The Director of Special Education provides leadership, recommendations and assistance to District administration and staff in the development, implementation and evaluation of all special education programs and services; oversees and ensures District-wide compliance and fiscal accountability of programs; is the District representative to the Special Education Local Area Plan (SELPA) Governance Structure.
Essential TYPES OF Duties (Examples)
Develops and implements all programs and services for eligible students with disabilities as per State and Federal laws;
Ensures District-wide compliance with all State and Federal laws pertaining to IDEA, Title V, the SELPA Local Plan and school health mandates;
Assists site principals with resolving issues and needs pertaining to students, parents, IEPs, facilities, etc.;
Prepares all Special Education budgets, monitors costs, approves purchase orders and makes budget revisions as necessary and oversees day-to-day operation of the Special Education department;
Serves as the District representative and attends the Operation Advisory Council (OAC), and Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) meetings where recommendations are made which effect WJUSD;
Represents the District at joint governmental and/or private agency meetings where issues pertaining to special education are discussed;
Monitors the costs of services provided by the Yolo County Office of Education;
Prepares and signs contracts for students placed in non-public schools or receive services from non-public agencies; approves monthly invoices based on student attendance;
Assists with and/or provides the supervision and evaluation of certificated and classified staff;
Develops agenda and facilitates monthly staff meetings;
Recruits and recommends for hire staff members, as necessary;
Works on behalf of WJUSD, to respond to parent complaints, seek legal advice and facilitate formal mediation and/or due process procedures;
Acts as a senior administrator, attending Director meetings, Instructional Cabinet meetings and other administrative meetings as necessary;
Attends IEP meetings when necessary or as appropriate;
Analyzes student and staff data, develops proposals with recommendations for staffing, facility and program needs for approval by the Superintendent’s Cabinet;
Attends legal seminars, conferences and other meetings to learn of new laws, program mandates and requirements and updates the Superintendent and staff;
Serves as Administrator responsible for maintaining student records for Special Ed. students;
Coordinates Home and Hospital Program for Special Ed. students;
Works with parents and community members of Curriculum Advisory Council (CAC) to ensure quality programs;
Assists in day-to-day case management issues and provides direction for appropriate resolution;
Assists in program staffing and program evaluation to ensure student needs are being met in a consistent and effective manner;
Advocates funding from the Superintendent, the Associate Superintendent, and the SELPA for Special Education staff development needs;
Performs other duties as assigned.
Knowledge and Skills: Must have in-depth knowledge of and experience implementing a breadth of special education programs and services including the knowledge of revenues and costs; detailed knowledge of all current State and Federal laws pertaining to special education operations; knowledge of the school nursing programs and mandates; familiarity with the strategies, materials and equipment for students with disabilities and curricula that is based on research; knowledge of principles of public school administration, policies and procedures.
Abilities: Ability to work effectively with administration, staff, students, families and community members; communicate effectively orally and in writing; organize department and effectively implement day-to-day operations; collect and analyze data which is required for the maintenance of the student data base, complex reports, SELPA documents and fiscal reports; problem solve and make informed decisions based on sound managerial practices, collaborative planning and research; ability to collaborate and cooperate with Student Support Services Department on placement/assignment of nurses and implementation of 504 Plans.
Physical Abilities: With or without the use of aids, requires sufficient visual acuity to recognize letters, words and numbers, to read printed materials; sufficient arm, hand, finger, hand/eye coordination and manual dexterity to write, and operate a personal computer keyboard, and other office equipment; ability to hear and understand in person and on the telephone; sufficient body movement and mobility to drive an automobile, when required.
Education and Experience: California Administrative Services Credential and valid Special Ed. Credential are required. Progressively responsible experience in educational administration as well as demonstrable experience in the area of State and Federal programs is a required. Postgraduate work in Special Education or a related field or a comparable combination of at least five years of successful teaching/professional experience including experience in Special Education is desirable.
Licenses and Certificates: TB Test clearance, Criminal Justice Fingerprint clearance, and valid Driver’s license and evidence of insurability.
Internal Number: 20ad.04
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