Executive Director of Special Education

Ellicott City, Maryland
Feb 02, 2018

Executive Director of Special Education
A completed application includes all application materials and three supervisory references.
This position is posted until filled, with an initial screening date of February 11, 2018.
Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials in a timely fashion.



Under the direction of the Chief Academic Officer, the Executive Director of Special Education provides vision, leadership, oversight and evaluation for the Department of Special Education.


  • Provides leadership and oversight in all matters related to the operation, coordination, and evaluation of all programs and initiatives within the areas of Special Education.
  • Ensures compliance with COMAR and MSDE regulations regarding the coordination of Special Education programs.
  • Provides leadership for the design and implementation of professional learning for Special Education staff.
  • Supervises and evaluates the performance of Department of Special Education coordinators and leadership staff.
  • Prepares information about and provides leadership for the development and submission of budgets related to state and federal grants and HCPSS operating budgets.
  • Provides oversight for the systemic management of student records and ensures compliance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
  • Facilitates outreach including topics related school system initiatives with parents, community members, advocacy groups, and advisory groups representing Special Education.
  • Serves as an active member of the School Support Team (SST).

The above list is a summary of the functions of the job, not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks, and duties.


Applicants must meet all of the following qualifications listed below to be considered for the vacancy. Use the application, letter of introduction, and resume to specifically address each qualification.

  • Hold a Master’s Degree in Special Education.
  • Hold, or currently eligible for, a Maryland Educators Certificate with an endorsement in
    Administration and Supervision I and/or II.
  • A minimum of five years of preK-12 leadership experience in the field of Special Education.
  • Demonstrated excellence in oral and written skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks in a flexible manner.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with staff, parents, community members, and public agencies.



  • Hold a Doctorate Degree in Special Education or related areas. Thorough knowledge of current trends and research related to Special Education Understanding of and support for ethnic, racial and cultural diversity.  Thorough understanding of the operation of early intervention programs and school-age special education programs and services.



This is a 12-month position on the Administrative, Management, and Technical Salary Scale, Grade 30. The current salary range for the position is $112,498-$203,116.  Actual salary placement will be in accordance with the salary procedures of the Howard County Public School System. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, this position is exempt from overtime.




Please complete the online application and all application materials, including three reference surveys, in a timely manner.




Be sure to include the following in your application materials:


  • A complete listing of employment locations Dates of employment Names of direct supervisors Current salary


There will be a pre-screening of the applicant credentials before inviting candidates in for an interview. Interviews will be limited to those applicants who, in addition to meeting the basic requirements, have experiences and education, which most closely match the position qualifications and the needs of the school system.

Only applicants who submit all of the application materials by the closing date of the vacancy will be considered for this position.

Equal opportunity employer

The Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  HCPSS ensures equal employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.


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