This Knowledge Development and Technical Assistance (KDTA) position for the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) will be primarily responsible for technical assistance with selected State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Agencies and their State Education Agency and other partners to promote the quality provision of Pre- Employment Transition Services and other collaborative activities in conjunction with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The KDTA specialist will partner with other NTACT staff at UNC Charlotte, the University of Oregon, and TransCen, Incs, as well as other RSA funded Technical Assistance Centers in their work with states. Additionally, this position will lead and collaborate with NTACT staff at UNC Charlotte, TransCen, Inc., and the University of Kansas’ Transition Coalition in the development of training materials, tools, and other resources, relevant to collaborative planning and service delivery under WIOA to assist State and Local entities. The KDTA Specialist will be responsible for the following: Serving as the primary liaison between NTACT and its RSA funded partner technical assistance (TA) centers with the Workforce Innovation National Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC) and the Youth-Technical Assistance Center (Y-TAC) in the provision of targeted technical assistance services to improve and promote the implementation of Pre-ETS in a select number of states. The KDTA specialist will also lead and collaborate in knowledge development activities to translate research on specific topics (e.g., provision of Pre-ETS in predominantly rural areas; delivery of Pre-ETS with specific populations including Autism or severe disabilities; collaborative planning and service delivery) to products and resources disseminated broadly through NTACT’s website and other mechanisms. The KDTA specialist will be required to travel to conduct some TA and dissemination activities, as well as use web/ video communication to advise, plan, and collaborate with state personnel, NTACT colleagues, and other TA providers.
Minimum Experience / Education:
Masters Degree in a related field Three years of experience providing technical assistance to stakeholders engaged in the provision of transition services and career development and employment preparation for students and youth with disabilities. Experience with professional development and adult learners. Prior experience in career development and transition planning and service delivery. Prior experience facilitating interdisciplinary teams. Practical knowledge of laws governing VR agencies and special education. Strong written and oral communication skills
Preferred Education Skills and Experience:
At least 5 years experience providing technical assistance to local or state agency staff, including stakeholders engaged in the provision of transition services and career development and employment preparation for students and youth with disabilities. Experience with professional development and adult learners, specifically regarding interagency collaboration and provision of services by VR agencies and special education agencies in the context of WIOA and IDEA. Job experience as an OSERS funded TA project or a State VR Agency. Expertise in a specific area of underserved populations (e.g., rural areas, students with severe or complex disabilities). Deep knowledge of regulations and policies governing VR and Education agencies and their partners, in the context of youth and students with disabilities.
UNC Charlotte is North Carolina's urban research institution. Our campus is located in the piedmont of North Carolina, just two hours from the mountains and three hours from the Atlantic Ocean. A large public university with a small college feel, more than 27,200 students consider UNC Charlotte’s 1,000-acre campus their home away from home.