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Student Programs Specialist

Reports to: Professional Development Coordinator Classification: Contracted
Date: November 2004

Job Summary
Partners with educators, families and communities to provide effective learning environments for all students. Helps ensure success for all learners. Facilitates, coordinates and administers student programs, which involves a focus on enhancing student learning opportunities. Provides services that are customer focused and based on Agency goals for diverse learners. Develops collaborative relationships with Agency staff, school districts, and community so that students have opportunities to engage in learning experiences.


  1. Bachelor’s degree.
  2. Varied experience coordinating and overseeing programs or workshops.

Essential Functions

  1. Supports total school/community efforts to create a positive learning environment for students/children.
    Serves as liaison among AEA, district building(s), families and community and collaborates with various teams to assure positive outcomes for all learners.
  2. Integrates research into the design of best practices.
  3. Follows policies, procedures, standards and rules in accordance with national and state laws, the Iowa Dept of Education and GWAEA, which includes, but is not limited to, developing and maintaining proper and adequate records and documentation.
  4. Seeks opportunities to partner with others in creating and developing student learning programs to include all aspects of a diverse student population.
  5. Coordinates, facilitates and administers a diverse range of student learning programs.
  6. Establishes and manages budgets for all tuition, fee-based student programs.
  7. Organizes and facilitates meetings to support program development and implementation.
  8. Collaborates with LEA and AEA staff, parents and community members in planning, implementing and assessing program goals and activities.

Additional Responsibilities

  1. Participates in projects, committees or activities to support the Agency’s mission, goals and priorities.
  2. Demonstrates self-discipline and initiative to produce high-quality, organized and dependable results.
  3. Conveys a positive and professional image to staff and public.
  4. Handles information in a confidential manner in accordance with established policies and legal requirements (FERPA, HIPAA, etc).
  5. Pursues professional growth opportunities and relationships to keep current with and influence educational directions.
  6. Maintains an active network of community resources and LEA/AEA staff.
  7. Develops a program calendar and communication plan.
  8. Supports and facilitates designated programs/services/activities coordinated through the Professional Development Office.
  9. Performs such other duties as may be assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  1. Ability to communicate effectively and maintain effective working relationships.
  2. Ability to function effectively as a team member and work collaboratively with others and independently as appropriate.
  3. Ability and willingness to be flexible and respond to the changing needs of clients and the Agency.
  4. Ability to integrate knowledge, research and expertise into appropriate practices for local contexts, in a service style that facilitates positive change and continuous improvement.
  5. Effective presentation and group facilitation skills.
  6. Ability to use data to make educationally sound decisions.
  7. Ability to read and interpret documents, write reports and correspondence, and apply appropriate mathematical concepts.
  8. Ability to use and integrate technology appropriately in daily work which includes, but is not limited to, efficient operation of telephone and voice mail systems and application of basic computer skills to effectively use e-mail, internet and word processing.
  9. Ability to organize information, forms and reports.
  10. Ability to organize and coordinate multiple tasks

Physical Requirements

  1. Ability to travel between sites served.
  2. Normal, routine levels of activity related to bending, carrying, climbing, hearing, lifting, reaching, sitting, standing, vision and walking, and may also involve above-average levels of activity at times that may or may not always be anticipated.
  3. Ability to transport materials (up to 50 lbs) needed to provide appropriate services.