State Support Specialist

Part-time position/20 hours per week; position works in the Beaumont office
Please send resume and cover letter to Kristina Henning at partnersresource@sbcglobal.net

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Support Specialist assists the Director of Statewide Services by providing administrative support, aiding in the production of webinars and virtual events, content marketing and dissemination, and the revision and development of training and educational materials for the organization. The Support Specialist responsibilities include (1) effective outreach to professionals, agencies, and other organizations to boost awareness of Partners Resource Network and its projects, and (2) administrative support related to the activities of the School, Family, and Community Engagement Statewide Leadership Network. The Support Specialist reports to the Director of Statewide Services.

SPECIFICATIONS, DUTIES, AND ACTIVITIES:

  1. Provide administrative support to the Director of Statewide Services, such as telephone calls, preparation for meetings and other events, preparation of reports, copies, filing and mail-outs.
  2. Assist the Director of Statewide Services in the production of webinars and other virtual events:
    • Continued development and maintenance of the statewide team’s outreach database
    • Outreach to potential guest speakers
    • Post/set-up events on the organization’s website and social media platforms
    • Schedule/set-up events on designated platform(s)
    • Schedule closed caption for events, at minimum two weeks prior to event date
    • Develop marketing materials for events from existing templates and disseminate through designated platforms
    • Work with event speaker to obtain the required materials for the event
    • Collaborate with the Director of Statewide Services and the Training and Evaluation Specialist to schedule event practice sessions with speakers
    • Facilitate closed captioning of events by dissemination of required platform generated links to captioning agency 1 hour prior to events’ start time, and assisting with any needed technical assistance to the closed caption provider in collaboration with the Director of Statewide Services and Technology Specialist
    • Assist the Director of Statewide Services on the facilitation of events, such as introduction of speakers, monitoring of chat/Q&A boxes, technical assistance to attendees
    • Collect and maintain event records from designated event platform(s)
    • Disseminate designated records to the Technology Specialist and the Training and Evaluation Specialist after each event
    • Assist in data entry of event attendee information into the organization’s client database, as needed
    • Assist with posting of event materials after the event has concluded
    • Maintain database of event presenters for the statewide team
    • Other event production duties as assigned by the Director of Statewide Services
  3. Assist the Director of Statewide Services with the marketing and dissemination of content for the organization’s website and social media platforms:
    • Identification, development, and editing of parent-friendly and youth-friendly content for the organization’s blog and social media platforms
    • Continued development and maintenance of the statewide team’s content marketing plan, including the content calendar
    • Analyze data from the organization’s website and social media platforms to ensure that the content calendar is reflective of the organization’s clients informational needs
    • Posting of approved content to the organization’s social media channels, as needed
  4. Collaborate with the statewide team on the revision and development of training and educational materials for the organization.
  5. Assist the Director in planning and conducting bi-monthly statewide team meetings.
  6. Participation in periodic events that may require travel. Some events requiring travel may require the Support Specialist to be away from home for more than 2 days at a time.
  7. Participate in other activities as required.
  8. Other job duties as assigned by the Director of Statewide Services.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

  1. A minimum of two years of course work at a college, university, or technical school with a specialization in a related field such as Administration, Clerk Arts, Business or Education.
  2. A combination of four years of related post-secondary educational and related professional experience.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:

  1. Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills are a must. The Support Specialist must be able to professionally communicate with staff, parents, professionals, businesses, agencies, and the general public in a comfortable, effective manner.
  2. Must demonstrate proficiency using Microsoft Office software (PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Publisher), email platforms, Facebook, YouTube, email marketing platforms (Mail Chimp), Zoom meetings and webinars, and the internet. Knowledge of WordPress, Adobe software (InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator), and Apple’s iMovie app are a plus, but not required.
  3. Ability to embrace the organization’s culture and implement it throughout all interactions and communication with staff, clients, collaborative partners, and when outreaching to other individuals, organizations, and agencies.
  4. Ability to travel when required, both in Texas and out of state.
  5. Strong ability to quickly learn and successfully utilize new software and online platforms.
  6. Detailed-oriented and demonstrate strong organizational skills.
  7. Strong ability to successfully multitask and transition smoothly between several on-going projects.
  8. Ability to prioritize and make time-effective decisions.
  9. Ability to speak before a group, both in-person and on virtual platforms.
  10. Ability to successfully interact with individuals representing diverse cultures, education, and abilities.

TEAM

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Region 3 (part-time 20 hours/week) Serving ESC Region 3 (Victoria, Port Lavaca, and El Campo)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Regional Coordinator will serve as the area representative of the Project and as Liaison between communities and the Project. The position will be responsible for local information dissemination, training, networking, development and organization of community coalitions, identification of resource persons, crisis management and response, and resource development within the service area. The position will report directly to the Project Director.

SPECIFICATIONS, DUTIES, AND ACTIVITIES

  1. Participate in the program of staff training.
  2. Arrange, develop and facilitate a series of training programs in the service area for parents, service providers, and interested citizens.
  3. Respond to local requests for information concerning referral sources, technical assistance, and parent-to-parent support groups.
  4. Disseminate Project announcements and public awareness materials within area.
  5. Collect and disseminate information of interest to other staff members, parents and professionals in the area of:
  6. State service delivery systems and policies
  7. Texas resources for persons with disabilities
  8. Parent support groups and networks
  9. Innovative methods of service delivery and “promising educational practices”
  10. Serve a communication linkage between local communities and coordinating office to provide for two way interaction.
  11. Conduct community needs assessments related to children with disabilities and their families.
  12. Recruit and support the participation of parents, professionals, and significant others in families.
  13. Recruit volunteers to provide one-on-one information and technical assistance to other parents.
  14. Submit reports on a timely basis.
  15. Assist in statewide activities of the Project, including but not limited to conference, development of publications and materials and public awareness.
  16. Participate in other activities of the Project as required.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING:

  1. Education:  A minimum of a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  2. Experience:  Demonstrate at least two years of community development activities for services to persons with disabilities and their families. Must be familiar with special education services and the ARD process.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  1. Knowledge of the unique training and information needs of parents of children with disabilities from the perspective of a parent or family member of a child with a disability.
  2. Awareness of the various types of disabilities.
  3. Knowledge of the agencies, services and communities found within the area.
  4. Ability to communicate effectively with others.
  5. Ability to read and write effectively.
  6. Willingness to participate in the Project for its duration.
  7. Knowledge and acquaintance with the educational and other service systems within the area.
  8. Ability to identify and utilize volunteer workers.
  9. Ability to plan and complete a task.
  10. Ability to work in a self-directed manner without extensive direct supervision.
  11. Knowledge of laws, regulations, and policies affecting children with disabilities and their families.

TO APPLY:  Send your resume and optional cover letter to: prnteamjobs@gmail.com


PATH

POSITION DESCRIPTION:  REGIONAL COORDINATOR

Part-time 20 hours/week; Serving Region 9 (Greater Wichita Falls area)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Regional Coordinator will serve as the area representative of the Project and as Liaison between communities and the Project. The position will be responsible for local information dissemination, training, networking, development and organization of community coalitions, identification of resource persons, crisis management and response, and resource development within the service area. The position will report directly to the Project Director.

SPECIFICATIONS AND ACTIVITIES: 

  1. Participate in the program of staff training.
  2. Arrange, develop and facilitate a series of training programs in the service area for parents, service providers, and interested citizens.
  3. Respond to local requests for information concerning referral sources, technical assistance, and parent-to-parent support groups.
  4. Disseminate Project announcements and public awareness materials within area.
  5. Collect and disseminate information of interest to other staff members, parents and professionals in the area of:
    1. State service delivery systems and policies
    2. Texas resources for persons with disabilities
    3. Parent support groups and networks
    4. Innovative methods of service delivery and “promising educational practices”
  6. Serve a communication linkage between local communities and coordinating office to provide for two way interaction.
  7. Conduct community needs assessments related to children with disabilities and their families.
  8. Recruit and support the participation of parents, professionals, and significant others in families.
  9. Recruit volunteers to provide one-on-one information and technical assistance to other parents.
  10. Submit reports on a timely basis.
  11. Assist in statewide activities of the Project, including but not limited to conference, development of publications and materials and public awareness.
  12. Participate in other activities of the Project as required.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING:

  1. Education:  A minimum of a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  2. Experience:  Demonstrate at least two years of community development activities for services to persons with disabilities and their families. Must be familiar with special education services and the ARD process.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  1. Knowledge of the unique training and information needs of parents of children with disabilities from the perspective of a parent or family member of a child with a disability.
  2. Awareness of the various types of disabilities.
  3. Knowledge of the agencies, services and communities found within the area.
  4. Ability to communicate effectively with others.
  5. Ability to read and write effectively.
  6. Willingness to participate in the Project for its duration.
  7. Knowledge and acquaintance with the educational and other service systems within the area.
  8. Ability to identify and utilize volunteer workers.
  9. Ability to plan and complete a task.
  10. Ability to work in a self-directed manner without extensive direct supervision.
  11. Knowledge of laws, regulations, and policies affecting children with disabilities and their families.

TO APPLY: Send your resume and optional cover letter to: Pathprojectjobs@gmail.com


 PATH

POSITION DESCRIPTION:  Outreach Coordinator

Part-time 20 hours/week; Serving ESC Regions 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 (Tyler/Henderson, Texarkana, Wichita Falls, Dallas, and Fort Worth)

The position will require regular travel within the project area, mainly in the areas served by ESC’s 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 (Tyler/Henderson, Texarkana, Wichita Falls, Dallas, and Fort Worth) which includes rural and remote towns.  This position will require occasional overnight travel, with advanced notice.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Outreach Coordinator serves as a liaison between underserved groups, project staff, and the Coordinating Office. The position will be responsible for outreach to parents and youth: with limited English proficiency, low income families, homeless families, parents with disabilities, incarcerated youth with disabilities and their parents, military families, families living on reservations, families living in rural areas, and parents whose children may be inappropriately identified as having a disability.  Responsibilities include: information dissemination, staff training, and identification of resources, provision of workshops in Spanish, and taking calls from Spanish speaking parents. The Outreach Coordinator will report directly to the Project Director

SPECIFICATIONS, DUTIES, AND ACTIVITIES

  1. Develop an annual Personal Plan of Action and evaluate progress quarterly.
  2. Assist underserved parents and youth throughout the project area by responding to their requests for information and support.
  3. Work with other project staff to develop programs and resources to meet the needs of underserved families.
  4. Work with project staff to plan and conduct outreach to underserved groups.
  5. Collaborate with project staff to develop and facilitate a series of training programs in the project area for underserved families of children and young adults with disabilities.
  6. Assist with English to Spanish translation of project announcements, emails, and public awareness materials to be used within the PATH project area.
  7. Network with key agencies and organizations which work with underserved groups to promote connections with the project.
  8. Submit reports accurately and on a timely basis.
  9. Assist in activities of the Project, including but not limited to: data collection, training, conferences, evaluation and dissemination of project announcements, fact sheets, newsletters, and public awareness materials.
  10. Participate in the staff training activities of the Project including mandatory quarterly staff meetings, monthly conference calls and annual State conference.
  11. Participate in other activities of the Project as required.

 EDUCATION AND TRAINING:

  1. Education: A minimum of a high school diploma or its equivalent. A college degree is preferred.
  2. Experience: Demonstrate at least two years of community or professional involvement in activities or services to persons with disabilities and their families.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  1. Knowledge of the unique training and information needs of families who have children with disabilities.
  2. Must be bilingual in English/Spanish.
  3. Experience as a parent or family member of a person with a disability.
  4. Ability to conduct individual and group training in person, or online, in an outgoing and enthusiastic matter.
  5. Working knowledge of the federal and state laws related to special education and vocational services for children and youth ages 0-26 with disabilities.
  6. Ability to communicate effectively in English/Spanish, both orally and in writing.
  7. Ability to communicate with parents and professionals in a comfortable, effective manner, especially parents from underserved groups.
  8. Ability to problem solve and diffuse difficult situations.
  9. Ability to organize and obtain closure.
  10. Ability to work effectively in a self-directed manner according to prescribed goals, objectives, and resources.
  11. Knowledge of key disability agencies and organizations in the community.
  12. Ability to proficiently utilize a computer for e-mail, spreadsheets, internet searches, and word processing.
  13. Ability to effectively utilize office equipment including laptops, fax machines, copiers and scanners.

TO APPLY:  Send your resume and optional cover letter to: Pathprojectjobs@gmail.com