Special Education SME in Chicago, IL at Public Consulting Group

Date Posted: 8/30/2020

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    Chicago, IL
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    At least 10 year(s)
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Job Description


About Public Consulting Group

Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG) is a leading public sector solutions implementation and operations improvement firm that partners with health, education, and human services agencies to improve lives. Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, PCG has over 2,500 professionals in more than 60 offices worldwide. PCG’s Education practice offers consulting services and technology solutions that help schools, school districts, and state education agencies/ministries of education to promote student success, improve programs and processes, and optimize financial resources. To learn more, visit http://www.publicconsultinggroup.com/education/.

PCG seeks an experienced special education leader to help PCG and school districts/state departments of education across the nation to improve student outcomes and instructional practices, guide district policies related to equity and special education services, and support implementation of high-quality professional development.

The Special Education Subject Matter Expert will actively lead and participate in the design, development and delivery of special education services to support teachers and district/state department of education leaders as they work to solve complex special education problems. Primary responsibilities involve working with schools, districts, and state departments of education, supporting their efforts to improve educational outcomes for students with disabilities. Applicants must be strong analytical thinkers with excellent writing and presentation skills who are highly committed to improving education through a focus on students with IEPs. Applicants should be energetic, optimistic individuals who work well both independently and as part of a team to engage clients in the development and delivery of high-quality special education programs and services.


  • Design, develop and deliver high quality online, face-to-face, and blended professional development aligned to client goals and expectations
  • Support capacity building at state, district, and school levels to incorporate higher academic standards and improve outcomes for students with disabilities
  • Train and coach a variety of audiences, including administrators, teachers, direct service providers, and paraprofessionals, in the areas of national and state-specific special education compliance, policy, and instructional best practices
  • Collaborate with staff and clients to define and build services and technical assistance
  • Support business development activities, in close partnership with a focused business development team, through participation in proposals, demonstrations, strategic client conversations
  • Participate in the development and dissemination of special education related white papers, reports, guidance documents, blogs, training materials, and other written materials for clients and the firm


The ideal candidate will bring 10+ years of experience in a school district setting with demonstrated success and a strong reputation as an exceptional special education classroom teacher, service provider, and/or school district administrator. Further, the successful candidate will exhibit deep understanding of key policy issues and trends that affect special education and equity issues and possess the ability to apply these in the creation of professional development materials.

Preferred skills and qualifications:

  • Deep knowledge of special education regulations, policies and instructional practices, including early childhood, transition, communication and assistive technology
  • Experience developing content for delivery in learning management systems and blended settings
  • Knowledge of current trends in curriculum, teaching methods and strategies including best practices in school improvement, leadership development; adult learning theory and professional development; planning and project management; and, collaboration, coordination, and facilitation of work groups.
  • Knowledge of staff development as it applies to both teaching and learning, and leading professional learning communities.
  • Knowledge of group dynamics and ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences orally and in writing, including electronic media
  • Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced, time-sensitive work environment
  • Ability to analyze and use data to identify professional development needs
  • Understanding of how to evaluate, improve and report on the effectiveness of professional development
  • Ability to read and interpret journals, articles, and research studies
  • Effective in teaching adults and enjoy working with diverse clients and teams
  • Positive, can-do attitude in tackling complex and persistent problems affecting schools and communities
  • Creative problem-solving ability and dedication to accomplishing goals and challenges presented by clients and management
  • Flexible, self-starter possessing intellectual curiosity
  • Ability to operate in both a team situation and autonomously with minimal supervision
  • Excellent writing, verbal communication, and presentation skills
  • Knowledge of Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook, SharePoint, Google Classroom, Learning Management Systems, and web design software
  • Experience in creating and growing innovative programs
  • Experience in grant writing, research, proposals


Required Experience:

  • A Master’s Degree (or higher) in education or a related field of expertise
  • 10+ years of experience in a school district setting with demonstrated success and a strong reputation as an exceptional special education classroom teacher, service provider, and/or school district administrator
  • 2+ years developing and providing professional development, training, or coaching


EEO Statement

Public Consulting Group is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or status as a qualified individual with a disability.  VEVRAA Federal Contractor.


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