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Special Ed Consultant, Senior Overview

  • Work Type: Professional
  • Job Code: 75003
  • Pay Grade: P8
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Career Level: Senior
  • Family: Academic Programs
  • Function: Academic Support


Works to develop and maintain a sound working relationship as a collegiate team member with all staff at State Department of Education (SDE) Division of Special Education, Boise State University SESTA and all staff with Idaho Special Education Supports and Technical Assistance (SESTA).

Level Scope

Recognized subject matter expert who knows how to apply theory and put it into practice with in-depth understanding of the professional field with limited oversight from managers. Independently performs the full range of responsibilities within the function; requires deep job knowledge of area typically obtained through higher education combined with experience.  Manages large projects or processes and problems faced are difficult and often complex; analyzes problems/issues of diverse scope and determines solutions.  May manage programs that include formulating strategies and administering policies, processes, and resources; functions with a high degree of autonomy.  Influences others regarding policies, practices and procedures.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s or Advanced Degree and 5 years of professional experience or equivalent relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of public education, including understanding of systemic planning and instructional outcome improvement.
  • Experience with program evaluation, educational coaching, in-service training, and direct technical assistance.
  • Strong communication, writing, and presentation skills with a variety of constituent groups.
  • Ability to work as a team member to plan, develop and implement professional development activities for a variety of adult learners.
  • Strong computer and technology skills in creating documents, modules and presentations.
  • Ability to assume a leadership role in working with school districts, advisory, and community groups related to special education and implementation of instructional strategies that include systematic instruction.
  • Strong knowledge of Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Act (IDEA) and the Idaho special education process for children ages 3-21.
  • Knowledge of positive behavioral supports, FBA, BIP, research-based interventions, and applications of RTI to Special Education.
  • Experience in planning, organizing, and leading teams to create instructional supports and direct training for school districts on a variety of special education instructional and programming issues.
  • Working knowledge of data-based decision making to improve achievement for students with disabilities.
  • Knowledge of curriculum-based instruction, current instructional and assessment research.

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Special Ed Consultant, Senior must:

  • Provide training, coaching, and support to adult learners as they implement, evaluate, and sustain evidence-based practices.
  • Coordinate support related to data-based decision making, evidence-based instructional practices related to special education services.
  • Provide direct technical assistance to districts as requested by SDE.
  • Support implementation of State Systemic Improvement Plan by participating in the identified professional development activities and supporting identified districts.
  • Provide instructional support for improved outcomes for students with disabilities.
  • Support statewide monitoring efforts to achieve identified measurable results.
  • Provide training and support on the special education process, including identification and development of quality IEPs that lead to improved outcomes for students with disabilities.
  • Create modules and/or documents to support district staff including special education teachers, related service providers and paraprofessionals in the special education process.
  • Create guidance documents in collaboration with the SDE and LEAs based on identified needs.
  • Assess and analyze the effectiveness of professional development.
  • Adjust professional development, as needed, based on data analysis
  • Attend required conference calls and webinars with SESTA and SDE staff.
  • Provide quarterly report of activities.

35% of Time the Special Ed Consultant, Senior

Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Special Ed Consultant, Senior

Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Some positions may involve frequent bending, moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 50 pounds; some positions may involve moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 70 pounds; standing up to eight hours each day; working in all weather conditions; exposure to high noise levels and require wearing hearing protection.

Travel Requirement

Not applicable

Career Path

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business need, are required for movement into higher level jobs.


Incumbent must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work.  Final employment offers are contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual.  In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.