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Exceptional Student Education Compliance Specialist (41 Weeks)

Date Posted: Aug 21, 2020

Job Description

Job Title

Position Title: Exceptional Student Education Compliance Specialist (41 Weeks)

Location: Multiple Locations       

Salary: $53,635 - $77,744 (Updated)

Reports to: Senior Executive Director of Exceptional Student Education (ESE) or Designee

Bargaining Unit: DFT

Benefits Eligible: Yes


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

Position Summary:

ESE Compliance Specialists are members of the ESE Compliance and Special Programs team that provide support to School and Central Office base staff via professional development, data review, IDEA compliance.  ESE Compliance Specialist play an integral role in the development and implementation of the processes and procedures impacting the department of Exceptional Student Education. Team members actively monitor records, for compliance with federal, state and district mandates.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must possess and provide evidence of a minimum of a master’s degree and valid Michigan Teaching Certificate or state approval as a School Psychologist or School Social Worker. 
  • Must have a minimum of five (5) years of successful certified teaching experience, three (3) of which must be in the special education field or five (5) years successful employment in a special education related services support position. (e.g. School Social Worker, School Psychologist or Teacher of the Speech and Language Impaired)  


Essential Functions

  1. Serve as a liaison for completion and implementation of IEP’s, due process rights of Special Education students and related procedures.  
  2. Develop various modes of professional development opportunities such as online, in-person or blended learning modules based on trends in data and staff needs. 
  3. Establish a consistent cadence to review and analyze ESE data to determine and address trends to support updated written process, procedures and trainings: 
  4. Provide district-level support to building-level IEP teams in identifying the range of placement options, determining the least restrictive environment and coordinate school-based implementation of the IEPs.  
  5. Review IEP team decisions and historical district trend to determine best practice for placement options, Least Restrictive Environment and provide recommendations for process and procedures to ensure district and state guidelines are facilitated.
  6. Provide professional development through in-service training and individual support to special education teachers and ancillary staff at the building and central -office level.
  7. ESE Compliance Specialists will demonstrate deep, working knowledge of the Student Information System. This position will support the completion of all required forms and electronic records within the SIS/IEP system. 
  8. Monitor Individualized Education Plans and related meetings and documents to ensure that the local schools adhere to all compliance-related policies and guidelines.  
  9. Electronic and manual monitoring to ensure required records are maintained at both central and building levels, for compliance with federal, state and district mandates.  
  10. Provide ESE support service and follow-up related to implementation of the IEP and any related compliance needs. 
  11. Possess a heightened understanding of procedural safeguards, due process and district procedures as related to ESE compliance. 
  12. Serve as a coach for ESE Lead Teachers and other staff at the building and Central office levels 
  13. Maintain solid working knowledge of all ongoing SIS system enhancements and Compliance updates affecting ESE staff usability. 
  14. Provide assistance to ESE Leadership as it relates to compliance, IEP, the IEP electronic system and related proceedings. 
  15. Support with various aspects of data correction and management for student count at the central and building level. 
  16. Assist with the beginning of year/end of year placement process.  
  17. Generate weekly/monthly/quarterly reports to monitor special education compliance.  
  18. Monitor and provide follow-through with expired IEP’s, Re-evals, and Initial timeliness.  
  19. Facilitate Special Education Enrollment Placement process from registration to IEP implementation.  
  20. Prepare count submissions in conjunction with SIS counterparts and help schools and central office staff find, correct, and prevent errors. 
  21. Perform other tasks and assume the responsibilities as assigned. 





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, transgender 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 opportunities. Contact the Civil Rights Coordinator for more information at (313) 240-4377 or



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