Operations / Administration Special Education Director
Director of Special Education
1. Providing consistent leadership for the District in pursuit of its strategic and tactical goals.
As a Director this position is responsible for:
• Participating and contributing to setting goals and standards and making decisions that help guide Mesa County Valley School District 51 (MCVSD 51) toward its near-term and long-term future.
• Cooperatively resolving current issues of major significance that will have a bearing on the programs and people of MCVSD 51 assigned.
• Being decisive in taking and communicating appropriate remedial action when performance and behavior is not consistent with targets
• Sharing information and develop a collective understanding of programs and issues
• Fostering trust and alignment of department goals with the District’s goals
2. Assuring the on-going monitoring, evaluation and improvements necessary for special education student growth and achievement. Working with instructional directors to align and enhance services to students, this position will evaluate the effectiveness of programming for students with disabilities.
3. Coordinating hiring efforts to obtain highly qualified staff to serve students with disabilities. The Director develops effective professional learning structures and/or opportunities that align with District priorities and promote staff development and retention. In addition, duties include oversight and training of department Coordinators in their role as evaluators of special education staff. Director acts as the point of resolution in instances whereby a staff member disagrees with a Coordinator’s evaluation.
4. Possessing a working knowledge of, promoting, and enacting federal, state, and District special education policies, standards, and procedures. This position is responsible for supporting District personnel in understanding, abiding by, and compliance with legal and ethical boundaries as outlined in the:
• Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, 2004)
• Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
• Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
• Colorado Preschool Project (CPP)
• Nursing Services
5. Developing, implementing and providing coordination and monitoring of budgets, programs, staffing levels that enhance student growth and achievement. Duties include but are not limited to directing programs, writing Federal applications, providing fiscal management and compliance for all programs assigned to this role.
6. Addressing stakeholder questions and concerns as it relates to students with disabilities including policies, procedures, methodologies and discipline in addition to other topics. Mediating between parents, other staff members, and community stakeholders the Director champions the best options in serving students with disabilities.
7. Serving on numerous community, district and regional, & State committees to provide services to students and professional development to staff is an expectation of this position. Other duties may be assigned
This position works with Coordinators, Principals, Central Administration, and outside agencies in aligning District priorities and resources to support student achievement as it relates to students with disabilities within the District’s education system. Employee provides support and leadership to special education staff, the early childhood and pre-school education teams, and all District Allied Health Professionals. Position is responsible for the department’s overall compliance with special education record keeping and reporting requirements as well as utilizing data-driven decision making to continuously drive District and building level improvements for students with disabilities.
Masters degree in education with additional coursework in Special Education
Preference given for Doctorate degree in related field
Previous experience in school administration and demonstrated leadership abilities
Must have or be able to obtain Colorado Special Education Director’s License
$105,571 – 161,237