Job Description

  • Position Type:
    Related Services

  • Date Posted:
    5/4/2021

  • Location:
    District Administration Center - Glendale, AZ

  • Date Available:
    07/29/2021

  •   Additional Information:
    Position Title: Section 504/ADA Coordinator

    Department: Academic Support Services/Special Education

    Supervisor: Director of Special Education

    Term of Employment: 10 Months

    Salary: Teacher Salary (additional days and stipend apply)

    Job Summary: The Section 504/ADA Coordinator is responsible for monitoring and implementing the district’s compliance with state and federal laws prohibiting disability discrimination including Section 504 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

    Essential Functions: Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include, but are not limited to, the following tasks, duties, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents in this class.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities generally include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
    • Develop a working knowledge of current laws, regulations, and guidelines related to disability discrimination in public schools, including Section 504, Title II of the ADA, as well as rules and guidelines adopted by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR);
    • Become familiar with resources and information available from OCR and OSPI’s Equity and Civil Rights Office, and request technical assistance when needed;
    • Attend trainings on Section 504/ADA and share information with site administration;
    • Facilitate the implementation of the district’s policies and procedures related to Section 504/ADA, and ensure that they are applied consistently across the district at each school building;
    • Coordinate the revisions to district policies and procedures related to Section 504/ADA, as necessary, to ensure that they are up-to-date and consistent with current requirements under these laws.
    • Ensure that the district uses effective methods to annually inform all students, parents and employees about the district’s discrimination complaint procedure, such as in staff and student handbooks;
    • Ensure that copies of the complaint procedure and any related forms are available in each school building to provide to students, staff, and others who allege discrimination or discriminatory harassment.
    • Develop a systematic process for monitoring both district-and building-level compliance with Section 504 requirements, including, but not limited to:
      • Child find responsibilities;
      • Parental consent before all initial evaluations and initial placements;
      • Written notice to parents, including notice of procedural safeguards, before any actions are taken regarding identification, evaluation, or placement under Section 504;
      • Team-based decision-making regarding evaluation and placement of students under Section 504;
      • Dissemination of Section 504 plans to appropriate staff;
      • Periodic re-evaluations of all students who are eligible under Section 504, at least every three years;
      • Manifestation determination requirements for disciplinary changes in placement under Section 504;
    • Participate on Section 504 teams as needed;
    • Coordinate training for building-level Section 504 designees, and ensure that they are informed about their job responsibilities (listed below).;
    • Collect and maintain all Section 504 data, such as Section 504 plan, evaluation reports and related records, lists of eligible students, discipline records, etc.
    • Coordinate due process hearings when requested;
    • Provide ongoing support and training to administrators and district-and building-level staff about requirements under Section 504/ADA, staff responsibilities, complaint procedures, and related district policies and procedures;
    • Disseminate information and coordinate training for students and /or parents about their rights under Section 504/ADA, and the district’s complaint procedures.
    • Serves as a resource for administrators, district-and building-level staff, and Section 504 teams about Section 504/ADA and disability discrimination.
    • Respond to students, parents, staff, administrators, and others who report suspicion of Section 504/ADA violations, disability discrimination, or harassment based on disability. The coordinator should investigate these concerns, institute corrective actions when appropriate, inform the individual about the district’s complaint procedures, and assist individuals in filing complaints when needed.
    • Implement the district’s discrimination complaint procedure with respect to allegations of Section 504/ADA violations, disability discrimination, and harassment based on disability; receive and process complaints; and oversee the step-by-step process to be sure that timelines are met.
    • Conduct and/or coordinate investigations of Section 504/ADA complaints in accordance with the district’s discrimination complaint procedures. This may involve interviewing complainants, respondents and witnesses; reviewing documents and other relevant materials; and researching legal standards and requirements relevant to the complaint. If the Section 504/ADA Coordinator has identified a conflict of interest with respect to a particular complaint, the coordinator should recommend that the district hire a neutral outside investigator to investigate a particular complaint.
    • Upon completion of the investigation, provide the supervisor/superintendent with a written report of the complaint and the results of the investigation in time for the superintendent to respond to the complainant within 30 days after the district initially received the complaint.
    • Organize and maintain records of all Section 504/ADA and disability discrimination complaints filed, including all formal and informal complaints. At least annually, review complaint files to ensure that the district’s complaint procedures and timelines are consistently being followed, and to identify any patterns and repeat offenders.
    • Knowledge and Skills:
    • Knowledge of applicable Federal, state, county and city statutes, rules, policies, and procedures
    • Knowledge of applicable Peoria Unified School District and departmental policies and procedures
    • Knowledge of appropriate teaching strategies and methods
    • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relations with co-workers, parents, and students
    • Skill in operating a personal computer utilizing a variety of software applications
    • Minimum Qualifications: Must hold a current teaching certificate issued by the Arizona State Department of Education.
    • Other Requirements:
    • Must be highly qualified according to state and federal standards to fill the position.
    • Must be able to pass a fingerprint and background clearance check.
    • Must be able to obtain and maintain an Arizona driver’s license.
    • May be required to lift and carry heavy, bulky supplies and materials weighing up to 20 pounds.
    • May be required to work outside normal working hours
    • May be required to travel to perform work functions
    • All sites have a designated Section 504 Designee that performs the following duties:
    • Maintain building records and documentation for all students eligible under Section 504 and provide copies to the district Section 504 Coordinator
    • Ensure the implementation of Section 504 procedures in the school building, including:
      • Coordinating referrals;
      • Determining appropriate Section 504 team composition and participating in Section 504 teams as needed;
      • Facilitating Section 504 evaluations and development of Section 504 plans;
      • Providing notices and documenting parental consent;
      • Distributing Section 504 plans to appropriate staff;
      • Monitoring the implementation of Section 504 plans;
      • Scheduling annual review of each Section 504 plan;
      • Scheduling periodic re-evaluations of all students eligible under Section 504 at least every three years;
      • Assuring that Section 504 plans move with the student to the next grade level and to new schools;
      • Coordinating training of building staff on Section 504 requirements;
      • Conducting manifestation determinations when required for students eligible under Section 504.
    • Serve as a daily resource to the building administrators, teachers, and staff regarding Section 504.
    • Serve as a liaison between the school building and other district staff regarding Section 504 issues.
    • Maintain contact with the district Section 504 Coordinator and request assistance and training when needed.
    • Attend periodic district Section 504 trainings as needed to stay informed about current district requirements to comply with Section 504.


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