Chief of Office of Exceptional Children
Position: Chief of Office of Exceptional Children
Reports To: Superintendent
Salary Schedule / Grade: Refer to Administrator Salary Schedule
F.L.S.A Status: Exempt
The Chief of Office of Exceptional Children is responsible for the planning, organizing, managing and administrating the overall operation of The Office of Exceptional Children. In accordance with federal and state regulations, this position will coordinate special education services through collaboration with the general education divisions of the district. The chief is responsible for planning and managing the general and grant fund budget as well as supervises administrators who are responsible for development and implementation of direct services to ensure that students educational objectives are met.
The position reports to the Superintendent. The Chief of Office of Exceptional Children directly supervises the academic coordinators for the Office of Exceptional Children.
The Dayton Way
- Support and maintain the District’s core principles in the areas of professionalism, curriculum, instruction, culture, and customer service. Demonstrate courage, compassion, patience, and a passion for teaching in daily activities.
- Meet the challenges of delivering education in an urban school setting. Use instructional methods to help struggling learners reach grade level.
- Navigate competing instructional initiatives and find ways to apply them to the classroom effectively.
- Build confidence in students, parents, and guardians that academic achievement is attainable through high expectations and sustained effort.
- Collaborate and engage effectively with teachers and administrators to implement instructional strategies that promote student success in content areas.
- Build positive rapport and trust with families and community partners to facilitate their engagement in education efforts.
- Participate in district-organized professional development activities and seek out opportunities for self-development to improve instruction design and delivery skills
CORE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Collaborates with state and community agencies to coordinate services for students with exceptional needs, interpreting laws, rules and regulations to students, parents, and staff.
- Develop, administer and monitor the Department budget.
- Provide support and training for internal and external stakeholders to aid in conflict resolution among staff, groups, agencies and parents.
- Supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned personnel.
- Directs the delivery of educational services to special needs students with various exceptions ensuring that all students receive appropriate educational and support services in the least restrictive environment that are consistent with the mission statement and instructional goals of the district.
- Serves as the liaison between the Dayton City Schools programs and other community agencies working to transition exceptional needs students to adult life.
- Subject matter expert on all current state and federal mandates related to instruction of students with exceptional needs recommending changes to programs and services as necessary.
- Consults with district staff to identify ongoing/emerging special education needs of students.
- Identifies and develops partnerships that enhance district services while providing leadership and consensus development to advance the change process.
- Ensures that policies/procedures support non-biased assessment and program planning activities.
- Provides leadership for instructional modifications and interventions that enhance student learning and improve test performance.
- Complies with state policies/procedures for the education of students identified as having a disability.
- Maintains accurate records and submits reports on time.
- Advocates for all children and provides support to school teams on improving meaningful student access to the curriculum (differentiated instruction, flexible service delivery, etc.)
- Ensures that assistance and support are provided to building principals in understanding and responding (including potential teacher discipline) to district, state and federal compliance matters.
- Reviews, monitors, and approves requests for home instruction, supplemental support services, extended year services, and out of district referrals.
- Conduct compliance reviews in the areas of service delivery and State Performance Profile (SPP) indicators.
- Collaborates with principals regarding strategies for improving teachers’ use of best instructional practices.
- Serves as an instructional role model and supports the development of a professional learning community within the department. Supports best practices regarding instruction of students with disabilities.
- Supports best practices regarding instruction of students with disabilities.
CORE BEHAVIORS & COMPETENCIES
- Coping with Stress = think critically and solve problems in difficult situations; capable of handling interruptions effectively
- Interpersonal Skills = successfully interact and engage with students, families, colleagues, administrators, and others; enjoy working with children
- Presentation Skills = creatively share information verbally and in writing to build interest and engage student learners; organize and present information in meaningful, easy-to-understand ways
- Adaptability and Flexibility = willingness to change methods and approaches as appropriate
- Must be a U.S. citizen or have the legal right to work in the U.S.
- Current and valid State of Ohio Administrator License for appropriate grades
- Must pass Federal and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation background check in accordance with Ohio Administrative Code Section 3301-83-06
Knowledge & Experience
- Master’s degree or higher from an accredited institution
- Additional graduate coursework with specific preparation in both special education and school administration.
- Minimum of five (5) years of experience as an Intervention Specialist or School Psychologist required, and three (3) years in a district-wide administrative position preferred.
- Experience working in an urban school district or working with urban education
- Evidence of successful implementation and evaluation of educational programs.
- In-depth knowledge and experience in local, state and federal legislation related to special education.
- Demonstrated experience with Ohio EMIS reporting requirements.
- Evidence of proven communications skills.
- Frequently required to sit, stand, walk, hear, see, read, speak, reach, stretch with hands and arms, crouch, kneel, stoop, and climb stairs
- Occasionally lift and/or move lightweight items up to 40 lbs.
- Occasional exposure to blood, bodily fluids, and tissue
- Work may be subject to frequent interruptions
- Some assignments are subject to completion within strict timelines
- Periodic travel for meetings, professional development activities, and work assignments