Autism Grant Manager (Immediate Opening)

Headquarters WESLACO, TEXAS AUSTIN, TEXAS


Description

Position at IDEA Public Schools

 

Role Mission: The Autism Grant Manager ensures IDEA Public Schools in the RGV and Austin meet the needs of students with Autism in the age range of 3-9 years old. This person will coordinate all SOAR (Successful Outcomes through Autism Resources) Autism Grant program components and be responsible for aggregating and reporting data to TEA on the success of the SOAR program, funded through the Autism TEA Grant. In addition, the Autism Grant Manager will develop and facilitate pertinent trainings for parents and IDEA staff, act as a liaison between campuses and the National Special Programs team for all components of the Autism TEA Grant and is responsible for ensuring the intersection of compliance requirements, streamlined support structures, and increasing access to general education for students with Autism in the age range of 3-9 years old.  This person will also build collaborative business partnerships between parents, national, and regional RGV/Austin support personnel to ensure IDEA’s SOAR Autism Grant program has the impact that it is intended to achieve. This position is a grant funded position for the SY 2021/2022; there is potential of this position being extended, based on future grant funding.  

 

 

What You’ll Do -- Accountabilities

 

60% of students with Autism (ages 3-9) in the Rio Grande Valley and Austin transition from self-contained to a less restrictive setting over year 1 

  • Provide research-based instructional strategies and methods to teachers that are proven to yield high results for students with Autism 
  • Ensure a solid implementation of the TEACCH program, which incorporates visual processing, social communication, and attention strategies 
  • Collaborate with Board Certified Behavior Analysts’ (BCBA), Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs), parents, teachers, and related services/assessment personnel to implement strong transition setting plans that encompasses observations and intentional tracking 

90% of students with Autism (ages 3-9) in the Rio Grande Valley and Austin meet their annual IEP goals 

  • Collaborate with parents, teachers, related services, and assessment personnel to ensure goals in therapy sessions are also practiced in instructional and home settings 
  • Conduct classroom observations with Special Programs Coaches and campus lead teams to provide high leverage instructional recommendations  
  • Provide research-based strategies and methods to parents and teachers that are proven to yield high results for students with Autism 

 

90% of parent and staff training participants rate training at a 4 or higher 

  • Survey parents, IDEA staff, and utilize observational data from Special Programs Coaches to gather training topics of high interest and high impact related to Autism  
  • Develop a training scope and sequence for parents, campus staff, related services, and assessment personnel  
  • Collaborate with TEACCH, VELA, and Fusion Therapy to develop and facilitate parent and campus trainings  
  • Collaborate and partner with neighboring districts in the Rio Grande Valley and Austin to attend TEACCH training and implement strategies at their district 

85% Student Retention for students with Autism (ages 3-9) in the Rio Grande Valley and Austin 

  • Build strong relationships with stakeholders 
  • Advocate for student needs at the school, district, community, and state level 
  • Provide effective resources to stakeholders to build equality at the school, district, community, and state level for individuals with Autism

 

Maintain a balanced grant budget of $1 million 

  • Coordinates all contracts with outside grant providers 
  • Works in collaboration with RGV/Austin Regional Business Managers for budget allocations, expenditures, and reporting 
  • Holds frequent trainings and touchpoints with all campus Business Clerks  
  • Reconciles grant accounts codes and expenditures  
  • Approves all campus requisitions for expenditures through the grant funds

We look for Team and Family who embody the following values and characteristics: 

  • Believes and is committed to our mission and being an agent of change: that all students are capable of getting to and through college  
  • Has demonstrated effective outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them 
  • Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly 
  • Works with urgency and purpose to drive student outcomes 
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change 
  • Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization 
  • Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes 
  • We believe in education as a profession and hold ourselves to high level of conduct, professionalism and behaviors as models for our colleagues and students 

 

Coordinate Rio Grande Valley and Austin region-wide contract services with TEACCH, VELA, and Fusion Therapy 

  • Follows guidelines and recommendations in the Autism Grant to coordinate related service contracts needed for students and vets service providers 
  • Oversees the onboarding and training of all contract service personnel working in Rio Grande Valley and Austin schools 
  • Holds consistent business partnership meetings with region-wide contract services to provide and gather feedback to increase the impact of the SOAR Autism Grant program 

Live values of IDEA

  • Believes and is committed to our mission: that all students are capable of getting to and through college  
  • Is driven by outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them 
  • Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change 
  • Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization 
  • Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes 

 

What You Bring -- Competencies:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including comfort in utilizing data and analyzing results to tell a story --  Writing sample will be requested  
  • Ability to organize and balance long-term projects while prioritizing daily tasks in a fast-paced environment  
  • Ability to influence, motivate and manage others to meet deadlines and shared outcomes  
  • Personal responsibility to create high-quality products   
  • Initiative to solve problems independently and seek help from colleagues, when appropriate  
  • Continuous learner  
  • Experience navigating relationships successfully   
  • Belief in our mission and IDEA's approach to serving students  

Qualifications:

Education:  Bachelor’s degree, marketing, business, or education preferred 

Experience:  Grant management or writing required, budget management, experience in Special Education preferred 

License or Certification: None

 

 

What We Offer

  • Salaries for people entering this role typically fall between $73,900 and $100,900, commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications and in alignment with internal equity. This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on individual and organizational performance and goal attainment.

 

Other Benefits:

We offer a comprehensive benefits plan, covering the majority of the employee premium for the base medical plan and subsidizing the majority of costs for a spouse/domestic partner and children. Other benefits include dental and vision plans, disability, life insurance, parenting benefits, flexible spending account options, generous vacation time, com‐muter benefits, referral bonuses, professional development, and a403(b) plan. We also offer an inclusive environment where staff are encouraged to bring their whole selves to work every day. IDEA may offer a relocation stipend to defray the cost of moving for this role, if applicable.

 


 

 

 

IDEA Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the organization's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact IDEA Human Resources at (956) 377-8000.