Special Education Specialist
Must hold a certificate issued by Florida Department of Education.
The certificate must be in one of the following types: Professional Certificate, Temporary Certificate, Statement of Status of Eligibility.
The certificate position area must be in one of the following areas: Computers, Elementary Teacher, Success for All, Title I, Autism, Deaf-Blind, Early Intervention Specialist, Educational Diagnostician, Emotional Behavior Disabilities, Hearing Impairment, Intellectual Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Physical Disabilities, Severe/Profound Disabilities, Special Education (General), Traumatic Brain Injury, Visual Impairment.
The certificate must be in one of the following grades: Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th.
The certificate status must be active or about to graduate from a state-approved teacher preparation program.
JOB PURPOSE: The Specialist for Special Education will provide system-wide support of special projects related to special education/504, including gifted. The Specialist for Special Education will support CSUSA’s Special Education Team by working on various projects to allow CSUSA managed schools to implement best practice systems and processes to ensure compliance. Special projects may include process development, process documentation, forms development, alignment of federal policy to state requirements, charter application support, school support, contract management, professional development, and/or other projects upon the request of the Director of Special Education.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Assist CSUSA’s Special Education Team in the research, planning and implementation of a variety of tasks/projects. Collaborate with team members to determine project goals, develop project plans, establish timelines, and ensure project completion. Define project tasks and resource requirements. Track project deliverables using appropriate tools. Monitor and report on progress of projects to Director of Special Education. Present reports defining project progress, problems and solutions. Remain informed of changes to special education federal and state laws to support school level compliance. Use resources and materials to support staff in the accomplishment of special education goals. Assist with creating and facilitating professional development at the school level. Support CSUSA’s Special Education Team in the development of community partnerships to support student transition. Plan and conduct appointments with special education staff as needed. Collaborate with CSUSA’s Special Education Team and school staff to develop local processes and procedures to align with state special education policies. Conduct professional development on local special education procedures. Maintain collaborative relationship with CSUSA’s Special Education Team. Travel to assigned CSUSA managed school sites as required. Assist with compliance monitoring. Assist with management of clinical services contracts. Collaborate with CSUSA’s Special Education Team to support new schools. **MAY PERFORM OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED** DISCLAIMER The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.
SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE Demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment toward the position and the mission of the company; support the company’s values in strategic areas of academic excellence, operational performance, superior culture, and financial health and growth, as outlined in the employee handbook. Advanced knowledge of special education federal and state laws. Strong time management and organizational skills. Demonstrate project management skills and an ability to work independently. Enthusiastic about taking on new challenges and the ability to prioritize effectively. Ability to organize and manage multiple priorities while maintaining flexibility. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals at all levels of the organization, parents and the community. As unique situations present themselves, the employee must be sensitive to corporate needs, employee goodwill, and the public image. Establish excellent interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations. Position continually requires demonstrated poise, tact and diplomacy. Ability to consistently be at work, be on time, follow instructions, respond to management direction, and solicit feedback to improve performance. Proficient experience with Microsoft Office 365 (Email, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and knowledge of successful virtual course/webinar implementation. Looks for ways to improve and promote quality and demonstrates high level of accuracy, attention to detail and thoroughness. Consistently strives to implement best practices. WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Usual school/office working conditions. PHYSICAL DEMANDS No physical exertion required. Required to sit for long periods of time. Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force as frequently as needed to move objects. TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT Salary and benefits shall be consistent with CSUSA salary and benefit policy. Length of the work year and hours of employment shall be those established by Charter Schools USA. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship. FLSA OVERTIME CATEGORY Job is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
EVALUATION Performance will be evaluated in accordance with Charter Schools USA’s policy.
DECLARATION Human Resources retains the sole right and discretion to make changes to this job description. Any employee making changes unauthorized by the Human Resources Department will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination.