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Special Education Specialist Position Available


Internal / External

Job Title: Special Education Specialist
Department: VSA and Accessibility
Job Type: Full-Time, Regular
Salary: High $40s Low $50s / Yearly
The Kennedy Center seeks a special education professional to be a catalyst for improving the use of art in education and arts education for special education students and other students with disabilities in the mainstream inclusive classroom. Situated in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the goal of the Kennedy Center’s Education Department, VSA and Accessibility, is to provide students with disabilities and students in special education with a quality arts education that prepares them to be productive citizens, competitive employees, and engaged in community life. This position will interact with peers and colleagues at the Center, in the VSA’s affiliates network, and in the education and disability community nationally. The person in this position will be expected to have and maintain an expertise and in-depth knowledge of the field of arts, disability, special education, inclusion and universal design in education policy and practices. This position reports directly to the Director of VSA and Accessibility.

Responsibilities Include:

Analyze complex arts, disability, education issues and policy; make recommendations, consult with and provide advice to peers and colleagues at the Center and in the VSA affiliates network on the aforementioned topics, as well as to assist with evaluation and development of goals and objectives for integration of the needs and concerns of students with disabilities and their teachers into all Center education programs.

Educate, develop and provide training for staff and affiliates; proficient at planning for and instructing students, adults and adult educators.

Build awareness around the issues and needs of teachers, school administrators, special education students and other students with disabilities and their families.

Set the tone and develop a rounded approach to and agenda for the Center regarding its outreach, programs and practices in the field of special education and the arts.

Provide expertise in integrated and inclusive classroom practices, as well as in the application of universal design for learning.

Must demonstrate in-depth knowledge of national policies, practices, and topical issues currently transforming arts education as well as practical knowledge of classroom practice.Ability to analyze, report and make recommendations on complex issues and synthesize down to concepts comprehensible to both the professional and the layperson. Able to support the Center’s education goals of leaving no child behind. Ideal applicant will have experience in educational work, program planning, research and development of programs.Masters or advanced level degree in Education or Special Education required, preference given for license/certification in Special Education. Minimum of 3 to 5 years teaching experience in special education with a history of improving student achievement, background or experience in arts education a plus.Expertise in current theories of education and special education; knowledge of IDEA legislation and its impact on the classroom; expertise in one or more of the following – arts, disability, inclusive classrooms and universal design in education policy and practices; knowledge of some or all of the following – typical and atypical student development, developmental and cognitive/intellectual disabilities, learning and autism spectrum disabilities, communication disabilities such as deafness and/or blindness, and awareness of the broad spectrum of disability.Excellent interpersonal communication, verbal and written communication, collaborative and organizational skills are of critical importance.
Closing Date: Not Specified
To Apply:
Apply with cover letter indicating job title, current resume, and salary requirements. Due to volume, telephone inquiries cannot be accepted. Qualified minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. EOE

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