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Metro ECSU, located in the suburbs of Minneapolis and St. Paul, is seeking an exceptional leader to serve as the Executive Director. With this in mind, the Metro ECSU has obtained the services of the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA) to conduct a national search process to identify highly-qualified candidates. The Metro ECSU, with approximately 30 employees and a $3.5 million budget, serves 52 public school districts, charter schools, and private schools
that educate approximately 800,000 students. Metro ECSU also works closely with the Minnesota Department of Education. Metro ECSU supports districts and schools by building capacity, maximizing systems, fostering innovation, and cultivating partnerships.

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  • Vacancy Announced: April 15, 2021
  • Application Deadline: May 21
  • Round 1 Interviews: June 7 – 8
  • Finalist(s) Interviews: June 14 – 18
  • Appointment: By June 25
  • Preferred Start Date: September 1(negotiable)
  • Salary and benefits: Competitive and negotiable

Qualifications & Characteristics:

  • Visionary
  • Entrepreneurial skills
  • Strong state relationships in Minnesota
  • Proactive on grants and skilled in grant administration
  • Passionate about cooperative work and will find opportunities for working collectively vs. LEAs working on their own
  • Teambuilder/Collaborator
  • Sound Management skills in HR, Finance, Teaching & Learning
  • Service-oriented
  • Strong legislative ability (working with legislature,state department,etc.)
  • Communication skills with all stake holders
  • Ability to determine customer needs through annual needs assessment process
  • Effective delegator
  • Experience with project management
  • Detail-oriented
  • Ability to lead equity and social justice work
  • Bachelor’s degree in education or related field required –Master’s degree in education related field preferred


Application Materials & Process:

  • Letter of interest
  • Current resume
  • College transcripts
  • One page or less on the importance of service cooperatives in the Minnesota landscape

Submit materials electronically by May 21 to:

John Bass, AESA Search Consultant, jbass@aesa.us


Questions regarding the search process or job qualifications may be directed to:
John Bass, Search Consultant, Association of Educational Service Agencies, jbass@aesa.us

Statewide Low Incidence Disability Specialist: Developmental Adapted Physical Education (DAPE)


The individual occupying the position of Statewide Low Incidence Disability Specialist will become part of a team in providing leadership and support for Metro ECSU Special Education Programs in the categorical areas of Developmental Adapted Physical Education. This position is grant funded for 52 days per year (equivalent to 20% or .2 FTE) with up to 5 days of training/planning between June-September, prior to the official start date of October 1, 2021.   
The activities of this position will include the following:

  1. Serve as the primary educational contact for Minnesota school personnel and families with regard to technical support and resources in the special education area of Developmental Adapted Physical Education;
  2. Serve as an educational liaison in the area of Developmental Adapted Physical Education with appropriate local and state agencies in an effort to strengthen interagency collaboration and effectively address the needs of students and their families in current and future settings (Examples: MN Department of Education; MN Department of Human Services; MN Department of Health; institutions of higher education, advocacy organizations, etc.);
  3. Facilitate the statewide Developmental Adapted Physical Education meetings, including, but not limited to, giving professional development presentations; coordinating meetings; providing support with planning, registration, facility use, and technology support; and providing ongoing statewide updates;
  4. Coordinate electronic communication forums, social media and Mailing Lists, including membership management, approval of postings, and periodic internal system updates;
  5. Coordinate, develop, organize and facilitate professional development opportunities and resources for a broad spectrum of audiences (including general and special educators, related service providers, families, and other professional collaborators) which address the educational needs of students who receive Developmental Adapted Physical Education services.
  6. Serve as an organizational and disability-specific contact/representative and/or presenter in educational and community-based professional conferences, webinars, roundtable discussions, panels, exhibits, etc.;
  7. Actively participate or submit updates and communication as a member and disability representative in scheduled agency meetings, such as monthly Low Incidence Leadership Forum (LILF) meetings and MN Low Incidence Projects LIS meetings; and in Metro ECSU meetings, as appropriate;
  8. Serve as a disability-specific resource to all regions in Minnesota, including participation at occasional regional meetings, as appropriate; and maintaining close communication with all regional low incidence facilitators (RLIFs), including posting and sharing monthly updates;
  9. Provide oversight and support for development and updating of public media sources such as website content, online professional development tools, program brochures, and statewide disability manuals;
  10. Development of annual program goals, including associated budgetary planning;
  11. And other duties as assigned.


  1. Current Developmental Adapted Physical Education Minnesota Teacher License or demonstration of content expertise via employment credentials
  2. Minimum of 5 years of experience teaching within the field of Developmental Adapted Physical Education; leadership experience in an educational setting preferred.
  3. In-depth understanding and application of Minnesota special education disability criteria, Statute and Rule in the area of Developmental Adapted Physical Education
  4. Ability to direct activities, prioritize work responsibilities, and complete work in a timely manner, including progress reporting as requested by the Low Incidence Projects Director/Director of Special Education
  5. Effective interpersonal communication and leadership skills in a variety of settings and situations; demonstrate ability to work positively and professionally with others
  6. Display a comfort in public speaking to small and large audiences; has conference speaking and/or professional development presentation experience

Email cover letter and resume to:

Gail Jankowski, Gail.Jankowski@metroecsu.org

Please direct questions concerning salary and benefits to:

Ingrid Aasan, Ingrid.Aasan@metroecsu.org

Application deadline:

This posting is open until filled.

Program Specialist: Family Engagement Coordinator-DeafBlind


The individual occupying the position of Program Specialist: Family Engagement Coordinator-DeafBlind will become part of the Minnesota DeafBlind Project (MNDBP) team supporting children, families and school teams in the disability category of deafblindness.

This position is for 156 days per year (equivalent to 60% time or .6 FTE*.) Start date: ASAP
*This position is grant-funded and is available provided funds are secured each grant period.
The activities of this position will include:

  • Develop and implement effective family involvement strategies and activities to empower students and their families within the scope of the grant.
  • Plan, execute, and reflect on family events and workshops/trainings based on family needs.
  • Collect and analyze annual family needs data to drive Project and other grant initiatives.
  • Collaborate with state and national organizations including the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB), National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB), DeafBlind Services Minnesota (DBSM), and other state agencies to promote the needs of Project families and support ongoing state and national initiatives related to the work of the grant.
  • Develop and implement a communication plan to welcome the families of newly identified children with deafblindness and share resources as needed.
  • Collaborate with MNDBP team members for various initiatives/trainings (technical assistance, advisory board, etc.)
  • Collaborate with MNDBP team members for various projects (child count, budgets, grant reporting, etc.)
  • Provide stakeholders with accessible materials, presentations and resources.
  • Facilitate and operate virtual meeting technology.
  • Be a team player and work with other MNDBP staff as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 


  • Family member or close relation with deafblindness preferred
  • College degree
  • Knowledge of deafblindness
  • Knowledge of community resources and the K-12 educational system, including special education
  • Ability to work flexible schedule, may include some evenings and weekends (family activities such as the Mom’s Retreat, Family & Intervener Picnic, various other events in collaboration with DBSM)
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Outlook, Internet browsers, data base management and office machines (copy machines, postage meter, etc.)
  • Familiarity with or willingness to learn: virtual meeting technology, print material accessibility guidelines, meeting accessibility resources
  • Engage in in-state and out-of-state travel, as required
  • Ability to successfully work with culturally diverse staff and families
  • Detail oriented and have strong organization skills
  • Ability to work effectively with minimal daily supervision and guidance
  • Ability to prioritize work responsibilities and complete work in a timely manner
  • Work positively and professionally within a team setting and with other staff
  • Provide friendly, responsive service to Metro ECSU clients and collaborators

Send cover letter and resume to:

Deanna Rothbauer, deanna.rothbauer@metroecsu.org

Please direct questions concerning salary and benefits to:

Ingrid Aasan, Ingrid.aasan@metroecsu.org

Application deadline:

Open until filled.

Metro ECSU is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact Information

Ingrid Aasan, Ingrid.Aasan@metroecsu.org

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