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ASD Coach Grades PreK - Postsecondary (Teacher Consultant-ESE))

Date Posted: Feb 9, 2024

Job Description

Job Title

Job Title: ASD Coach Grades PreK - Postsecondary (Teacher Consultant-ESE) 

Location: Various locations districtwide 

Salary: DFT Salary Schedule

Reports to: Exceptional Student Education ASD Supervisor 

Bargaining Unit: DFT 

Benefits Eligibility: Yes 

Telecommuting Eligibility: Not eligible for telecommuting 

In accordance with the Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT) and the Board of Education of the School District of the City of Detroit, the following vacancy is announced. 

Position Summary: 

The ASD Coach works collaboratively with District staff to improve the educational outcomes of children with autism by supporting the implementation of best practices and universal supports in school environments.¿ The ASD Coach will provide resources, training, and support to build capacity for educating student with autism across the least restrictive environment (LRE) continuum. The ASD Coach is part of the Wayne RESA ASD Support Framework designed to build capacity for educating students with autism. This capacity building, proactive approach will provide the support necessary to positively impact student achievement in all areas. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Must possess and provide evidence of a Master´s Degree and a valid Michigan Teaching Certification with an ASD or other special education endorsement. 

  • Strong listening, written, and verbal communication skills. 

  • Minimum of five (5) years of successful teaching experience, three (3) of which must be in providing instructional support for students on the autism spectrum. 

  • Training and experience with assessing and observing students with, or suspected of, a special education eligibility of ASD. 

  • Comprehensive knowledge and proven skills in the development and implementation of Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs), Individualized Family Service. Plans (IFSPs); Non-Public Service Plans (NSPs), Functional Behavior Assessments/Positive Behavior Intervention Plans. 

  • Knowledge of current ASD research and the broader areas of special education. 

  • Knowledge and experience with educating students with ASD in their least restrictive environment. 

  • Demonstrated collaboration, team building, and problem-solving skills. 

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with parents and district personnel. 

  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations of students. 

  • Excellent organization, time management, and presentation skills. 

  • Working knowledge of ASD best practices, including but not limited to evidence based instructional strategies, positive behavior intervention supports (PBIS), and universal supports strategies to support students with autism across the LRE continuum. 

  • Experience with START and PBIS preferred. 

Essential Functions:

  1. Participates as a collaborative member of the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) ASD staff to support the development and implementation of programs and services for students with autism across the LRE continuum. 

  1. Supports District staff working with K-12 students in general education classrooms, special education high incidence classrooms, and special education ASD center-based classrooms. 

  1. Collaborates closely with staff to improve educational outcomes in academic, communication, behavior, and social growth areas for students with autism by building capacity in the implementation of evidence-based practices across the LRE continuum. 

  1. Provides support to ASD Center Programs for the implementation of ACT 18 entrance and exit criteria and procedures, with an emphasis on least restrictive environment. 

  1. Provides recommendations of strategies and interventions to classroom teachers and school-based teams for students exhibiting challenging behaviors. 

  1. Provide additional ASD support to school-based support teams by participating in IEP Team meetings, Manifestation Determination Reviews, and behavior review/support meetings. 

  1. Provides support, consultation, and recommendations to evaluation and IEP teams with eligibility determinations, LRE determinations, and other programming decisions. 

  1. Provides support, guidance, and professional development to staff and administration regarding ASD eligibility, best practices, universal supports, and learning resources, including the appropriate use of visuals, communication, academic, behavioral, and environmental accommodations, or modifications. 

  1. Develops and facilitates professional development on instructional strategies, behavior management techniques, social skills development, and the utilization and implementation of evidence-based interventions, universal support strategies, and best practices. 

  1. Supports the implementation of PBIS and START programs for students with autism. 

  1. Meets the needs of all students by working effectively and in collaboration with other disciplines. 

  1. Provides guidance and informational resources to parents and/or guardians. 

  1. Participates as an active member of multidisciplinary evaluation teams, when necessary, by formally assessing student achievement as part of the special education evaluation process. 

  1. Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor 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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