Educational Diagnostician

Job Title:  Educational Diagnostician

Reports to:  Coordinator of Special Education Services

Dept/School:  Special Education / District-Wide

Work Year:  195 days

Base Salary:  $63,950   Actual salary will be calculated based on experience.

PRIMARY PURPOSE:
Implement the special education evaluation process. Assess the educational learning styles and program needs of students referred for special education services. Provide diagnostic information and work cooperatively with instructional personnel to provide the most appropriate programs for students with disabilities.  Coordinate all aspects of the child-centered special education process on assigned campus(es) and ensure that the Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD)/Individualized Education Program (IEP) process and the quality of programs for students with disabilities are in compliance with federal, state and local requirements.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Education/Certification:
Master’s Degree
Valid Texas teaching certificate
Valid Texas Educational Diagnostician certificate

Special Knowledge/Skills:
Knowledge of diagnostic procedures, education of students with disabilities, human development, and learning theories
Knowledge of various special education disability conditions and their challenges to learning
Knowledge of local, state and federal rules and regulations pertaining to special education
Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills

Experience:
Minimum of three years of teaching experience

 

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
Assessment / Evaluation:
Collect, organize and interpret student information from guardians and teachers, as well as relevant assessment data from the cumulative folder and outside evaluation reports.
Conduct classroom observations and interviews with guardians, staff, and students.
Review available data to determine appropriate evaluation materials, procedures, and equipment.
Administer and interpret individual assessments to determine if a student meets educational disability criteria and/or exhibits a need for special education services according to federal and state regulations.
Complete Full and Individual Evaluation reports within the District special education data management system.
Review evaluation results with guardians, including interpretation of evaluation data and educational needs of the student.
Participate in the ARD Committee to make recommendations regarding student eligibility and/or educational need for services and to assist with the interpretation of evaluation data, appropriate placement, specified timelines and development of IEPs for students according to District procedures.
Manage caseload and assignments to meet compliance and timelines for evaluations, ARD/IEP committee meetings, and services to students

Campus, Program, and Collegial Support:
Facilitate and/or coach staff on the implementation of quality special education programming.
Support the communication and application of relevant local, state, and federal laws.
Engage in behavior that is reflective of mutual support, effort, and collaboration for the benefit of students.

Communication:
Maintain a positive, professional, and effective relationship with supervisors, administrators, educators, staff, students, and parents.
Use effective verbal and written communication skills with students, parents, and colleagues.
Maintain confidentiality of student, parent, and school information and records at all times.

Planning and/or Provision of Services:
Consult and train District staff, outside service providers, and guardians regarding disability criteria and the development and implementation of the IEP.
Recommend interventions, instructional strategies, equipment, and/or educational aids to promote maximum student independence.

Administration:
Compile, maintain, file, and/or upload all physical and digital reports, records, and other required documents within the District special education data management system.
Comply with policies established by federal and state laws, State Board of Education rule, and Frisco ISD.
Comply with all department and campus procedures.
Utilize the District special education data management system with proficiency and accuracy.
Participate in professional development activities to improve skills related to job assignment, including attendance at department and team meetings.
Participate in campus, District, and/or team meetings, as applicable, for student referrals, IEP development, and/or other purposes as needed.
Perform other duties as assigned.

OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED:
Frisco ISD retains the right to adjust the responsibilities and assignments of all positions as needed to meet the needs of the District.

WORK RELATIONSHIPS:
Frisco ISD is committed to fostering a collaborative work environment that honors and supports the social and emotional well-being of all.  Employees are expected to interact in a manner that is becoming of educators and promotes high levels of productivity for the benefit of the students we serve.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
Mental Demands/Physical Demands/Environmental Factors:
Maintain emotional control under stress.  Physical demands may include:  Assisting with positioning students with physical disabilities.  District wide travel. Hours may vary.

Special Education General Employee Expectation:
The Special Education Department maintains an expectation that all staff will assume shared responsibility for the health, safety, and confidentiality of all students and adults; which may include implementing, supporting and documenting behavioral intervention strategies and/or providing school health, related, and personal care services.

Application Deadline:  Until Filled

The foregoing statements describe the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties that may be assigned or skills that may be required.

Approved By:  Pamela K. Linton, Ed.D.
Chief Human Resources Officer

Date:  1/23/2024

The Frisco Independent School District is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of race, national origin, gender, age, religion, or disability status of otherwise qualified individuals. FISD does not discriminate on the basis of membership or application for membership in the uniformed services.