Program Specialist, Services for Exceptional Children

Category:  Special Education
Job Function:  Administration
Department:  Exceptional Children - Behavior


The Program Specialist for Services for Exceptional Children is responsible for assisting the Area Superintendent in the development and implementation of effective K-12 standards-based instruction, appropriate and balanced assessment, and standards-based grading and reporting

Essential Duties

  • Assists schools in determining the level of implementation of standards-based instruction best practices and the alignment with standards-based progress report card in the Exceptional Children program
  • Assists administrators in supporting, training, and coaching teachers and staff in the Exceptional Children programs
  • Supports the development of Power Standards and Reporting Standards K-12
  • Designs and delivers training to administrators/teachers in providing feedback to students to improve instruction delivery
  • Identifies resources and supports teachers with differentiation to meet all students’ needs in the Exceptional Children programs
  • Assumes responsibility for communicating and coordinating pilot report card implementation and support
  • Provides individual assistance to schools experiencing Special Education grading issues
  • Provides ad hoc reports on the status of standards-based instruction/progress reporting and develops recommendations for improvement
  • Serves as liaison between the Division of Academics and Teacher Quality in all issues related to instructional best practices that are aligned performance management standards for teachers
  • Works in collaboration with other departments to maximize teacher effectiveness as it relates to the Exceptional Children curriculum, instruction, and assessment
  • Collaborates with Leadership in Learning and Teaching in development of and revisions to new curriculum
  • Assists schools in ways to integrate curriculum
  • Serves as the first responder to the public in each area including principals, parents, teachers, and outside agencies
  • Informs Area Superintendent of issues and concerns related to students with disabilities
  • Assures adequate support to administrative area to meet the needs of students with disabilities
  • Serves as a broker for Exceptional Children services to ensure customer service and efficiency
  • Attends all area meetings and represents interests of students with disabilities
  • Coordinates with area-based personnel in problem solving
  • Serves as liaison between the area office and Exceptional Children Department
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the appropriate administrator

Required Education

Bachelor’s Degree in The area of Special Education


Must hold or be eligible for a valid and clear teaching certificate in the areas of Special Education
Leadership Certification preferred

Experience Qualifications

Minimum of three years of successful classroom teaching experience required; Three years supervisory experience preferred; Prior experience with standards-based instruction and professional staff development required; Experience in the education of students with exceptional needs required; Experience working within a large, complex organization preferred


  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local mandates for Special Education requirements
  • Experience with curriculum development
  • Detailed knowledge and experience with standards-based instruction and assessment best practice
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver training to adult learners across multiple disciplines and levels
  • Demonstrated knowledge in differentiation and meeting the needs of varied learners
  • Ability to plan and implement short and long-range goals and objectives
  • Ability to work with collaborative teams
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Excellent interpersonal skills needed to work effectively with administrators, staff, and community members
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent communication skills both orally and in writing

Working Conditions

  • Normal office environment
  • Will require travel between schools

Physical Demands

  • Routine physical activity associated with normal office environment
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 25 lbs. occasionally
Posting ID:  29895

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