It is the responsibility of all EOAC employees to support EOAC’s mission and goals, to respect the confidentiality of all who come to us for information or assistance, and to personally maintain the dignity and integrity of one who is placed in a position of public trust. We all bear the responsibility of improving the organization, communicating openly and empowering each other to excel at our work. The special education coordinator will advise school principals about special education programs, and the instruction of students with special learning needs within or outside of the mainstream classroom to ensure that the needs of all students are being met, while complying with state, district, and campus policies affecting schools, daily attendance, punctuality and confidentiality.
- Maintain confidentiality of client/agency information as required by State and Federal laws, appropriate regulations, and professional practice.
- Must consistently demonstrate and communicate EOAC’s Mission and Vision.
- Ability to communicate effectively in written and/or verbal form to elementary students, parents, members of the public, and staff. Develop strong relationships and partnerships with families, effectively communicating to parents and guardians the special education process including process for referrals, ARD meetings, evaluations, annual IEPs/504 plans, and re-evaluations as well as parental rights granted by IDEA.
- Participate in development and evaluation of special education programs to maximize student achievement; Facilitates least restrictive environment placement of special education students.
- Encourage and support development of innovative instructional programs through data analysis, helping teachers pilot such efforts when appropriate. Promote the use of technology in teaching/learning process.
- Promote a positive, caring climate for learning for elementary students. Be committed to meeting the needs of a diverse student population.
- Assist with coordinating resources, evaluating special education programs, implementing state curriculum guidelines, and training teaching staff to ensure appropriate delivery of all special education services. Observe staff to ensure appropriate delivery of both special education instruction and related services as stipulated on BIPs, IEPs/504 plans.
- Overseeing / managing special education students and the implementation of their BIPS, IEP/504 plans in inclusive, self-contained and pull-out settings. Ensure IEPs and BIPs are developmentally appropriate, curriculum/standards -based, strength based, and relevant to individual students. Continuously evaluate IEPs and BIPs.
- Coordinating with teachers to ensure all documents are completed in a timely manner (according to state, local, and school policies and procedures). Ensure that student progress is evaluated on a regular, systematic basis.
- Maintaining student files (paper and electronic) according to school and OSSE standards.
- Conducting, guiding and supervising ARD meetings.
- Supervise charter school operations in principal’s and assistant principal’s absence.
- Assist with safety inspections and safety-drill practice activities.
- Comply with all federal and state laws, State Board of Education rule, and agency policy.
- Ensure that students are adequately supervised during non-instructional periods.
- Behavioral specialist for special education students. Ensure that school rules are uniformly observed, and that special education student discipline is appropriate and equitable as described in the Waco Charter School Student Code of Conduct.
- Help to develop a special education student discipline management system that results in positive student behavior. Assist with conducting conferences on special education student and school issues with parents, students, and teachers.
- Participate in professional development to improve skills related to job assignment.
- Attends special events held to recognize student achievement, and attend school-sponsored activities, and functions.
- Support testing coordination for TELPAS and STAAR. Participate in development of campus improvement plans with staff, parents, and the Waco Charter School board. Assist the principal to develop and maintain records to track progress on campus performance objectives and academic excellence indicators.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Must have good organizational skills and proven ability to work within timelines to meet demands.
- Contributes to the development of communication, mutual respect, mutual support, competence, and creativity among all members of agency staff.
- A high level of attention to detail and accuracy.
- Intermediate skill and familiarity with Microsoft Office Applications: Word, Excel and Outlook.
- Must have effective presentation of information and strong spoken language skills.
- Ability and desire to work with elementary school students from an at-risk population, as stated in the Waco Charter School charter.
- Ability to maintain confidentially of student records, charter school records, and other sensitive student data.
- Comply with the Code of Ethics for Texas Educators.
- This job operates in a professional office environment with ambient lighting, and climate control.
- This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.
- Prolonged sitting or standing.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.
- The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bending or standing on a stool as necessary.
- Lift and carry up to 40 pounds.
- Maintain emotional control under stress.
- May be required under specific circumstances to provide physical restraint of students in danger of causing harm to themselves or others.
- Exposure to: temperature extremes (hot and cold), humidity extremes, noise, low or intense illumination. Occasional exposure to biological hazards (communicable diseases, bacteria, insects, etc.).
- Minimum of five years of successful public-school experience as a special education teacher.
- A Bachelor’s degree in education, early childhood education or similar field.
- Valid Texas Teacher certificate with endorsement or specialization in Special Education.
- Must be able to pass Criminal History check including FBI fingerprint and DFPS background check. Candidate must have a satisfactory outcome of fingerprinting background check. Non-refundable fee (approximately $50.00) paid by the employee.
- Must pass all pre-employment contingencies including post-offer pre-employment physical, and alcohol and drug screen.
Ability to travel when required.
- A Master’s degree in education, or related field.
- Previous experience as a special education coordinator, or other related special education leadership position.
- Valid Texas license as a licensed specialist in school psychology granted by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists or Valid Texas educational diagnostician certificate strongly preferred.
Perform all other duties as deemed necessary by the Executive Director.
This is a full-time position. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.
*This form reflects the general details considered necessary to describe the essential function of the job identified and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent to the job.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
The Economic Opportunities Advancement Corporation is a private non-profit organization, chartered by the State of Texas on April 25, 1966. The purpose for which the agency was created is to implement and carry out the provisions of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. This act recognizes that the United States can achieve its economic and social potential as a nation only if every individual has the opportunity to contribute to the full elimination of poverty in McLennan, Bosque, Freestone, Limestone, Hill, Falls, Johnson, Ellis, and Navarro Counties. This is done by opening to everyone the opportunity to work, live in decency and dignity; and to strengthen, supplement and coordinate other efforts in the six counties.
Currently EOAC administers five major services that include: Community Programming, Waco Charter School, Weatherization, Head Start/Early Heads Start, and Child Care Services.
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