The Director coordinates and evaluates special education programs and staff, and works with general education, support staff, building administrators, and parents to develop appropriate programs for special education students who receive services in PK-12. This position reports to the Assistant Superintendent of Learning & Teaching.
Evaluate, implement, and collaborate across the district to develop a comprehensive Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports.
Carry out the mandates of the Washington State Legislature, State Board of Education, and the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), as they relate to special services, and assist in the clarification and dissemination of LEA/ESD/OSPI information.
Supervise special services staff, including professionals who provide related services.
Seek first be a part of a collaborative team that works each day to serve and support the students of Mead School District.
Support staff with tools and best practices to reduce barriers to student success.
Ensure programs, including technology, across the district are growing and improving through a process of ongoing program review.
Provide leadership and coordination of special education programs PK-12+ by participating in meetings and training, disseminating information, involving staff, district office, school board members, and parents in program development and decision making.
Develop and manage budgets, complete grants, state reports, and maintain all legal requirements of the programs.
Understand the auditing/monitoring standards and provide data as needed.
Work to hire and retain high-quality staff and provide appropriate supervision/evaluation that will ensure professional growth.
Work collaboratively with other administrators to meet district goals and ensure alignment of educational programs, services, and operations.
Maintain and improve technical knowledge and skill.
Acknowledge and demonstrate the importance of safety by maintaining a safe and orderly working environment and following safe work practices.
Maintain and implement awareness of all legal policies regarding, but not limited to, documentation, record retention, data privacy, local bargaining agreements, and board policies.
Maintain a high level of confidentiality.
Performs other duties as assigned by the Assistant Superintendent of Learning & Teaching to support the financial operation of the district.
An unwavering commitment to and love of children.
Ability to obtain Washington State Principal Certificate and or Professional Administrator certificate prior to the first contracted day.
Currently hold, or have held, an OSPI issued ESA or teaching certificate.
Ability to work collaboratively under broad organizational guidelines to achieve objectives.
Ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and schedules, deal with frequent interruptions, and work as part of a team.
Knowledge and experience in program management.
Knowledge and experience in Special Education.
Demonstrate a love of learning.
Ability to creatively bring in new funding sources and intertwine funding for maximum efficiency and growth.
Demonstrated ability to inspire vision, motivate excellence in instruction, and model service oriented administration.
Demonstrate skill in human relations, communications, leadership, and organizational theory.
Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills through the ability to build trusting, collaborative relationships.
Previous building administrative experience or district administrative experience (Ex: Principal, Assistant Principal, Director, etc.)
Currently teaching, or have previously taught, Special Education.
Knowledge and experience managing Federal and/or state grants, grant dollars.
Experience in implementing educational reform at the district, regional, or state level.
Proven success in implementing building or district tiered student support.
Additional Salary Information: Responsibility stipend provided on top of annual salary.
About Mead School District
The Mead School District has a passion to position our students for success now and in the future. We do this through a commitment to providing each student with an outstanding education, building and maintaining safe schools and partnering with our community. Mead School District is a public school system serving north Spokane for over 100 years.