The Eligibility and Compliance Coordinator is responsible for assisting the executive director with ensuring compliance with State and Federal regulations and supervising the support provided to assist ACPS school-based teams in making appropriate eligibility and data based decisions. The Coordinator will supervise the development and implementation of training and onsite technical assistance to school-based teams navigating the general education tier III academic and/or behavioral interventions implemented prior to suspecting a disability, as well as procedures and criteria related to initial referral, evaluation and eligibility for special education, especially for students suspected of manifesting an emotional disability. The Coordinator will supervise and implement development of training related to development of appropriate and compliant individualized education programs (IEP), and work with school-based administrators to ensure IEPs are being implemented as written. The Coordinator will collect and submit to the Executive Director of Specialized Instruction the necessary State Performance Plan Indicator data for reporting information to the Virginia Department.
This position reports to the Director of Specialized Instruction Programs.
Note: This is a 12 month/240 day position.QualificationsEducation:
Master's degree in Special EducationCertificates & Licenses:
Valid Virginia Department of Education Postgraduate Professional license with an endorsement in Special Education and Administration and Supervision required.Experience:
At least 8 years of experience as a special education teacher or CoordinatorSkills:
Essential FunctionsEnsure compliance with regulations
- Demonstrates knowledge of and ability to keep current of all Federal, State and local mandates for special education to ensure that the school division is in compliance.
- Experience with data collection methods and analyzing data pertaining to special education for purposes ensuring division decision making is in compliance with the regulations.
- Experience with data collection and analysis for reporting to state and federal agencies, and for planning and evaluating special education services.
- Possesses the essential skills to work collaboratively with school division personnel to implement and monitor special education services.
- Exhibits exceptional written and oral communication skills to respond to parents and advocacy groups and to serve as a representative of the school division.
- Possesses strong management and problem solving skills.
Monitor IEP Development and Implementation
- Provides guidance and leadership to assigned central office and school-based personnel regarding policy, procedures and direction of instructional services.
- Assist in the development and implementation of special education policies and procedures.
- Interprets Federal and State regulations relative to the impact on special education.
- Monitors compliance with Federal, State and local special education regulations.
- Responds to concerns of parents, teachers, school and central office administrators.
- Administers appointment of surrogate parents, when appropriate, to act as advocates to serve the education interests of children whose parents and/or guardians are unavailable, unwilling or unable to act for them.
- Acts as coordinator for the School Division in due process hearings brought by parents for alleged violations of rights of the children with disabilities.
- Monitors initial eligibility and reevaluation timelines.
- Reviews and responds to requests for Independent Educational Evaluations (IEE).
- Monitors task completion timeline and collects evidence required by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) corrective action plan.
Supervise and Monitor Eligibility Data-based Decision Making
- Monitors the development and implementation of Individual Education Programs.
- Coordinates training for teachers on development of quality IEPs including specific and measurable annual goals.
- Conducts audits of IEPs for assurance of quality and implementation.
Data Collection and Analysis
- Supervises and assists with the collaboration with administrators, teachers, parents/guardians, and other school personnel in collecting and sharing information about students, and assesses appropriate interventions for students in need of additional support.
- Reviews information provided by schools and central office staff to ensure accurate interpretation of assessment results as related to initial special education eligibility determination.
- Ensures the implementation of state and local regulations related to special education eligibility processes and procedures.
- Supervises the development of and conducts professional development sessions and onsite training and assistance for staff members on topics related to eligibility for special education services.
- Provides consultative and support services to school based SST teams, teachers, and other non-special education staff regarding the referral and eligibility process.
- Prepares and submits state reports related to the State Performance Plan indicators.
- Collects all data necessary to complete the December 1 child count of students with disabilities.
- Reviews data regularly regarding IEP development compliance, progress reporting and other audits required by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) corrective action plan.
- Provides data based reports as requested.
- Gathers statistical data required in planning the system-wide educational programs for students with disabilities.
Public Health Compliance
- Criminal Justice Fingerprint/Background Clearance.
- Tuberculosis Skin Test.
- Proof of COVID vaccination. Exemptions for religious/medical will be reviewed.
- Must follow safety and health protocols.
Central Office Salary Range:
Teachers and Other Licensed Staff Salary Scale (http://www.acps.k12.va.us/hr/compensation/) Shift Type: