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Title:  State Director of Special Education

Application Deadline Date:  12/12/2022
Req ID:  44981
Department:  Education Agency

Montpelier, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $31.70


The Vermont Agency of Education (AOE) is seeking a State Director of Special Education to lead our Special Education team's programming and state/federal compliance efforts. This important supervisory position reports to/works closely with the Division Director of Student Support Services. 


Key responsibilities include:

  • Oversight of application of state and federal special education law and policy 
    • Oversee statewide implementation of state and federal special education policies, practices, and procedures. 
    • Oversee implementation of AOE's monitoring system to ensure compliance with IDEA and State Rule.
    • Oversee providing support to address statewide special education programmatic priorities.
    • Consult on state rulemaking efforts and state rule content and language.
    • Supervise the review and approval of LEA subgrant applications for IDEA grant funding.
    • Collaborate on developing/reviewing state special education guidance and resources.
    • Lead/supervise team efforts to complete state and federal compliance and performance reporting requirements. 
    • Promote laws specific to family engagement 
    • Use data to identify priority statewide initiatives reflecting Special Education law and policy requirements
    • Support planning/review of Vermont's annual $35M IDEA budget for SEA and LEA activities, in collaboration with leadership. 
  • Effective collaboration with local, state, and federal partners
    • State liaison to national and state special education initiatives.
    • Membership in or participation on state committees. 
    • Engage with State Board of Education and legislators, typically as a resource to foster understanding of the AOE's work, or of state and federal special education policy.
    • Serve as AOE's primary liaison to the federal Office of Special Education Programs. 
    • Consult with and present to project partners as needed (internal AOE staff members, field partners, educators, legislators, and TA providers).
    • Represent the needs of children/youth with disabilities and their families, as part of state and national outreach efforts.
  • Supervision/management of the AOE's Special Education team
    • Management and strategic planning for workload allocation/staffing needs, including Monitoring and Programming staff members. 
    • Ensure staff are supported in their work through the identification and provision of targeted professional development activities.
    • Completion of annual evaluations, provision of ongoing formal and informal constructive feedback on staff performance.


This position will work out of the Agency of Education offices, although the majority of AOE staff currently work remotely. We anticipate this position will largely have the option of working remotely as well but will need to be able to attend occasional in-person events and face-to-face meetings, including visiting school and program sites, meeting with parent advocate groups, presenting at professional conferences or advisory panel meetings in and outside of VT, and providing in-person legislative testimony.


This position is classified as an Education Assistant Division Director by the Department of Human Resources.

Who May Apply

This position, State Director of Special Education (Job Requisition #44981), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact Chris Case at
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Environmental Factors

Normal office working conditions generally prevail. Incumbent must be able to interact, work, and deal with Agency staff, educators, state, federal, and local officials, and the general public. Evening and weekend work may be required. Travel will be required to carry out job duties.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree in education or closely related field AND five (5) years or more of professional level experience in education administration or other leadership position in an educational organization or related non-profit or social sector organization.
Bachelor’s degree in education or closely related field AND three (3) years or more of professional level experience in education administration or other leadership position in an education organization or related non-profit or social sector organization AND two (2) years of the duties listed above which have been performed at the Agency of Education.

Preferred Qualifications

Special education leadership experience, at the state, federal, and/or local level.
Special education practitioner experience in a capacity that facilitates an understanding of local practice and systems, ideally across multiple roles within a school system education system.
The development and implementation of multi-tiered systems of support.
Experience with and an understanding of intervention delivery models (ex: Response to Intervention, Patterns of Strengths and Weaknesses, etc.).
Experience addressing and managing workforce challenges within a special education system.
General education systems, and the interrelationships between effective general and special education systems, including early learning.
Extensive experience communicating effectively and constructively to various audiences
Extensive experience building and maintaining relationships with diverse program partners and organizations.
Experience identifying and addressing systemic inequity in an education setting, ideally as related to student and staff needs.

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:
  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
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Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.

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