Coordinator of Special Education
Posting # 3550

Columbia Heights Public Schools is seeking a Coordinator of Special Education to start with the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year. This position will be located out of the District Offices and serve District-wide Special Education needs under direction of the Director of Special Education.

Calendar: 228 days / year (CHPS only offers 12 month pay)

FLSA Status: Exempt

Group: Non-affiliated (non-union group), TRA eligible for qualified individuals

Compensation: Commensurate based upon education and experience

**CHPS employees will need to apply as an external candidate by selecting they are not currently employed by CHPS.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Dr. John Fry, Director of Special Education, 763-528-4540,

Interested applicants should apply online at
Interviews will be scheduled at the request of the School District.

General Definition of Work
Performs intermediate professional work providing assistance, support, resources, participation and involvement in educational support activities including serving as liaison between special education staff and administration in due process activities, advising and informing the director of relevant parental, staff or student issues, and related work as apparent or assigned. Work is performed under the limited supervision of the Director of Special Education.
Qualification Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Essential Functions

  • Leads District’s continuous improvement processes by attending meetings with other District personnel, department chairs and providing administrative information to assist committees; improves decision making in the formation of program operations and improvements for special education.
  • Participates in the due process proceedings of students when indicated; monitors classroom interventions, child study, evaluations, Individualized Education Program (IEP), and progress reporting, provided services, file documentation, and exit procedures.
  • Monitors and assesses the strengths, weaknesses and needs of special education programs, services, and operations; provides the director with feedback and recommendations.
  • Serves as a resource and support to instructional personnel and families regarding due process laws, procedures, feedback, or instructional ideas.
  • Facilitates Alternative Delivery Student of Specialist Instructional Services (ADSIS)
  • Informs and advises the director regarding the overall programs and projects in special education with specific concerns or issues that require the director’s involvement or attention.
  • Serves as a resource and support to the District’s administration, staff, students, and families in the areas of special education.
  • Leads district-wide testing initiatives in special education area; analyzes student data; advises and makes recommendations to the Director of Special Education.
  • Facilitates out-of-district placements, providing directional and support to parents, students, and staff.
  • Facilitates student assessment teams and multi-tiered systems of support.
  • Identifies and writes grants; seeks other fiscal resources individually or in cooperation with other departments in order to support student and staff needs.
  • Manages due process platform or other systems including but not limited to SPED Forms, Seesaw administration, and Permission Click.
  • Provides professional development for special education staff.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough skill creating and maintaining reports and statistics of student services; comprehensive knowledge of state and federal rules and regulations pertaining to special education; comprehensive knowledge of individualized education plans.
  • Thorough skill creating and maintaining standardized reports; thorough skill operating standard office equipment and applicable hardware and software.
  • Ability to make arithmetic computations using whole numbers, fractions, and decimals; ability to compute rates, ratios, and percentages; ability to write grants; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, parents, and the general public.

Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in special education, administration, or related field and considerable experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Physical Requirements
This work requires the occasional exertion of up to 10 pounds of force; work regularly requires speaking or hearing, frequently requires sitting and occasionally requires standing, walking, using hands to finger, handle or feel and repetitive motions; work has standard vision requirements; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels; work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data, operating machines and observing general surroundings and activities; work has no exposure to environmental conditions; work is generally in a moderately noisy location (e.g. business office, light traffic).
Special Requirements

  • Minnesota Department of Education license in Special Education.
  • Director of Special Education license required.
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural setting and with diverse groups of individuals preferred.
  • Alternatives to the qualifications as the Superintendent may find appropriate and acceptable will also be considered.
  • Valid driver’s license in the State of Minnesota.