Special Education Coordinator
The purpose of this position is to support the accomplishment of the District mission by providing district wide leadership and direction for birth to age 21 special education programs and services in compliance with District, State and Federal objectives. Provides supervision of Special Service Providers, including: Speech Language Pathologists, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Teachers of the Visually Impaired, Braillist, Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and Audiologists. Supports the Special Education Director in designing, developing, implementing, delivering and progress monitoring those programs and services determined appropriate for students. Supports the Special Education Director in evaluating programs, services, and personnel as assigned in accordance with district policies and procedures. This position also supports the implementation of literacy intervention and universal instruction to increase outcomes for struggling learners.
Collaborates with District administration, District school principals and school special education staff for the purpose of implementing and maintaining services and/or programs. Assists with setting staffing levels for school special education programs for the purposes of providing services with fiscal efficiency.
Support the development and implementation of training of teachers and support personnel in the provision of appropriate special educational and related services including IEP questions and requirements and transitions as outlined in State and Federal law.
Consultation with program staff members and principals as needed.
Provide program implementation support and guidance including research, identification and implementation across the district and individual schools in the areas of Special Education, Literacy and Early Childhood. This may also include facilitation and participation in manifestation meetings, expulsion hearings and other district, school or parent meetings.
Work with building principals, leadership teams and/or teachers in order to facilitate the process for adopting, implementing and monitoring a PreK-12 district program plan including assessment, instruction, professional development, and program evaluation.
Remain current on instructional strategies and models in program strategies guiding instructional strategies.
Assist with the recruitment, hiring, supervision and evaluation of special education staff for the purpose of carrying out objectives within areas of responsibility.
Educate and collaborate with District administrators, educators, and providers to assure compliance with state and federal statutes and regulations governing special education services in alignment with general education instructional practices and priorities.
Work with teachers to analyze their teaching behaviors to increase student performance in the program.
Assist the Special Education Director to maintain regular communication with special education staff regarding state and federal compliance, program implementation, and review of student/program outcomes.
Work collaboratively with District staff, committees, state and local agencies to develop and maintain positive relationships with parent and community stakeholders.
Assist the Special Education Director with management of the collection and compilation of data to complete records and reports required by Local, State and Federal agencies, including the IDEA Federal narrative and budget for CDE.
Assist with the planning and implementation of all state requirements for an Administrative Unit, including the Results Driven Accountability (RDA) process and state compliance indicators.
Assist with training and certifying District staff in Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) techniques.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Performs other related tasks as assigned by the Director of Special Education
Note: The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities. It is not meant to be all inclusive of every task or responsibility.
Use standard office equipment such as personal computers, printer, copier and fax machines, and telephone.
Travels to school district buildings and professional meetings as required.
Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards
Work in standard office and school building environments.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office
Ability to communicate well in English, both speaking and writing (Bilingual Spanish preferable)
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Ability to collaborate with team members
Leadership skills that support program objectives
Knowledge of Special Education laws and strategies for inclusion.
Understanding of the IEP process
Experience with special populations
Extensive background in literacy instruction and standards
Knowledge of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) process
Knowledge of progress monitoring tools and techniques
Demonstrated ability to supervise and evaluate personnel
Training and experience in instructional coaching
- CO Administrators License Preferred
- Teaching Certification in special education.
- Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) Certification
- Motor Vehicle Operator's License or ability to provide own transportation.
- Bachelor's and Masters Degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in School Administration or a related field.
- At least 3-5 years successful special education teaching experience, preferably in more than one grade level.
- Experience in guidance, psychology, health, and/or social work preferred.
Work Schedule: 220 Days
Salary: Starting at $75,800 per year, commensurate with experience