Special Education Coordinator

  • The Charter Institute at Erskine
  • Orangeburg, SC, USA
  • Sep 08, 2023
Other K-12 Special Education Other

Job Description

The Willie Jeffries School of Excellence is seeking to hire a Special Education 
Coordinator. The Special Education Coordinator will support and coordinate with 
school leaders and school personnel within the areas of Exceptional Student 
Education (ESE) (including gifted) and Section 504 (504) to build the capacity of 
the school-based teams. The Coordinator will work to support compliance and 
student outcomes in accordance with BCEA policies and applicable laws. Finally, 
the Coordinator will work collaboratively with WJSE's Special Education Team on 
various initiatives to allow WJSE to implement best practice systems and 
processes to ensure compliance. Initiatives may include process development, 
documentation, forms development, charter application/renewal support, school 
support, contract management, professional development, and/or other projects 
upon request.

Essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

● Support school special programs and services within their designated 
region to meet student needs in ESE and 504.
● Remain informed of changes to ESE/504 federal and state laws to support 
school-level compliance.
● Provide monitoring to ensure that required meetings, evaluations, and 
reevaluations are conducted accurately and timely.
● Monitor ESE/504 paperwork for accuracy and timeliness, according to 
● Use resources and materials to support staff in accomplishing ESE/504 
● Provide coaching and professional development to build the capacity of 
school-based teams. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
● Planning for classroom and testing accommodations for students with 
● Developing and adapting curriculum materials and educational practices to 
meet the needs of students and teachers
● Data-driven instructional decision-making to improve Special education 
student outcomes
● Scheduling of ESE students to ensure fiscal responsibility when allocating 
resources based on student needs
● Inclusionary best practices
● Implementing a continuum of ESE services
● Maintain communication with school personnel to ensure compliance with 
providing services, evaluations, and quarterly progress reports.
● Support schools to maintain accurate and compliant ESE/504 data and 
support state data reporting requirements.
● Monitor appropriate transition plans for ESE-eligible students of transition 
● Support schools in the development of community partnerships to support 
student transition.
● Plan and conduct appointments with ESE/504 staff as needed.
● Consult/train school staff in areas related to student eligibility, placement 
and provision of services, and quality Individual Education Plan 
(IEP)/Education Plan (EP) development.
● Collaborate with ESE teachers to monitor student progress and compliance 
(including student compliance issues, withdrawals, progress monitoring, 
● Collaborate with school staff to develop local processes and procedures to 
align with state and district policies related to ESE/504.
● Participate in locally sponsored professional development opportunities to 
maintain familiarity with district policies.
● Support schools in responding to formal complaints.
● Review staffing requests from the schools in the areas of ESE/504 and 
make recommendations for staff/contracted provider allocations to WJSE.
● Serve as liaison to facilitate effective communication among ESE/504 staff, 
students, parents, and school leaders.
● Assist with the management of clinical services contracts.
● Provide support with the South Carolina charter application and renewal 
● Maintain communication with WJSE's Special Education Team regarding 
ESE/504 matters.
● Assist WJSE's Special Education Team in the research, planning, and 
implementation of various tasks/projects.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of 
work being performed. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all 
responsibilities, duties, and skills required by personnel so classified.

1. Demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment toward the position and the 
school's mission; support the school's values in strategic areas of academic 
excellence, operational performance, superior culture, and financial health 
and growth, as outlined in the employee handbook.
2. Advanced knowledge of special education federal and state laws.
3. Strong time management and organizational skills.
4. Demonstrate project management skills and an ability to work 
5. Enthusiastic about taking on new challenges and the ability to prioritize 
6. Ability to organize and manage multiple priorities while maintaining 
7. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with 
individuals at all levels of the organization, parents, and the community. As 
unique situations present themselves, the employee must be sensitive to 
corporate needs, employee goodwill, and the public image.
8. Establish excellent interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential 
situations. The position continually requires demonstrated poise, tact, and 
9. Ability to consistently be at work, be on time, follow instructions, respond to 
management direction, and solicit feedback to improve performance.
10. Proficient experience with Microsoft Office 365 (Email, Word, Excel, 
PowerPoint) and knowledge of successful virtual course/webinar 
11. Looks for ways to improve and promote quality and demonstrates 
high accuracy, attention to detail, and thoroughness.
12. Consistently strives to implement best practices.

• Bachelor's degree (BA) from an accredited college or university
• A Master's degree in Special Education or commensurate experience is 
• Experience leading a staff of Special Education teachers.
• Certified in ESE in the state of South Carolina.
• Experience as a team lead, preferably leading ESE staff.
• Experience developing Educational Plans (EPs) for gifted-eligible students 
is preferred.
• Experience with developing Section 504 plans is preferred.
• Experience in responding to formal complaints, mediation/resolution 
meetings, and due process proceedings.
• Successful results of criminal and employment background checks.
• Command of grades/subject-specific content and theoretical knowledge of 
learning theory, including motivation, reinforcement, evaluation, and 
feedback techniques.
• Minimum of three (3) years of successful teaching experience.
• Effective instructional delivery techniques and excellent communication 
• Flexible and able to multi-task; can work within an ambiguous, fast-moving 
• Adherence to the requirements of the Code of Ethics for the Education 
• Such alternatives to the above requirements as BCEA may be appropriate 
and acceptable.

While performing the responsibilities of this position, the work environment 
characteristics listed below are representative of the environment the employee 
will encounter:
• Usual school working conditions.
• It may be noisy during high student traffic.

An employee must meet the physical demands described here to perform the 
essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be 
made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
• Somewhat stressful due to frequent student activity.
• Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 
pounds as frequently as needed to move objects.

Salary and benefits shall be paid consistent with WJSE's salary and benefit policy. The length 
of the work year and hours of employment shall be those established by BCEA.
This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an 
“at-will” relationship.

Job is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Performance will be evaluated in accordance with BCEA Policy.

The WJSE Human Resources Department retains the sole right and discretion to change this 
job description. Any employee making changes unauthorized by the Human Resources 
Department will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination.


Charter Institute at Erskine


Willie Jeffries School of Excellence- charter school in Orangeburg, SC

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