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Special Education Instructor

Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services
1520 Madison Road
Cincinnati OH 45227

Job Type: ,
Compensation: $46,850.00 to $58,563.75
Posted Date: 03/11/2024
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Special Education Instructor

Job Description

A typical day in the life of an Instructor involves arriving at 8:30–9:00 a.m., setting up the classroom, and participating in a classroom team meeting with Instructor Assistants, OT, PT, SLP, behavior supports, and nursing staff employed at the school. Students aged between 5-21 arrive at 9:00 a.m. Classrooms consist of 5-6 students at a time with 4-5 staff.

The instructor develops and implements lesson plans to guide students in participating in group activities, gross motor and sensory activities, community travel, and vocational training. Some students need assistance using the restroom, monitoring during eating, and maintaining safety during the school day. Students are picked up at 3:00 p.m.; work day ends at 3:30 p.m.

Work Location:
Margaret B. Rost School
5858 Bridgetown Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45248

Bobbie Fairfax School
4999 Kingsley Drive Cincinnati, OH, 45227


Job Responsibilities

Supervision and Collaboration

  • Supervises instructor assistants, working together to address student behavior issues and achieve educational goals.
  • Collaborates with instructor assistants to evaluate their performance.

Instruction and Support

  • Instructs students with developmental disabilities, tailoring teaching methods to individual needs.
  • Provides one-on-one or group assistance to help students work toward established objectives.
  • Prepares teaching materials and aids to enhance student learning.
  • Sets up and operates audiovisual equipment for effective instruction.

Assessment and Documentation

  • Assesses student progress using appropriate assessment tools across various program areas.
  • Gathers information from parents, professionals, and student records.
  • Writes essential documents, including Individual Education Plans (IEP), positive behavior support plans, Evaluation Team Reports (ETR), and Alternate Assessments (AA).
  • Regularly updates IEPs to reflect progress.

Administrative Tasks

  • Records daily lesson plans, ensuring they address student needs.
  • Orders necessary materials for instruction.
  • Maintains detailed records of student activities, behavior programs, toileting schedules, and feeding programs.
  • Tracks attendance, seizure activities, toileting, and behavior problems.

Physical Care and Communication

  • Attends to students’ physical needs (feeding, toileting, etc.).
  • Safely lifts, positions, and moves students as required.
  • Assists with loading and unloading students on buses and other vehicles.

Collaboration and Communication

  • Works cooperatively with staff, parents, caseworkers, medical personnel, and specialists.
  • Facilitates communication with students using sign language or picture communication.
  • Regularly communicates with parents regarding student activities and progress.



  • Bachelor’s degree in special education or related fields.
  • Has or is eligible for an Ohio teaching and appropriate intervention specialist license.
  • Possess valid driver’s license and meets agency driver’s insurability requirements.
  • Have a passion for improving others’ lives, demonstrated through superior customer service.
  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, a serving attitude, and an appreciation for the work behind providing social services to the community.
  • Value a positive culture and friendly, supportive team members.


Compensation & Benefits

  • 35-hour work week, 9-month school schedule with payment year-round
  • Starting salary range: $46,850.00 (BA and no similar experience) to $58,563.75 (MA and ten years experience).
  • Five personal days are provided per year, prorated with the employee’s start date. Upon hire, 11 sick days are immediately allocated. Sick time accrued 11 days per year after the first year of employment with an unlimited accrual.
  • Highly competitive employee Benefits Package.
  • State Teachers Retirement System includes a 14% employee contribution and a 14% employer contribution.


Application Process

Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services offers equal employment opportunities to qualified individuals regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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Application Deadline: March 26, 2024

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