Director of Special Populations Continuous Improvement

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $69,408
Maximum: $93,396




1701 N. Congress Avenue
United States


The successful candidate for this position will serves as Special Populations Director of Continuous Improvement. This position is responsible for the management of projects associated with improving state supports for students in special populations. This project management includes working with internal stakeholders to ensure that agreed upon milestones are met and effectively communicate relevant information regarding progress and outcomes related to these various projects to both internal and external stakeholders. Work involves establishing the strategic portfolio plan for all areas related to special populations with specific emphasis in the area of special education; coordinating the planning and initiation of a portfolio of projects at various levels of completion; and monitoring the progress, budgets, and schedules of portfolios. 

Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

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Essential Job Functions:

Coordinates, develops, and evaluates a portfolio of projects with responsibilities that include:

  • Coordinating project portfolio activities with other state agencies, governmental jurisdictions, or private sector partners and contractors;
  • Developing budgets, schedules, work plans, resources requirements, and cost estimates and projections for a portfolio of projects related to special populations;
  • Developing and implementing plans to communicate and explain project portfolio methodologies, and makes presentations to interested groups and team members;
  • Developing criteria for evaluating programs, proposals, and other information related to portfolio management;
  • Analyzing and monitors portfolio components to identify issues, risks, and opportunities for improvement; and designs strategies to mitigate or avoid future risks within portfolio;
  • Monitoring and managing project quality to ensure project deliverables are acceptable and fulfill the terms of the project contract or specifications;
  • Compiling and communicating portfolio information, status reports, and portfolio budget expenditures;
  • Providing an analysis of various data points related to project planning and completion and formulating recommendations based on trends in the data;
  • Creating procedures to capture and address changes in original portfolio plan;
  • Determining the optimal resource mix for the portfolio delivery, and schedules activities to achieve Agency goals;
  • Providing stakeholders with timely assessments of portfolio and component performance in writing, orally, and through the creation and maintenance of dash boards;
  • Testifying before the State Board of Education or legislative and interested groups on portfolio status;
  • Assigning and/or supervises the work of others; and
  • Performing related work as assigned.

Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in education, project management or a relevant field is required. Advanced degree is preferred.

Experience:  Seven (7) years experience working in project management required. Experience working in an educational context or advanced degree related to education preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:  Portfolio and project management theories and practices applicable to projects; systems and procedures used to evaluate a third-party vendor's performance; and local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to the administration of the portfolio of projects.

Skill in:  Project portfolio management monitoring; addressing changes in scope and budget; project and portfolio resourcing; and the use of a computer and applicable software.

Ability to: Manage project portfolio activities; establish project portfolio goals and objectives; exercise sound judgment in making critical decisions; analyze complex information and develop plans to address identified issues; demonstrate negotiation and facilitation skills; identify project risks and gaps; prepare reports; communicate effectively (written and orally); assign and/or supervise the work of others; and lead by influence to achieve results from staff not directly supervised by this position.

License/Certification: Project Management Professional (PMP) or Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP) certification strongly preferred.

NOTE: An in-box activity and second round of interviews may be required as part of the interview process.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

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