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24/25 SY Exceptional Student Services (ESS) Specialist

Surprise, AZ
Closing date
Jul 16, 2024

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TITLE: Exceptional Student Services (ESS) Specialist

REPORTS TO: Director of Exceptional Student Services

FLSA: Exempt

SUPERVISES: Does not supervise others

GRADE: Certified


FTE: 1.0



SUMMARY: Provide instructional support to teachers to advance the use of specialized instructional strategies and promote achievement for special education students.

  • Provide professional and technical program knowledge to include the planning, organization and implementation of special education compliance and regulatory requirements
  • Provide recommendations to staff with regard to special education programs and related services in accordance with P.L. 94-142, P.L. 99-457, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, F.E.R.P.A., and Arizona State Statutes, Rules and Regulations and judicial decisions
  • Provide recommendations to staff with regard to gifted education programs and related services in accordance with P.L. 15-203, 15-761, 15-763, 15-1201, and 15-779
  • Research and provide professional development to staff in federal and state laws and district policies governing special education through multiple modalities
  • Assist department staff in developing, implementing, and maintaining a district program of induction and support for new teachers
  • Serve as project leader for various department projects and programs
  • Provide ongoing instructional coaching to special education teachers and staff
  • Provide guidance in support of IEP/504 teams in the preparation and facilitation of high profile meetings
  • Assist staff in developing special education master schedule by applying appropriate mapping
  • Establish and maintain good rapport with students, employees, community members and vendors
  • Maintain a high level of ethical behavior and confidentiality
  • Perform other job related duties as assigned

To perform the job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The qualifications for this job description 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.

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Special Education or related field
  • Valid Arizona teaching certificate
  • Obtain and maintain a valid Arizona Identity Verified Prints (IVP) Fingerprint Clearance Card (AZ IVP FPCC)
  • Five (5) years teaching experience
  • Read, interpret and analyze general business documents, government regulations, and technical procedures
  • Create and write reports, business correspondence, procedure manuals and various written communication
  • Communicate with large and small groups and respond to questions from parents, students, employees and community members
  • Apply mathematical concepts such as percentages, fractions, and ratios to practical situations
  • Problem solve practical problems and a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists
  • Interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form
  • Knowledge of Federal and state laws regulating special education services
  • Knowledge of IDEA and ADA laws and regulations


The physical demands described here are representatives 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, employee is frequently required to sit, talk, and hear. The employee occasionally will stand and walk. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hand and arms. Employee will frequently interact with the public and other staff members. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.


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 quiet.

The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed by this position. Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.

The Dysart Unified School District is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Civil Rights Act Title VII of 1972, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Dysart Unified School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability or age in employment or in any of its educational programs or in the provisions of benefits and services to students.

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