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The Arizona Department of Education's mission is to advance equity and excellence for all students by serving school leaders, educators and staff, collaborating with communities, and leading with data-driven best practices. Our vision is equity for all students to achieve their full potential!

Secondary Transition Specialist

Department of Education

Job Location:

Phoenix location  

Posting Details:

Salary: $66,000 - $71,000 

Grade: 21

Closing Date: Open until Filled

Job Summary:

•Provide information through training and technical assistance regarding secondary transition services, programs, laws, regulations, Attorney General Opinions, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) guidance and court cases to schools, state agencies, parents, and the general public.
•Present information on secondary transition services at local, regional state, and national conferences.
•Represent Arizona Department of Education (ADE) in national transition services workgroups.
•Serve on task forces, fiscal review teams, committees, and special projects for ADE.
•Serve as liaison among divisions within ADE, including Career and Technical Education and Academic Achievement, other state agencies, and community -based organizations to improve transition services.
•Participate in outgoing discussions among state agencies relative to state-level interagency agreements pertinent to transition services.
•Responsible for initiating and providing consultant services in planning, development, organization, implementation, and evaluation of special education secondary transition services and programs statewide to respond to questions and provide technical assistance to students, parents, and the general public.
•Conduct and participate in workshops for in-service trainings to improve programs.
•Assist in the resolution of complaints, due process hearings, and court cases related to transition services as requested.
•Responsible for providing assistance to schools and organizations participating in capacity building projects related to transition services.
•Participate in the selection of sites to receive capacity building funds, and provide ongoing technical assistance to sites receiving funds.
•Responsible for assisting in the coordination and implementation of annual transition conference, including participation in steering committee activities.
•In-state and out-of-state travel is required for this position.

Job Duties:

•Answer questions from public and private agencies concerning state and federal requirements in special education.
•Serve as statewide consultant to Public Education Agencies (PEAs), other state agencies, community service providers, and parent organizations offering technical assistance and training when requested in the area of secondary transition services to help achieve compliance and effective program services for children.
•Engage in statewide activities that increase best practices with federal and state requirements.
•Attend conferences, write articles, solicit information from experts in the field, read newsletters, journals, books, regulations, attorney general opinions, and laws related to special education and secondary transition.
•Attend special education staff meetings and participate in various intra and inter-agency task teams/committees.
•Develop charts, brochures, or handouts to inform the public, parents, PEAs, and other state agencies of compliance of state and federal special education laws/regulations and practices/processes for implementation of programs to meet compliance.
•Organize and write materials and guidelines to be disseminated to PEAs and the public.
•Serve as liaison to other sections within the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) and to other state agencies for the purpose of improving transition services for youth with disabilities.
•Participate in the development, coordination, and implementation of ADE-ESS annual transition conference.
•Participate in the analysis and reporting of data related to indicators.
•Assist in the development and implementation of improvement activities related to these indicators.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

•Familiarity with ADE structure and authority
•State and federal laws and implementing regulations in the area of special education and transition
•History and development of special education
•Role of other state and private agencies in the provision of transition services to children with disabilities
•School-to-work initiatives, work experience programs, employment models, self-determination approaches, social security work incentive programs, preservice preparation programs, and state and local-level interagency agreement
•School administrative structure and current sources of information for special education teachers
•Understanding of Special Education Agencies (SEA) and Public Education Agencies (PEA), and private school organization structure
•Applicants must have taught or administered a special education program.
•A Bachelor’s degree in special education, vocational counseling or a related field is required.
•Project and task management
•Public speaking and public relations
•Report and proposal writing
•Analysis and problem solving
•Interpersonal relationships
•Group dynamics and facilitation
•Evaluation and monitoring
•Event planning
•Excellent oral and written communication
•Basic skill in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and Outlook)
•Attention to detail
•Partner and work collaboratively
•Provision of consultant services and technical assistance to students, families, advocacy groups, educators, and professionals
•Analysis of data

Selective Preference(s):

•Preference will be given to those applicants with a Master’s degree in special education, vocational counseling, or a related field.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

•Position requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.).
•Offers are contingent upon successful completion of all background and reference checks, required documents and, if applicable, a post-offer medical/physical evaluation.


ADE’s comprehensive benefits package includes:

• Affordable medical, dental, life, and short-term disability insurance plans
• Tuition reimbursement program available for education/professional development advancement
• Hybrid schedule (combination of telework and in-office) may be available for some job roles
• Top ranked retirement and long-term disability plans
• Deferred compensation plan
• Accrued sick leave and vacation leave
• Ten paid holidays per year
• Wellness plans

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


You will be required to participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) upon your 27th week of employment, subject to waiting period. On or shortly after, your first day of employment you will be provided with enrollment instructions and effective date.

Contact Us:

The Arizona Department of Education is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer. During all phases of the selection process, people with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting the ADE Human Resources office at (602) 542-3186 or via e-mail at HumanResourcesGroup@azed.gov.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.