Special Education Transition Coordinator

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  • Do you want to help create a more just and kind world? 
  • Do you believe that diversity is a powerful strength for a school community? 
  • Do you want to ensure that every student can be successful and prepared to thrive in college, career, and life?

You are: 

A kind, communicative, social justice leader that seeks a role supporting students with Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs) and their families to understand and explore the full breadth of available options for post-secondary life. You know from first-hand experience the highest leverage techniques and strategies students from racially, culturally, and diverse backgrounds need to thrive in college, career, and life. 

You want to facilitate opportunities for students to gain the skills and experiences that will help them discover their interests and passions so they can thoughtfully plan for life after high school. You have a growth mindset, want to develop the perspective, agency, and urgency to make a positive impact in the world around you, and take actions that promote justice and equity in your community. 

We are E.L. Haynes.  

A learning community where every student – of every race, socioeconomic status, home language, and ability – prepares to thrive in college, career, and life. Together, we create a more just and kind world.

Founded in 2004 and named for the first African-American woman to earn her Ph.D. in Mathematics, the award-winning E.L. Haynes Public Charter School serves more than 1,135 students in grades Pre-K3 through 12th grade. E.L. Haynes operates two campuses in the Petworth neighborhood of Northwest Washington, DC, and offers a rigorous educational program designed to prepare students to succeed in the college of their choice.

We believe that our most significant contribution to ending systemic injustice is through purposefully empowering our diverse community— as individuals and as a collective— with the skills and the conviction to be effective leaders for equity.

Our mission of student success is inextricably linked with our commitment to equity and the daily efforts of every member of our community to live our motto-Be Kind, Work Hard, and Get Smart.


  • Lead For Equity: We challenge ourselves and each other to interrupt inequities and build equitable alternatives.
  • Choose Joy: We find, bring, and share joy in our work every day. We practice gratitude, celebrate wins, and offer praise.
  • Achieve Excellence: We deliver high-quality work every day. We set ambitious goals, embrace challenges, and hold ourselves and each other to high standards.
  • Own Our Learning: We model a growth mindset for our students. We own our actions, mistakes, and learning. We continually look for ways to improve and produce high-quality work.
  • Succeed Together: We value every member of our community and treat each other with kindness and care. We build meaningful relationships with students, families, and each other. We achieve more through collaboration and teamwork.

We are different. We are:

  • A diverse and inclusive community, with nearly 70% of our staff identifying as people of color.
  • The hub of the neighborhood. We are a community school and partner with neighborhood organizations to provide our families with comprehensive medical, dental, and mental health services. 
  • A place where all community members have their voices heard in the decision-making process.
  • A school where students learn in a rigorous and coherent PK-12 environment.

We expect students to demonstrate the following skills and qualities in our graduate profile.  


We operate on an extended year calendar with an additional 1,000 hours of academic and extracurricular programming beyond the 1,200 hours that every DC student receives. 

Please read more about our academic program here.  


The Special Education Transition Coordinator is responsible for coordinating transition needs, services, and activities within a team composed of the student, parent/guardian, educators, and service providers, to ensure that transition activities and services are addressed and implemented for each eligible student with an IEP.  

This position requires that the Coordinator’s work, in conjunction with Case Managers, provide support to the instructional program with specific responsibilities for supporting work experience opportunities for special education students by maintaining liaisons with community businesses and organizations; developing guidance in the development of pre-employment and employment skills; identifying post-secondary education/training opportunities; administering vocational assessments and complying with Federal, State, and LEA policies, regulations, and/or procedures. 

This position will report to the Director of Special Education.  

You will:

Support the Development of a comprehensive transition program for students with disabilities

  • Work closely with high school and middle school administrators, teachers, and related service providers to facilitate transition programming (administer career, skills, and interest inventories, conduct career exploration activities, develop transition plans and provide vocational programming) for students eligible for special education services and for whom the IEP team has established transition goals and objectives;
  • Coordinate school and community work-based learning opportunities, identify job placements, and monitor student job performance based on student need as designated in the IEP;
  • Develop and maintain a working relationship with businesses, agencies, and organizations which provide post-secondary services for students with disabilities; and
  • Work with the Rehabilitation Services Agency and the E.L. Haynes College Counseling Team to assist parents and students with post-secondary planning and related enrollment process as requested.

Serve as a critical member of the Special Education team

  • Attend IEP meetings and ensure that the team develops and implements the transition outcomes, instructional areas, and services needed for students with disabilities;
  • Ensure that all transition sections on student IEPs are completed in a compliant manner; and
  • Complete the Summary of Performance component of the IEP for graduating students with disabilities.

Provide support to families

  • Communicate with parents, students, staff, community/adult service providers, and agencies about issues related to the successful transition of special education middle and high school students into post-secondary adult life; and
  • Serve as a resource to families, parents, and students in accessing transition services and providing information about transition topics.

You have: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in General Education or Special Education; 
  • Experience in the field of Special Education and transition services;
  • Knowledge of the administrative regulations for Special Education and transition services;
  • Familiarity and experience with Special Education compliance in the District of Columbia;
  • Strong collaborative capabilities;
  • Strong organizational and communication skills; and
  • Commitment to meeting the needs of every child in a diverse population and to their learning and professional development.

You might also have:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s in Secondary Transition preferred; and
  • Oral and/or written proficiency in Spanish.

We look forward to meeting you!

We proactively recruit, intentionally develop, and deeply value all members of our diverse and highly talented staff community. Our work environment fosters inclusion and authenticity, supporting all staff to thrive in their roles and maximize their impact on our students.

Our hiring process consists of an online application, asynchronous and panel interviews, and written performance activity. Please see more here. We offer a competitive salary based on experience and qualifications. Learn more about our comprehensive benefits package here.

Persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Do you want to help create a more just and kind world? 
  • Do you believe that diversity is a powerful strength for a school community? 
  • Do you want to ensure that every student can be successful and prepared to thrive in college, career, and life?


Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


4501 Kansas Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011, USA

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