Aspen School District is now accepting applications for Special Education Coordinator. Reports to:
Director of Student Services Terms of employment:
10-month, certified Work Schedule:
As per assignment in keeping with 10-month, administrator work calendar Position Summary:
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 Director of Student Services in designing, developing, implementing, delivering and progress monitoring those programs and services determined appropriate for students. Supports the Director of Student Services 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. Principle Responsibilities:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required of the position. Accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- 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 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 Director of Student Services 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 Director of Student Services 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 Safety Care Training techniques.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Master's degree in special education or related field. Licenses or certifications:
- Current Colorado Administrator License
- Endorsement as Director of Special Education (K-12) preferred
- Safety Care Training certification.
3 to 5 years of successful, school-based experience. Essential Environmental Demands:
Mostly clean and comfortable. Essential Physical Requirements:
- Occasional Heavy lifting; management and de-escalation of students with aggressive behaviors
- Frequent bending, squatting, standing, reaching, and walking
- Frequent sitting
- Repetitive Motion
- 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
- Manages oneself (is organized, prepared, and punctual; manages resources; meets deadlines; follows through on commitments; demonstrates appropriate physical appearance relative to job and environmental expectations) in a manner that enhances the image of public education
- Consistently acts in ways that directly support missions (Aspen School District & CDE)
- Displays a willingness to learn new information
- Uses strong verbal communication and strong listening skills
- When appropriate, seeks first to understand
- Develops and maintains rapport and effective relationships with children and adults contacted in the course of work by using courtesy, diplomacy, collaboration, cooperation, support, and professional conduct
- Formulates goals that reflect the organization's strategic theme and include specific, measurable outcomes instead of just completing activities
- Actively contributes to the goals and success of all teams and team members through collaboration, cooperation, and flexibility (give and take) in team discussions, activities, and decision making
- Serves as a liaison between Aspen School District and human service agencies, sharing appropriate information when needed, once proper parental consent is obtained
- Maintains ethics, legal responsibility, and confidentiality
- Handles disagreements and conflicts in a diplomatic manner that does not result in decreased effectiveness over time
- Is able to effectively give and receive constructive feedback
- Stays current on professional knowledge and technical skills through training opportunities and participation in relevant professional committees and organizations
- Demonstrates objective and measurable achievement of individual goals
- Develops new goals when current goals have been achieved
- Communicates job related problems and difficulties to immediate supervisor
This position is evaluated annually in accordance with provisions of the Board's policy on Evaluation of Administrative Staff.
Job Categories: Administrator > Director/Coordinator/Manager
Administrator > Special Education Director
Special Education > General Special Education Equal Opportunity Employer
Aspen School District is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation. Contact Information
- Ginny Haberman
- 0235 High School Road
- Aspen, Colorado 81611