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21 - ESS Specialist

Company: Pueblo City Schools
Location: Pueblo
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

This posting is for the 2021-2022 School Year. We will begin reviewing applicants on May 10, 2021.

Job Title: ESS Specialist

Work Year: 187 days

Department: Exceptional Student Services

Reports To: Executive Director of Exceptional Student Services (ESS)

Salary Range: Specialist Salary Schedule: $82,100 - $96,400

Benefits: PASE Benefits

Status: FLSA Status: Non-Exempt


The primary responsibility of the ESS Specialist is to provide support and assistance to the Director of ESS, including, but not limited to, supervision and evaluation of staff, administrative support as needed for specialized programs, assistance with due process hearings, and the facilitation of student placements. This position also provides coordination and oversight of ESS services for students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) in Pueblo City School District 60


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. The physical demands, work environment factors, and mental functions described below 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.


  • Valid Colorado Principal License
  • Master's Degree in Special Education or in a related field of special services, such as school psychology, school social worker or speech pathologist, as approved by the Colorado Department of Education
  • Five (5) years successful experience working with students with disabilities in a public school
  • Any exceptions that the Board deems appropriate
  • Valid Colorado Driver License
  • Employee must complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check and must be cleared by the Office of Human Resources
  • Must be able to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing, using proper grammar and vocabulary


  • Previous administrative experience
  • Previous experience with PCS 60
  • Previous secondary experience


  • Possess an in-depth understanding of state standards, curriculum, and assessment programs related to instructional field
  • Knowledge of K-12 curriculum, integration, co-teaching and working with both ESS and general education teachers

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of curriculum and program assessment, program development and evaluation, child growth and development, effective instructional strategies, classroom management, learning assessment and diagnosis, and research related to learning
  • Knowledge and expertise with IDEA, 2004 and the reauthorization of ESEA/ESSA 2015

  • Experience in preparing and presenting high quality, research based professional development
  • Organizational and planning skills for setting both short term and long range goals, and for coordinating efforts for accomplishment of those goals
  • Strong interpersonal skills demonstrated through the respect of peers and ability to build trusting, collaborative relationships
  • Demonstrate initiative working independently and with groups
  • Exhibit an approachable, professional manner with parents, students, school staff, and community
  • Ability to organize, communicate effectively, make decisions, work independently, and as a collaborative team member
  • Skilled in the use of technology and instructional media tools
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrate leadership, initiative, and student advocacy
  • Demonstrate management, problem solving, and organizational skills
  • Have excellent integrity and demonstrate good moral character and initiative
  • Demonstrate ability of program planning and ability to establish and manage budgets
  • Demonstrate knowledge of proven best practices in education, especially in relation to assigned school populations
  • Knowledge of national, state, and District educational trends and goals
  • Knowledge of Response to Intervention policy, strategies and how it pertains to Exceptional Student Services
  • Knowledge of District Policies and Procedures
  • Ability to supervise and evaluate staff
  • Awareness of the importance of confidentiality
  • Demonstrate an understanding, patient, and receptive attitude towards children with special needs


The following statements of duties and responsibilities are intended to describe the general nature and level or work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. These statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required of all personnel within this position. This organization believes that every individual makes a significant contribution to our success. That contribution should not be limited to assigned responsibilities. Therefore, this position description is designed to define primary duties, qualifications and job scope but should not limit the incumbent nor the organization to the work identified. It is our expectation that every employee will offer his/her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of the District's/department's goals. Actual duties, responsibilities, frequency, and percentages may vary depending upon building assignments and other factors.

  • Establishes and supports implementation of programming, including curriculum development and allocation of resources, for students with disabilities as guided by federal and state special education law
  • Assist special education and general education teachers in providing quality and comprehensive instruction for children assigned to various programs in the district and community
  • Serve as a liaison between special or general education teachers, administrators, supervisors, directors, in the district and community as well as with other agencies
  • Ensure compliance and consistency by the schools with all local and Federal laws and regulation relating to students with IEPs/504 plans and students referred to special education
  • Participate in parent conferences and IEP meetings as needed
  • Represent the Exceptional Student Services Department at IEP Team, IEP Development, and 504 meetings at assigned schools
  • Provide coaching and problem solving in response to programming concerns for students in the area of academics and behavior
  • Guide the written IEP/504 process to ensure that the plan is written in accordance with federal laws, the Colorado Department of Education IEP Guidelines, and District IEP/504 protocols
  • Ensure IEPs are developmentally appropriate, curriculum/standards-based, strength based, and relevant to individual students
  • Work to maintain school and LEA tracking and data system that includes: student information related to IEP's, services, service hours, evaluations, MDT referrals, time lines in which evaluations were completed and discipline incidents documented
  • Support the planning of special education initiative and the implementation of initiatives. Integrates new developments, research findings and best practices into ongoing programs and new initiatives.
  • Represent Pueblo City Schools as a subject matter expert in contact with various agencies and non-profits concerning students with special needs.
  • Assist in selection, disbursement, and training of appropriate assessment materials for use in the assessment process, including developmental, academic, and behavioral. This includes standardized assessment for eligibility and ongoing assessment to define progress on the IEP goals
  • Oversee special education inventory of equipment / materials.
  • Participate in interviews for teacher and Special Services Provider positions
  • Maintain a high level of knowledge regarding developing special education matters such as changes in federal and local special education policy.
  • Advocate for special education with school leadership.
  • Consult, correspond, and engage with parents, staff, and administration regarding special needs of children, their student's learning, and acting as an ambassador for the school in the community.
  • Facilitate workshops / meetings for parents, as well as identify resources for parents of students with special needs.
  • Assist in the coordination of staff development and teacher training for general or special education personnel, other district personnel, parents, and community personnel
  • Assist in establishing criteria, procedures, guidelines, and plans for the district program operation
  • Participate in budget development and management process involving staffing at the request of the ESS Director
  • Maintain confidentiality of student records and student information
  • Maintain appropriate professional appearance


  • Perform any and all other duties as assigned by the Executive Director of ESS

The physical demands, work environment factors, and mental functions described below 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 required to stand; walk; sit; use hands and fingers to handle, or feel. The work requires the use of telephone and using fingers to operate computer or typewriter keyboards. The employee is continually hearing and speaking to exchange information. The employee is required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

In an 8-hour workday, this job requires:

R - Rarely (Less than .5 hr per day) O - Occasionally (.5 - 2.5 hrs per day)

F - Frequently (2.5 - 5.5 hrs per day) C - Continually (5.5-8 hrs per day)

NA - Not Applicable

Physical Requirements Sitting Frequently Stationary Standing Occasionally Walking (level surface) Frequently Walking (uneven surface) Occasionally Crawling Not Applicable Crouching (bend at knees) Occasionally Stooping (bend at waist) Occasionally Twisting (knees/waist/neck) Occasionally Turn/Pivot Occasionally Climbing (stairs) Rarely Climbing (ladder) Not Applicable Reaching overhead Occasionally Reaching extension Occasionally Repetitive use arms Frequently Repetitive use wrists Frequently Repetitive use hands grasping Occasionally Repetitive use hands squeezing Occasionally Fine manipulation Occasionally Using foot control Not Applicable *Pushing/Pulling

Maximum weight: 50 lbs. Occasionally Lifting/Carrying

Maximum weight: 50 lbs. Occasionally


Employee will work primarily in a school/office environment with both natural and fluorescent lighting; works in classrooms and hallways surrounded by students and staff of various ages and abilities;

Instructions for Applying:

All applicants interested in and qualified for the posted position must submit an online application. Applications that are incomplete and/or not submitted will not be forwarded to the hiring administrator for review. The following will need to be uploaded with the application: current cover letter for the posted position; current resume; copy of principal/administrative license; copy of transcripts conferring required degree; copy of Place/Praxis test and three current letters of reference (one of which must be from your current supervisor and all within two years) and any other materials requested on the application to verify that individuals are eligible for a Colorado License from the Colorado Department of Education.

Please note: If hired, a new hire packet will be emailed and must be completed prior to processing. Fingerprints will be required for all employees of Pueblo City Schools prior to your processing date.

Pueblo School District No. 60 does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, age, disability, need for special education services, genetic information, pregnancy or childbirth status, or other status protected by law in admission, access to, treatment or employment in its educational programs or activities. Additionally, a lack of English language skills is not a barrier to admission or participation in activities. The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Eric DeCesaro, EEO/Affirmative Action/Title IX/Section 504 Compliance Officer for complaints involving employees, and Aaron Bravo, Title IX Compliance Officer for complaints involving students. Both individuals can be located at 315 West 11th Street, Pueblo, Colorado 81003, (719) 549-7100. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. (Policy AC, AC-R).

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