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Inclusion Specialist (PICA) at PUC Schools

Posted in Education 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Pacoima, California

Job Description:

All PUC Schools Participate in Full Inclusion

Partnerships to Uplift Communities (PUC) is a non-profit charter school management organization designed to significantly increase college entrance and graduation rates for underserved students in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.

Our mission at PUC Schools is to develop and manage high quality charter schools in densely populated urban communities with overcrowded and low achieving schools. We create school programs and cultures that result in college graduation for all students. We uplift and revitalize communities through the development of educational and other supportive partnerships.

Job Purpose

The ideal Inclusion Specialist believes in and is passionate about the mission and commitments of PUC Schools and exhibits this through their development, reflection, execution of school culture, implementation of student rigor and proven results of student success.

Essential Duties and responsibilities, listed but not limited, below:

  • Instruction and services for pupils whose needs have been identified in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) developed by the IEP team

  • Information and assistance to students with disabilities and their parents

  • Consultation, resource information, and material regarding students with disabilities to parents and to general education staff members

  • Coordination of special education services with the regular school programs for each student with disabilities enrolled in the inclusion program

  • Monitor pupil progress on a daily basis

  • Collaborative inclusion model with emphasis on co-planning and direct services provided in the classroom

  • Case and compliance management through completing all necessary paperwork for student IEPs on caseload and ensure that services and supports are provided and in compliance

  • Supports shall include (but not limited to): behavior support, basic academic skills, organization and study skills, social skills, and use of cognitive strategies

  • In addition, the Inclusion Specialist will be responsible for:

  • Fostering a safe and nurturing learning environment

  • Continuously builds professional knowledge

  • Organizes classroom systems/procedures and manages student behavior to ensure all students are fully engaged in learning

  • Establishes an environment where students are excited about learning and preparing for college

  • Prepares lesson plans for substitutes, if needed

  • Builds strong relationships with students and parents

  • Communicates with parents/guardians on a weekly basis

  • Identifies student's areas for improvement and is able to work with the student and family and internal resources to suggest options for improvement

  • Provides continual assessment of student progress, maintain student records and portfolios, and complete assigned paperwork in provided timeframes

  • Collaborates with the teachers to meet the needs of all students

  • Attends and participates in Academic Success Team, Parent/Teacher Advisory Council, and other school-based meetings and activities

  • Performs disseminated leadership duties

  • Attends and implements professional development training throughout and beyond the school year

  • Demonstrates support and knowledge of school's goals and mission

  • Is detail oriented when tracking students' grades, attendance, etcetera

  • Works with the Principal, Assistant Principal, the Professional Development Team to ensure teaching methods are directed towards meeting and surpassing the standards

  • Attends and participates in school-based meetings and activities

  • Special assignments as assigned throughout the year

  • Regular attendance, dependability and punctuality in conformance with the standards is essential to the successful performance of this position

  • This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments


  • Bachelor's degree is required

  • Master's degree is preferred

  • Must have completed California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)

  • Possess a current California credential in Special Education or be currently enrolled in a Special Education credentialing internship program is highly preferred

  • Enthusiastic and pleasant, highly motivated individual

  • Solid knowledge of State and Federal guidelines for Special Education

  • Ability to communicate effectively (verbal and written)

  • Bilingual in Spanish is preferred

  • Intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook

  • Must be flexible and team-oriented

  • Excellent written and communication skills

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Occasionally required to kneel, climb and reach with hands and arms above shoulder level, lift up to 30 pounds. To bend, sit, stand, squat, stoop, walk, push, pull, and reach with hands and arms at shoulder level or below. Always required to wear the appropriate safety equipment for the task, which may include gloves, goggles, aprons, belts, etc.

Salary & Benefits if Eligible:

  • Salary scale is based on experience and education ($45,760-$95,663)

  • Teachers participate in CalSTRS (California State Teachers Retirement System)

  • If Eligible:

    • Full benefits and additional voluntary benefits (medical, dental, vision, life, disability, etc.)

    • Paid Time Off or Sick Accrual

    • Retirement Plan Options

    • Ongoing Professional Development

DISCLAIMER: This job description indicates in general the nature and levels of work, knowledge, skills, abilities and other essential functions (as covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act) expected of an incumbent. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required of an incumbent. An incumbent may be asked to perform other duties as required. Management reserves the rights to add, modify, change or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job. Nothing in this position description changes the at-will employment relationship existing between the Institution and its employees.