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Coordinator II, Student Services – Special Education

  • Management

Reports to: Director of Student Services


The Coordinator of Student Services-Special Education assists in the effective planning, implementation and evaluation of the District's student services and programs for students with special needs.

  • Facilitate grouping and placement of students in Special Education programs within and outside the District.
  • Assist in review, selection and placement of Special Education personnel.
  • Conduct IEP meetings for review, administrative placements, and manifestation determination hearings.
  • Meet with parents and students to assist in the resolution of school-related problems.
  • Monitor budgets for Special Education support.
  • Develop content and agendas for ongoing in-service and staff meetings.
  • Provide consultation and in-service for general education administration and staff.
  • Facilitate curriculum and instructional implementation.
  • Monitor overall delivery of Special Education services.
  • Represent the district at SELPA and county meetings.
  • Evaluate and supervise Special Education staff.
  • Participate in review selection and placement of Special Education personnel.
  • Perform other specific job-related duties as directed.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form
  • Ability to interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures
  • Collaborative yet decisive in decision-making, seeking consensus whenever possible
  • Demonstrated knowledge of assessment and its relationship to curriculum and instruction
  • Demonstrated success and knowledge of software programs appropriate for the disaggregation of assessment data, with capacity to format assessment results in a variety of report formats
  • Effective interpersonal, communication (written and verbal), and conflict resolution skills
  • Knowledgeable the laws and regulations, codes, policies and procedures relating to testing, assessment, and evaluation
  • Knowledgeable in current and emerging educational research as well as "best practice"
  • Knowledgeable of multiple measures of student achievement
  • Proficiency in a second language preferred

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms.

The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception. Employee will frequently work at a computer and travel to attend meetings.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.Work environment includes working directly with children. There are a number of activities and situations happening at once, and the employee must ensure that children are supervised at all times, and that children are involved in safe and appropriate activities. The employee must be prepared to handle accidents and emergencies at any time.

The job entails potential for exposure to adverse weather conditions and temperature extremes; exposure to blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases; and for interaction with disruptive and/or unruly individuals.

Work Year: 213 Days

Revision Date: 11/03/2017

Initial date: 11/03/2017

Equal Opportunity Employer in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and all other applicable federal, state, and local laws.

No portion of this job description shall supersede the Master Agreement between the Palo Alto Management Association and the Palo Alto Unified School District and applicable State or federal laws. Any changes in working conditions applicable to the current agreement shall be subject to negotiations at the demand of either party.