Job Description

Academy District 20 Mission Statement

The mission of Academy District 20 is to educate every student in a safe and nurturing environment and to provide comprehensive, challenging curricular and extracurricular opportunities that meet the unique needs of every individual by expanding interests, enhancing abilities, and equipping every student with the knowledge, skills, and character essential to being a responsible citizen of our community, our nation, and the world.

Job Description: Essential Position Functions

The following statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and other key duties that may be required. The description may not include all functions performed by the incumbents in various locations. The district reserves the right to modify or change the duties or the essential functions of this job at any time.

  • Reports consistently for work as scheduled
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Attains proficient or higher evaluations on established Performance Standards

Primary Duties:

  • Evaluates students with motor impairments to assess level of functional performance and educationally relevant physical disabilities.
  • Monitors and evaluates student progress quarterly, and informs IEP team members of changes, problems, and needs.
  • Documents progress on student performance at least quarterly.
  • Supervises and programs programming for itinerant and/or program based paraprofessionals as they carry out specific activities to improve student functional motor performance.
  • Understands human growth and development as it relates to motor performance.
  • Possesses knowledge of childhood diseases, congenital defects, and brain injury as it relates to motor learning.
  • Possesses understanding of orthopedic alignment and its impact on motor learning and motor performance.
  • Possesses understanding of spinal kinematics as it pertains to body mechanics, lifting, and posturing.
  • Makes minor repairs and adjustments in equipment such as braces, wheelchairs, crutches, etc.
  • Facilitates the attainment of fabrication of adapted furniture, such as chairs, tables, and trays to permit optimum supports for learning.
  • Manages and organizes the district's inventory of adapted equipment and materials.
  • Consults with multidisciplinary teams to determine educationally relevant goals and objectives.
  • Participates in IEP meetings as needed.
  • Communicates with medical service providers when necessary to ensure consistent programming efforts and common student goals.
  • Informs IEP team members of changes, problems, and needs based upon student progress.
  • Maintains regular communication with classroom teachers.
  • Consults with staff and parents regarding therapeutic exercises, teaching strategies for functional skill improvement, equipment use, local resources, etc.
  • Makes home visits when appropriate to provide a continuum of opportunities for students.
  • Provides staff training when appropriate.
  • Possesses familiarity with the M.O.V.E. curriculum or willingness to learn and implement programming.
  • Translates medical information and therapeutic assessment into educationally relevant objectives.

This position supports multiple schools, must have reliable transportation.

May be required to lift students and/or equipment at times. Should be able to kneel, floor sit, and access playground equipment in order to interact with students.

Additional Qualifications

  • Must possess current Colorado State Physical Therapy License (DORA)
  • Minimum B.A. degree in Physical Therapy from an accredited university
  • Prior experience in a school setting is preferred
Qualifications: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

Teacher: Sped PT:

  • Valid Colorado Department of Education Special Services Provider License
  • Ability to accurately assess need and provide a range of appropriate services to students
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; skillful communicator with students, staff and parents
  • Knowledge of and experience with appropriate interventions
  • Excellent organizational and academic skills
  • Effective student management skills
  • Student centered; Demonstrated success in working with students
  • Excellent collaborative/teaming skills
  • Energetic, creative, innovative, flexible
  • Ability to use data/technology to improve instruction and learning, and to interpret test data
  • Working knowledge of and success in applying state standards in subject area
  • Qualified per Colorado Department of Education and per district requirements, if applicable

Salary/Pay: Salary is dependent on a review of your experience and education. Hours per Day: 4.5 Number of Days per Week: 5 Days of the Week: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri Number of Days per Year: 183 FTE: .6 TE: .6 Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a staff member typically encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. They are included for informational purposes and are not all-inclusive.

  • The noise level in the work environment may alternate among quiet, moderate, and loud.
  • The incumbent is frequently required to interact in person and through communication methods with the students, public, and/or other staff.
  • The incumbent is required to work scheduled school/work hours and/or days.
  • The incumbent may be required to work extended school/work hours and/or days as directed.

Physical Demands:

The following are some of the physical demands commonly associated with this position. They are included for informational purposes and are not all-inclusive. All physical demands, if listed, are considered essential functions.

  • Sits, stands, walks, stoops, kneels, and crouches/squats while performing duties
  • Has oral and auditory capacity enabling interaction interpersonally and/or through communication devices
  • Uses eyes, hands, and finger coordination enabling the use of equipment and writing utensils

Cognitive Functions:

The following are some of the cognitive functions commonly associated with this position. They are included for informational purposes and are not all-inclusive. The staff member may be required to analyze, communicate, compare, compile, compute, coordinate, copy, evaluate, instruct, negotiate, synthesize, reason, and use interpersonal skills.

Additional Information:

New Applicants: Please note that if you are hired by District 20, fingerprinting is required. You will be responsible for the fingerprinting charge at the Colorado Springs Police Department as well as for the FBI charge.

All special education positions require the ability to safely lift 50 pounds each in a two person lift.

Primary consideration will be given to transfer requests from schools that need to reduce staff.

How to Apply:
Current District 20 Staff:
Current District 20 staff members should complete a transfer request form and return it to the Human Resources Office. The transfer request form and important transfer information can be found on the District 20 Intranet site: Click on 20Net Forms and Documents, click on 20Net Human Resources Documents, click on HR - Other Forms and Miscellaneous, and click on the document name HIRING - Transfer Request Form.
New Applicants:
If you are a new applicant, you must register with the Academy District 20 Employment Opportunities site and complete the online application. In addition to the online application, you must submit transcripts (undergraduate and graduate, if applicable) and three (3) letters of recommendation. You can submit the transcripts and three letters of recommendation in one of three ways:
  • Upload transcripts and three (3) letters of recommendation in electronic format on the Résumé page of the online application.
  • Email transcripts and three (3) letters of recommendation to:
  • Assemble and mail transcripts and three (3) letters of recommendation in the same envelope to:

Human Resources Department
Academy District 20
1110 Chapel Hills Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Please identify your interest in specific positions on the Preferences page of the online application. Since school administrators will be able to access your completed online application, please do not call to request site visits or interviews at the school. Please direct all inquiries via the email address indicated on the posting.
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