The Director of Special Education is responsible for the leadership, supervision, guidance and support for all school support staff providing services to students with disabilities across special populations, including preschool. This individual provides leadership for the implementation of a continuum of services/programming aligned to federal and state regulations for students with disabilities. This position will include planning advocacy and education across the Student Achievement Division in regards to best practice and programming for students with disabilities promoting positive outcomes and increased achievement. The Director of Special Education is responsible for creating and monitoring their department budgets, including staffing in accordance with district guidelines.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Provides leadership to move forward the goal of the Student Achievement Division as well as the Special Education Department towards the goal of improving student outcomes for all students in 27J
Establishes and communicates a philosophy that students with disabilities (SWD) are general education students first.
Establishes and communicates a philosophy of least restrictive environment for the purpose of ensuring due process and equal access for ALL students within the general education environment.
Leads and promotes high standards and expectations for students and staff for the purpose of promoting academic achievement for students with disabilities (SWD).
Provides positive, collaborative leadership and participates in collegial problem solving in a variety of situations, departments and schools, emphasizing teamwork for the purpose of supporting all district initiatives and promoting academic achievement for all students.
Monitor district special education practices (including charter schools) for the purpose of ensuring implementation of appropriate programing and services are accessible for SWD in accordance with Federal/State rules and regulations as well as district policies and department procedures.
Responds to issues involving staff, students, parents and/or community members in a timely manner for the purpose of mitigating any negative impact and/or liability issues
Facilitate discussions in all matters of dispute resolution (State Complaints, OCR Investigations, Due Process, etc.) for the purpose of identifying appropriate actions/resolutions that ensures adherence to compliance as well as positive outcomes for SWD.
Conduct on-going needs assessments, collect, analyze and summarize data regarding the achievement of SWD for the purpose of developing proposals, action plans, etc. to refine program design and/or instructional practices that would promote increased achievement results for SWD.
Leads the process for observing, evaluation, supervision and coaching for a variety of licensed and classified staff as appropriate/necessary
Supervise, develop, monitor, and manage all aspects of the annual budgets within the Special Education Department in accordance with Finance guidelines and timelines for the purpose of supporting a balanced budget and accountability of expenses including local, state, and federal funds, along with Medicaid.
Certifies that all state and federal special education annual IEP audits, post-school parent/student interviews and surveys as well as student data reports for the purpose of ensuring completion and submission within the CDE established timelines.
Represents District interests at meetings, internal and external, associated with areas of responsibilities, including representing district interested in legal matters related to special education.
Communicates across the organization and community regarding matters pertaining to the education and meeting the needs of students with disabilities.
Application Procedure: Apply online at www.workat27j.com. External applicants must upload a current resume and teaching license. Licensed employees currently contracted with SD27J, mark that you are a 27J employee on the application, upload a current resume and provide a maximum of 2 years previous work experience. Substitutes are considered External applicants.
All future correspondence regarding this position will be handled via the email address that you provide on your online application. Please regularly check both your In-Box and SPAM folder for these email messages.
Please note: All job postings in 27J Schools close at 4:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time
Notice of Non Discrimination: NOTICE LINK Title IX District Compliance Officer: Jaime White 303-655-2900
In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, 27J Schools does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability or need for special education services in admissions, access to, treatment, or employment.
Experience and Academic Preparation:
Required: Master's Degree or higher in an education related field
Required: Experience in leadership, change and systems development
A minimum of 5-years in a school or central office related leadership position
Experience working with multiple age/school levels preferred
Required: Hold a Special Education Director license from the Colorado Department of Education
Required: Minimum of 5-year’s experience working in a Special Education related position
Internal Number: 5867
About Public Education
27J Schools educates over 18,000 students from Aurora, Brighton, Commerce City, Lochbuie, Thornton and encompasses parts of Adams, Broomfield and Weld counties.
Our mission is to empower every student today to take control of their future tomorrow. We engage this mission on behalf of our community.