Department: College of Education and Human Development (CEHD)
Mason LIFE Employment Adult Service Coordinator
The George Mason University Division of Special Education and disAbility Research in the College of Education and Human Development invites applications for a Mason LIFE Employment Adult Services Coordinator. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
About the Program:
The College of Education and Human Development's special education program is ranked 16th nationally by U.S. News & World Report. Additional recognition was given to the online graduate program, which U.S. News & World Report ranked 5th in the country this year. The mission of Mason's special education program is to improve the lives, productivity, and education of people with disabilities. The Division of Special Education and disAbility Research strives to reach this goal by producing passionate, world-class special educators who make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities and positively impact the profession of special education.
The Mason Learning into Future Environments (LIFE) program is a supportive academic university experience that offers a four-year postsecondary curriculum of study to students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who begin the program between 18-23 years of age. The Mason LIFE program has a dual mission. The first is to educate students with IDD through programming in academics, employment, residential living, and community engagement as these areas target the inclusion of Mason LIFE students in all aspects of the university. The second is to be an apprenticeship for other Mason students with a hands-on opportunity to work with individuals with disabilities. This experience of learning, working, and living together mutually benefits all individuals and is the basis for the Mason LIFE Program.
About the Position:
The Mason LIFE program is seeking an individual skilled in providing oversight of the development and implementation of a comprehensive employment experience including both job placement and curriculum development. Additionally, the individual will streamline the coordination of adult service support.
Develop and evaluate on- and off-campus work sites;
Create employment readiness curriculum materials for first-year students;
Provide ongoing regular evaluation of student progress;
Conduct transition planning meetings for fourth-year students;
Maintain and advise students regularly on selecting appropriate employment opportunities for certificate completion;
Recruit, hire and supervise all support staff;
Oversee and guide support staff on workplace modifications and accommodations;
Create professional development activities based on innovative and evidence-based practices within the field of special education;
Establish Adult Service Agency partners for collaborative transition purposes;
Review and update policies and procedures for all aspects of the employment program regularly;
Develop new policies and procedures when needed;
Assist the Director of Mason LIFE in coordinating research requests;
Network and collaborate with other post-secondary programs nationwide.
Master's degree in Special Education or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience;
Experience working with or supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities;
A valid driver's license.
Experience with curriculum development and modification specific to employment;
Knowledge and understanding of Adult Service Agencies serving individuals with disabilities;
Experience in job development for individuals with disabilities;
Evidence of creating meaningful professional development;
Strong communication skills, both written and oral, and public speaking experience;
Indication of capacity to develop organized systems and supervise people;
Well-versed in current technologies and evidence-based practices related to teaching;
Experience in creating and writing policy initiatives.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Location: Fairfax, VA
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George Mason University is Virginia's largest public university located in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, public policy, economics, visual and performing arts, life sciences and biotechnology, Mason prepares its alumni to succeed in the workforce and meet the needs of the region and the world.