Purpose of Position/Summary:
The Special Education Specialist – Secondary serves an instructional champion for our middle and high school students with special needs by providing direct instructional support to their assigned school to increase student achievement of IPS students with special needs. This is a 10-month, Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) position with some compensated summertime work. If there is more than one Specialist assigned to the secondary school, the principal will determine how to split the Specialist support by grade level or content area.
The Special Education Specialist - Secondary model represents a change in the way time and expertise is used, and will result in a renewed focus on student achievement and more individualized support for special education teachers and students with disabilities. We expect that Specialists will spend the majority of their time in their assigned schools partnering with the principal to drive instructional strategy and providing instructional support to increase student achievement of our students with special needs. The remainder of the Specialist’s time will be used for principal support, Learning Community and Department meetings, and ensuring their assigned building(s) maintains compliance with special education rules, regulations, and procedures.
In this model, the Specialist specifically:
Critical core competencies for successful performance in this role are:
The successful candidate will be discrete, high-energy, agile-minded, strategic, proactive, a direct communicator, highly-organized and committed to the vision and values of IPS and the IPS Special Education Department. In addition, the following standards will generally define the successful incumbent:
Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:
The Special Education Specialist - Secondary works directly with building-based staff to support special education needs in the building, provides resources and direct coaching to staff in need, and develops strong relationships with staff in each school. This position has no direct reports.
Personal Work Relationships:
The individual in this position works with a wide range of IPS staff, partners, administrators and service providers on routine and diverse problems encountered to fulfill its special education duties. The individual must possess and employ a variety of personal and interpersonal skills in the discharge of the position’s responsibilities. This position requires a positive attitude when dealing with staff and IPS constituents. Good judgment, discretion and individual initiative are necessary for the effective discharge of the position’s significant responsibilities.
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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand and walk. The employee is occasionally required to sit; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described in this document 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.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.