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PEATC is Recruiting for a Family Engagement Specialist

Falls Church Office
Mar 06, 2014 The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) is recruiting for a Family Engagement Specialist. We are seeking an experienced, creative, self-motivated individual committed to improving Family Engagement opportunities for children with disabilities in Virginia.

Position: Family Engagement Specialist

Main Purpose of the Job: This is a full time position whose responsibilities include responding to the informational needs of parents of children with disabilities and the professionals who serve them under the provisions of the US Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs. The Family Engagement Specialist conducts intakes with families and professionals throughout all regions in Virginia and trains parents in their role as partners in education. This position plans, directs, and manages the activities of the Family Engagement Initiative; coordinates efforts to increase the quality, quantity, and access of parenting education services in the Commonwealth of Virginia; promotes education, training, and involvement in parenting education efforts.
Position Duties: Through individual consultations, build relationships with families and professionals across the Commonwealth of Virginia, concentrating your efforts on agencies who specialize in Family Involvement/Engagement. In addition, this position is responsible for providing families and professionals with information about Family Engagement, disability education, provide problem-solving opportunities, and support that will help them to better meet the needs of young children with disabilities and their family members. This team member will be responsible for remaining current on state and federal disability education and disability civil rights laws, regulations, best practices and other rapidly-changing developments impacting the lives of people with disabilities. This position will also be responsible for coordinating Family Engagement trainings to ensure compliance with grant guidelines and conduct workshops and presentations for parents and professionals on topics related to Family Engagement and Special Education.

Qualifications: Working knowledge of current principles in Family Engagement; current local, state, and national laws, public policies, legislative issues, and political processes important to the concerns of parenting education programs. .Experience in working with professionals, families of children with disabilities, and individuals with disabilities. A demonstrated knowledge of the Individual’s with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and other disability civil rights laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Experience in establishing and maintaining collaborative professional relationships and knowledge of child development and positive parenting techniques.

Minimum Education or General Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in a human service, child development or related field required. Experience may be substituted for academic preparation

Hours: 40 hours

Work Location: PEATC Office--100 N Washington Street, Suite 234, Falls Church, VA 22046 with some teleworking possible.

Salary Range: $16.82/hour - $19.23/hour + generous benefits package
A cover letter, resume, and list of three references are required.
Email: Suzanne Bowers, Executive Director


As an equal opportunity employer, PEATC believes that equal opportunity for all employees is important for the continuing success of our organization. In accordance with state and federal law, PEATC’s employment decisions and practices will not be influenced or affected by race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, sex, marital status, veteran status, disability, age or any other characteristic protected by law.

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