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Teacher, Special Education, Clackamas County

Clackamas Education Service District

Clackamas ESD strives to infuse equity in all our programs and bodies of work by maintaining an inclusive, barrier-free environment in which everyone participates and fully benefits.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in the job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be the one who comes from a less traditional background. We would encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our qualifications described. If you are unsure whether you meet the qualifications of this position, or how this would be determined, please feel free to contact Human Resources to discuss your application.

The Teacher, in cooperation with related services staff, designs and implements a specially designed instructional program for students whose primary disability is intellectual disability existing concurrently with high intensity support needs. The Teacher is responsible for instruction and students' personal management in all areas identified on each student's IEP. The Teacher is responsible for the coordination of child study team activities, facilitation of an interdisciplinary delivery of services, providing for parental involvement, and participating as a member of the local building faculty.

The Life Enrichment Education Program (LEEP) provides specially designed instruction and related services for eligible Clackamas County students, ages 5-21 years. Students attend self-contained classrooms in schools located throughout the county. The curriculum focuses on personal management, communication, practical living skills, vocational skills, leisure and recreation activities, and social skills. Based on the individual needs of each student, the ESD offers speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, adaptive PE, and nursing support. LEEP also provides an extended school year program in the summer for students who would regress because of a lengthy educational recess.


• Assesses students' skills in relevant areas of instruction and adaptive behavior including communication, self-care, social skills, community use, functional academics, leisure, and work
• Identifies students' individual needs and leads the child study team in the development of individual education plans
• Designs and implements classroom instructional programs based on the students' IEPs, physical, behavioral, medical support needs, chronological age and mode of communication
• Designs and implements age appropriate community based instruction including leisure/recreation, mobility training, and accessing typical community services such as shopping
• Develops and implements specially designed behavior intervention plans for students who are experiencing significant behavioral challenges
• Elicits input from related services staff (OT, PT, Communication, Nursing) or other outside consultants and works closely with parents in the program design
• Utilizes the human rights review strategies and crisis interventions techniques including, when necessary, planning for the use of safe restraint
• Please see the Job Description to view the full list of Essential Functions

1) Current Oregon teaching license with appropriate special education endorsement and authorization
2) Recent successful experience teaching students whose primary disability is intellectual disability
3) Knowledge and experience teaching students with low incidence disabilities including intellectual disability and autism
4) Knowledge of alternative communication modes including rudimentary level of American Sign Language and augmentative communication
5) Familiarity with the adaptive equipment and technology frequently utilized as a part of the instructional program for students with significant mental and physical disabilities
6) Please see the Job Description to view the full list of Minimum Qualifications

Clackamas Education Service District is one of Oregon's 19 ESDs charged with providing programs for children with special needs, technology support, school improvement, and administrative services to local school districts and the Oregon Department of Education. Clackamas ESD serves ten school districts in Clackamas County, including Canby, Colton, Estacada, Gladstone, Lake Oswego, Molalla River, North Clackamas, Oregon City, Oregon Trail, and West Linn-Wilsonville.

TO APPLY: Submit your application directly at:

Application Deadline: Preference given to applications submitted before July 01, 2021
Starting Salary: Salary based on education and experience. See 2020-21 salary schedule:
Benefits: Clackamas ESD offers a generous benefit package providing: health insurance with HRA eligible options, dental with orthodontia, vision insurance, retirement through the Oregon Public Employers Retirement System (PERS), and Professional Development allocation.
Commences: August 2021

Clackamas Education Service District is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We respect and seek to empower each individual and support the diverse cultures, perspectives, skills and experiences within our workforce along with the students and families that we serve.

Clackamas ESD policy provides veterans and disabled veterans with preference as required by law.