Program Specialist - 2.0 FTE Available (2019-2020 School Year)

Flagstaff Unified School District Flagstaff , AZ 86002

Posted 2 months ago

FLAGSTAFF UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT #1

Program Specialist for Exceptional Student Services (ESS)

Multiple Positions Available

JOB TITLE: Program Specialist for Exceptional Student Services (ESS) Multiple Sites

REPORTS TO: Site Administrator and ESS Director
2.0 FTE Available at the following sites/FTEs: Thomas Elementary School (.50 FTE); Sinagua Middle School (1.0 FTE). Leupp Elementary School (.5 FTE). Positions begin August 6, 2019. Benefits offered based on FTE.

SUMMARY OF FUNCTION:

Assist the site administrator and ESS Director in the implementation and coordination of special education programs.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Elementary and Secondary

  • Provide support for dual-cert, site-based resource, and specialized program teachers.

  • Ensure compliance with federal (IDEA), state, and district laws, procedures, and policies.

  • Assist school teams in facilitating student's placement along the continuum of services, ensuring placement in the least-restrictive environment and promoting inclusive practices.

  • Support teachers in writing Individual Education Plans (IEP)

  • Monitor Medicaid compliance by reviewing students' annual IEPs.

  • Serve as the LEA representative at special education meetings.

  • Facilitate schedules for paraprofessionals at their site, move as needed to fill daily vacancies.

  • Provide appropriate training as needed for special education staff to promote student success in special and general education settings and ensure compliance.

  • Help coordinate state/district testing and student accommodations.

  • Administer gifted testing.

Elementary Only

  • Support the Instructional Specialist's implementation of tiered interventions.

  • Provide resources for gifted instruction and assist in school-wide gifted plans.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Valid Arizona certificate in special education or license in a related field

  • Elementary only - General education certification, K-8 (preferred)

  • Minimum of four years working in the field of special education

  • Skilled at working with others in a professional learning environment

  • Accurate and effective working knowledge of IDEA and state regulation

  • Supervisory experience and ability to multi-task

  • Ability to organize ideas and communicate them with clarity and conciseness in a variety of settings

  • Experience with curriculum accommodations, modification or adaptation, instruction, and assessments

COMPENSATION:

  • Placement on the certified salary schedule

  • Additional $7,000 stipend (for 1.0 FTE) is issued for the following reasons:

  • Ineligibility for 301 allocation and teacher-related increases

  • Extra time after contract hours (attending IEP meetings, reviewing applications and interviewing candidates, etc.)

  • Evaluations (teachers and paraprofessionals)

  • School-wide behavior intervention/support

  • Fielding parent questions and concerns

  • Requirement of supervisory experience and administrative duties

  • Lack of opportunity to pick up extra paid duties

  • Substitute for specialized program teachers on occasion

  • LEA representative at IEP meeting

  • Create and maintain paraprofessional schedules

  • Provide ongoing professional development

  • New teacher mentoring and support

Thank you for your interest in the Flagstaff Unified School District. Applicants, please include w/ your application, a current Arizona Department of Education Teacher certificate, current Arizona Department of Public Safety IVP fingerprint clearance card, unofficial transcripts & proof of passing qualified examination(s) (ex: AEPA, NES, PRAXIS, etc.). FUSD requires the SEI endorsement and will allow you the school year to complete the requirements to receive this endorsement. Official transcripts & employment verifications required at time of hire for proper salary placement. Candidate must meet & show proof of being appropriately certified, before new hire appointment & beginning job assignment. It can take several weeks to obtain an Arizona Department of Education Fingerprint Clearance Card as well as an Arizona Department of Education Teacher Certificate. We encourage you to begin the process as soon as possible. Arizona Department of Public Safety for IVP Fingerprint Clearance Card: AZDPS Fingerprint Clearance Card Info. Arizona Department of Education for Teacher Certificate: http://www.azed.gov/educator-certification/

Out of State: FUSD will consider out of state applicants. However, please attach a current teacher certificate for your state, as well as unofficial transcripts & test scores. Here is a link to the reciprocity process for the Arizona Department of Education: http://www.azed.gov/educator-certification/forms-and-information/reciprocity/

NOTE: The ideal candidate for this position will have, at time of application, a valid IVP fingerprint clearance card and an appropriate Arizona Department of Education teaching certificate (including all required approved areas or endorsements to ensure you are appropriately certified). However, if you choose to apply, but have not yet met the certification criteria as outlined above, your application may still be considered. Applications may be set to "qualified" status to allow the site administrator the ability to review applications immediately. Therefore, you will not receive any verification email from HR, advising your application has been accepted. If you are selected for an interview, please be ready to share with the administrator, where you are in the process of attaining your valid Arizona Department of Education Certificate.

LETTER OF INTENT TO HIRE: If you are recommended for/offered the position, but have not met all requirements, the position will be offered as an intent to hire, The Letter of Intent remains in effect until all certification requirements are met. (Deadline to meet all requirements: June 5, 2019). Should you not meet this deadline, administrators will be given the option to re-post the position to interview more candidates OR request an extension of the deadline date. Please note that an Letter of Intent to Hire" is not a binding offer of employment and no employment contract between you and the District exists until such time as the District Governing Board approves the issuance of an employment contract at a public meeting.

For Application Deadline, if Open until Filled or Date TBD is noted, a closing date will be entered when it is requested by the Administrator. The position will close at midnight of the date indicated. Applicants will not be notified when a closing date is entered. Therefore, if you are working on your application, we highly suggest you check for a closing date often. All who apply will automatically be put into "qualified" status to allow the site administrator the ability to review your application immediately. Therefore, you will not receive a verification email from HR, advising your application has been pushed through.

The Flagstaff Unified School District is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in relation to race, color, religion, gender expression, sexual orientation, military status, age, national origin, or disability. Offers of employment, contingent upon funding. All employees are subject to a criminal background check.


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