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Executive Director of Schools and Family Support

New London Public Schools-1
New London, CT, US
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Position Type:
Administration - Confidential/Executive Director of School and Student Support Services

Date Posted:

District Wide

Date Available:

Closing Date:
Until Filled

TITLE: Executive Director of School and Student Support Services
REPORTS TO: Superintendent of New London Public Schools
  • District level special education service providers, special education supervisors and case managers
  • Director of Climate and Culture and Assistant Director of Mental Health
  • Lead teacher of preschool program and some preschool teachers
  • School Health Services, through Director of Nursing
  • The Welcome Center and Family Resource Centers
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Twelve (12) month unaffiliated position; other terms as determined by Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools
PRIMARY FUNCTION: The Executive Director will provide leadership and oversight for special education, family and community engagement, and pupil personnel services throughout the district. Additionally, they will support policy development designed to provide consistency and equity, compliance with all programs, services, resource distribution, processing and the assignment of special education and related services staff.
This description of the position of Executive Director is for identification and administrative purposes only. It is not intended to be a complete statement of all duties, which may be assigned or adjusted by the Superintendent of Schools according to varying needs.
  • Effectively lead the public school district, families, and the community in improving educational outcomes for students with disabilities.
  • Manage the overall resources and budget analysis/oversight responsibilities for implementation of supports and services for students with disabilities.
  • Effectively communicate and collaborate with racially and culturally diverse community members, agencies, organizations, institutions, families, and educators to provide a cohesive and comprehensive system of support for students with disabilities.
  • Develop, manage, evaluate, and improve the systemic implementation of policies and procedures regarding special education and pupil personnel supports and services, including the implementation of regulatory compliance measures.
  • Ensure regulatory compliance related to disability and special education laws and regulations.
  • Support administrators and staff in the implementation of supports and services for students, including special education, related services, and the gifted and talented.
  • Review, analyze and evaluate existing programs, including student performance data, to lead strategic planning and implementation designed to achieve greater student success.
  • Oversee and manage the roll-out of School Climate initiatives; lead district-based sub committees as assigned.
  • Manage Homebound tutoring, medical and nursing services, and special education transportation.
  • Oversee the maintenance of student records in accordance with federal, state, and local requirements to include the continuum of settings and an array of tiered instructional services.
  • Provide direction for child find, intervention supports, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and the 504 process.
  • Develop and lead the strategic planning for improved academic and life outcomes for students with disabilities.
  • Develop, support, and manage, in collaboration with the Superintendent, other administrators, and the New London Board of Education the annual budgeting and planning process for special education and related services.
  • Manage the development and implementation of standard operating procedures and guidelines for practice.
  • Manage data collection, analysis, and utilization of special education and student services.
  • Cultivate effective partnerships with racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse families and educators.
  • Develop and provide professional development for special education and support services staff, Central Office staff.
    • Graduate degree in special education or related services
    • Proven experience in operational and educational leadership
    • Certification in special education or related services
    • Certification as an Administrator or Supervisor (092)
    • At least five (5) years leadership of building level and/or central office administrative experience, to include direct staff supervision and program evaluation experience
    • At least five (5) years of classroom experience in special education or related services
    • Effective oral and written communication skills
    • Ability to be both inclusive and decisive in decision making and actions
    • Evidenced skills in complex budget and finance management
    • Demonstrated knowledge of
      • State and federal laws, statutes, and regulations pertaining to education overall education broad, special education, and pupil personnel services
      • Staff evaluation and union contracts
      • Strategic planning, policy development, and systems change
      • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), IEPs, 504 processes, and compliance measures
    • Evidenced success in
      • Working collaboratively with Boards of Education, Educators, Families and Community Members to build consensus and foster a positive professional climate of mutual trust and respect
      • Developing and implementing strategic planning, policies, and practices for improved student outcomes
      • Administrating, organizing, and managing systems for delivery of supports and services for students with disabilities
      • Building effective school, family, community partnerships
      • Creating equitable mindset and practices regarding race, English learners, and differences in abilities
      • Working with and engaging educators, community members, and families from culturally and racially diverse backgrounds
      • Placing the interests of students and their families first and foremost
      • Building passion about improvement for student learning performance
      • Providing professional learning opportunities to advance educators' instructional preparedness for working with all students
    • Doctorate degree in special education, related services or educational leadership
    • Bilingual, English and Spanish

    PERFORMANCE EVALUATION: Annually by the Superintendent of Schools
    SALARY RANGE: To be negotiated based on experience and qualifications
    Date: July 2016
    Date Revised: December 2018
    March 2, 2022

    New London Public Schools
    New London, Connecticut

    New London Public School District is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Candidates from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
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