Special Education Program Specialist (704)

WHAT WE OFFER:

In exchange for your skill and experience, Hillsides offers an excellent benefits package, which includes:

  • This role is eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
  • Competitive salary 
  • Medical insurance with a $20 premium per paycheck for employee only coverage plan 
  • Dental insurance 100% employer paid for HMO employee only coverage plan 
  • Life and AD&D insurance 100% employer paid up to two times the annual salary
  • Flexible Spending Account with $500 roll-over limit 
  • 401(k) with no wait period, 5% employer match cap and no vesting schedule 
  • 12 paid holidays per year and generous paid time off policy accruing up to 22 days off annually 
  • Bilingual stipend of $2,000 or $4,000 for applicable positions 
  • Robust training opportunities: Shared Core Practice Model & Trauma Informed Care

WHAT YOU'LL DO:

The Essential Functions Include:

  • Liaise with school districts of residence of students enrolled in HEC
  • Coordinate IEPs for students of assigned grades, make administrative decisions regarding services, coordinate services with all service providers
  • Participate as part of the HEC leadership team to plan, develop, coordinate, and evaluate HEC programming
  • Coordinate with Clinical Director to address student behaviors that interfere with accessing their education
  • Review incident reports
  • Represent agency professionally and appropriately with all constituencies and in the community
  • Provide orientation and on-going training for staff
  • Provide education and administrative supervision for assigned teachers on an ongoing basis
  • Provide direct support to special education staff in meeting compliance requirements under the IDEA.
  • Provide guidance to teachers regarding the development of Individualized Education Plans and Individual Transition Plans
  • Other duties as required

SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED TO PERFORM THE ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

Communication Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from clients, office personnel, other employees and the general public
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret manuals and office documents

  Mental/Interpersonal Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to define problems, gather, transcribe and post data, analyze, synthesize and classify information, and draw valid conclusions
  • Ability to work independently and with others - including other employees, clients and members of the public -- in face-to-face and telephonic contexts
  • Ability to multi-task, establish priorities and manage time, meet deadlines and perform duties under time constraints
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing work demands
  • Maintain high level of concentration and attention to detail for extended periods of time
  • Ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or complaints
  • Maintain a high level of ethical and professional standards in accordance with agency and community policy

Physical Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to talk or hear in order to give and receive information and instructions
  • Ability to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls
  • Ability to reach with hands and arms
  • Ability to use computer keyboard up to 30% of the day
  • Visual acuity, ability to adjust focus and peripheral vision for work on a laptop or other computer equipment
  • Lift and/or move up to 20 pounds

Equipment and Computer Software Skills and Abilities:

  • Computer literate (basic working knowledge of Microsoft WORD, Excel, and Outlook)
  • Able to use telephone, office copier, calculator, fax machine, computer printer and scanner, or other equipment as required
ADDITIONAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Understand and commit to agency mission; recognizes how his/her role contributes to overall mission and consistently engages in the pursuit of agency mission and goals
  • Assume responsibility for meeting and maintaining all licensing or agency requirements for personal healthy, training or other certifications
  • Know and consistently implement agency safety and health procedures
  • Know and follow agency policies and procedures in carrying out all job duties
  • Actively promote the best interest of the agency both internally and externally wherever possible
  • Contribute to the agency beyond the scope of the job description as circumstances arise

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • Regularly work indoors in a variety of environments
  • Potential exposure to blood borne pathogens
WHAT YOU'LL BRING:


EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, CERTIFICATES & TRAINING

  • Valid California Special Education Credential required, administrative credential preferred
  • Master's degree in special education or related field preferred
  • Experience teaching students with learning/behavior problems and in administration of programs for children with learning/behavior problems; at least 2 years supervisory experience
  • Knowledge of rules governing the educational system together
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Current certification in first aid and in Pro-Act training preferred
  • Ability to affirm and promote the philosophies, policies and goals of the agency, together with the ability to apply these positively and constructively in the performance of duties
  • Valid California drivers license, driving record and personal vehicle insurance acceptable to Hillsides' insurance carrier

OSHA CATEGORY:

This position performs tasks that may involve exposure to blood, body fluids, or tissues.  All Hillsides employees are offered the opportunity to receive the Hepatitis B vaccination series.


Hillsides Education Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer