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Education Program Specialist - Dispute Resolution

Columbus, OH 43215
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About Us:

The Ohio Department of Education is a diverse team of passionate, education-focused professionals dedicated to fulfilling the vision established in Each Child, Our Future, Ohios strategic plan for education. The vision is, In Ohio, each child is challenged to discover and learn, prepared to pursue a fulfilling post-high school path and empowered to become a resilient, lifelong learner who contributes to society. Ensuring this vision for each of Ohios 1.7 million students, in partnership with more than 240,000 educators across the state, is no small feat. Under the leadership of the superintendent of public instruction and governed by the State Board of Education, Department team members, in collaboration with a wide range of partners, are sharply focused on helping schools and districts continually improve to be the best they can be for each child. Equity and impact are core to every program, service and action. The Departments work is well regarded both in Ohio and nationally for its innovative, leading-edge and forward-looking approach. When the Department succeeds, students succeed, communities succeed and Ohio succeeds.

Culture and Values:

Ohio Department of Education is mission driven, values a culture of feedback and places a premium on growth mindset among all its team members. Together the enterprise is building a continuous learning and improvement community.


The Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children and Office for Integrated Student Supports, is seeking an individual who is highly skilled in problem solving and verbal and written communication to serve as Education Program Specialist in the Dispute Resolution section. this position will investigate complaints filed by individuals regarding issues specific to restraint and seclusion in remote, hybrid, or in-person environments.

Major Responsibilities and Duties:

On behalf of the Office for Exceptional Children (OEC) and the Office for Integrated Student Supports ensures compliance with the Ohio Administrative Code (O.A.C.) at 3301-35-15 (Standards for the implementation of positive behavior intervention supports and restraint and seclusion) the formal complaint process:

  • Investigates formal complaints specific to restraint and seclusion within the 90-day state timeline;

  • Ensures formal and neutral complaint process are followed;

  • Provides technical assistance to parties regarding the process, develops various complaint letters;

  • Develops interview questions and conducts interviews;

  • Conducts onsite visits (as applicable);

  • Develops a letter of allegation, including issues based on the original complaint, and provides legal citation;

  • Develops a letter of finding including restating issues from the letter of allegations, facts pertinent to each issue, finding of a violation or non-violation;

  • Develops a corrective action plan if there is noncompliance;

  • Provides technical assistance to district administrators, advocates, attorneys, parents and organizations regarding restraint and seclusion;

  • Responds to inquiries regarding the restraint and seclusion process processes and corresponding state regulations;

Performs other related duties as assigned, including but not limited to:

  • Participates in inter and intra-agency workgroups;

  • Makes presentations to State agencies, committees, parents, school districts and other groups regarding restraint and seclusion;

  • Develop guidance and training tools regarding restraint and seclusion.

Minimum Qualifications:

Completion of a Masters degree in one of the following areas: Education (i.e., special education, educational administration/leadership, curriculum (core academic content), assessment, education technology, cross-cultural studies, gifted, educational guidance/counseling) or related services (i.e., school psychology, educational psychology, speech language pathology, occupational therapy);, Social Work; Public Policy; Public Administration; Juris Doctorate; Communication; Journalism; Dispute Resolution; Social Sciences; Criminal Justice; and 3 years of experience in any combination of the following:

  • Legal and/or analytical writing.

  • Direct or administrative experience dealing with Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) related rules, policies, and procedures (e.g., writing and implementing special education procedures and required documents).

  • Analysis of documents and records, and in conducting investigatory interviews (e.g., phone, in-person).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of crisis management and de-escalation techniques, including the use of restraint and seclusion

Posted: 2021-03-26 Expires: 2021-04-24
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