Position Summary 

We are looking for a Special Education Program Specialist to join the CMO Team! Your role is to insure that Principals, teachers and support staff are providing equitable, legally compliant and instructionally effective programs for students with IEPs. Under supervision of the Director of Schools, the Program Specialist will provide consultation and IEP team support across our 4 school sites. You are a systems-driven innovator that is passionate about the ACE mission. 

This position reports to the Director of Schools. 


Program Consultation, Coordination and Evaluation

  • Under supervision of the Director of Schools, advises Special Education staff with program development, coordination and evaluation. 
  • Provides leadership to principals in the supervision of special education team members.
  • Leverages individual and cultural diversity, demonstrating knowledge and understanding of working with ELL students.
  • Plans programs, coordinates curricula resources and evaluates the appropriateness of programs for special education pupils. 
  • Consults with school site administration to ensure compliance with state law in disciplining and transferring. 

Individualized Education Plan Implementation

  • Provides support for data driven decision-making and accountability to improve the instructional program and assure student progress.
  • Ensures due process requirements are met to complete the appropriate development of IEPs and provides ongoing monitoring to ensure IDEA compliance.
  • Manages difficult cases to assure appropriate special education services, including attending staff meetings, IEP meetings and parent conferences.
  • Provides inter-agency liaison services including the monitoring of IEP’s between the district and non-public schools, county-operated programs and other school districts to assure appropriate educational services for pupils with exceptional needs.
  • Applies conflict resolution strategies with parents or other stakeholders to resolve disputes related to a student’s IEP, demonstrating knowledge of current IDEA and ACE policy and procedures.

 Identification and Assessments

  • Ensures the use of best practices in the implementation of pre-referral behavioral interventions, positive behavioral interventions as outlined in the IEP, and implementation of behavioral support and intervention plans by collaborating with school psychologists, other specialists or site staff including providing professional development as needed.
  • Participates in professional development, provides training and support to Special Ed Team to enhance instruction for students with social communication, behavioral and learning challenges.
  • Assumes responsibility for appropriate identification, educational programming and services for special education students.

Staff Development 

  • Work with assigned teachers to identify, coach and support needed skills/techniques
  • Work with assigned teachers to model and coach best practices in IEP meetings
  • Identifies resources, develops methods for parental involvement, and encourages participation in part training activities for families of children with disabilities.
  • Serve as the Induction coach for Learning Specialists. 

Other responsibilities 

  • Keep up-to-date on special education research and best practices.
  • Assists in recruiting and screening of special education staff.
  • Perform other related duties as required and assigned.

Education & Experience 

  • CA Clear Education Specialist Credential and CLAD certification required.
  • Experience as a supervisor of a Special Education team required.
  • Your ability to speak Spanish is strongly preferred, but not required.
  • You are a mission-driven individual who has a commitment to underserved students and families in East San Jose.
  • You’ve been told that you have a positive attitude and that you are adaptable and ambitious.

Salary & Benefits 

  • $70,000-$75,000 annually depending on experience; professional and personal development are offered bi-weekly.
  • This position provides full health benefits, a 401k retirement plan and is EXEMPT.
  • We are located in beautiful San Jose, minutes away from the CalTrain, a diverse and eclectic food scene, the beaches of Santa Cruz, museums and the stadium of our very own San Jose Giants. 

Physical Demands

In order to successfully perform the essential functions of this job, you will need to meet the following physical demands. Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. You will be regularly required to talk, hear, and communicate with both adults and children. You will frequently need to use hands or fingers to handle objects, tools, or controls. In this role, you will need to be able to walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms. You may occasionally need to lift or move up to 30 pounds and occasionally climb ladders. In terms of vision, the specifics required by this position are: close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus. The noise level is moderate to high in this environment.

Join ACE: Where Students Realize Their Extraordinary Potential

Since 2008, ACE has operated charter schools serving 5th-12th grade students in East San Jose with one goal: our students will confidently choose to attend and graduate from college. 98% of our graduates will be the first in their family to attend college.  

ACE is the only charter school in California that strategically recruits students and families that have been left behind by the current education system. With support from the Community Outreach Team, ACE is committed to re-engage families with the ACE school model through grassroots community organizing. As a result, 92% of our students are considered low-income and 50% are classified as English-Learners.  20% of ACE students qualify for Special Education services compared to 10-12% in neighborhood schools. ACE students are considered to be performing below grade-level. At ACE, we understand that academic growth takes time. It may take multiple years to see the academic performance that will put students on the college-track. ACE is truly a 5th grade through college model and we take time to celebrate growth along the way. 

After 10 years, the ACE model is beginning to see results. Over 85% of the ACE High School Class of 2016 have persisted to their 2nd year of college. Many ACE alumni are eager to return to ACE and share their stories with the next generation of ACE student. 


ACE Charter Schools provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.  

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