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Assistant Superintendent of Special Services

Walled Lake, Michigan

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Location: James R. Geisler Middle School

Work Schedule: 260 Work Days

Salary Range: $117, 193 - $163,549

Starting Date: July 10, 2023

Walled Lake Schools is seeking a dynamic, passionate, inspirational, proactive individual to join our Cabinet level administration team and lead our Special Services Department. If you are a strong relationship builder, responsive communicator, and proven collaborator with a deep understanding of Special Education laws and regulations, please consider Walled Lake Consolidated School District to serve the needs of Every Child, Every Day.


Provide leadership and support to the Special Services staff. Ensure program integration with the other instructional departments, the Intermediate School District, and the State. Ensure compliance with Special Education Regulations, both State and Federal.


  • An earned Master’s Degree or higher from an accredited institution in special education, education leadership, or related field
  •  Eligible for or possess approval as a special education director under the Michigan Department of Education guidelines
  • A minimum of five years of successful related experience in special education, including experience in an educational leadership position or role
  • Valid teaching certificate with endorsements in two areas of special education, or possess full approval and/or licensure as a school psychologist, teacher of the speech and language impaired, school social worker, teacher consultant, or special education teacher
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and knowledge of and proven performance in behavior planning, meeting/group facilitation, conflict resolution, and business/community educational partnerships
  • Knowledge of recent trends and research based practices in the field of special education
  • Experience with writing state and federal grants
  •  Knowledge of standard accounting practices
  • Valid driver’s license without restrictions prohibiting driving during school hours


  • Demonstrate leadership as an active Cabinet / team member
  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships with all levels of Special Services personnel
  • Ability to organize and manage Special Services department administrators’ roles and responsibilities and create a system of accountability toward department objectives and goals
  • Create culture of collaboration, trust and inclusivity
  • Develop, organize, and administer all special education programs and services within the district
  • Develop and maintain a hub of resources for programs within the continuum of services for Special Education students that is accessible to staff districtwide
  • Demonstrate a proactive approach to systems creation and implementation
  • Be responsive to the needs of all students and staff
  • Commitment to excellence in providing useful and meaningful professional development opportunities for general and Special Services staff
  • Supervise and evaluate all Special Services staff
  • Foster the relationship between General Education and Special Services curriculum and services
  • Act as a liaison between the staff and the community
  • Oversee the preparation of special education student reports
  • Monitor Special Services finances
  • Attends IEPCs as needed
  • Keep informed of all legal requirements governing special education and ensure compliance with local, state, and federal guidelines
  • Advise staff on all activities related to Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Attend meetings, conferences, workshops, and professional development in related areas
  •  Serve on committees related to areas of special education
  • Develop department policies and procedures consistent with Board of Education policies and state and federal education laws
  • Coordinate the selection, assignment, and transfer of Special Services personnel
  • Demonstrate a proactive approach to systems creation and implementation
  • Demonstrate excellent conflict resolution skills and build commitment to best practices
  • Develop and promote parent outreach opportunities and parent involvement
  •  Demonstrate outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrate involvement in community activities and organizations


  • Must be present at the work site to perform duties
  • Must be able to manage stressful situations
  • Must be able to lead and control groups of people and individuals
  • Must be able to communicate effectively
  • Must be able to build and maintain a safe environment
  • Must be able to meet the physical demands of the job including but not limited to: walking, kneeling, sitting on the floor, rising from the floor, bending, and lifting at least 20 pounds

The Essential Functions 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 qualified disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Position posted through June 2, 2023.

Interested candidates should apply online through the Oakland County Human Resources Consortium site:

The application files must include a cover letter, resume, and three professional references.


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