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Executive Director of Special Education

Baltimore City Public Schools | Baltimore MD 21202 USA | Full Time - 12 Month | Revised: 06/30/2017

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About the Executive Director of Special Education Position

The Executive Director of Special Education is a critical leadership role that directly affects the acceleration of improved student outcomes for City Schools’ 12,500 students with disabilities. The Executive Director of Special Education is the district’s lead instructional executive responsible for promoting achievement for students with disabilities by ensuring student needs are identified and met and appropriate guidelines and regulations are followed. Aiming to eliminate disparities in achievement and ensure college and career readiness for students with special needs, the Executive Director will develop and implement City Schools’ policies and procedures, lead comprehensive planning and coordination, and provide system leadership for special education and related services for students with diverse learning needs.


Essential Role Responsibilities

Reporting directly to the Chief Academic Officer, the Executive Director of Special Education will direct and supervise a department of over 80 employees including teams related to special education citywide programs, IEP development and implementation, related services, special education due process, self-monitoring and compliance, and separate public day and non-public programs.


Equity Leadership and Student Success

  • Cultivates a commitment among all district staff to enable all students to achieve high standards.
  • Sets a clear and compelling vision and goals for the Special Education department to support students with special needs and increase their academic achievement.
  • Operates with a lens of cultural proficiency, sensitivity, and equity to ensure customers’ needs are met.
  • Assess the distribution of Special Education supports, ensuring allocation is even and provides the best resources to efficiently and effectively meet the needs of City Schools’ students, families, and schools.


Instructional Leadership and School Support

  • Apply research and best practices to articulate clear theories of pedagogy, develop intervention programs, and improve the delivery of special education and related services.
  • Collaborates with principals, principal supervisors, and district departments to provide supports for a variety of school settings and build school support systems with the resources necessary to meet schools’ needs.


Systems and Policies

  • Creates proactive systems to garner feedback from schools to inform district-level policy and practice.
  • Plans and implements system-wide strategies to improve the provision of special education and related services.
  • Creates, implements, monitors, and continuously improve special education policies, systems, and procedures.
  • Use and analyze data to drive decisions and solve problems to achieve student outcomes.
    • Share data with broad audiences to facilitate and communicate effective decision-making.
    • Facilitates problem-solving and dispute resolution to ensure appropriate services and resources for students.
    • Addresses systemic issues efficiently, effectively, and consistently.
  • Leads staff and district offices to develop, implement, document, and monitor quality improvement plans.
  • Provides technical assistance to staff, families, and outside agencies related to the implementation of legal mandates.


Team Leadership and Talent Management

  • Helps all staff understand that they will be assessed on their ability to continually improve instructional practices.
  • Provides supervision, mentoring, and professional growth and development opportunities for staff.
  • Supports staff to develop, implement, and evaluate project plans and strategy to achieve goals and objectives.
  • Increases the effectiveness of school-based special educators:
    • Assists in the recruitment, selection, and matching of candidates for special education and related services.
    • Collaborates to refine and implement City Schools’ evaluative frameworks, tools, and professional growth opportunities for employees in special education and related services.
    • Potential to supervise principals of districts-run separate day schools for special education.
  • Strategically manages and allocates resources (including money, people, time, etc.) aligned to students’ needs.


Professional Learning

  • Builds the capacity of district teachers and leaders to implement inclusive practices for students with disabilities.
  • Partners with central offices to create district-wide professional development programs, ensuring a robust, systemic approach to meet the needs of special education students.
  • Supports central and school-based staff and the community to make decisions based on research and best practices in special education, psychology, social work, health, counseling, student support teams, and related services.


Collaboration and Partnership

  • Communicates and collaborates with internal and external stakeholders from diverse backgrounds.
  • Provides customer service that is responsive to customer needs and transparent in decision-making.
  • Serves as liaison with students, parents/families, and community stakeholders to support students with disabilities.
  • Skillfully navigates political structures, relationships, and dynamics to improve results for students.


Key Competencies

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following:


Vision and Courage to Ensure All Students Achieve

  • Holds self and others accountable for reaching high academic achievement of all students.
  • Develops, articulates, and builds buy-in to a clear and compelling vision.
  • Demonstrates high expectations and believe that all students can achieve at high levels.
  • Believes in City Schools’ mission and demonstrate dedication to the City Schools’ community and students.


Communication and Interpersonal Skills

  • Actively listens to others, understands nuance, and effectively interprets motivations/perceptions.
  • Communicates effectively. Tailors messages for the audience, context, and mode of communication.
  • Builds positive relationships and coalitions. Maintains visibility and work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders at all levels, including but not limited to district staff, students, families, communities, and/or advocacy groups.
  • Moves adults to take action and ownership. Manages change, gains stakeholder buy-in, and overcome resistance.
  • Proactively address and resolves conflicts. Exhibits willingness to have difficult conversations and challenge ideas to enable better decisions.
  • Reflects, accurately assess own strengths and growth areas, solicit feedback, and seek growth opportunities.
  • Exhibits poise and professionalism, including when under pressure.


Strategic Planning and Effective Execution

  • Exhibits a strong focus on goals and results. Sets clear metrics for success.
  • Demonstrates critical thinking skills and the ability to analyze data, identify trends, and diagnose root causes.
  • Proactively offers innovative solutions to seemingly intractable problems.
  • Executes effectively: develops and implements action plans, anticipates risks, and adapts to changing circumstances.
  • Demonstrates excellent project management skills, including close attention to detail, ability to balance the big picture with detailed steps to reach the end goal, and ability to balance multiple projects under tight deadlines.
  • Continuously monitors progress and demonstrates persistence to overcome obstacles to achieve goals.


Team Leadership and Management

  • Builds and leads effective teams to achieve ambitious goals.
  • Assess teams and individuals’ skills, identifies development needs, and provides feedback and support to improve practice, build capacity, and maximize talent.
  • Promotes professional learning and utilize effective adult learning techniques.
  • Advocates for students, staff members, and decisions.
  • Lead team to collaborate with other departments, teams, and stakeholders.


Special Education Knowledge and Expertise

  • Tracks records / demonstrated ability to develop and deliver programming that drives improved academic performance in special education populations.
  • Understands and implements promising instructional practices and models.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of federal and state regulations and compliance related to students with disabilities.


Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in special education, educational administration, or a related field from an accredited college or institution. Doctorate preferred.
  • A valid Advanced Professional Certificate from Maryland State Department of Education. Must hold Special Education certification and Administrator Level I and II.
  • Five years of supervisory/administrative/management experience in special education or related field, preferably in a large urban school district. Experience as a teacher and/or school leader with documented success in improving student outcomes preferred.
  • Knowledge of legal mandates and regulations governing the provision of special education and related services.
  • Knowledge of best practices for the instruction of diverse learners.
  • Proficient in the knowledge and use of technical computer applications.


Application Process

Qualified candidates for the above position must submit a completed online application and a resume that clearly demonstrates the above minimum qualifications. 


Benefits: Salary for this position is competitive commensurate with prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.


Baltimore City Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and encourages resumes from bi-lingual or multi-lingual candidates. Baltimore City Public Schools does not discriminate in any aspect of employment on the basis of race, color, ancestry or national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or age. For inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies, please contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Manager, 200 E. North Avenue, Room 208, Baltimore, MD 21202; 410-396-8542 (ph.); 410-396-2955 (fax).

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Location Baltimore, MD, United States
Categories Special Education Director
Organization Type Public School
Teaching field Special Education
Experience Years 5 yrs

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Contact Name Dyan Sellers
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