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The position of the Special Education Director (III) is done for the purpose of providing leadership, vision and direction for the development, operation, supervision, and evaluation of the programs and services for students with special needs.
COMMITMENT TO EQUITY:
The Company is committed to a diverse workforce representative of our students, one that embraces and models cultural competency as an international community.
Serves under the guidance and administrative supervision of the Executive Director. Is held responsible for results in terms of effectiveness of planning, implementation, and operation of programs; and for contribution to and achievement of district goals and objectives. Work is guided by, and must be in compliance with, federal and state law, policy direction of the School Board, and compliance with state and local regulatory agencies.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: (These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.)
Serves as the overall Program Director for Special Education Services as determined by the Executive Director of Teaching and Learning.
Collaborates with school administrators, district departments, state agencies, community stakeholders, parents and advisory groups, and colleagues in other districts to assess special education needs and create new and innovative educational programs aligned with state and federal requirements the district policies and initiatives.
Collaborates with the General Counsel’s Office regarding technical guidance, training, and compliance with special education regulations, statutes, and laws.
Researches state and federal requirements to assure compliance and responsiveness of programs. Coordinates program components for the purpose of aligning programs and coordinating the delivery of services. Designs program reviews and assessments for the purpose of evaluating program success, educational processes, and providing feedback to administration for appropriate follow-up actions.
Assists program and operational planning required to support the District’s Strategic Plan. May draft administrative procedures and regulations, or contribute to policy development, to implement requirements of adopted school board policies. Assists in the interpretation and execution of the policies administrative procedures and regulations pertaining to the scope of the position.
Monitors assigned activities and/or program compliance including financial, legal and administrative requirements each of the assigned programs. Recommends/approves staffing allocations for programs within area of responsibilities in alignment with key priorities and initiatives. Fulfills grant requirements for community, state and federal grants, including submission of required documents and compliance of reporting requirements.
Prepares and presents public reports and presentations regarding programs, services and responsibilities to the Superintendent and Board, staff and others, including providing reports for OSPI and other agencies as required.
Oversees a staff of approximately 150 Certified Special Education staff supporting High School Programs, Middle School Programs, or Elementary Programs as assigned. Collectively, the programs impact approximately 2,200 District special needs students birth-12. Collectively, the programs manage a program budget of approximately $48 million consisting of supplemental pay and Maintenance, Supplies and Operating Costs (MSOC’s) and other funds.
Planning and Programming: Staying abreast of research on the changing nature of the profession, the field of public education, and changing national, regional and local trends that may impact program areas. Participates in discussions on evolving demands and expectations, and the impact those demands and expectations will have on assigned programs. Uses forecasting tools and strategies to predict future needs. Anticipates and develops strategies and programs that respond effectively to anticipated needs and the changing profession.
Financial Management: Advises the Executive Director on the financial implications of assigned programs. Administers programs within approved budget parameters including allocation of staff resources. Evaluates financial reports to assess program implementation and status.
Policy Implementation: Participates in formulating processes and procedures necessary to implement program management goals and objectives. Establishes a system for periodic review to determine when modifications are necessary to advance the goals of the department and to serve the overall needs of employees and managers and the organization.
Program Direction and Staff Supervision: Overseas organizational management in all assigned areas. Assures coordination procedures are in place to achieve a high level of integration and synergy across programs and functions. Approves operating practices essential to the development and delivering of quality programs and services. Recruits and assigns staff assuring that they possess and practice the values necessary to achieving the level of program delivery and customer service that is essential to a highly effective organization. Assesses, evaluates or participates in the evaluation of, and provides for training and professional development of subordinate staff. Creates communication, collaboration and coordination processes that assure all staff members are timely and effectively informed of department policies, issues, and guidance that their programs are expected to support. Establishes an environment in which all staff members are comfortable and forthcoming in sharing their ideas, needs and concerns, and in which the staff collaboratively works together to seek solutions and resolutions.
Program Evaluation, Analysis and Feedback: Establishes a system of data collection and analysis that provides for continuous assessment of program effectiveness and/or changing needs. At least annually, conducts a comprehensive assessment review of all programs to determine their level of effectiveness and contribution to the mission of the department and to identify problem areas, areas of high success, and areas in needs of change. Prepares structured presentations to share the program evaluation results.
Performs other duties as assigned.
The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.
The job description summarizes the major duties and responsibilities that determine knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the job. It is not a detailed task listing of all the duties and responsibilities that may be assigned to the position
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
The District is committed to a diverse workforce representative of our students, one that embraces and models cultural competency as an international community. Incumbents must have successful experience in working with culturally diverse families and communities, or have otherwise demonstrated a commitment to strengthening engagement of a diverse community and skill in communicating with a diverse population.
Master’s Degree in Education.
Minimum of five years of special education teaching experience.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and understanding of client-centered support and services.
Excellent oral, written, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills.
Ability to work both independently and cooperatively.
Ability to organize work, set priorities, and meet deadlines. Ability to establish effective working relationships at all levels of the organization.
Ability to remain calm, deliberate, and tactful in stressful and emotional situations.
Experience related to Special Education, case law, federal and state guidelines and implementation of policies and procedures at the District level
Experience in mediation, conflict resolution related to the position
The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk, lift, carry, move about, hear and speak. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move 25 to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The employee may sit or stand for longer than 2 hours at a time, may lift objects repeatedly, and may undertake repeated motions.
Incumbents may be subjected to moving mechanical parts, odors, chemicals, extreme temperatures, inadequate lighting, workspace restrictions, and intense noises.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Determined by the job classification on the Certified Administrator Salary Schedule, Director III ($155,000 - $161,000 per year). Benefits include retirement, medical, dental, vacation, and holidays.
The above job description is intended to represent only the key areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the business needs of the department.
Verification of identity and United States work authorization must be completed. The successful candidate for this position must be fingerprinted. Employment is contingent upon clearance by Washington State Patrol and Federal Bureau of Investigation
Company does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to designated youth groups.
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