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Special Education Teacher I - Mount View

at State of Colorado

Posted: 4/24/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2425333
Keywords: teacher, teaching

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Department Information

This position is open to current Colorado residents only.

About the Division of Youth Services:
The Division of Youth Services (DYS) provides a continuum of residential and non-residential services that encompass juvenile detention, assessment, commitment and parole. DYS is the agency statutorily mandated to provide for the care and supervision of youth committed by the District Court to the custody of the Colorado Department of Human Services. The Division operates ten secure facilities that serve youth between the ages of 10 and 21, who are pre-adjudicated, sentenced, or committed. For pre-adjudicated youth, the Division is also responsible for the management and oversight of Senate Bill 91-94; a State-funded, locally administered program that provides services to youth at risk of further progressing into the juvenile justice system. In addition to residential programming, the Division administers juvenile parole services throughout the State.

Division of Youth Services Vision:  Achieving youth success and safer Colorado communities.

Division of Youth Services Mission:  It is the mission of the Division of Youth Services to protect, restore and improve public safety utilizing a continuum of care that provides effective supervision, promotes accountability to victims and communities, and helps youth lead constructive lives through positive development.

We invite you to explore the DYS website and learn about the services provided to youth, families, and local communities in the State of Colorado at:

Description of Job

Purpose of this Position: 
This position exists to provide special education services and supports and classroom instruction to committed youth. The position provides special education services to students with special education needs and case management as identified in an Individualized Education Program (IEP)

Primary Job Duties:

The position establishes and maintains appropriate classroom settings through the use of effective classroom management skills; assess new and continuing students in special education; prepare daily and unit lesson plans that are aligned with state standards; implement a variety of research based education strategies (including technology) to accommodate multi-age/multi-level students; design and implement a variety of assessment tools to evaluate student progress that correlate to standards based education;  implement research-based differentiated teaching strategies;  assume responsibility for maintaining appropriate and current teaching licensure at all times as a condition of employment; and utilize effective classroom management strategies, including Differentiated Instruction, Motivational Interviewing and Positive Behavior and Intervention Support.
Teach: Direct & Indirect Instruction 
Provide direct and indirect instructional support to students in a positive learning environment. This includes maintaining a schedule of classes each day to support the needs of special education students to ensure a full continuum of services is available. The special education teacher schedule will be based on the needs of the students. This will include academic and social/emotional and/ or executive functioning skills.

  • Utilizes effective classroom management strategies, including Differentiated Instruction, Motivational Interviewing and Positive Behavior and Intervention Support.
  • Progress monitor Individual Education Programs (IEP) goals and / or objectives during the direct or indirect supports
  • Use data to drive instructional decisions
  • Design and implement a variety of assessment tools to evaluate student progress that correlate to standards based education based on the needs outlined within the IEPs.
  • Prepares daily and unit lesson plans that are aligned with state standards.
  • Implements a variety of research based education strategies (including technology) to accommodate multi-age/multi-level students. Implements research-based differentiated teaching strategies
  • Assumes responsibility for maintaining appropriate, current teaching licensure at all times as a condition of employment.
  • Ensures substitute plans are available when absent, planned or unexpected
  • Implementation of a classroom management system within the established culture.
  • Choice of differentiated/multi instructional teaching strategies
  • Incorporate technology components within lessons
  • Assessment of student academic skills and weaknesses and design of appropriate lessons to meet individual learning styles and needs as outlined within student IEPs.
  • Ensure lesson plans are available for reference and/or Review of the Principal.
  • Provide ongoing data and feedback to the Special Education Coordinator regarding students needs, information for appropriate Goals and Objectives as related to the IEP, and share Response to Intervention (RtI) strategies in which to utilize to enhance instruction and opportunities for the success of students with an IEP.
  • Provide an Annual Curriculum Review for each course taught.
  • Partnering/implementing vocational programming/BHS/Security staff to ensure services are available to students
 Education Paperwork & Other Related Duties
  • Participates and attends Individual Education Program (IEP) meetings
  • Completes IEP components delegated by administration
  • Meets formally and informally with the Principal, treatment providers and other teachers to review student and school progress
  • Develop comprehensive plans for implementation of the subject matter in line with the education goals
  • Participates in professional and staff safety development.
  • Organizing and facilitating vocational programming
  • Attending MDT staffings and represent education 
  • Substitute teaching and lesson planning when there is a vacancy and a need for our youth with relevant educational lessons. 
  • Co-teaching with a general education teacher

Special Education Teacher:

The Special Education Teacher additionally takes responsibility for knowledge and implementation of special education laws, and DYS special education procedures. The position provides special education services to students with special education needs as identified in an IEP, as well as support to staff.  The teacher will develop IEPs in collaboration with parents, students, and other team members and in accordance with all special education laws and guidelines.  The Teacher will enter all special education records/documents into Frontline.
This Special Education Teacher also assists regular education teachers in implementing appropriate accommodations and modifications for students with disabilities.  The position communicates with the DYS special education coordinator regarding special education concerns and mandates.  The Teacher will be competent administering, analyzing and interpreting educational assessments.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a field of study related to the work assignment

  • A valid Initial or Professional Teacher License for Colorado Department of Education special education, secondary Science, secondary Language Arts or Career and Technical education license (You must attach a copy of your Colorado Teacher License to be considered for this position.)
As a condition of employment, individuals who possess a Colorado Initial license upon hire must obtain the Professional Teacher license within three years of their start date.

Substitution for required license:
  • A current, valid Interim Teacher license, or Temporary Educator Eligibility Authorization will substitute for the Colorado Initial or Professional Teacher license.
  • There is no substitution for the required education.
Preferred Qualifications:

  • Dual endorsements or documentation of ability to be Highly Qualified in multiple content areas.
  • Experience working with at-risk or adjudicated youth 
  • Experience with differentiated instruction; developing lessons/curriculum and providing differentiated instruction
  • Proficient use of assessment data to inform instructional practice
Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of effective research-based instructional strategies
  • Understandings of classroom-based behavioral interventions
  • Able to build rapport with students while maintaining boundaries
  • Experience with urban and at-risk populations
  • Secondary school experience 
  • Education and Training 
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Oral Communication
  • Oral Comprehension
  • Problem Sensitivity & Solving
  • Safety and Security
  • Technology enhance instruction
Conditions of Employment:
  • Must be 21 years old or older
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Colorado driver's license
  • Must have no felony convictions and no violent history
  • Must pass a drug screen
  • Must pass a Colorado Bureau of Investigations and a Federal Bureau of Investigations background check as a condition of employment. Included in the background check is a current and/or previous employer check. Your current and/or previous employers within the past 10 years at a minimum must be listed on your job application (most recent in descending order), even if the job or duties are unrelated to the position for which you are applying. Incomplete employer information (address, phone number, and supervisor) or omission of former employers may result in a disqualification of your application.
  • Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application and provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify the applicant from the current position.  Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination will disqualify the applicant from future State employment with CDHS.
  • Some travel may be required to attend a professional development or training within the state.
  • CDE teacher license or emergency authorization qualification
  • Able to pass Escape and Evade training

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications listed below to continue in the selection process for this position.  Work experience must be specifically documented on your application.  Do not use "see resume" or "see attached" statements on your application.


Appeal Rights:

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Supplemental Information

After submitting an application, you should receive an immediate email acknowledging your submission. If you do not get the email, please check to ensure you have actually submitted the application and typed the correct email address on the application.

Include a working email address on your application; one that is checked often as time sensitive correspondence WILL take place via email. You may receive email notifications from a Colorado Department of Human Services employee or from this email address  It is your responsibility to ensure that your email will accept these notices and/or review your junk mail and spam filtered email; if you do not receive correspondence soon after the closing date, please contact the "Department Contact" listed in this announcement.


The Assessment Process:
Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted through a comparative analysis. The comparative analysis for this position will include a review of your application material and your responses to any supplemental questions. Applications and responses will be reviewed by a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to assess and rank applicants in order to establish an eligible list for referral to the hiring manager for final consideration.
Be sure the "Work Experience" section of your application is complete and specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, and accomplishments as they relate to the Description of the JobMinimum QualificationsRequired Competencies and Preferred Qualifications as listed above. Resumes and "see resume" statements will not be accepted in lieu of the "Work Experience" section of the application. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the closing date may result in your application not being accepted and/or may affect your score, rank or inclusion in the final pool of eligible applicants.
If you have transcripts, a license or other relevant documentation regarding your qualifications, upload and attach copies to your application.

Note: Current and former employees (transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements) are required to apply and participate in the comparative analysis process.

Former employees of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) who were terminated for disciplinary reasons, or resigned in lieu of termination, must disclose the information on your application and may not be eligible for employment at CDHS.

Selection Process:
The selection process will consist primarily of a review of applications against the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position. Applications will be reviewed in comparison to all others in the applicant pool in order to identify the top group of 6 candidates to be invited for a final interview.  Applicants will be notified of their status via email.
For Recruitment  questions for this job announcement, please contact 

Any person with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To receive the accommodation, the person making the request must present medical documentation that describes the impairment which justifies the accommodation. Because it requires several days for CDHS to evaluate the request and prepare for the accommodation, it is essential for the person who believes he/she may need an accommodation to locate or obtain the documentation that he/she intends to submit well in advance of the assessment date. Failure to provide the medical documentation three days in advance of a comparative analysis could make it impossible for CDHS to prepare for and provide the requested accommodation. To request a reasonable accommodation for this assessment, please contact Bridget Clawson Braaten at 303-866-4373 or or the contact listed on this announcement three days before the assessment date.