STATE TEACHER II - Special Education Building Coordinator - Grand Mesa

STATE TEACHER II - Special Education Building Coordinator - Grand Mesa

01 Sep 2023
Colorado, Grandjunction, 81501 Grandjunction USA

STATE TEACHER II - Special Education Building Coordinator - Grand Mesa

STATE TEACHER II - Special Education Building Coordinator - Grand Mesa Print ( Apply  STATE TEACHER II - Special Education Building Coordinator - Grand Mesa Salary $71,508.00 - $92,964.00 AnnuallyLocation Grand Junction, COJob TypeFull TimeJob NumberIKA 01104 9/1/23DepartmentColorado Department of Human ServicesDivisionOCYF - Grand Mesa Youth Services CenterOpening Date09/01/2023Closing Date9/20/2023 11:59 PM MountainPrimary Physical Work Address360 28th, Grand Junction, CO 81501FLSA StatusExempt; position is not eligible for overtime compensation.




Department InformationThis position has a residency waiver and will be accepting applications from residents and non-residents of Colorado. This announcement is open to potential candidates who are legal residents of the United States. All legal residents of the United States are eligible to apply and compete. If appointed to a position, applicants from outside of Colorado will be required to relocate to Colorado prior to their start date, at their own expense. This position will receive a short-staffing temporary pay differential of 3.17% from July 1st 2023 - June 30th 2024. Please note: This recruitment may be used to fill multiple vacancies. (Part-Time and Full-Time) Most State of Colorado employees are eligible for a great benefit package! Please see the Supplemental Information section below for details! ( About the Division of Youth Services: The Division of Youth Services (DYS) provides a continuum of residential and non-residential services that encompass juvenile detention, commitment, and parole. DYS is the agency statutorily mandated to provide for the care and supervision of youth committed by the District Court to the custody of the Colorado Department of Human Services. The Division operates fifteen secure facilities that serve youth between the ages of 10 and 21, who are pre-adjudicated, sentenced, or committed. The Division also contracts with numerous private residential and non-residential service providers throughout the State. For pre-adjudicated youth, the Division is also responsible for the management and oversight of Colorado Youth Detention Continuum, a State-funded, locally administered program that provides services to youth at risk of further progressing into the juvenile justice system. In addition to residential programming, the Division administers juvenile parole services throughout the State. We invite you to explore the DYS website and learn about the services provided to youth, families, and local communities in the State of Colorado at: Opt in below to receive text message updates on CDHS recruiting events! CDHSCareers Description of JobSummary of this position: This work unit exists to provide Special Education and Assessment services for Institution School youth. More specifically, this work unit is intended to assess students’ academic achievement and history, support and provide educational methodologies to students with special needs, and to design and provide relevant interventions that will allow all students to reach their individual potential as well as to monitor student longitudinal growth and measure Response to Interventions. Additionally, this work unit exists to monitor various timelines and legalities as mandated and defined per Federal IDEA legislation and to ensure all students of a fair, equitable educational experience. This position exists to provide Special Education instruction and/or support, to write and maintain IEP’s, to provide Assessment Services and communicate that data in usable and relevant ways to all stakeholders, and to serve as a communiqué between the Institution School and the other work units in the facility. This position also exists to administer achievement, vocational, transitional, and other appropriate education assessments (i.e. adaptive and behavioral) to committed youth, to analyze and interpret results and to provide a written report with recommendations, and to serve as the education representative on the Assessment Team. This position provides services as the Special Education Teacher in reviewing IEP needs and holding appropriate Special Education staffing as well as representing education at Multidisciplinary Team meetings.Primary Job Duties:Special Education and Child Find / Education Assessment Coordination. This position provides coordination in planning, implementing, and ensuring special education programming and child find processes across the school are in alignment with DYS Education Strategies Plan, policies, and federal and state law.Duties to include, but not limited to:

Follow all rules and regulations of special education law including preparing reports for state and local indicators, submitting data to the Central office, scheduling meetings, and keeping and maintaining IEP records and other documents that pertain to special education.

Facilitating Individual Education Programs (IEP) meetings using a strength based and family centered approach.

Work with school administrator(s), community organizations, and state agencies to facilitate special education programming.

Ensure IEP distribution to all staff participating in student’s educational program

Serve on school data and/or MTSS team

Serve on DYS Special Education Advisory Team or other committees related to special education

Serve as the special education provider and/or designee for all IEP meetings including referrals

Consult with special education teachers with Individual Education Program development and scheduling

Coordinating with the student's special education team to ensure all documents are completed in a timely manner prior to any IEP meeting. Connect with the special education team to ensure all team members, including parents, are prepared for the content of the meeting.

Work with appropriate evaluators and ensure that assessments are completed in a timely manner for initials or re-evaluations.

Work with the Executive Director of Special Education or designee to ensure that all materials, trainings, and supports are in place for alternative assessments if needed.

Consult with outside agencies to support student transitional needs.

Support school administration in resolving special education student behavior needs.

In consultation with school mental health professionals, develop and support the implementation of behavior intervention plans (BIP).

Work with special education staff, outside consultants/specialists (when necessary), and school administration to provide appropriate training for stakeholders.

Coordinate with special education team to complete quarterly/ semester/trimester IEP progress reports and provide quarterly IEP progress reports to parents/guardians.

Completes the education assessment or child find process during the first 35 days of a youth’s commitment.

Attend Multi Disciplinary Teams as appropriate and necessary for students in special education.

Work to maintain tracking and data systems that include: student information related to IEPs, services, service hours, evaluations, timelines in which evaluations are completed and discipline incidents documented.

Obtains and reviews student files and extracts relevant information, interviews students, and contacts former schools and employers to summarize students' educational history for all new DYS committed youth.

Develops and completes IEPs for students, for the special education process, to include meetings, determination of eligibility, annual reviews of services, transitions needs and education goals for each eligible student (i.e. Transfers, Annuals and/or Prior Written Notice & Consent to Evaluate to begin the Re-Evaluation / Special Evaluation process).

IEP information, MDT results, testing results, and SASID numbers are entered into TRAILS.

Supporting the planning of special education initiatives and the implementation of the initiatives, integrating new developments, research findings and best practices into ongoing programs and new initiatives.

Establishing and maintaining communication with parents/guardians.

Maintaining confidentiality of student records and student information.

Collaborating with Client Managers in order to support the whole child.

Special Education and Child Find Related Assessments. Analyzes and interprets test results, integrates findings, confers with other team members, and correlates assessment components to draw meaningful diagnostic conclusions. Generates this data, such as test scores used in reports, and then interprets the findings to funding sources and agencies. Member of the multidisciplinary team, utilizing test results to assist in determining appropriate security level and needs for each individual.

This position completes formal and information assessments related to the academic needs of the students in special education during an initial or re-evaluation. This should not replace the ongoing assessments that naturally occur within the general or special education classroom.

This position supports, and trains if necessary, educators to complete academic assessments that are used within the facility.

Recommendations for interventions in instruction and cognitive strategies; develops behavioral plans and transition plans in accordance with federal and state special education requirements. This requires diagnostic skills, an ability to interpret testing behaviors and scores, and professional judgment.

Determine if scores are a result of academic weakness, inconsistent school attendance, lack of effort, speech/language disabilities or lack of English language acquisition, lack of developmental stimulation, and/or other potential issues. Assess the degree to which any of the above impact the youth’s learning.

Below is a list of assessments and is not exhaustive:

Wechsler Individual Achievement Test or WIAT


San Diego Quick

Vocabulary Screener

Reading Fluency

Maze Comprehension

Basic Reading Inventory

Transition Assessments

Functional Behavioral Analysis

Student Interview

Student Observations

Class Support. This position provides support to students in general or special education classes ensuring the continuum of services is available and provided to youth on Individualized Education Programs.

Support students with disabilities in the general education classroom to practice behavior and / or academic strategies in order to access the general education setting

Support students with disabilities outside the general education classroom

Model behavior support strategies to teachers within the general education classroom

Training and Other Duties As Assigned. Provide training related to special education related topicsAnd Other duties as assigned.Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal RightsApplicants must meet all of the requirements listed below to move forward in the selection process. Applicants must provide all supporting documents to be considered for this position.Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the field of education, social studies, science, math, humanities, administration, Special Education or a similar degree type.

Two years of professional experience in an occupational field related to the work assigned to the position.


A valid Initial or Professional Teacher License from any state or from the Colorado Department of Education with an endorsement in Special Education.

As a condition of employment, individuals who possess an Initial license upon hire must obtain the Professional Teacher license within three years of their start date.Substitution for required license:

A current, valid Interim Teacher license, or Temporary Educator Eligibility Authorization from any state will substitute for the Colorado Initial or Professional Teacher license.

Other license, credential, or endorsement issued by the Colorado Department of Education.

]Highly Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Colorado Academic Standards for K-12 education.

Demonstrated knowledge in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

Attention to detail.

Ability to build relationships with stakeholders.

Strong decision-making skills and follow through.

Ability to positively and professionally interact with administrators, staff, parents, clients, community members and the judicial system.

Excellent oral communication skills.

Ability to collaboratively problem solve, ask for and use feedback, and create positive culture and climate.

Conditions of Employment:

Full Background - CDHS employees (all Direct contact with vulnerable persons):

CBI name check and fingerprint check, ICON Colorado court database, Medicare fraud database, Reference Checks, Professional License verification (licensure requirements), Drug Screen, PREA (Division of Youth Services), Trails check (direct contact with children), CAPS (direct contact with adults – Mental Health Institutes, Regional Centers, Veterans Community Living Centers).

Must be 21 years old or older.

Valid driver license.

Special Qualifications: CDE Professional Teaching License; Special Education License.

Must be able to pass escape and evade.

Continued employment is contingent upon successful completion of the DYS Pre-service Training Academy and mandatory annual training in all subject areas.

Annual Flu vaccination is required.

Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must (1) disclose that information on the application (2) provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify the applicant from the current position, (3) provide the employee number from the applicant’s prior State employment. Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination and failure to provide this information will disqualify the applicant from future State employment with CDHS.

Appeal Rights

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for this position, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board or request a review by the State Personnel Director.

An appeal or review must be submitted on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative. This form must be delivered to the State Personnel Board by email (, postmarked in US Mail or hand delivered (1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver CO 80203), or faxed (303.866.5038) within ten (10) calendar days from your receipt of notice or acknowledgement of the department’s action.

For more information about the appeals process, the official appeal form, and how to deliver it to the State Personnel Board; go to ; contact the State Personnel Board for assistance at (303) 866-3300; or refer to 4 Colorado Code of Regulations (CCR) 801-1, State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, Chapter 8, Resolution of Appeals and Disputes, at under Rules.

Supplemental InformationHow to Apply ( The Assessment Process For additional recruiting questions, please contact About Us: If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Human Services ( (CDHS). Our professionals strive to design and deliver high quality human and health services that improve the safety, independence, and well-being of the people of Colorado. In addition to a great location and rewarding and meaningful work, we offer:

Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including a PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401(k) and 457 plans

Medical and dental health plans

Employer supplemented Health Savings Account

Paid life insurance

Short- and long-term disability coverage

11 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave

BenefitHub state employee discount program

Employee Wellness program MotivateMe

Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training and more

Remote work arrangements for eligible positions

Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more

information, go to .

Our Values:

We believe in a people-first approach: To serve the people of Colorado, we develop a culture and work environment that creates an energized, inspired, and healthy team capable of giving their best to Coloradans.

Balance creates quality of life: We want our team to be resilient through a supportive workplace that values flexibility, health and wellness, and employee engagement.

We hold ourselves accountable: We take responsibility through our actions, programs, and results for the state of health and human services in Colorado.

Transparency matters: We are open and honest with employees, our partners, the Coloradans we serve, and the public.

We are ethical: We abide by what is best for those we serve by doing what is right, not what is easy.

Collaboration helps us rise together: We work together with all partners, employees, and clients to achieve the best outcomes for Coloradans.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

ADAA Accommodations: CDHS is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Nancy Schmelzer, at or call 1-800-929-0791.


Toll Free Applicant Technical Support (

The State of Colorado offers permanent employees a variety of benefits including medical, dental, life and disability insurance, as well as a comprehensive leave program. Please click the following link for detailed information: Please note that each agency's contact information is different; therefore, we encourage all applicants to view the full, official job announcement which includes contact information and class title. Select the job you wish to view, then click on the "Print" icon.01 Current and valid Colorado Department of Education License with an endorsement in Special Education is required for this position (Applicants must attach a copy of licensure to move forward in the selection process for this position.) Have you attached a copy of your licensure? 02 A condition of employment requires applicants to be 21 years of age or older. Do you meet this condition?




Please indicate number of years professional teaching experience


Describe your experience working with at-risk youth and/or youth who exhibit social/emotional challenges. What are things you must include in working with these youth on a day-to-day basis?


Describe your experience using differentiated instruction practices in the classroom with varied skills. Include an example of a lesson you taught or curriculum you have developed which was successful.


Please describe your experience working with students with disabilities. Include examples of the types of instructional support provided, ranges of eligibility categories served, and your understanding of the best practices to employ when serving students with disabilities.


If you are a current or former State of Colorado employee, please list your employee number (starts with 997). Failure to provide this requested information may render your application incomplete, and you may no longer be considered for the position.


Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application. In the space below, please provide an explanation as to why the prior termination or resignation should NOT disqualify your application from the current position.


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