Education Program Specialist

Salary & Classification

Type: Full Time
Classification: Exempt, not eligible for overtime compensation
Salary: $17.92–$28.33 /hr, D.O.Q.
Grade: 106
Closing Date: Open until filled

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Nature of Work
Under general supervision, performs professional work of moderate difficulty providing general and special education services to inmates.

Experience & Education
Bachelor’s degree in education, special education or a closely related field; two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in formal classroom and individual teaching experience; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Additional Requirements
Must be certified special education teacher with the state of Arizona. Required to successfully complete a background check, polygraph, and drug test prior to appointment; must possess and maintain a valid Arizona driver’s license.

The above information is intended to describe the general nature of this position and is not to be considered a complete statement of duties, responsibilities and requirements.

Reasonable accommodations will be made in order for an “otherwise qualified applicant” with a disability to participate in any stage of the recruitment process. Requests for accommodation must be made through the Yuma County Human Resources Department in advance of the event, or as soon as practical, so that necessary arrangements can be made. (928) 373-1013 OR TDD (928) 373-1013.

Examples of Work
(Illustrative only) Provides general and special education to inmates in an individual and classroom setting within a detention center; participates in the special education referral and verification process to identify inmates’ eligibility for special education services in accordance with state and federal requirements; develops and implements individual education plans (IEP) in accordance with state and federal requirements; conducts classes, workshops, and demonstrations to teach principles, techniques, procedures and methods of designated subjects; presents and facilitates lectures and discussions; develops, prepares, analyzes, and reviews state mandated curriculum; prepares lesson plans and assignments; provides learning tools and the use of appropriate visual aids suitable for a detention environment; evaluates inmates’ educational needs and progress, and identifies and implements strategies to enhance inmates’ learning; administers and grades tests, reports and work assignments; documents and maintains records and files on inmates’ progress, activities, attendance, and grades in accordance with state and ¬†federal requirements; orders, stores, and inventories books, materials and supplies; may be required to testify in court; assures compliance with county, state, and federal laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures pertaining to educational services within the detention center; researches community resources; prepares reports and statistical data for internal and external resources; maintains appropriate security and confidentiality of inmate information; assures compliance with county, state, and federal laws, rules, regulations, and departmental policies and procedures pertaining to inmates in the detention center; regular and reliable attendance is required; performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge & Skills

Knowledge of: Yuma County policies and procedures; federal, state, and county laws related to inmates and Sheriff’s Office Detention Facility policy and procedures; principles, methods and techniques in teaching and instructing individuals in a classroom setting and individually, reporting requirements for general and special education programs; selections techniques; principles and practices of classroom leadership and supervision; adult/youth learning theory and principles, teaching material evaluation, and curriculum development procedures; theoretical methods relating to education assessment and measurement principles; behavior patterns of incarcerated persons, and various social, economic, and cultural backgrounds; required detention and security training; specialized computers and software to prepare reports and maintain databases; and community resources.

Skills in: Teaching, instructing and evaluating inmate education; administering tests and grading, developing and implementing individual education plans (IEP); maintaining up to date knowledge in the field of general and special education, including current issues, instructional strategies, and service delivery models; analyzing and evaluating inmates’ educational needs, identifying problems and developing feasible solutions; working independently with minimal supervision and exercising independent judgement; dealing impartially with people of different social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds; following and communicating written and verbal instructions.

Apply Online

All Yuma County applications must be submitted on-line through NeoGov. Yuma County no longer accepts paper applications. To apply on-line, click link: Yuma County Employment

If you do not have access to a computer, Yuma County has kiosks located at 198 S. Main Street, Yuma, AZ.

If you have questions or need assistance with the on-line application process, please contact:

Yuma County Human Resources Department
198 S. Main Street
Yuma, AZ 85364
Tel: (928) 373-1013

Job Line: (928) 373-6090