Under the reasonable direction of The Amazima School – Primary (TAS-P) and Secondary (TAS-S) Head Teachers, carry out the professional duties of a Special Education Coordinator as set out in the associated Policy and Procedure Manuals. The Special Education Coordinator is to supervise Special Education at TAS-P and TAS-S, evaluate and identify pupils/students who need the support of the special education program, ensure the implementation of Individualized Education Plans, and collaborate with Administration and Teachers to create a school environment conducive to the holistic needs of pupils/students with disabilities. The Special Education Coordinator will perform duties to advance the education of pupils/students in the special education program at TAS-P and TAS-S.
- Must be a committed Christian who is in full agreement with the Statement of Faith of The Amazima School.
- Professional and personal references must demonstrate observed manifestation of godly character and spiritual maturity.
- Must be committed to the mission of The Amazima School.
- Must demonstrate humility, teachability, and a desire for professional growth.
- Must be willing to make a minimum two year commitment.
- Must have a teaching license in your specific subject/grade level, or equatable qualifications.
- Preferred experience living or working in a third world country.
- Preferred experience leading or coordinating special education programs.
- If married, candidate’s marriage and parenting must demonstrate Christian character and maturity.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Set an example of servant leadership: use Biblical principles to resolve disputes, speak to edify and encourage, and demonstrate faithful obedience to God’s laws.
- With the collaboration of the Country Director and the Head Teachers, generate and implement ideas for the improvement of special education services at TAS-P and TAS-S.
- Create and maintain partnerships with outside organizations and services which can assist in the development of an effective special education program at the Amazima School.
- Conduct periodic all-staff training regarding best practices in special education to ensure effective instruction, inclusion, and the minimization of stigma.
- Work with the Head Teachers and Deputy Head Teachers to create schedules which meet the needs of all students with disabilities and ensure inclusion within the school day.
- Promote and safeguard the welfare of pupils/students with disabilities; ensure their inclusion in the school environment.
- Act as a positive mentor and role model and promote the classical and Biblical aims, values, and ethos of the school.
Identification and Communication
- Assess all recommended and referred learners to identify special education needs; oversee the tracking and reporting of identified pupils/students.
- Collaborate with Administration and Teachers to develop and implement individualized plans for each identified learner, supervise the continual assessment of performance and tracking of progress, and update plans as necessary.
- Work with the Head Teachers, Deputy Head Teachers, Teachers, Mentors, and Scholarship Director to inform parents and guardians on pupils’/students’ needs and progress.
- Support parents, teachers, and pupils/students to understand the God-given value of pupils/students with disabilities; give parents tools for supporting pupils/students at home.
- Ensure the maintenance of accurate and up-to-date information on all pupils/students who receive special education services.
- Identify and take appropriate action on issues arising from data, systems and reports. Produce reports for the department on assessment data, including examination data.
- Keep careful records of pupil and student progress in line with departmental and school policy, communicating and consulting with Teachers and Parents/Guardians, and taking other appropriate actions as needed.
Special Education Staff
- Foster a unified team approach to the education of each pupil or student with disabilities; ensure communication and collaboration between Classroom Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Physical and Occupational Therapists, and other pertinent staff members.
- Provide training and supportive supervision for both Classroom Teachers and Special Education Teachers.
- Work with Special Education Teachers to ensure plans have coherence and relevance to the needs of the individual pupils/students and to the aims and objectives of The Amazima School.
- Work with teachers to create behavior plans which support pupils/students with challenging behaviors; guide implementation.
- Effectively communicate and collaborate with Ugandan Special Education Teachers, Teachers, and Teacher Aides.
- Keep updated with reforms and policies regarding special needs education and ensure communication to school Administration and Special Education Teachers.
- Assist in the development of curriculum for pupils/students in the special education program; develop an understanding of the required Ugandan curriculum and examination standards.
- Attend scheduled meetings in the subject department and school.
- Attend all role-relevant events including but not limited to; Reporting Days, Visitation Days, field trips, etc.
- Actively promote the school’s policies at all times.
- Have general knowledge of computers and technology, and be familiar with technology resources such as; Google Drive, Google email, Microsoft Office, etc.
- Continue your own professional development under the supervision of the Head Teacher.
- Promote teamwork and collaboration within the department.
- Seek to have cultural sensitivity and humility in all aspects of the position, studying the physical, spiritual, and educational culture of Uganda.
The job description may be changed by the Head Teacher or Principal to reflect or anticipate changes in the requirements of the position that are commensurate with the job title and subject area.