Mason Life Academic Coordinator

Virginia, United States
Salary Not specified
Jul 15, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The George Mason University Division of Special Education and disability Research in the College of Education and Human Development invites applications for a Mason LIFE Academic Coordinator. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.


About the Program:

The College of Education and Human Development’s special education program is ranked 16th nationally by U.S. News & World Report. Additional recognition was given to the online graduate program, which U.S. News & World Report ranked 5th in the country this year. The mission of Mason’s special education program is to improve the lives, productivity, and education of people with disabilities. The Division of Special Education and disability Research strives to reach this goal by producing passionate, world-class special educators who make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities and positively impact the profession of special education.


The Mason Learning into Future Environments (LIFE) program is a supportive academic university experience that offers a four-year postsecondary curriculum of study to students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who begin the program between 18-23 years of age. The Mason LIFE program has a dual mission. The first is to educate students with IDD through programming in academics, employment, residential living, and community engagement as these areas target the inclusion of Mason LIFE students in all aspects of the university. The second is to be an apprenticeship for other Mason students with a hands-on opportunity to work with individuals with disabilities. This experience of learning, working, and living together mutually benefits all individuals and is the basis for the Mason LIFE Program.


About the Position:

The Mason LIFE program is seeking an individual skilled in providing oversight of the development and implementation of a foundational academic curriculum as well as building partnerships with university faculty to ensure access for student enrollment in courses across the university.



  • Establish required foundational Mason LIFE courses that meet the developmental needs of the students;
  • Collaborate with university partners to secure placement in and support of students in university courses;
  • Maintain and advise students regularly on selecting appropriate coursework for certificate completion;
  • Recruit, hire and supervise all instructional support staff;
  • Oversee and guide support staff on coursework modifications and accommodations;
  • Develop professional development based on innovative and evidence-based practices within the field of special education;
  • Review and update policies and procedures for all aspects of the academic program regularly;
  • Develop new policies and procedures when needed;
  • Assist the Director of Mason LIFE in coordinating research requests;
  • Network and collaborate with other post-secondary programs nationwide.


Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Special Education or a related field;
  • Experience teaching or supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities in a secondary or post-secondary setting.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with curriculum development and modification;
  • Evidence of creating meaningful professional development;
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral, and public speaking experience;
  • Indication of capacity to develop organized systems and supervise people;
  • Well-versed in current technologies and evidence-based practices related to teaching;
  • Experience in developing and writing policy statements.


Special Instructions to Applicants  

For full consideration, internal applicants must apply for position number FA46Bz at; complete and submit the online faculty application; and upload a cover letter, CV, and list of three professional references with contact information.


George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.