19 - Executive Director of Exceptional Student Services

Pueblo, CO, US
Feb 28, 2019
  • Position Type:
    Administration/ Executive Director

  • Date Posted:

  • Location:
    Administrative Service Center

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    This posting will remain open until filled. We will begin reviewing applications March 25, 2019.

    Job Title:
    Executive Director of Exceptional Student Services
    Work Year: 220 days (4-Day Work Week)
    Department: Exceptional Student Services
    Reports To: Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Services
    Salary Range: Salary Based on Executive Director Salary Schedule in PASE Negotiated Agreement
    Benefits: Fringe Benefits based on PASE Negotiated Agreement
    Status: FLSA Status: Exempt

    SUMMARY OF FUNCTIONS: Responsible for hiring, supporting, leading, coaching, and supervising Exceptional Student Services Department. The position is responsible to ensure student achievement for students with disabilities by providing vision and leadership in all services promoting student learning and success through interpretation and administration of all local, state, federal statutes, rules, policies, and administrative directions pertaining to programs for students with disabilities. The Executive Director of Exceptional Student Services collaboratively develops and facilitates program design and implementation aligned with legal compliance, District Strategic Plan, and instructional best practices. The Executive Director of Exceptional Student Services provides ongoing and frequent engagement with all special education service provider groups, district department administrators, building principals, community agencies, parents, family advocates, and legal representatives. This position leads, supervises, and evaluates the implementation of the IDEA to provide a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to approximately 2,200 identified students. The Executive Director of Exceptional Student Services systematically and compliantly develops the IDEA grant application, oversees a budget of $16.5 million including staffing allocations, professional development, progress monitoring. In addition, manages the disabilities and IEPs of students from the ages 1½ years through age 21. They also are responsible for the development and maintenance of a continuum of services from the least to most restrictive placements, and submit all required state and federal reports.

    QUALIFICATIONS: 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. The physical demands, work environment factors, and mental functions described below 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.

    • Master's degree
    • Holds or is eligible for a Colorado Administrator license with Special Education Director endorsement
    • Minimum of five (5) years experience working in the special education system
    • Minimum of two (2) years of central or school administrative experience

    • Master's degree in Special Education
    • Valid Colorado Principal License
    • Five (5) years of special education classroom teaching experience
    • Three (3) or more years of special education administrative experience
    • Demonstrated knowledge of public school laws and policies as they relate to the delivery of special education services and related program
    • Demonstrated successful experience leading a team in a collaborative manner to achieve department and district goals
    • Demonstrated experience with Medicaid, state and federal grant management
    • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to drive change and achieve results
    • Experience developing business, community, post-secondary and other external relationships to garner support and resources
    • Demonstrated ability in providing support and leadership to schools regarding instructional practices that establish appropriate accommodations and educational environments for Special Education students

    The following statements of duties and responsibilities are intended to describe the general nature and level or work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. These statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required of all personnel within this position. This organization believes that every individual makes a significant contribution to our success. That contribution should not be limited to assigned responsibilities. Therefore, this position description is designed to define primary duties, qualifications and job scope but should not limit the incumbent nor the organization to the work identified. It is our expectation that every employee will offer his/her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of the District's/department's goals. Actual duties, responsibilities, frequency, and percentages may vary depending upon building assignments and other factors.
    • Responsible for all special education programs including exceptional student services itinerant staff, specialists, exceptional student services office staff, nurses, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, OT/PTs, special and records, Section 504, grants, transition, and charter schools within Pueblo City Schools
    • Oversee district special education programs planning for coordination, implementation, progress monitoring and supervision: vision services, audiology services, deaf and hard of hearing services, assistive technology services, center-based programs, out of district placements for services, and transition services
    • Responsible for Child Find Activities (identify all students with disabilities within Pueblo City Schools boundaries)
    • Provide knowledge, guidance, and support to district leadership, building level administrators and other staff for students with disabilities and behavioral challenges in the areas of professional development, programming, and service delivery
    • Maintain oversight for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) compliance for populations within Special Education. Develop and monitor professional development activities focusing on district, state, and federal IDEA requirements
    • In conjunction with legal counsel, provide direction on resolution of disputes, complaints and due process
    • Responsible for district special education program as it pertains to records management, legal services, fiscal management, and special education transportation services with the transportation department
    • Manage funding sources and develop district budgets to meet the required needs of special education students
    • In conjunction with Department of Data and Assessment, collect, analyze data, and prepare reports required by local, state, and federal authorities
    • Approve Homebound applications and oversee services for all students in the district, including both special education and regular education students
    • Ensure preparation, accuracy and submission of all reports required for state and federal government reporting
    • Coordinate and execute Extended School Year (summer) services, including reviewing paperwork to determine eligibility
    • Perform other duties as assigned

    • Advanced oral and written communication
    • Ability to prioritize, plan, organize, and execute work independently
    • Advanced leadership skills
    • Critical thinking and problem solving skills including conflict resolution and mediation
    • Knowledge and experience with computerized IEP systems, Colorado special education state reporting systems
    • Knowledge of legal issues and requirements related to special education
    • Knowledge and understanding of CDE licensing requirements
    • Budget development and fiscal management skills
    • Operational knowledge of and experience with personal computers and basic office equipment
    Perform any and all other duties as assigned by the Executive Director of Human Resources Administration

    The physical demands, work environment factors, and mental functions described below 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.

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The work requires the use of telephone and using fingers to operate computer or typewriter keyboards. The employee frequently is required to talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. The work requires the ability to speak and hear normally and to use normal or aided vision and hearing.

    WORKING CONDITIONS: The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The work is performed in a typical office environment.

    Instructions for Applying:

    All applicants interested in and qualified for the posted position must submit an online administrative application. The following will need to be uploaded with the application: cover letter; current resume, copy of principal/administrative license; copy of transcripts conferring required degree; copy of Place/Praxis test and three current letters of reference (one of which must be from your current supervisor), and any other materials requested on the application to verify that individuals are eligible for a Colorado License from the Colorado Department of Education.

    Questions concerning this posting should be addressed to Mrs. Toni Casados, Human Resources Manager - Staffing at (719) 423-3043.

    Pueblo City Schools seeks to comply with state and/or federal law prohibiting discrimination in employment on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, sex (gender), age, genetic information, or disabilities in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its educational programs or activities. Inquiries regarding Pueblo City Schools' compliance may be referred to the Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Compliance Officer for Pueblo City Schools, 315 West 11th St., Pueblo, CO 81003 (710) 549-7162.

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