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IEP Compliance Specialist

Date Posted: Nov 17, 2022

Job Description

Job Title

Position Title: IEP Compliance Specialist  

Location:  Early Intervention Diagnostic Center 

Salary: $53,635.00 to $86,280.00 

Reports to:  Exceptional Student Education Early Childhood Lead Administrator or designee  

Bargaining Unit:  N/A 

Benefits Eligible: Yes 


Position Summary:  

Under the direction of the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Lead Administrator for Early Childhood, the Compliance Specialist will manage all necessary records, databases, and referral information relative to special education for Detroit Public Schools Community District Early On and Michigan Mandatory Special Education.  This includes tracking data and identifying patterns that could compromise compliance, informing administration of existing patterns, generating reports for Fall, Spring and End of Year Count.  Provide reports to the District’s student information systems’ team as well as Wayne RESA. The ESE Early Childhood Compliance Specialist works with the ESE Lead Administrator to ensure adherence with federal and state special education rules and regulations. In collaboration with District and community stakeholders, the¿ESE Early Childhood Compliance Specialist support the success of the District’s strategic plan and serve as a critical link between District departments, including but not limited to Early Childhood and ESE Information Management Systems.¿In addition, the ESE Childhood Compliance Specialist will support other areas of operation as directed by the ESE Lead administrator. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in systems management or related field, preferred. 

  • Experience working with database systems and Microsoft Excel. 

  • A minimum of¿five (5) years of successful experience in special education, or five (5) years successful employment in a related service position.¿ 

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills. 

  • Experience in the organization and timely completion of large, complex projects with key milestones, timelines, and stakeholder engagement. 

  • Strong analytical skills; ability to motivate and manage stakeholder priorities within a compliance-oriented environment. 

  • Proficient with Office 365 and PowerSchool Special Programs (PSSP) applications, preferred 

  • Ability to independently seek out answers to questions and leverage network of resources for problem-solving. 

  • Knowledge of basic operations, services, and activities of special education programs. 

  • Experience and strong orientation toward urban school systems, preferred. 

Essential Functions: 

  1. Work within PSSP or the current electronic IEP system to ensure the accuracy of special education data. 

  2. Maintain the Early Childhood database.  

  3. Monitor databases and PSSP for compliance (Initials, Periodic Reviews, Transitions, Exits, etc.) 

  4. Actively review the District’s Individual Family Service Plans and related documents for accurate data submission. 

  5. Prepare and forward Early Childhood XML reports for Early On/Early Intervention special education student count (October/February/June). 

  6. Work with the District’s count coordinator and ESE Early Childhood administrators to complete student counts and provide accurate data. 

  7. Troubleshoot student count errors. 

  8. Attend all required student count trainings. 

  9. Monitor and notify ESE administrators, supervisors, assigned ancillary staff and teachers about upcoming due dates. 

  10. Prepare state submissions. 

  11. Support in exiting and closing inactive children from PSSP, as required. 

  12. Create data reports for the District using Access, Excel, and program databases. 

  13. Provide data updates to the District’s student count contacts and ESE Early Childhood administrators. 

  14. Edit/update special education materials including ESE guidance documents. 

  15. Obtain special education data and organize in meaningful manner for analysis, discussion, and to problem-solving for trending issues.  

  16. Examine programmatic issues within the department and advise the ESE leadership team on issues of compliance.  

  17. Respond to requests from ESE Early Childhood administrators, the District and County to collect and organize facts and data for the preparation of reports as dictated by federal, state, and local requirements.  

  18. Monitor changes in legislation and legal guidelines, assisting in the development and updates of recommended procedures as needed.¿¿¿  

  19. Other duties assigned by the ESE Lead Administrator or designee. 

Security Clearance: 

Internal Applicants 

If you are a current Detroit Public Schools Community District employee, you do not have to submit to a new security clearance, unless your new role requires a different type of criminal background check. 

External Applicants 

In alignment with Michigan law, if you are hired to fill a position, you will be required to submit to a Detroit Public Schools Community District criminal background check. Information regarding required background checks will be shared at point of hire. 

Method of Application: 

Applicants must apply through the online application system. Only applications submitted through the online application system will be considered for any posted position and all applications require a resume to be considered. 

Successful candidates are required to submit official transcript(s) at point of offer to hire. Teaching service outside of the Detroit Public Schools Community District must be verified by the applicant's prior employer(s) prior to hire. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide all documentation (including copies) as requested. 

Applicants requesting assistance during the application process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email at [email protected] or phone at (313) 873-6897. 

DPSCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, 

gender identity, disability, age, religion, height, weight, citizenship, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admissions. Questions? Concerns?       Contact the Civil Rights Coordinator for more information at (313) 240-4377 or [email protected] or 3011 West Grand Boulevard, 14th Floor, Detroit MI 48202 


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