Dir Special Ed - Compliance - Sp Ed/Psy Services
License and Certification Qualifications: Valid Georgia Educational Leadership certificate required.
Education Qualifications: Master's degree in related field required. Specialist or doctorate degree in related field preferred.
Experience Qualifications: Five years experience at the local school or district level, with at least three years of successful special education supervisory experience or five years successful experience in the practice of law in the field of special education required. Experience in mediation, conflict resolution, due process hearings, or a closely related field preferred.
Skills Qualifications: Skills in collaborative leadership of individuals and groups; thorough understanding and knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations governing special education and Section 504; ability to coordinate strategies, processes, and evaluation across departments and divisions; knowledge of effective instructional practices; ability to project and generate positive attitudes; ability to work successfully with colleagues, teachers, administrators, and executive leadership; effective communication skills; ability to project and generate a positive attitude; and ability to effect change.
Primary Responsibilities: Provide leadership and guidance in special education compliance functions and activities and for Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS).
1. Ensure that local procedures and policies relating to special education fully comply with all appropriate state and federal laws and regulations.
2. Responsible for coordinating all compliance issues involving special education students, to include hearings, mediation, Office of Civil Rights, 504 grievances, and State Department of Education complaints.
3. Provide colleagues with assistance and advice relating to special education due process proceedings and compliance under the direction of the Executive Director of Special Education and Psychological Services.
4. Act as the compliance liaison between the Executive Director of Special Education and Psychological Services, Superintendent's Office, and Board's legal counsel.
5. Review and assist in the development of proposed policies and procedures involving special education.
6. Conduct relevant staff development and training relating to special education compliance and policy matters.
7. Review and determine actions on all due process orders, actions, and proceedings relating to special education under the direction of the Executive Director of Special Education and Psychological Services.
8. Develop and review all contracts with outside agencies providing services to the GCPS special education programs and students.
9. Maintain all compliance cases, files, and correspondence.
10. Represent special education at any meeting involving discussions or decisions concerning compliance issues or procedures.
11. Serve as the district's 504 compliance officer.
12. Perform other duties as assigned.