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Site-Based Exceptional Student Services Teacher


Site-Based Exceptional Student Services Teacher

Job Description

An outstanding Site-Based Exceptional Student Services (ESS) Teacher for Summit Education Group Schools demonstrates content knowledge and excellence inside the virtual classroom, and also thinks outside the box and thrives on positive change and challenges. Unconditional commitment to the success of students is absolutely necessary. The ability to motivate students in a distance learning environment and the willingness to be flexible and help them become self-disciplined and effective time managers is essential. Our teachers must have advanced skills in technology so they can focus more on student learning than on the tools of instruction. Patience and an aptitude for technical troubleshooting is a must. Under the direction of the Exceptional Student Services Director the Site-Based ESS Teacher plans and provides for appropriate learning experiences for students with disabilities in a variety of educational settings. The person in this position is responsible for creating a flexible program and learning environment that provides specialized instruction for students with disabilities, such that the students benefit from the general education curriculum to the greatest extent possible when supported with supplemental aides, accommodations, and other needed supports.

What does a Site-Based Exceptional Student Services Teacher do?

As a collaborative member of the Exceptional Student Services Team, the Site-Based ESS Teacher will consult with families, Summit Education Group (SEG) staff, CDE’s Special Education/ESS Unit and school districts across Colorado in order to provide an educational atmosphere where students have the opportunity to fulfill their potential for intellectual, emotional, physical, and psychological growth. This person is responsible for overseeing the organization and implementation of Exceptional Student Services for moderate and mild needs students in an online setting in accordance with SEG, Las Animas and state and federal policies and laws; this person abides by and supports the vision, mission, values, policies and procedures of SEG, and SEG’s chartering authority, as well as relevant state policies and regulations.

The following essential duties describe the general nature and level of work required for this position. These statements are not intended to be all-inclusive. These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Duties and Responsibilities

Specific Responsibilities:
1. Reports to and is supervised by the Exceptional Student Services Director.
2. Manages the incoming student applications for those with IEPs, running Enrollment Determination Staffings, and assisting with the distribution of students on IEPs to teacher caseloads.
3. Coordinates, communicates with, and oversees the use of consultative services for students on IEPs statewide (PT, OT, SpL Therapists, etc.).
4. Collaboratively plans for and guides Exceptional Student Services programming and activities which contribute to a climate where students are actively engaged in meaningful learning experiences and successfully achieve their ICAPs and IEP SEGs.
5. Assists ESS Paraprofessionals in obtaining internships for students on IEPs when necessary.
6. Identifies and modifies instructional resources to meet the needs of students with varying backgrounds, learning styles, and special needs.
7. Continuously monitors and assesses student learning and make appropriate modifications to meet students' needs.
8. Report SEG's progress on a quarterly basis using the Alpine program, and submitting those results to Las Animas and SEG files.
9. Ensures student growth and achievement is monitored on a continuous basis pertinent to appropriate age group, subject area, and/or program classification.
10. Demonstrates a high level of encouraging parent and family involvement in each student’s experience with and commitment to educational opportunities in SEG.
11. Maintains up-to-date, accurate, effective and efficient record-keeping procedures.
12. Meets professional obligations through efficient work habits, such as: meeting deadlines for IEP meetings and paperwork, honoring schedules, coordinating resources and meetings in an effective and timely manner.
13. Develops and seeks-out best practices which can be adapted for the online medium.  

14. Attends Las Animas Coordinator meetings once per month.
15. Attends trainings through SEG and through Las Animas for necessary professional development, as deemed appropriate by supervisory staff members.
16. Ensures 100% compliance of SEG-submitted IEPs to Las Animas prior to submission, and makes corrections when necessary.
17. Prepares for, attends, and debriefs or makes corrections for all Las Animas audits related to IEPs.
18. Keeps accurate and up-to-date records to ensure compliance for internal “site visits” from Las Animas ESS Director twice per year.
19. Assists in the scheduling of and possible completion of vision and hearing screenings for all necessary students at SEG.
20.  Participates in RtI committee at SEG and being available for RtI meetings (both trainings and student intervention teams).
21. Ensures SEG ESS policies are aligned with policies of Las Animas, but specific to SEG’s unique environment, while still ensuring the policies meet state and federal law and guidelines.
22.  Attends bi-weekly Cabinet Meetings and any other necessary administrative meetings at SEG.
23. Researches, requests, and maintains knowledge of budget proposal for department, and communicates needs and expenses to ESS Coordinator at SEG.

24. Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

General Responsibilities:

  • Assists in student recruiting and retention.
  • Assists in the Communication efforts of the school.
  • Establishes and maintains collaborative working relationships with students, parents, and SEG staff to enhance the instructional environment.
  • Maintains a high level of communication (both verbally and in writing) with other SEG staff, students, and parents to deliver program information and address individual student needs.
  • Models professional and ethical standards when dealing with students, parents, staff, Las Animas, and community.
  • Meets professional obligations through efficient work habits, such as: meeting deadlines, honoring schedules, coordinating resources and meetings in an effective and timely manner, an demonstrating respect for others.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications


Master's Degree in Special Education, preferred, or enrolled in a teacher-in-residence program for certification in ESS/special education.


  • At least two years experience working in a school or organization with at-risk youth, preferred.
  • Strong background of educational system experience is the writing and formation of Individual Education Plans, 504s, and Gifted and Talented Plans.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations, Other:

  • Licensed as a Colorado Secondary Grades 7-12 Educator with Endorsement in area of teaching responsibility (ESS), or current enrollment in an Alternative Licensure Program.
  • Must pass a background check, including fingerprint check.
  • Must submit resume, cover letter indicating content area, and three current letters of reference (within the last 12 months).
  • Must possess a valid Colorado driver’s license. Must maintain insurance in accordance with state and organization requirements and maintain automobile in good working order.

Primary Location:

Colorado, specific geographic locations based on student enrollment.

Base Salary Range

Full time:

$38,000 - $42,000/year for full-time.
Competitive Insurance and Retirement Options offered.


Determined based on agreement, without benefits.

Employment Type:

Full-Time or Part-time.  Exempt.  Some Full-time or Part-time employment may be available for weekends and evenings. Please indicate in your letter of interest your willingness to work evenings and/or weekend shifts.

Working Environment:

This is not a traditional 7am - 3pm classroom teaching working environment.  The teacher will maintain regular site-based office hours and schedule student meetings as necessary. Some travel may be required.

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Summit Education is a Nationally Accredited Education Management Organization and Education Service Provider. We are a Public Benefit Corporation that believes in the interdependence of all stakeholders to ensure students achieve their individual maximum potential.  

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