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Job Posting: Curriculum Specialist

Job Title: Curriculum Specialist

Department: RSA, Project POWER

Status: .7 FTE 28 hours/week

Starting Date: March 1, 2021

Reports to: Project Director

Supervises:  N/A

   

About PEAK Parent Center: 

PEAK Parent Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has been serving families and self-advocates across the State of Colorado, and beyond, since 1986! Since its inception, PEAK has maintained a steadfast commitment to ensuring that people with all types of disabilities can be fully included in their neighborhood schools, their communities, and in all walks of life.

PEAK Parent Center’s Mission: 

The mission of PEAK Parent Center is to provide training, information and technical assistance to equip families of children birth through twenty-six including all disability conditions with strategies to advocate successfully for their children. 

As a result of PEAK's services to families and professionals, children and adults with disabilities will live rich, active lives participating as full members of their schools and communities.

Position Summary: 

Project POWER is federally funded through the U.S Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA). Project POWER’s purpose is to develop and effectively deliver information, resources, and support to meet the needs of transitioning youth with disabilities and their families in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. These resources will assist youth and their families to navigate adult disability systems.

As the curriculum specialist you will be responsible for creating and updating tools, resources and curricula to provide information and support to youth with all types of disabilities and cultural backgrounds experiencing secondary transition. These resources will be shared with 17 parent centers to use and distribute to the families they serve.

You and the RSA team, with the help of a web developer, will have the opportunity to create PEAK’s first transition webpage and maintain the webpage with updated and relevant materials that meet Section 508 accessibility standards. With the support of the RSA team, you will create surveys and follow-up guides to evaluate the resources and curricula for relevance, high quality and usefulness. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

In conjunction with the Project Director, oversee and orchestrate the RSA Project POWER product development (i.e. curricula and toolkits supporting youth’s secondary transitional needs) and dissemination processes, to include:

  • Establish and monitor timelines for development, completion and dissemination of resources and tools according to the timelines outlined in the grant proposal.

  • In conjunction with the Communications Manager, oversee formatting, branding and review processes for newly created materials.

  • Develop (with all PEAK programs) a curation process for reviewing, annotating and disseminating transition resources that reflect best practices and are consistent with PEAK’s and RSA’s high-standards and project principles.

  • Assist with planning, implementation and maintaining the project’s web page under the direction of the Project Director.

  • Work with designated RSA staff, consultants and subject matter experts to assure full accessibility of all project-developed products including the RSA webpage.

  • Ensure the translation of project products into Spanish and other languages as needed with a culturally sensitive lens.

  • Communicate regularly with the Project Director. 

  • Establish an effective working relationship with the project team; participate in regular team meetings and other communication structures.

  • Define, collect, review and analyze evaluation data for project products, including the web page and share outcomes with the program and leadership team.

  • Participate in PEAK’s annual Conference on Inclusive Education.

  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Required Skills and Knowledge:

  • Understanding of best practices of ensuring social justice, promoting systems change, inclusive education, transition services and community inclusion for adults with disabilities.

  • Knowledge about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Workforce Innovations and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Rehabilitation Act and other disability-related laws and the rights and entitlements they provide.

  • Strong interpersonal relationship skills 

  • Strong organizational, listening and problem solving skills

  • Strong customer services skills

  • Proficiency in technology including our organization’s technology tools, including MS Outlook, MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint, Google Suite, Webinar Platforms and Salesforce. 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree specifically in human services or education.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience regarding culturally competent practice.

  • Ability to communicate effectively.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish effective working relationships at all levels, both internally and externally.

  • Experience in development of curriculum.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Direct lived experience with disability as a person with a disability, or a family member.

  • Curriculum development experience specific to disabilities 

  • Successful experience delivering high quality training to various audiences.

  • Bilingual, specifically fluent in writing and speaking Spanish and English.

How to Apply: Send cover letter and resume to Human Resources at humanresourceRSA@peakparent.org