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Early Childhood Educational Diagnostician/Assessor

July 10, 2019

Educational Diagnostician/Assessor

Washington, DC


The Early Childhood Educational Diagnostician/Assessor is responsible for accurately assessing a child’s needs after s/he is referred to Early Stages through the administration of the appropriate screenings and educational assessments. The Coordinator functions as part of a multi-disciplinary team that collaborates to determine eligibility for special education services and is responsible for leading the team’s collaboration and composing Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for children with special needs. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Serves as the special education case manager for referred children; and documents efforts and processes in the appropriate databases.
  • Screens, collects, and analyzes evaluation data, student records, and information pertinent to child learning and development; and formulates hypotheses and conclusions relating to learning and developmental concerns in order to complete a comprehensive special education evaluation.
  • Conducts educational assessments and completes assessment reports that are accessible to parents and teachers.
  • Creates Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and determines appropriate educational placements for children.
  • Coordinates a comprehensive special education evaluation in collaboration with other members of the multi-disciplinary evaluation team.
  • Keeps accurate observation notes/data and confidential records.
  • Ensures appropriate follow-up on all correspondence, directives, and other pertinent matters as necessary in connection with the evaluation, IEP, and placement process.
  • Facilitates eligibility and IEP meetings as the local education agency (LEA) representative.
  • Monitors timelines and completes due diligence to ensure successful completion of cases prior to designated deadlines and in accordance with DCPS and District policies.
  • Conducts off-site evaluations and home visits.
  • Travel to other sites within the DC metro area as needed.
  • Administers hearing and vision screenings as needed.

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  • Master's degree in Special Education and at least three years of related work experience.
  • Previous exposure to or experience in the education sector a plus.
  • OSSE Special Education Teacher Certification.
  • Fluent in Spanish a plus
  • Experience in early childhood education preferred.
  • Experience administering and interpreting standardized and informal evaluation tools for the purposes of special education eligibility.
  • Ability to record and report data and observations accurately.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office and Google Docs and Sheets.
  • Proven ability to execute all the functions of an early childhood development case manager, including the effective writing of goals and objectives for Individualized Education Programs.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet multiple deadlines.
  • Experience with special education databases preferred.


Salary Range:   1-4 / $70,676 - $81,777


Meghan V. Brown, MSW
Manager, Operations

Early Stages
Office of Elementary Schools
District of Columbia Public Schools
1125 New Jersey Avenue, NW, 3rd Floor
Washington, D.C. 20001
C: 202-270-2597
O: 202-698-6387
T: 202-698-8037