SUMMARY: The Director of Special Education is responsible for leadership, administration, and supervision of all services and programs associated with the provision of special education in Council Bluffs Schools and for all instructional services provided in community-based programs for which the school district is responsible.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. Other duties may be assigned. Essential duties must be performed on site.
Facilitates development and implementation of a District vision and goals to ensure all students with disabilities receive a free and appropriate education in the least restrictive environment.
Collaborates with district administrators in the Academic Division and Student and Family Services to ensure cohesiveness and continuity in the provision of services to students with disabilities.
Communicates and collaborates with Green Hills Area Education Agency (GHAEA), state, and national organizations to ensure compliance with state and federal mandates, and to advocate and strengthen programming in special education.
Collaborates and communicates with parents and staff members to ensure that plans for students with disabilities are implemented with fidelity.
Provides direction and guidance to appropriate special education staff, administrators, and parents with respect to state and federal regulations governing the education of students with disabilities.
Develops goals and action plans for special education that are aligned with the Academic Division and district’s goals.
Monitors academic achievement for students with disabilities.
Articulates and implements instructional plans to improve student achievement for students with disabilities.
Manages fiscal resources related to special education and to instructional services in various community-based programs serving students with disabilities.
Determines special education staffing in all buildings, including making recommendations for additional staffing or reductions in staffing when necessary based on enrollment and programming.
Coordinates the development of curricula appropriate to the needs of students with disabilities.
Develops and implements interagency agreements that create programs with shared responsibility for students with disabilities.
Produces timely and comprehensive reports and applications as determined by the district, GHAEA, or the state and federal governments.
Insures implementation of the District Developed Service Delivery Plan per requirements from the Iowa Department of Education.
Coordinates all data management related to special education including but not limited to the October Count, Certified Annual Report, staff rosters, IEPs, BEDS, tuition in/out contracts.
Responds to and manages concerns from parents, complaints, and requests for Resolution Facilitation to include due process.
Acts as the district’s contact for contracting with external agencies providing services for students with disabilities.
Supervises and evaluates personnel as assigned.
Reports to work as scheduled on a regular and reliable basis.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Supervises staff members and administrators as assigned.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from an accredited college or university required. Doctorate Degree preferred.
Teaching and leadership experience in the area of special education is required.
Five years of successful leadership experience in an administrative position, including both experience at the central office level and as a building principal, is preferred.
Educational leadership experience at both the elementary and secondary levels is preferred.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
Valid Iowa Professional Administrator License with Evaluator Approval and PK-12 Special Education Supervisor Endorsement
Ability to: read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations; write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals; effectively present information; and respond to questions from staff, students, and the general public.
Ability to work with mathematical concepts (probability, statistical inference, geometry, trigonometry, fractions, percentages, ratios, etc). Experience with finance developing and implementing budgets.
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES:
Ability to: apply knowledge of current research and theory to instructional program; establish and maintain effective relationships with staff, students and public; navigate the WEB IEP; and work effectively with others in a group or team environment. Skilled in: oral and written communication including advanced computer application skills; child growth and development strategies and how it affects learning; teaching and learning processes; and licensure for special education teachers and specialists.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here 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.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee will frequently sit and stand and almost continuously walk. The employee is occasionally required to: stoop, kneel, reach forward and above the head 0 - 12 inches and on occasion up to 18 inches; and lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, 0 - 12 feet and up to 20 feet, such as boxes of books. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and peripheral vision. The employee regularly interacts with staff and public in addition to meeting multiple demands and deadlines from several people. The employee must be able to move from place to place, building to building and travel to attend meetings.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet and work is performed indoors. The employee may be required to travel from building to building in varying weather conditions.
Additional Salary Information: Salary Commensurate with Degree and Experience
Internal Number: 4504
About CB School District
District Mission Statement
The mission of the Council Bluffs Community School District is to guarantee that every student graduates with the knowledge, skills and character to become a responsible citizen and to succeed in a changing world by creating a leading-edge, inclusive educational system which provides challenging expectations, diverse experiences, engaging curriculum and innovative teaching within a collaborative, caring community.
All students will meet or exceed state proficiency standards in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies.
Each student will meet or exceed expected growth targets on state assessments.
100% of students will graduate and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attributes to successfully transition to post-secondary education or a career.