Resource Specialist Teacher
Job Details
Octavia 50 - Los Angeles, CA
Full Time
4 Year Degree
$54,806.00 - $86,625.80 Salary/year

Job Purpose

Provide direct academic support services for students with special needs including evaluation as well development and implementation of Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs). Consult, plan and collaborate with classroom teachers, support providers and other staff members to provide academic and behavioral support for students with special needs and struggling learners.

Responsible to: 

  • School Principal/Administrator
  • Director of Special Education
  • CEO
  • Functions

Essential Functions: 

  • Provide direct and consultative academic support services for students with special needs according to their Individualized Educational Program (IEP)
  • Develop lesson plans that meet the needs of each assigned students
  • Consult, co-plan, co-teach and collaborate with general education classroom teachers.
  • Deliver lessons and model/provide differentiated instruction for students with special needs and struggling learners within the general education classroom, pulled-out into the Learning Center or in a self-contained setting
  • Assist classroom teachers with implementation of accommodations and modifications for students with special needs fully included in the general education setting according to their IEP
  • Create and maintain a print rich room environment including student work aligned with students’ goals/benchmarks displayed and evaluated
  • Conduct academic evaluations using standardized, alternative, curriculum-based and informal assessments, and interpret results
  • Write academic assessment reports and present findings to IEP team
  • Develop IEP goals and recommend appropriate services, accommodations and/or modifications for students based on their individual needs
  • Manage student caseload; schedule and participate in IEP meetings
  • Complete weekly student service logs and submit to supervisor at least monthly
  • Regularly monitor student progress using data collection; report progress to teachers and parents
  • Complete IEP documents in preparation for IEP meetings utilizing the on-line IEP system
  • Comply with special education laws, policies and procedures
  • Participate in Coordination of Services Team, and Student Support and Progress Team meetings
  • Perform with frequent interruptions and/or distractions and adapt to frequent changes in the work environment
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with coworkers, students, and parents
  • Provide support and oversee Special Education Paraprofessionals who are working in an academic role.
  • Perform other duties as assigned



An earned Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university



  • First Aid and CPR certificate
  • Added Authorization in Autism Spectrum certificate (if holder of Prelim/Clear credential), OR
  • Enrollment in course(s) required for the AAAS certificate (if an Intern)



  • Bi-lingual in Spanish/English
  • Experience in a Special Education setting



  • Required
    • A valid Preliminary or Clear (or Level or Level 2) California Education Specialist Instruction Credential, Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe OR
    • Education Specialist Instruction (M/M or M/S) Intern Eligibility through an accredited University/County education program and continued enrollment in that program.
  • Desirable
    • A valid California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with English Learner authorization

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Personal Characteristics

  • Knowledge of the fundamental principles and accepted practices of a special educator, including:
    • Ability to utilize a variety of instructional strategies to meet the varied needs of students.
    • Understanding of developmentally appropriate curriculum and how to adapt the curriculum to meet student needs.
    • Knowledge of a variety of assessment instruments and interpretation of assessment results.          
    • Knowledge of special education procedures, law, regulations and guidelines.
  • Ability to work effectively with all racial, ethnic, linguistic, disability, and socioeconomic groups.
  • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize, and manage time.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with school site personnel and parents.
  • Ability to accept construction criticism and direction from supervisors.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with students, parents, and school/district staff both individually   and as a group.
  • Ability to compose and comprehend written communication.
  • Basic keyboarding skills and knowledge of Microsoft word.
  • Mobility to traverse all areas of work sites.
  • Ability to travel to other sites/locations (if needed)


Physical and Environmental Elements:

  • This position may include long periods of sitting or standing in an environment with moderate noise levels, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances.  This position is frequently required to stand, sit or walk, use hands and fingers and reach with arms.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision to read printed materials and a computer screen with ability to adjust focus.
  • Communication skills required by this job include the ability to hear and speak.
  • Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter and retrieve data using a computer keyboard, typewriter keyboard, or calculator and to operate standard office equipment.
  • The position occasionally bends, stoops, reaches, pushes, and pulls drawers to retrieve and file information and lifts and carries items that typically weigh less than 20 pounds.
  • The position requires the ability to travel by train, plane, or other means both inside and outside of the Los Angeles area.
  • May have occasional exposure to irate parents, staff, and public and private representatives.
  • This class description is not a complete statement of essential functions and responsibilities. ISANA retains the discretion to add or change typical duties of a position at any time.