Job Description

Yes                                                         TERM OF EMPLOYMENT:  12 Months

SALARY LEVEL:                                                JOB CODE: 115

LOCATION:  Pendergast Learning Center        DEPARTMENT:  Educational Services

REPORTS TO:  Director of Exceptional            DATE APPROVED:  April 3, 2018
Students Services

  The Assistant Director of Early Childhood and Exceptional Student Services will support the development and implementation of early childhood programming and special education programs and services under the direction of the Director of Exceptional Student Services.  S/hewill assist and ensure compliance with District, state, and national laws, regulations and policies; develop and maintain programming for teaching and learning related to Early Childhood programs, and support special education services that will achieve District, state and national standards of excellence in meeting the needs of all children.  Adherence to District, state and national regulations is a primary focus for this position.
JOB GOAL: To will provide leadership and coordination for the development and implementation of early childhood programming to enhance learning for all students in PESD preschools.

  • Master’s Degree in Education or related field
  • Valid Administrative Certification
  • Special Education Certificate
  • Early Childhood Certificate
  • Minimum of three years of successful teaching experience
  • Possess a strong working knowledge of the IDEA Regulations and the Arizona Special Education Regulations.
  • Possess the ability to acquire a working knowledge of Early-Childhood programs to be integrated with existing special education services.
  • Demonstrated exemplary skills in planning, organizing, group facilitation, human relations, research and communication
  • Possess expertise with the special education process and writing Individualized Education Programs


  • Five years of successful teaching experience with exceptional student population

Such alternatives to the above required & preferred qualifications as the Superintendent/Designee may find appropriate and acceptable.

  1. Assists in the Special Education compliance monitoring for the District.
  2. Provides guidance and supports to staff in Early Childhood programming for the District.
  3. Collaborates with private and federal preschool providers
  4. Supervises the development, administration, revisions, and refinement of District special education curricula, instructional practices, and assessment.
  5. Assists with student concerns arising from school staff and/or parents.
  6. Plans, prepares and delivers professional development for Early Childhood Education programming.
  7. Provide input into budget preparation.
  8. Assists in the identification and clarification of needs of individuals, schools and administrative staff.
  9. Coordinates accreditation for District Early Childhood programming.
  10. Support in keeping District in compliance with all state and federal special education and student health laws as well as district policies.
  11. Collaborates with District licensure staff relative to County/State Health Departments for inspection concerns.
  12. Enforces confidentiality of all safeguarded information.
  13. Collaborates with parents, staff and administrators to support District and building level processes
  14. Assists with staff evaluations.
  15. Performs such other duties and assumes such other responsibilities as may be assigned by the Superintendent/Designee.

EVALUATION:  At least once annually in accordance Governing Board Policy.
REASONING ABILITY:  Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw conclusions; ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several concrete variables
LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret education materials and programs; ability to write reports, procedure manuals, and correspondence; ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of teachers, students, administration, and the community.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:  Ability to work with mathematics in the area of budgets, expenditures and revenues.  Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical situations.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  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 required to talk and hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to 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, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
EFFECTIVE COLLABORATION AND COMMUNICATION: Ability to work collaboratively with peers in decision-making and works to provide assistance on major issues in the organization regardless of carrying out the decision is in one’s division. Effective communication and positive interaction with community, staff, parents, and students.


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