Job Description

  • Position Type:
    Related Services

  • Date Posted:
    5/3/2022

  • Location:
    District Administration Center - Glendale, AZ

  • Date Available:
    July 2022

  • Closing Date:
    Until Filled

  •   Additional Information:
    Position Title: Vocational Rehabilitation TSW Specialist Lead
    Department: Special Education
    Supervisor: Director of Special Education/Transition Services Coordinator

    Term of Employment: 224 day employee
    Salary Classification: Grade 1

    Job Summary: The person in this position supports the administration of the Vocational Rehabilitation -Transition School to Work (VR-TSW) program by overseeing the organization, distribution, and implementation of effective practices by the school-based TSW Specialists. This includes developing and managing data systems to execute and monitor the referral process and TSW activities; providing technical support and staff training; and identifying essential instruction and community based resources and materials for use by the TSW program. This position requires on going collaboration with the VR-TSW Teacher Coach and the Transition Services Coordinator.

    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 and participate in activities related to the outreach and recruitment of potential VR Clients
    • Collaborate with the school-based TSW teams and VR to organize, manage and monitor VR referrals and student eligibility.
    • Collaborate with Coordinator and Coach to promote effective instructional practices by developing and implementing a system for dissemination information and resources to site-based VR-TSW Specialists.
    • Collaborate with TSW team in the development and implementation of methods of assessment to monitor and measure the effectiveness of TSW services.
    • Participate in annual district-wide PSO data collection
    • Provide professional development and ongoing training to ensure high degree of TSW Specialist competency in policies, procedures and practices.
    • Monitor record keeping procedures to ensure proper documentation of TSW activities and collaboration between VR and the school TSW personnel
    • Develop and participate in activities to support marketing efforts in order to increase public awareness of VR and the PUSD TSW program.
    • Routinely communicate with the Transition Services Coordinator regarding the status of the TSW program.
    • Assist school-based TSW teams with the procurement of necessary materials, resources and training to properly implement TSW services.
    • Collaborate with VR-TSW Teacher Coach in the development and delivery of the TSW curriculum.
    • Establish, evaluate and manage business and community partners/sites for the purpose of providing relevant and appropriate community-based experiences for TSW students.
    • Support the daily operations of TSW programs as needed including transportation of students as needed.
    • Performs other duties as assigned or required


    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
    • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relations with co-workers, vendors, students, parents, the general public and others having business with the school district.
    • Skill in operating a personal computer utilizing a variety of software applications.
    • Previous experience in social services with individuals with special needs, or at risk youth preferred. Experience with employment preferred.
    • College coursework completion in education, business, personnel, or human relations preferred.
    • Excellent public relations skills.
    • Must demonstrate an ability to:
    1. Work with a variety of students that demonstrate various levels of disability.
    2. Respond to events and change reactions quickly.
    3. Respond with appropriate behavioral management strategies
    4. Organize data and information, respond to multiple requests, and perform a variety of duties.
    5. Communicate effectively in verbally and in writing
    6. Establish and maintain a positive rapport with students
    7. Work professionally with school staff and other community stakeholders
    • Knowledge of community employment market.
    • Ability to present oneself and information to community members.
    • Previous supervisory experience is preferred.

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
    Required:
    • A high school diploma or GED AND the equivalent of two years of college or a passing score on a state-approved competency examination.
    • Minimum of 3 years assisting youth, with disabilities or at-risk youth, ages 14-22, to gain competency in skills for employment and adult living.

    Preferred:
    • College coursework in education, business, social services or human relations
    • Experience working in the public sector
    • Experience interfacing with Vocational Rehabilitation or Division of Developmental Disabilities


    OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
    • Must be able to pass a fingerprint and background clearance check.
    • Must be able to obtain and maintain an Arizona driver’s license.
    • Ability to operate a district vehicle is required for this position.
    • May be required to lift and carry heavy, bulky supplies and materials weighing up to 20 pounds
    • May be required to assist students with transfers if student has limited mobility.
    • May be required to work outside normal working hours
    • Will be required to travel to perform work functions




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