Job Title: Educational Diagnostician
Location: Teacher Administrative Center, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131
Reports To: Special Education Coordinator
Work Schedule/FLSA Status: As per negotiated agreement / Exempt
Salary Schedule: commensurate with degree and experience
Position Purpose: The Educational Diagnostician will administer and score academic achievement assessments under the direction of the special education coordinator and school psychologists for the purpose of determining special education eligibility. The Educational Diagnostician will collaborate and communicate with other building supports such as special education teachers, special education teaching and learning consultants to meet the testing needs of students in identified buildings.
Essential Performance Responsibilities
- Provides academic assessments and scores the assessments to identify strengths and needs of students.
- Interprets academic findings in collaboration with school psychologist to assist school staff, parents, and referral agencies.
- Provides written summary of academic assessment results to the school psychologists to include in the comprehensive psycho-educational reports and maintenance of confidential student information.
- Attend Multidisciplinary Team meetings as needed.
- Collaborates with staff, parents, and other professionals to create supportive learning environments for all learners.
- Works with and understands the needs of a diverse student population.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Education required.
- Ability to obtain and maintain a valid NE Teaching Certificate with endorsement in Special Education with emphasis in Special Education Generalist preferred.
- Experience in administering and scoring academic assessments used in school systems.
- Ability to develop positive relationships to promote mutual dignity and respect among students and staff.
- Ability and patience to work interactively with students.
- Skill in organization, time management, communication, and positive interpersonal skills.
- Excellent skills in verbal and written communication.
- Ability to effectively use Microsoft Outlook and the student information system.
- Excellent attendance record.
- Displays a significant degree of professionalism and confidentiality.
- Ability to conform to proper standards of professional dress and appearance.
- Evidence of the willingness and ability to comply with standards for ethical and professional performance established by the State Board of Education.
- Exhibit strong standards of professional ethics.
- Exhibit skills pertinent to foster positive human relationships and the ability to work effectively with students, staff, parents, and the community.
- Knowledge of OPS’s mission, purpose, goals, and the role of every employee in achieving each of them.
Performs other related tasks as assigned by supervisor and other central office administrators as designated by the Superintendent.
Equipment: This position may require the ability to use basic office equipment such as computers, copiers, scanners, and fax machine. Must always comply with OPS’s guidelines for equipment use.
Travel: Travel between OPS schools and buildings will be required.
Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards:
- Must be able to respond rapidly in emergency situations.
- Must have organization, time management, communication, and interpersonal skills.
- Works in school building environments.
- Contact with internal district staff and with external families, community, customers, and vendors.
- Works under the direct supervision of the department supervisor and principal to complete day to day tasks.
- Works with a diverse population requiring the ability to handle all situations with tact and diplomacy.
- Must understand and respond appropriately to student and customer needs and maintains a positive attitude with all students, families, and colleagues.
- Interacts with all internal and external customers in a friendly, professional manner to provide quick, responsive customer service.
Employee Punctuality and Appearance
- Expected to perform all assigned duties and work all scheduled hours during each designated duty day unless the employee has received approved leave.
- Any deviation from assigned hours must have prior approval from the employee’s supervisor or building administrator.
- All employees are required to report to work dressed in a manner that reflects a positive image of Omaha Public Schools and is appropriate for their position.
Terms of Employment
This position is treated as a certified full-time exempt position. The terms of your employment will be governed by applicable state laws regulating employment in a Nebraska public school and Board of Education policies, as those laws and policies may change from time to time. If your position is represented by a collective bargaining representative, then your employment will also be governed by a negotiated agreement between OPS and that collective bargaining representative.
The offer of employment is contingent upon:
- Obtaining and providing verification of all licenses, certificates, and other requirements for position (e.g., Paraprofessionals obtaining “Highly Qualified status,” etc.), as identified.
- A thorough background check which demonstrates to OPS that background is acceptable for the position sought and working with or around students.
- Verification of U.S. citizenship or legal authorization to work in the United States.
- Successful completion of a pre-employment drug test (if required for position offered).
- Successful completion of a tuberculosis skin test (if required for position offered).
- Successful completion of a pre-employment medical examination to determine ability to safely and effectively perform the essential functions of the position.
Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or economic status in its programs, activities, employment, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director for the Office of Equity and Diversity, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131. (531-299-0307)
The Omaha Public School District is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process please contact the human resources department at 531-299-0240.