ESS Early Childhood Program Specialist

Florence Unified School District Florence , AZ 85132

Posted 2 months ago

Summary: The Early Childhood Program Specialist assists both general education and special education early childhood teachers, consults, coordinates, plans, provides professional development, curricular resources for, and assesses the effectiveness of, Florence Unified School District Early Childhood programs for students ages 3 to 5 years.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Essential job functions:

  • Assists with the implementation of district approved early childhood curriculum for both typically developing children and children with special needs ages 3 to 5 years.

  • Designs and assists with the implementation of intensive programming for students with special needs to ensure that students receive an appropriate instructional program.

  • Encourages innovative, special methods, approaches and programs to assure that all students receive an appropriate instructional program

  • Training in regard to and oversight of the collection of data and assists teachers to report data within the state monitoring system Teaching Strategies Gold by deadlines.

  • Oversight of Preschool Evaluation Team to include adherence to Child Find timelines, ensuring that evaluation process and paperwork is compliant, monitoring of incoming students and assistant with placement as necessary

  • Recruits, hires, trains, supervises and evaluates the performance of assigned personnel; ensures staff compliance with departmental policies, procedures, and regulatory requirements.

  • Conducts/participates in teacher evaluations as assigned

  • Coordination of Child Find Activities to include scheduling, organization, collection and reporting of documentation as required by the Arizona Department of Education

  • Coordinates all "in by 3" evaluation meetings with AzEIP and DDD, maintains all "in by 3" records, and ensures all timelines are met.

  • Ensures due process requirements are met to complete the appropriate development of Individual Education Plans.

  • Ensures state licensing requirements are met for preschool.

  • Provides in-service presentations to assist schools, parents and staff to develop appropriate programs for students.

  • Coordinates professional development opportunities for staff.

  • Cooperates with other agencies to assure a coordinated approach to meet individual students' needs.

  • Cooperates with district staff to coordinate Kindergarten Transition activities

  • Oversight of ECQUIP process to meet program requirements as required by the Arizona Department of Education

  • Prepares and maintains a variety of program records, reports, and documentation.

  • Performs other duties as assigned or required

Qualifications 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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Skills, Knowledge and/or abilities required:

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of early childhood special education and early childhood education.

  • Regulations and standards governing preschool special education.

  • Regulations and standards related to State of Arizona Department of Health Services preschool licensing.

  • Early childhood and special education preschool programs and curriculum.

  • Individual Education Plans and Electronic IEP programs.

  • Effective interpersonal communication techniques

  • Due process rights and procedures

Skills and Abilities as follows:

  • Attending IEP meetings and resolving program issues and/or parental concerns.

  • Ensuring regulatory compliance with a variety of agencies and entities.

  • Compiling data and preparing and maintaining a variety of program records and reports.

  • Provide in-services to staff, agencies and others

  • Interact effectively with parents, staff, agencies and others.

  • Demonstrates the ability to work effectively and efficiently under time constraints.

  • Must be detailed-oriented and self-motivated.

  • Must have an excellent memory and ability to function well under stress.

  • Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision and/or assistance.

  • Must demonstrate flexibility, common sense, and good judgment.

  • Must have the ability to keep abreast of information pertinent to the job.

  • Develops and demonstrates the progress of district/department goals.

  • Provides purpose and direction for individuals and groups within the schools and/or departments.

  • Collaborate and coordinate with others to provide comprehensive services for students.

  • Identify, assess, conduct IEP meetings and facilitate a program for students with special needs.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Special Education or related field.

  • Minimum of five (5) years teaching experience in special education

  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience coordinating early childhood and/or special education programs, preferred

  • OR an equivalent combination of education and experience

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • Valid AZ Education teaching and/or administration certificate


  • Criminal Justice/Fingerprint Clearance Card

  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella Immunity/Vaccination

  • Valid I-9 form

Terms of Employment

  • Certified Teacher Salary Schedule, plus applicable stipends and 30 extra days - 216 day contract

  • All benefits as assigned for this position.

Work Environment The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

The Florence Unified School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in admission or access to or treatment or employment in its policies, procedures or practices, in compliance with Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Florence Unified School District Career and Technical Education Department does not discriminate in enrollment or access to any of the programs available Accounting, Audio/Visual, Bio Science, Business Management, Business Operations, Construction, Culinary Arts, Education Professions, Fire Science, Hospitality Management, Law Enforcement, Massage Therapy, Medical Assistant, Nursing Assistant, and Veterinary Assistant. The lack of English language skills shall not be a barrier to admission or participation in the district's activities and programs. The Florence Unified School District also does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices.

This notice is provided as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Questions, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding these laws may be forwarded to the designated compliance coordinator(s). Tony Jimenez, Title IX Coordinator, Florence Unified School District-1000 South Main Street, Florence, Arizona. (520)-866-3500 or Dawn Winsor, 504 Coordinator, 1000 South Main Street, Florence, Arizona. (520) 866-3500.

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ESS Early Childhood Program Specialist

Florence Unified School District