Special Education Program Specialist
Position SummaryAs Program Specialist, you will be an integral member of the Special Education leadership team, working under the supervision of the Director of Student Services to provide sound educational programs for students with disabilities and to support the programming & development of the Special Education programs of our schools. The Program Specialist is a consultant to school staff and to parents in helping to implement the individual education plans for students as developed by the IEP teams.This role will report to the Director of Student Services and Special Education.ResponsibilitiesEducation Specialist and Paraeducator Support and DevelopmentCollaborate with school-site administrators to observe, mentor and assist Education Specialists in IEP development and implementation of innovative instructional methods and approaches. Provide opportunities and feedback to increase case management skills including IEP development and compliance, student progress evaluation and collaboration with service providers and general education teachers. Facilitate research-based staff development for special education and regular education staff and administrators to assure compliance with special education laws. Facilitate one-on-one meetings and ongoing consultation to ensure Education Specialists: Provide excellent case management for students on their caseload Develop compliant and effective IEPs Develop programs for students with complex needs Develop, update, implement, and progress monitor behavior intervention plans Facilitate IEP meetings efficiently and confidently Schedule and deliver appropriate services to achieve goals Support general education staff in providing accommodations and modifying curriculumSchool-based Special Education Program ImplementationAssist Education Specialists in planning and implementing Individual Education Programs for students with disabilities. Serve as a resource and liaison to IEP teams regarding placement and programming considerations. Participates as a member of IEP teams as appropriate. Provide case management for non-public school (NPS) students. Provide technical expertise and consultation services to school instructional staff and administrators regarding student learning and adjustment problems, and organizational systems for meeting individual student needs. Recommend appropriate remediation, educational placement or referral. Consult in the development of school-based Multi-Tiered System of Supports. Maintain relationships with school leaders, assistant principals, special education team members, and CMO staff.IEP Quality and ComplianceEnsure compliance with state and federal regulations, state and SELPA reporting requirements, and ACE Charter School policies and procedures. Maintain knowledge of current laws and regulations pertaining to individuals with exceptional needs. Monitor student achievement and progress toward Individual Education Programs goals. Consult with school leaders in evaluating Special Education instructional program effectiveness. Collaborate with management personnel to develop and/or change Network policies and procedures for maintenance of complaints, high-quality instructional programs, and effective support services in Special Education. Facilitate the development of positive relationships with students, parents, and school personnel. Advocate for students with special needs and their families, including addressing concerns from students, parents, and staff. Other duties as assigned.QualificationsYou hold a Clear California Special Education teaching credential to teach children with moderate to severe and/or mild to moderate disabilities; or Related Service Provider License. You have earned a Master’s Degree with emphasis on specialized training in special education curriculum and instruction is preferred; if not, equivalent experience is acceptable. You have 5+ years of successful special education experience. Your experience in personnel management, including instructional coaching and leading team meetings, is preferred. You are a mission-driven individual who has a commitment to the underserved students and families in East San Jose. You have been told that you are proactive, resourceful and persistent; you seek solutions, take initiative, and focus on delivering outcomes despite obstacles.Physical DemandsTo perform essential functions for the role, you should be able to:Talk, hear and communicate with both adults and children Use hands or fingers to handle objects, tools, or controls Walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms Occasionally lift or move up to 30 pounds and climb ladders In terms of vision, have close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus Join ACE: Where Students Realize Their Extraordinary PotentialWe are the only charter school in California that strategically recruits students and families that have been left behind by the current education system. As a result, 92% of our students are considered low-income and 50% are classified as English-Learners. After 10 years, our model is beginning to see results: 95% of the ACE High School Class of 2016 have persisted to their 2nd year of college. Our family includes school leaders, staff, the central office, and our alumni; we are eager for you to join us! Benefits Salary & BenefitsSalary starting at $75,000 or based on experience This position provides full health benefits and is an exempt position.ACE Charter Schools provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.