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Special Education Inclusion Specialist

Organization: 
Clackamas ESD
Closing date: 
Monday, July 29, 2019

Special Education Inclusion Specialist
Life Enrichment Education Program (LEEP)
Clackamas County
190-Day Calendar / 5 days per week / 8 hours per day

LIFE ENRICHMENT EDUCATION PROGRAM:
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.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE POSITION:
The Inclusion Specialist fulfills duties consistent with school district policy and serves within the Special Education department. This is an itinerant position that provides services to all locations at which there is a district program, and where there are students who require inclusion support in our partner districts. This position is responsible to work side by side with administrators, classroom teachers, educational assistants, related services and other staff to promote student success, and provides technical assistance to promote the successful inclusion and academic progress of students with multiple and/or complex disabilities. The specialist will collaborate in the evaluation and support of high-quality district special education programs. The specialist will establish and maintain an atmosphere which emphasizes mutual respect, self-worth, self-discipline, confidence, cooperation, consideration and responsibility to perform duties as assigned, including those required by state statutes and district policies and regulations.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
01. Supports the inclusion of students in the District special education program in educational, recreational and other opportunities within the schools where the program is located, including Peer Mentor Programs.
02. Supports the inclusion of students with multiple and/or complex disabilities in educational, recreational and other opportunities within their partner district schools.
03. Supports the transition of students in the District special education program to less restrictive environments within their district programs.
04. Assists with training and professional development, including formal presentations and/or workshops to staff, parents and students.
05. Remains up to date on current issues and research around the inclusion of students with multiple and/or complex disabilities in general education settings.
06. Shares information regarding student progress and/or unique concerns with teachers, administrators, related services staff (OT, PT, Communication, Nursing), educational assistants and/or other outside consultants, and communicates with parents as needed.
07. Utilizes the human rights review strategies and crisis interventions techniques including, when necessary, planning for the use of safe restraint
08. Please see the attached Job Description to view the full list of Essential Functions

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
01. Current Oregon certification or state license (eg: TSPC, BCBA, SLP, etc), or equivalent years of experience in field of specialization and/or special education.
02. Recent successful experience working with students with significant mental health/behavioral challenges and/or intellectual disability
03. Knowledge and experience teaching students with low incidence disabilities including intellectual disability and autism
04. Knowledge of alternative communication modes including rudimentary level of American Sign Language and augmentative communication
05. Familiarity with the adaptive equipment and technology frequently utilized as a part of the instructional program for students with significant mental and physical disabilities
06. Recent successful experience working in a public school
07. Ability to develop and utilize complex scheduling and time management techniques in the daily operation of the instructional program
08. Ability to compose and produce concise professional documents
09. Skilled at working with support staff and consultants as resources for planning and delivery of specially designed programs
10. Working knowledge of Individuals with Disabilities Act regulations and procedures
11. Ability to acquire and maintain a valid first aid and CPR card
12. Written and oral communication skills sufficient to perform essential functions
13. Physical and mental attributes required to perform essential functions
14. Ability to acquire and maintain SYNC or CPI behavioral intervention certification

CLACKAMAS EDUCATION SERVICE DISTRICT:
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. These districts range in size from about 630 to 17,300 students. There are approximately 59,500 students in the ten school districts.
 
Clackamas ESD offers a comprehensive set of services through the following departments: Teaching and Learning; Technology Services; Special Education; and Early Learning. Constituent school districts annually approve the programs and services provided by CESD.

Clackamas County stretches from Mt. Hood to the Willamette Valley. Year-round recreation includes mountains (skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing); rivers and lakes (whitewater rafting, kayaking, fishing, and swimming); trails (biking, hiking, climbing, and horseback riding); and other activities such as golfing and camping. Our close proximity to the Portland metropolitan area offers cultural events, breweries, restaurants, and shopping. For mor information about Clackamas county, visit: https://www.mthoodterritory.com/

TO APPLY:
Begin the application process by clicking the "Apply" button in the upper right of the announcement on our dedicated application system: https://www.applitrack.com/clackesd/onlineapp/ 

Application Deadline: July 29, 2019
Commences: August 20, 2019
Starting Salary: Salary based on education and experience. See the 2018-19 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. 

Pre-Employment Drug Screen and Background Check Conducted
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER / DRUG FREE WORKPLACE
Clackamas ESD policy provides veterans and disabled veterans with preference as required by law.