Special Education | North Star Academy


POSITION TITLE:               Special Education Assistant Coordinator

LOCATION:                         North Star Academy

FLSA STATUS:                   Exempt

DEPARTMENT:                 Special Education

REPORTS TO:                  Special Education Coordinator

SUPERVISES/MANAGES:         Special Education Teachers and Paraprofessionals


Position Summary:

Special Education Assistant Coordinators are responsible for leading, organizing, facilitating and supporting special education for the assigned academy or academies.


Key Position Specific Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Supervisory Responsibilities

    • Directly supervises special education paraprofessionals.¬†¬†¬†

    • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.¬†

    • Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

  • Educational Programming

    • Assign caseloads for special education teaching staff

    • Supervision of special education teachers and paraprofessionals

    • Assign paraprofessionals

    • Provide training and guidance to special education teachers in the roles of paraprofessional supervision

    • Provide input regarding classroom placement for special education students

  • Coordination

    • Maintain current demographics and data regarding all students on IEPs¬†

    • Provide input to IEP teams and building administrators regarding amended consequences for students receiving special education services

  • Communication

    • Report weekly to Special Education Coordinator

    • Establish working relations with colleagues, developing effective systems for reciprocal communication about students with special needs.¬† This includes ongoing communication with building administrators.

    • Establish regular communication mechanisms with assigned special education team(s).

  • Compliance

    • Assure due process timelines are met

    • Provide due process training and support for special education teachers in their first year

    • In conjunction with Special Education Compliance Specialist, review IEPs for compliance

    • Assure process in place for determining appropriate students for required state testing

    • In conjunction with Special Education Compliance Specialist, review IEPs for compliance

    • Member of assigned evaluation team

  • ?Scheduling
    • Coordinate paraprofessional schedules for building

    • Assure internal coverage for special education teachers and paraprofessional staff when there are staff shortages in the building

    • Assure appropriate coverage for field trips and special events

  • Other

    • Member of assigned academy educational lead team.

    • Participates in necessary academy level meetings

    • Other duties as assigned

    • Maintains confidentiality of sensitive information, adheres to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations.

    • Demonstrates familiarity with policies of the Duluth Public Schools District and state and federal regulations pertaining to education.

    • Participates on committees and special projects and other related duties as assigned.

    • Performs all other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Language / Communication Skills

    • Ability to read, write, speak, listen and understand the English language.
    • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents
    • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
    • Ability to effectively present and communicate information, and respond to questions or complaints from students, caregivers, regulatory agencies, or members of the school community.
    • Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
    • Gets along well with others and effectively works with teams.
  • Reasoning Ability

    • Ability to solve practical problems, collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, 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.
  • Availability & Attendance

    • Work schedule may include hours up to eight hours in a day, or 40 hours in a week.
    • Follows all attendance policies and procedures, including punctuality and proper timeclock or timesheet reporting.
  • Computer Skills

    • Computer proficiency with software programs and the ability to learn new computer technology and programs.¬†
    • Strong knowledge of instructional technology platforms and Google Workspace.
  • Mathematical Skills

    • Ability to apply concepts of basic math.
    • The ability to analyze and understand data represented multiple ways (charts, graphs, etc.); identify trends or ‘root causes’ in data; and calculate with percentages.
    • Ability to understand special education finance.
  • Psychology¬†

    • Basic knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation.
  • Social Perceptiveness

    • Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
    • Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.


Job Requirements:

  • Education¬†

    • Completion of a Bachelor‚Äôs degree from an accredited college or university; Master‚Äôs degree strongly preferred.

  • Certification or Licensure

    • Valid or eligible for Minnesota Special Education Teacher‚Äôs License or another professional discipline (e.g. speech therapy, counselor, social worker) from the Minnesota Department of Education

  • Experience

    • Minimum of five (5) years experience working in special education or related field.

    • Three (3) years in an administrator or supervisory position preferred


Physical and Mental Requirements:

  • The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the key responsibilities and duties of this job.

    • Ability to endure prolonged walking, sitting, standing, use of pulling, bending, and stooping movements.

    • Ability to adapt to changes in daily work hours and schedule.

    • Must be able to lift a minimum of 25 pounds.

    • Must be in good general health and demonstrate emotional stability.

    • Ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously.