledge of Idaho Early Learning eGuidelines and Idaho Core Standards and how students at different grade levels access core curriculum.
  • Oversees the development of an alternative assessment that aligns to key content connectors in the Idaho State Standard.
  • Oversees all alternate K-12 assessments testing programs in Idaho.
  • Collect, analyze, and report on annual alternative assessment data.
  • Oversees accommodations for all K-12 statewide assessments in Idaho, including maintenance of a process for districts to apply for unique accommodations.
  • Provides direct technical support and professional development for teachers and administrators on all aspects of administering alternative assessments and the use of the various assessment platforms.
  • Maintains Alternate Assessment and Early Childhood web pages on the SDE site and on the Idaho Training Clearinghouse including publishing and updating all announcements, documents, training materials, FAQs, and resources on a regular basis.
  • Trains and advises on instructional program and implementation of assessment policies and best practices for students with disabilities, through the creation and delivery of presentations to all stakeholders including live workshops and webinars.
  • Deliver presentations regarding special education requirements and effective practices utilizing a variety of face to face and virtual delivery methods.
  • Speaks before groups and works with individuals to promote public awareness and advocacy of data-driven decision making.
  • Be familiar with the IDAPA rules that govern School-Based Medicaid and related services.
  • Knowledge of IDEA and how to access Medicaid services within the educational setting.
  • Provides direct technical support and professional development for teachers and administrators on all aspects of School-Based Medicaid rules and regulations as they apply to IDEA.
  • Maintains the School-Based Medicaid web page on the Idaho Training Clearinghouse including publishing and updating all Advisory Meeting activities, documents, training materials, FAQs, and resources on a regular basis.
  • Works collaboratively with the Medicaid Policy and Integrity Unit to address practice and policy concerns as they relate to the implementation of School-Based Medicaid in the educational setting.
  • Partner with Medicaid Policy and Integrity Unit to answer school district questions related to IDEA and IDAPA rules governing School-Based Medicaid.
  • Co-chair the School-Based Medicaid Advisory Committee.


  • Bachelor’s degree in education or special education from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in the field of special education, or closely related field, in a position with direct experience providing special education services to students with disabilities.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of public education, including an understanding of systemic planning.
  • Extensive knowledge of the delivery of special education service design and delivery under IDEA and No Child Left Behind (Elementary and Secondary Education Act).
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the characteristics, diagnosis, and methods of special education of exceptional children ages 3-21.
  • Ability to communicate well orally and in writing with a variety of constituent groups.
  • Interpersonal skills and abilities to work effectively as a member of a team, promote team goals and maintain team climate.
  • Good knowledge of office support functions including word processing, filing, composing a variety of business documents, reception, researching, compiling, and summarizing data for reports.
  • Ability to prioritize and organize multiple activities to reach established goals.
  • Ability to travel periodically to provide technical assistance and training throughout the state.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships with school districts, advisory, and community groups regarding special education.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  (Extra consideration will be given)

  • Master’s degree in education or special education preferred. Consideration will be given for advanced degrees/experience in law and due process procedures.
  • Additional consideration will be given for experience in special education program evaluation, compliance monitoring, in-service training, and provision of technical assistance, experience as a supervisor or director of special education, school administration or similar positions


Click on the “Apply Online” button to the left and follow the instructions provided to complete the Application Checklist and Exam for this position.

When updating your online application information, you must complete all items in the Application Checklist (this serves as your Employment Application). Without this information, your name cannot be referred for consideration. Items in the Application Checklist include: Personal Information, Education, Work History, Cities (please select "Boise"), Agencies (please select "Superintendent of Public Instruction"), Job Type/Shift (please select "Full time").

The Exam for this position is to submit a letter of interest and customized resume’/CV. The letter of interest and resume’ should emphasize skills, experience, education, and/or training that directly relate to the qualifications stated in the announcement. Click the "Preview Exam" button below to review the exam questions.

All applications received for this opening will be reviewed and screened to determine the most suitable candidates to be called for interviews. Finalists will be asked to provide three (3) letters of recommendations or the names and contact information for three (3) professional references. Additional information, documentation, or transcripts may be requested.


All applications received for this opening will be reviewed and screened to determine the most suitable candidates to be called for interviews. Application review will begin immediately. Applicant screening will continue until the position is filled. Start date is negotiable. It is to the applicant’s advantage to submit materials as soon as possible.

Finalists may be asked to provide additional information, documentation, or transcripts. Interview dates have not been determined at this time. Those applicants not selected will be notified. This announcement will be closed without notice once a qualified candidate is identified and accepts the position.


Thank you for your interest in employment with the State Department of Education!


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At the discretion of the appointing authority, compensatory time off may be provided in lieu of overtime cash compensation.

Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources.