Definition: Under the direction of the Assistant Superintendent, Student Services, the Director of Special Education administers and coordinates all special education services provided to district students.
Typical Duties and Responsibilities:
Responsible for the day-to-day operations of Special Education.
Assists in the development and implementation of Board Policy and Administrative Regulations related to Special Education.
Acts as an advisor to the Assistant Superintendent on all matters related to Special Education.
Responsible for preparing, presenting, maintaining, and submitting all reports, records, and other required documents; maintains records of eligibility for students receiving program services.
Encourages innovation, serves as a resource, manages the student information system, supports the implementation of the special education program district wide, and participates as a voting member of the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) Governing Administrative Council.
Provides leadership in shaping, refining and implementing the district’s vision with personnel regarding Special Education Pre-K to Adult Transition, and advances the district’s professional image.
Uses, analyzes, and interprets data to improve special education services, practices and procedures in Special Education and at schools.
Supervises, evaluates, and leads the activities of personnel, including program specialists, teachers on special assignment, school psychologists, adapted physical education teachers, speech and language specialists, and clerical support personnel.
Coordinates the home/hospital instruction program.
Assigns duties and responsibility to personnel in special education, monitors workflow, while constantly reviewing, evaluating, and changing procedures to improve the program.
Maintains open and effective communication with all personnel and parents and is responsive to parent, personnel, and district needs.
Organizes collaborative groups, when necessary, including representatives of all stakeholders.
Collaborates with school principals in the selection and support of teachers and support personnel in special education.
Assists with the development, monitoring, and evaluation of the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and LCAP Addendum (formerly LEA Plan).
Assists with the completion of the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) reports.
Assists with the implementation of the California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (CPSEL).
Plans, coordinates, conducts and collaborates with personnel to provide professional learning activities.
Develops the special education budget, monitors and approves expenditures while implementing procedures that ensure the equitable distribution of resources and services.
Collaborates with appropriate personnel regarding program, fiscal, transportation, and facilities issues.
Acts as an official liaison between departments, federal, state, and local agencies, institutions, and organizations for the purpose of compliance. Keeps abreast of and can communicate new research, special education and general education laws, regulations, legislation, and funding requirements.
Other duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS:
Mobility: Must possess mobility of arms to reach and dexterity of hands to grasp and manipulate small objects such as would be needed to use a pen or a keyboard. Must possess sufficient mobility to operate a vehicle, to travel to school and community sites, and other meetings at a wide variety of locations. There is a frequent requirement to attend meetings and make presentations, which may involve prolonged periods of sitting and standing.
Vision: Must possess vision (which may be corrected) to read small print and computer screens.
Speech/Hearing: Must possess hearing (which may be corrected) to use a telephone and to hear discussions and questions during public and school meetings. The individual is required to speak clearly and distinctly, to make lengthy oral presentations and to converse by telephone.
Mental/Emotional: The individual is required to establish effective relationships with a wide range of people, to give direction and to exercise tact, diplomacy, empathy, and firmness in sometimes highly emotional situations.
Other Conditions: The individual is required to use a personal vehicle to visit schools and community sites, to attend periodic evening meetings and/or travel within and out of the county boundaries to attend meetings. The individual may be required to work for extended hours beyond a normal workday. This position is exempt from overtime compensation.
The organization, laws, and policies related to special education.
Public agencies that provide special education services.
Technology; Federal and State Accountability Systems.
Work effectively with all students, parents, and personnel.
Read and write Individual Education Plans; including goals, benchmarks, and objectives.
Communicate and implement the policies and regulations of the Board of Education.
Work effectively in a diverse ethnic learning community.
Use sound judgement in interpreting and applying policies and procedures.
Possession of a valid California Administrative Services Credential.
Five years of successful administrative experience.
Successful Principal experience.
Successful teaching experience; valid California teaching credential.
Successful experience working in a diverse ethnic learning community.
Possession of a doctorate degree or coursework leading to a doctorate degree in education or related field of study.
Administrative experience at the district office level (e.g., Special Education).