The Assistant Director of Special Education for grades 5 through 8 (pending student needs) will be responsible for assisting in the development, management, and improvement of special education programs and educational services provided to students with disabilities and students at risk. Work is accomplished through cooperation with other administrators and staff members who serve the needs of these students.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB:
Coordinate and monitor the development of district-wide policies and procedures for special education programs and services.
Recommend procedures for the identification and placement of students with disabilities into special education services.
Supervise the implementation of special education policies and procedures within the district to ensure that they are being implemented in accordance with state and federal law.
Develop or initiate processes and/or procedures for the ongoing identification of students with disabilities.
Assist in parent conferences, development of IEPs, and periodic reviews to assure that all students with disabilities are provided a free and appropriate education.
Coordinate the system of record keeping for special education programs and services.
Assist in the development of procedures for district-wide compilation and maintenance of individual records of students receiving special services.
Direct the monitoring of student records to ensure completeness and accuracy. Inform record keepers and building administrators of changes.
Assist in preparation of data necessary for reimbursement of funds or required by the State Department of Special Education.
Assist in the collection of cooperative agreements for out-of-district placements.
Contribute input for selection, supervision, and evaluation of special education staff.
Assist in recruitment, selection, and recommendation for hiring special education personnel.
Provide input to the building principals on the effectiveness of all programs as it relates to special education teachers, teacher assistants, psychologists, and related service staff.
Serve in a supervisory capacity to provide direction and oversight to special education teachers, related service providers, and school psychologists.
Develop and evaluate special services, curriculum, and procedures for meeting student needs.
Provide input to the principals and Director of Special Education regarding the implementation of intervention services and the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Team.
Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each special education program and provide a written report to the Director of Special Education when requested.
Collaborate with the Director of Special Education on goal setting for special education services for the school year.
Assist in the development and evaluation of accountability procedures, curriculum, and staff development.
Assist staff in implementing or modifying instructional or classroom management strategies to meet student needs.
Provide consultation and assistance to personnel to assure that students receive appropriate programming and that the necessary data is collected to demonstrate student progress toward IEP goals and objectives.
Develop and conduct regular inservice training programs for the special education staff and general education staff regarding procedural changes and any topics essential to the delivery of services to students with disabilities or students at risk.
Provide communication to parents, administrators, and general education personnel regarding the education of students with disabilities.
Assist in the coordination of the home instruction program and the transportation for students with disabilities.
Represent the district at placement meetings, annual reviews, and IEP meetings or assign an appropriate designee to attend.
Provide input to the counseling staff and administrative team into the structuring of processes and programs to support 504 students.
Provide input into the structuring of processes and programs to support intervention services and the MTSS team.
Develop cooperative placements with other school districts and community agencies to provide appropriate services for those students with disabilities whose needs cannot be met within the district.
Work cooperatively with the Director to coordinate the use of special education funds provided for instructional materials and equipment for students with disabilities.
Plan and recommend expenditures for special education teachers.
Identify and maintain adequate supplies, testing materials, and equipment needed for special education programs.
Assist in developing budget recommendations.
Develop and maintain professional and personal skills and knowledge necessary to provide the leadership expected for this position and for a district administrator.
Assume personal responsibility for professional growth and development; for maintaining a current knowledge of professional literature, research, and legal issues; and for attending appropriate professional meetings.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Superintendent or his/her designee.