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State Teacher I - Special Education - Platte Valley - Denver, CO #7666318

Company: State of Colorado

Date: 10/17/2020

City: Denver, CO

Employment type: Full-time

Department Information

This position is open to current Colorado residents only.

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About the Division of Youth Services:

The Division of Youth Services (DYS) provides a continuum of residential and non-residential services that encompass juvenile detention, assessment, commitment and parole. DYS is the agency statutorily mandated to provide for the care and supervision of youth committed by the District Court to the custody of the Colorado Department of Human Services. The Division operates ten secure facilities that serve youth between the ages of 10 and 21, who are pre-adjudicated, sentenced, or committed. For pre-adjudicated youth, the Division is also responsible for the management and oversight of Senate Bill 91-94; a State-funded, locally administered program that provides services to youth at risk of further progressing into the juvenile justice system. In addition to residential programming, the Division administers juvenile parole services throughout the State.

Division of Youth Services Vision: Achieving youth success and safer Colorado communities.

Division of Youth Services Mission: It is the mission of the Division of Youth Services to protect, restore and improve public safety utilizing a continuum of care that provides effective supervision, promotes accountability to victims and communities, and helps youth lead constructive lives through positive development.

We invite you to explore the DYS website and learn about the services provided to youth, families, and local communities in the State of Colorado at:

CDHS Culture & Environment

We believe in a people-first approach: To serve the people of Colorado, we develop a culture and work environment that creates an energized, inspired, and healthy team capable of giving their best to Coloradans.

Balance creates quality of life: We want our team to be resilient through a supportive workplace that values flexibility, health and wellness, and employee engagement.

We hold ourselves accountable: We take responsibility through our actions, programs, and results for the state of health and human services in Colorado.

Transparency matters: We are open and honest with employees, our partners, the Coloradans we serve, and the public.

We are ethical: We abide by what is best for those we serve by doing what is right, not what is easy.

Collaboration helps us rise together: We work together with all partners, employees, and clients to achieve the best outcomes for Coloradans.

Description of Job

Purpose of this Position:

This work unit exists to provide academic, vocational, and other education-related services to youth in institutional facilities, to provide professional consultation to community programs which serve DYS youth, and to establish and maintain collaboration with other state and community agencies that provide or monitor education services.

Primary Job Duties:

Establishes and maintains an appropriate classroom setting through the use of effective classroom management skills to include the special education continuum of services. Assesses new and continuing students. Prepares daily and unit lesson plans that are aligned with state standards. Implements a variety of research-based education strategies (including technology) to accommodate multi-age/multi-level students. Designs and implements a variety of assessment tools to evaluate student progress that correlate to standards-based education. Implements research-based differentiated teaching strategies. Assumes responsibility for maintaining appropriate, current teaching licensure at all times as a condition of employment. Utilizes effective classroom management strategies, including Differentiated Instruction, Motivational Interviewing and Positive Behavior and Intervention Support.

Specific Duties Include:

  • Meets informally and informally with the principal, treatment providers and other teachers to review student and school progress.
  • Develop comprehensive plans for implementation of the subject matter in line with the education goals while monitoring special education IEPs.
  • Participates in professional and staff safety development.
  • Performs other school related assignments as necessary such as, but not limited to, student staffings, entering data into Student Information System and substituting for teachers who are absent, as needed.
  • Assist in the safety and security of the school and facility by supervising residents as needed and providing immediate assistance as necessary within the facility.
  • Consistently know and follow policy and procedures of the Division of Youth Services and the facility.
  • Know when to be an individual contributor as a member or a collaborative problem solving team.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights



  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the field of education, social studies, science, math, humanities, administration, Special Education or a similar degree type.


  • A valid Initial or Professional Teacher License from Colorado Department of Education in the fields of Special Education. (You must attach a copy of your Colorado Teacher License to be considered for this position.)

As a condition of employment, individuals who possess a Colorado Initial license upon hire must obtain the Professional Teacher license within three years of their start date.

Substitution for required license:

  • A current, valid Interim Teacher license, or Temporary Educator Eligibility Authorization will substitute for the Colorado Initial or Professional Teacher license.
  • There is no substitution for the required education.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Dual endorsements or documentation of ability to be Highly Qualified in multiple content areas.
  • Experience working with at-risk or adjudicated youth
  • Experience with differentiated instruction; developing lessons/curriculum and providing differentiated instruction; problem or project based learning and teaching
  • Intervention planning and instruction
  • Proficient use of assessment data to inform instructional practice
  • Master's degree

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of effective research-based instructional strategies
  • Understandings of classroom-based behavioral interventions
  • Able to build rapport with students while maintaining boundaries
  • Experience with urban and at-risk populations
  • Secondary school experience
  • Education and Training
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Oral Communication
  • Oral Comprehension
  • Problem Sensitivity & Solving
  • Safety and Security
  • Technology enhance instruction

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be 21 years old or older
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Colorado driver's license
  • Must have no felony convictions and no violent history
  • Must pass a drug screen
  • Must pass a Colorado Bureau of Investigations and a Federal Bureau of Investigations background check as a condition of employment. Included in the background check is a current and/or previous employer check. Your current and/or previous employers within the past 10 years at a minimum must be listed on your job application (most recent in descending order), even if the job or duties are unrelated to the position for which you are applying. Incomplete employer information (address, phone number, and supervisor) or omission of former employers may result in a disqualification of your application.
  • Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application and provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify the applicant from the current position. Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination will disqualify the applicant from future State employment with CDHS.
  • Some travel may be required to attend a professional development or training within the state.
  • CDE teacher license or emergency authorization qualification
  • Able to pass Escape and Evade training
  • Continued employment is contingent upon successful completion of the DYS Pre-service Training Academy, Field Training Program (FTO) and mandatory annual training in all subject areas.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications listed below to continue in the selection process for this position. Work experience must be specifically documented on your application. Do not use "see resume" or "see attached" statements on your application.

Appeal Rights:

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination. Supplemental Information


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Supplemental Information:

After submitting an application, you should receive an immediate email acknowledging your submission. If you do not get the email, please check to ensure you have actually submitted the application and typed the correct email address on the application.

Include a working email address on your application; one that is checked often as time sensitive correspondence WILL take place via email. You may receive email notifications from a Colorado Department of Human Services employee or from this email address It is your responsibility to ensure that your email will accept these notices and/or review your junk mail and spam filtered email; if you do not receive correspondence soon after the closing date, please contact the "Department Contact" listed in this announcement.

The Assessment Process:

Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted through a comparative analysis. The comparative analysis for this position will include a review of your application material and your responses to any supplemental questions. Applications and responses will be reviewed by a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to assess and rank applicants in order to establish an eligible list for referral to the hiring manager for final consideration.

Be sure the "Work Experience" section of your application is complete and specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, and accomplishments as they relate to the Description of the Job, Minimum Qualifications, Required Competencies and Preferred Qualifications as listed above. Resumes and "see resume" statements will not be accepted in lieu of the "Work Experience" section of the application. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the closing date may result in your application not being accepted and/or may affect your score, rank or inclusion in the final pool of eligible applicants.


Note: Transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements are required to apply and participate in the selection process.

ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact by phone 1-800-929-0791 or email ADA Coordinator at at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.

HOW TO APPLY: Thank you for your interest. Submit an on-line application by clicking the link below or submit a State of Colorado Application for Announced Vacancy and all supplemental questions according to the instructions provided below. Failure to submit a complete and timely application may result in the rejection of your application. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that application materials are received by the appropriate Human Resources office before the closing date and time listed above.


Only online applications will be accepted.


METHODS OF APPOINTMENT: Appointment to the vacancy or vacancies represented by this announcement is expected to be from the eligible list created. However, at the discretion of the appointing authority, the position(s) may be filled by another method of appointment for a valid articulated business reason.

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