Program Specialist

Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE), We Welcome people with world class qualifications for this Job Advertisement Title – Program Specialist, Application for this entry is limited


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Industries: Government Administration
Worker Size: 10,001+ Employees
Headquarters: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


Everyone needs a job, but only the great ones work here!  The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) is the primary body responsible for supervising public K-12 education in Oklahoma.  The OSDE team is creative and committed to growing the good every day in the lives of the school districts and the students we support.  We operate directly with the state’s 500+ school districts and the legislature to ensure that Oklahoma students receive the quality education they deserve.  If you are looking for an enriching career that positively impacts the lives of children, you are in the right place!  For more about OSDE please visit our website at


Under direction, coordinate, supervise and provide technical assistance regarding special education programs throughout the state. Monitor local programs pertaining to IDEA, Part B. Perform related work as required.

Important for All Applicants to take Note:

This description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions, it does not proscribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned; This job description is subject to change at any time.  Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time with or without notice.

Compensation: $60,000-$67,000


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Special Education, School Psychology, Communication Disorders, or closely related field [official transcript(s) required];
  • Possession of a valid Special Education teacher, psychometry, school psychology, or speech-language pathology certificate;
  • 5 years experience working with students with disabilities, as a service provider, general education teacher, special education teacher, or a combination;
  • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting one year of relevant experience for each year of the required education.


  • Specialized knowledge and/or training in the area of Dyslexia
  • Specialized knowledge and/or training in the area of Behavior
  • Knowledge of adult learning theory and methods;
  • Experience providing professional development at the district level;


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

  • Possess considerable knowledge of proven special education techniques, methods and practices of current trends and sources of information in the fields of special education and educational psychology; general knowledge of tests and measurements including individual educational/psychological tests;
  • Possess a commitment to team work and collaboration with other agency staff, consensus management and participatory decision-making process;
  • Have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships; be adept at interacting with people of various social, cultural, economic, and educational backgrounds, embracing diversty and inclusion;
  • Possess a conscientious commitment/willingness to provide courteous, consistent, efficient service through performance of prescribed job duties;
  • Take a proactive approach and work independently; possess excellent time management skills and meet deadlines consistently;
  • Possess strong analytical and problem-solving skills; have the ability to prioritize tasks; demonstrate excellent planning and organizational skills;
  • Be attentive to detail and committed to excellence in all aspects of work;
  • Possess strong written and oral communication, and interpersonal skills;
  • Have the ability to conduct, coordinate and implement adequate special education programs; express ideas clearly and concisely; conduct meetings and workshops; judge a situation correctly and adopt an effective course of action;
  • Possess knowledge of technology and ability to use it to maximize efficiency and services.
  • Participate in the development and dissemination of professional development materials;
  • Provide ongoing technical assistance to promote program effectiveness; support and develop special education within the regular education system; disseminate ideas, new methods and materials to parents, educators and administrators throughout the state;
  • Consult with public/private agencies and organizations on establishing, expanding, and/or improving special education programs; evaluate and approve plans/applications for special education programs;
  • Serve on professional committees; conduct and participate in workshops and meetings with parents and professionals; promote special education by interpreting rules and regulations and by speaking before other interested groups;
  • Participate in and/or lead teams related to special education services.


Frequent travel required including but not limited to, regular overnight stays of 1-3 nights at a time.


This position is eligible to telework up to two (2) days a week after supervisor approval and completion of initial training. A Telework Agreement is required upon hire.


  • Work is typically performed in an climate controlled office setting with exposure to moderate noise. While performing the duties of the job, employee is frequently required to talk, stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms.  This position requires long periods of sitting and daily use of computer and phone. Must be able to remain in a stationary position 75% of the time.
  • This position requires travel in and around Oklahoma.
  • Frequently operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine/printer, office telephone;
  • Frequently communicates with others accurately and effectively;


  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full time basis;
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment background check;
  • Must possess a US drivers’ license to perform necessary job related travel.


  • Generous benefit allowance in addition to salary to off-set insurance costs, more information at
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • 15 days of vacation and 15 days of sick leave the first year
  • Compensatory Time for FLSA Exempt and Nonexempt Employees
  • Teacher’s Retirement System (TRS) participation with all contributions paid by the employer, more information at
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Longevity Bonus for years of service


The Oklahoma Department of Education provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, OSDE complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Equal Opportunity Employment

The State of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of genetic information, race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.


Job Posting Title: Program Specialist

Job Reference Number: JR2466

Job Posting Country: Oklahoma County

Supervisory Organization: Department of Education–Oliver Hodge Education Building

@Compensation: $60,000-$67,000

Job Type: Full-time/Regular