Operations / Administration Integrated Services Director (Poudre School District)
SUMMARY: Responsible for providing senior level, district-wide vision, leadership, advocacy, and high-quality education to ensure effective special education programming for students with disabilities (ages 3-21) in Poudre School District. Ensure needs of students with disabilities are met through evidence-based, integrated, specialized instruction and services. Manage implementation of state and federal special education mandates, initiatives, and requirements including the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Exceptional Children’s Education Act (ECEA) and assure effective collaboration with all district departments, services, and schools. Responsible for oversight and management of staff, budgets, state reporting, and strategic and proactive litigation mitigation.
Description of Job Tasks:
1. Develop, implement and integrate the vision and leadership for year round district programming for students with special education needs in PSD. Ensure service providers partner with PSD staff, families, and schools. Serve as a district resource regarding special education issues, legislative and case law changes, and current relevant pedagogy and best practices for educating students with disabilities.
2. Partner with legal council and district leadership in interpretation and administration of local, state, and federal statutes, rules, policies, and administrative directions related to Special Education programs.
3. Direct department vision, mission, goals and ongoing plan for data-driven continuous improvement.
4. Oversee state and federal reporting and compliance for special education including data collection, preparation, and submission for federal, state, and local monitoring and reporting related to IDEA and ECEA.
5. Collaborate with departments and leaders across the district to coordinate the development, implementation, and review of Special Education services. Assist with long range planning for integrated student support, including UIP development and use of the learning environment in buildings/sites.
6. Coordinate relevant professional development for licensed and classified Integrated Services staff and families.
7. Coordinate data analysis and program evaluation for planning and improvement to ensure fidelity of programming for students with disabilities.
8. Set staffing levels for school special education programs to provide services with fiscal efficiency and program fidelity. Collaborate with Human Resources on staff allocations, assignments, personnel and staffing issues.
9. Plan, submit, and oversee all department budgets, including special education operating budgets, staffing budgets, and state and federal funds.
10. Develop proposals for new programs, budgets, and grants for the purpose of meeting District goals in collaboration with the Learning Services Team and building/district leadership.
11. Recruit, hire, train and ensure effective supervision of integrated services staff including Assistant Directors, Program Coordinators, Coaches, Professional Practice Experts, and central office staff.
12. In conjunction with legal counsel, provide direction on resolution of disputes, complaints, and due process.
13. Model effective collaboration, interpersonal and problem-solving skills, and conflict resolution for staff, students, and families.
14. Represent PSD’s Integrated Services Department at local, regional, and state meetings, task forces and other functions. Ensure Integrated Services staff participation on state committees as appropriate.
15. Attend work and arrive in a timely manner.
16. Perform other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION AND RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE:
- Master’s Degree in special education with successful completion of an administrator license program required.
- Five years of experience in special education required.
- Five years educational administrative experience strongly preferred.
- Equivalent combination of education and experience acceptable.
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS or CERTIFICATIONS:
- Criminal background check required for hire.
- Colorado Director of Special Education License.
- Valid Colorado driver’s license.
TECHNICAL SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE & ABILITIES: • Thorough knowledge of special education programs. • Thorough knowledge of IDEA and ECEA. • Facilitation and conflict resolution skills. • Knowledge of current PSD vision, mission, Unified Improvement Plan, Board Ends. • A belief that all students are capable of learning. • Human relation skills. • Oral and written communication skills. • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage and supervise a large staff comprised of administrators, classified, and licensed staff • Ability to set high standards and achieve them. • Ability to show respect and sensitivity to individual needs/concerns. • Ability to protect and maintain student confidentially. • Demonstrated concern for student health and safety. • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse student and employee population • Demonstrated ability to work collegially with building principals and other district leaders • Ability to effectively communicate with leadership, staff, parents, and students. • Ability to frequently travel among district facility locations. • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills. • Ability to maintain confidentiality in all aspects of the job. • Ability to manage multiple priorities. • Ability to maintain honesty and integrity in all aspects of the job • Ability to communicate, interact and work effectively and cooperatively with people from diverse ethnic and educational backgrounds • Ability and willingness to adhere to attendance requirements, including regular and punctual employee presence. • Ability to promote and follow Board of Education policies, Superintendent policies and building and department procedures. • Ability to recognize the importance of safety in the workplace, follow safety rules, practice safe work habits, utilize appropriate safety equipment and report unsafe conditions to the appropriate administrator.
MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT OPERATING KNOWLEDGE: • Personal computers and peripherals. • Operating knowledge of and experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and/or other department software packages.
Information specific to this position:
Pay Range: $109,687.00 – $151,368.00 , based on qualifications and experience*
Work calendar days: 260
Duration of position: Ongoing
Benefits include: Health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, PERA retirement, paid time off, short and long term disability, as well as other optional benefit elections.
*Pay range listed above is for employees newly hired to PSD (existing employees please refer to the pay range on the appropriate salary schedule). PSD engages in a salary placement process vs. a salary negotiation process. This information is provided in compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act and is the company’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the compensation range and benefits offered for this position. The compensation offered to the successful applicant may vary based on factors including experience, skills, education, location, and other job-related reasons. All salaries are set by Human Resources based on a review of qualifications compared to the requirements on the job description; therefore listing all related education and experience on your application is recommended.
Additional Information: Must have a valid Colorado administrator’s license with appropriate endorsement
Questions regarding this posting can be directed to Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org