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17 May 2023

Operations / Administration Executive Director of Special Education

Montezuma-Cortez School District RE-1
 Cortez, Montezuma County, Colorado, United States

Job Description

Montezuma-Cortez School District RE-1


Position:   Executive Director of Special Education

Our Vision

The district is committed to creating an environment of collaboration and accountability that ensures our students:

  • Achieve personal goals and academic growth
  • Are invested in success for their future
  • Attain high levels of literacy and 21st century skills
  • Are engaged in active citizenship
  • Learn in a safe and healthy school environment

Position Summary: This position is responsible for leading and implementing special education programs and services for students with disabilities in accordance with federal and state regulations; working with the Superintendent to provide instructional leadership team that improves student learning; providing leadership for curriculum, assessment, and professional development for staff; and providing leadership in development, implementation, and evaluation of special education staff.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities: This list of essential job functions is not exhaustive and may be supplemented as necessary. Depending upon individual assignment, the employee may perform all or a combination of several of the following duties:

  •  Develop and implement a data-driven program to increase student achievement and meet individual student goals
  • Subscribe to and practice a philosophy of teamwork and professionalism
  • Develop and manage multiple budgets in conformance with budget allocations, district fiscal procedures, and State and Federal fund source restrictions
  • Work cooperatively with teams from Human Resources, Finance, and Learning & Teaching departments relative to staffing levels, budgeting, and compliance
  • Hire, supervise, and evaluate staff to promote effective performance
  • Manage and align staff and fiscal resources while fulfilling legal and compliance responsibilities
  • Ensure timely response to Federal, State, and local grants and reporting requirements
  • Assign, supervise, and evaluate special education programs and staff
  • Supervise School Psychologists, Counselors, Occupational/Physical Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists
  • Serve as the district contact person for 504’s
  • Supervise district’s nursing services
  • Assist instructional staff in aligning curriculum, instruction, and assessment with relevant standards and learning goals
  • Review and approve student files for special education eligibility and placement
  • Work with principals to develop an atmosphere of respect, interest, and enthusiasm for delivery of services to students
  • Work positively with a diverse range of parents, staff, agencies, and community members to establish healthy involvement in planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs pertaining to special education students
  • Establish professional and ongoing contacts with students, staff, and parents
  • Implement and comply with Federal and State laws and regulations
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communications
  • Listen and partner with students, families, and community members from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds
  • Commit to helping every building create the capacity to serve students with disabilities related to social cognition, behavior challenges, and other special needs through active participation and training of staff
  • Respond to parents and building needs in a timely and collaborative manner
  • Manage resources to meet legal requirements
  • Comply with all district policies and procedures
  • Comply with the Code of Professional Conduct
  • Perform related duties as assigned

Reports to: Superintendent

Supervisory responsibility: ESS staff

Budget and/or Resource Responsibility:  Responsible for the Special Education budget.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions: The physical demands, work environment factors and mental functions described below 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.

Physical Activities: Amount of:
None Under 1/3 1/3 to 2/3 Over 2/3
Stand     X  
Walk X
Sit X
Reach with hands and arms X
Climb or balance X
Stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl X
Talk X
Listen X


Weight and Force Demands: Amount of:
None Under 1/3 1/3 to 2/3 Over 2/3
Up to 10 pounds X
Up to 25 pounds X
Up to 50 pounds X
Up to 100 pounds X
More than 100 pounds X


Mental Functions: Amount Of:
None Under 1/3 1/3 to 2/3 Over 2/3
Compare X
Analyze X
Communicate X
Copy X
Coordinate X
Instruct X
Compute X
Synthesize X
Evaluate X
Interpersonal Skills X
Compile X
Negotiate X


Noise Level: Exposure Level
Very quiet
Loud X
Very Loud


Work Environment: Amount of:
None Under 1/3 1/3 to 2/3 Over 2/3
Wet or humid conditions (non-weather) X
Work near moving mechanical parts X
Work in high, precarious places X
Fumes or airborne particles X
Toxic or caustic chemicals X
Outdoor weather conditions X
Extreme Cold (non-weather) X
Extreme Heat (non-weather) X
Risk of electrical shock X
Work with explosives X
Risk of radiation X
Vibration X


Vision Demands: Required
No special vision requirements
Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less) X
Distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more) X
Color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors) X
Peripheral vision
Depth perception
Ability to adjust focus X


The signatures below indicate that this job description has been reviewed by the employee with the supervisor.


__________________________   ____________________             _________

Employee Name (Print)                            Employee Signature                              Date

__________________________   ____________________             ___________

Supervisor Name (Print)                           Supervisor Signature                            Date

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. This job description is not intended to create any express or implied contract of employment or expectancy of continued employment for any definite term.


Montezuma-Cortez School District RE-1 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age. A lack of English speaking skills will not be a barrier to participation or admission. The following staff have been designated to handle inquiries regarding our nondiscrimination policies:

Title IX Coordinator and Compliance Officer (Title II/ADA, Title VI)

Cynthia Eldredge, Executive Director of Human Resources

400 North Elm Street, Cortez, CO 81321

970-565-7522 ext. 1135


504 Compliance Officer (Section 504) 

Robbin Lewis, 504 Compliance Officer

400 North Elm Street, Cortez, CO 81321

970-565-7522 ext. 1127


M-CSD RE-1 School Governance Policies can be found on our website at:



El Distrito Escolar Montezuma-Cortez RE-1 no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, discapacidad o edad. La falta de habilidades para hablar inglés no será una barrera para la participación o admisión. El siguiente personal ha sido designado para manejar consultas sobre nuestras políticas de no discriminación:


Coordinador del Título IX Oficial de Cumplimiento (Título II/ADA, Título VI)

Cynthia Eldredge, Directora Ejecutiva de Recursos Humanos

400 Calle Elm Norte

Cortez, CO 81321

970-565-7522 extensión 1135


504 Oficial de Cumplimiento (Sección 504)

Robbin Lewis, Oficial de Cumplimiento 504

400 Calle Elm Norte

Cortez, CO 81321

970-565-7522 extensión 1127


Las políticas de gobierno escolar de M-CSD RE-1 se pueden encontrar en nuestro sitio web en:

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How to Apply

Please go to the Montezuma-Cortez School District RE-1  website.  The link is provided below.

Bureaus: Colorado. Job Categories: Contract. Job Types: Operations / Administration. Salaries: 80,000 - 100,000.