Job Description

    ESS Transition Study Specialist (5 openings) JobID: 3727
  • Position Type:
    Certified Teaching/Secondary Education/Special Education/Cross Categorical

  • Date Posted:

  • Location:

  • Closing Date:
    Until Filled

  •   Additional Information:

    JOB DESCRIPTION – ESS Transition Study Specialist (2 yr Contract)
    TITLE: ESS Transition Study Specialist FTE: 1.0
    FLSA STATUS: Exempt WORK CALENDAR: 180/261 Days
    COMPENSATION: Impact Grant Compensation Guide (starting $44,455)


    The Transition Study Instructor will be trained in either the SDLMI-Transition or SDLMI-Transition with
    Mentoring programs and then be responsible for implementing the program in the Agua Fria High School
    District during the 2024/2025 and 2025/26 school years. The Transition Support Specialist provides
    program services to students at Agua Fria High School District. In addition, the Transition Support
    Specialist agrees to act consistently in accordance with the philosophy, policies, rules and regulations of
    the Agua Fria High School District now in effect and coming into effect.


    The Self-Determined Learning Model of Instruction (SDLMI) is an evidence-based program that supports
    students in building self-determination—a predictor of post school success for students with disabilities.

    The SDLMI?Transition supports students to learn to self-regulate the process of setting transition-
    focused goals, create plans to attain those goals, and evaluate progress on their goals. The SDLMI?

    Transition with Mentoring adds an additional mentoring component to support students in developing
    post school goals, conducting community resource mapping, building key transition skills that are
    known predictors of postschool success, and completing critical transition activities aligned with their
    identified post school goals.


    1. Attend in-person and virtual trainings during Fall 2024.
    2. Coordinate with external study partners to schedule and complete implementation activities.
    3. Deliver small group instruction and 1:1 mentoring following program materials during the Spring
    and summer 2025, Fall 2025, and Spring 2026 Semesters.
    4. Communicate with students’ families to support student-family transition planning activities
    during the Spring and summer 2025, Fall 2025, and Spring 2026 Semesters.
    5. Monitor and use approved behavior management techniques in the supervision of youth’s
    6. Support district, school, department and individual teacher goals
    7. Maintain confidentiality of information regarding students, staff, parents and school issues
    8. Provide a welcoming atmosphere for students, staff, parents and community
    9. Perform responsibilities in an ethical and professional manner
    10. Perform other related duties as assigned

    Human Resources
    1481 North Eliseo Felix Junior Way
    Avondale, AZ 85323


    To perform the job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The
    qualifications for this job description are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required
    Education / Certificate
    1. A bachelor’s or associate’s degree in education, special education, social services, or related fields.
    2. Valid Arizona Certified and/or Administrative Certificate or enrolled in a Teacher Preparation
    3. Current and valid IVP Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card
    1. Prior experience working with students with disabilities.
    2. Prior experience working with youth (14-20 years of age).
    3. Prior knowledge and experience about transition processes and services provided to students with
    4. Prior mentoring/coaching experience preferred.
    5. Prior experience working in a school environment or other environment serving youth (a youth
    center, a youth serving agency).
    6. Prior experience in delivering evidence-based interventions and working in research projects
    7. Experience establishing rapport with parents, students and community
    8. Experience in serving as an advocate for children and parents
    Communication Skills
    1. Strong writing, literacy, and communication skills; uses effective communication strategies to
    interact with a variety of audiences.
    2. Bilingual preferred. (Spanish)
    Computer Skills
    1. Must be proficient with technology (i.e. email, Google Suites, grading software, instructional
    platforms, etc.)
    2. Willing to be trained and supported through ongoing technical assistance


    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully
    perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable
    individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
    1. Must be able to lift and carry materials and packages weighing up to 15 pounds
    2. Will be required to travel between campuses and throughout community
    3. Must see and hear on a continuous basis as well as speak frequently.
    4. Must be able to vary from standing, sitting, or walking
    5. Must be able to move quickly when needed (student safety)

    Human Resources
    1481 North Eliseo Felix Junior Way
    Avondale, AZ 85323


    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while
    performing the essential duties and responsibilities of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable
    individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
    1.Must be able to tolerate a high paced working environment
    2. Must be able to tolerate prolonged periods of sitting and computer work
    3. Must be able to multitask and work independently
    4. Must be able to obtain District certificate for driving a District vehicle
    5. Must be able to be flexible with work hours including some nights and weekends


    The District provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment
    without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law
    requirements, the District complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in
    employment. The District expressly prohibits any form of workplace discrimination or harassment based on
    race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic
    information, disability, or veteran status.

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