Education Specialist: Special Education (Hiring for multiple positions)

Administration

Job ID: 3318

Reports To: Coordinator: Special Education

Salary: This is a full time 12 month position at 232 days. The annual salary is $65,259.

Primary Purpose:
  • Provide coaching, technical assistance and training to Region 13 clients for the development and implementation of programs to improve the performance of students with developmental disabilities, complex access needs, or autism ages 3-21.

Education/Certification:
  • Bachelor's Degree (required)
  • Master's Degree in Special Education, Speech-Language Pathology or related field (preferred)
  • Texas Certification in Special Education or license or certification for field (required)

Experience:
  • Five (5) years recent special education teaching or related experience in a school setting working with students with developmental disabilities, complex access needs, or autism (required)
  • Experience supporting or coaching staff in implementing evidence-based instructional strategies (preferred)
  • Experience developing and conducting presentations for small and large groups (preferred)
  • Experience developing, writing, and producing written or video professional development materials i.e. blog posts, instructional videos, newsletters, etc. (preferred)
  • Experience in self-directed work (preferred)
Special Knowledge/Skills:
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Extensive knowledge of best practices in programming for students with developmental disabilities, complex access needs, or autism
  • Extensive knowledge of strategies for improving academic performance of students with developmental disabilities, complex access needs, or autism
  • Extensive knowledge of accommodation and modification of curriculum, instruction, and assessment to support access to the general curriculum for students with developmental disabilities, complex access needs, or autism
  • Knowledge of federal and state laws, regulations, and rules
  • Knowledge of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and prerequisite skills
  • Knowledge of systematic planning using data to determine needs and results
  • Excellent planning, organizational, and time management skills
  • Skill in negotiating and clarifying information
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships and working as a member of a team
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing, to handle numerous daily detailed assignments with a minimum of time and supervision

Responsibilities:
  • Provide coaching and technical assistance to ESC Region 13 clients in the areas of developmental disabilities, complex access needs, or autism
  • Collaborate with and actively participate with ESC Region 13 teams to improve student performance and to meet the established goals and objectives of ESC Region 13 and TEA
  • Collaborate with other staff members to ensure well-articulated and coordinated services in the area of inclusive programming for children with developmental disabilities, complex access needs, or autism
  • Develop and conduct presentations and training to include alternate delivery models for small and large groups; contract and negotiate with outside consultants regarding needed training, develop needed resource materials related to instruction of students with developmental disabilities, complex access needs, or autism
  • Develop, write, and produce written or video professional development materials for teachers, administration, related service providers, and more
  • Develop, manage, and evaluate program plan and budget; conduct project evaluation activities; evaluate training activities using appropriate data collection and analysis procedures
  • Collect and analyze local education agency (LEA) and regional performance data, PEIMS data, and other data, as needed.
  • Provide up-to-date information to LEAs regarding developments, initiatives, and priorities at the federal, state, and regional level in special education
  • Participate as a member of Statewide networks on an as needed basis and serve as liaison with other agencies, regional education service centers, professional organizations and colleges and universities on issues relating to special education instruction
  • Assist LEAs in using data to maintain ongoing documentation of outcomes and to develop long term planning systems
  • Serve as representative of ESC Region 13, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration and discretion in all interactions with other members of the educational community and with the public
  • Perform other duties as assigned
Equipment Used:
  • Computer, peripherals, and related software, listserv and blog technology, printer, photocopier, other equipment such as: interactive board devices; Clickers; iPods/iPads; Chrome books, AAC devices
  • Audiovisual equipment
Working Conditions:
  • Communicates effectively (verbal and written)
  • Follows policies and procedures and interprets data
  • Maintains emotional control
  • Prolonged or irregular hours
  • Travel by car necessary to serve client needs
  • Extensive research, reading, and writing
  • Lifting and carrying (0-25 lbs.)

The above statements are intended to describe the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and are not intended to represent an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills that may be required.
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