Coordinator, Autism, Office of Special Education
District of Columbia Public Schools - Washington, DC

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The DCPS Office of Special Education aspires to be the district of choice for students with disabilities. We are committed to serving our students with disabilities:

By providing high quality instruction and services;

As close to home as possible; and

In the timely and consistent manner they deserve.

The Coordinator, Autism reports to the Program Manager, Autism.
Educational Requirements

Bachelor's degree

Bachelor’s degree, Masters degree in Special Education preferred.

2-4 years work experience, with specific experience in project management strongly preferred.

Previous exposure to or experience in the education sector a plus.

BCBA or BCaBA Certification (coursework or eligibility for exam considered).

Possesses or is eligible for a valid District of Columbia Teaching Certificate or License (standard or provisional).

Personal Qualities of Top Candidates

Commitment to Equity : Passionate about closing the achievement gap and ensuring that every child, regardless of background or circumstance, receives an excellent education.

Leadership : Coaches, mentors, and challenges others to excel despite obstacles and challenging situations.

Focus on Data-Driven Results : Relentlessly pursues the improvement of central office performance and school leadership, instruction, and operations, and is driven by a desire to produce quantifiable student achievement gains.

Innovative Problem-Solving : Approaches work with a sense of possibility and sees challenges as opportunities for creative problem solving; takes initiative to explore issues and find potential innovative solutions.

Adaptability : Excels in constantly changing environments and adapts flexibly in shifting projects or priorities to meet the needs of a dynamic transformation effort; comfortable with ambiguity and non-routine situations.

Teamwork : Increases the effectiveness of surrounding teams through collaboration, constant learning and supporting others; sensitive to diversity in all its forms; respects and is committed to learning from others.

Dependability : Does whatever it takes to consistently deliver with high quality under tight deadlines; successfully manages own projects through strong organization, detailed workplans, and balancing of multiple priorities.

Communication and Customer Service Skills : Communicates clearly and compellingly with diverse stakeholders in both oral and written forms; anticipates and responds to customer needs in a high-quality and courteous manner.


Conducts weekly visits to all assigned autism classrooms.

Supports teachers in selection of assessments, development of programming for students, instructional decision-making, classroom organization and scheduling, general behavior management, individual behavior protocols, and conducting FBAs and BIPs when needed.

Models for and gives feedback to teachers and teaching assistants on their ability to implement Discrete Trial Instruction, Natural Environment Training, Incidental Teaching, Prompting and Fading, Shaping, Reinforcement, and/or Task Analysis/Chaining.

Analyzes student data and supports teachers in making instructional interventions

Collaborates with the Autism Support Team to provide professional development to teachers and teaching assistants during pre-service week and the school year.

Assesses teachers in their ability to implement ABA methodology using a standard assessment tool.

Provides basic training for non-autism school staff to facilitate basic knowledge of the characteristics of children with ASDs and best practices to support them in inclusive settings on an as needed basis.

Notice of Criminal Background Check. In accordance with the Criminal Background Checks for the Protection of Children Act of 2004, this position has been designated and identified as one which requires a criminal background check and/or traffic record check. If you are tentatively selected for the position, a criminal background check and/or traffic record check (for positions which require the operation of a motor vehicle) will be conducted. A final offer of employment is contingent upon the receipt of a satisfactory criminal background check and/or traffic record check.

Notice of Non-Discrimination. In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, District of Columbia Official Code Section 2-1401.01 et seq. (Act), the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) does not discriminate (including employment therein and admission thereto) on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, status as a victim of an interfamily offense, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination, which is prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above-protected categories is prohibited. Discrimination in violation of the aforementioned laws will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

Title IX regulation requires schools to implement specific and continuing steps to protect students and others against discrimination on the basis of sex. Students, parents and/or guardians with inquiries regarding Title IX non-discrimination policies related to students and student activities shall contact:

Title IX Coordinator

Office of Youth Engagement

District of Columbia Public Schools

1200 First St, NE, 8 th Floor Washington, DC 20002

Washington, DC 20002

(202) 442-5099


Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Education

Office for Civil Rights

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20202-1100

Telephone: 1-800-421-3481

FAX: 202-245-6840; TDD: 877-521-2172


Inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies of DCPS will be handled as follows:

Employees with inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies related to employment and employees or who wish to file a discrimination complaint should contact:

Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist

Office of Labor Management & Employee Relations

District of Columbia Public Schools

1200 First St, NE, 10th Floor Washington, DC 20002

(202) 442-5424

Students, parents and/or guardians with inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies related to students and student activities, including Section 504, should contact:

Director of Targeted Student Support

Office of Youth Engagement

District of Columbia Public Schools

1200 First St, NE, 10th Floor Washington, DC 20002

(202) 442-5099

This position is a safety-sensitive position. All safety-sensitive positions are subject to mandatory drug and alcohol testing under the Child and Youth, Safety and Health Omnibus Act of 2004. If you are selected for this position, you will be required to submit to drug and alcohol testing, and your appointment into this position will be contingent upon negative drug and alcohol testing results. If you are appointed into this position, you will also be subject to mandatory random drug and alcohol testing.

Position Information
Opening Date: December 21, 2012

Closing Date: December 20, 2013

Vacancy Announcement Number: 10-OSE-190

Salary: $56,980-$64,291

Location: Washington, DC

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