JobID 429 : Director of Student Services (#1837155)
Title: Director of Student Services
Reports To: C.E.O.
Supervises: School Psychologists, MTSS Coordinators, Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists,
Special Education Coordinators, Nurses, Student Services Support Specialists,
Contracted Services Staff (non-employees)
Employee Type: Full-Time, 12-Months, Salary, Exempt
To provide leadership and supervision for special education programs and all related services and ensure CCS’s compliance with special education policies, regulations and laws. To develop and improve faculty-enrichment programs and increase staff general awareness of Special Education modifications and accommodations.
This list is intended to be illustrative rather than complete and serves to show major duties and responsibilities and does not express or imply that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee in this position. The employee will be required to perform other duties requested by the supervisor and/or school administrator.
Directs and provides leadership for special education programs and related services, 504 services, school health services, Medical Assistance/Access; contributes to oversight of Federal Programs for Students experiencing Homelessness, Students in Foster Care and Migrant Education.
Evaluates and recommends or plans and implements faculty in-service and enrichment programs relating to special education for all staff including increased awareness of Special Education modifications and accommodations,
Participates in the development of policies and regulations that effect instruction and conditions for success of learning support students.
Ensures CCS’s compliance with special education policies, regulations and laws.
Prepares CCS for special education and federal program audits and monitoring.
Educates parents of students being evaluated for or receiving learning support services of their rights and responsibilities.
Establishes, maintains, directs, and evaluates the Child Find and IEP processes.
Oversees the completion and implementation of CCS students’ IEP’s.
Communicates with parents regarding the special education process.
Maintains knowledge of emerging trends in special education and special education law and recommends changes in policy/curriculum to the C.E.O. and CCS Board of Trustees.
In accordance with PA State Special Education Regulations for a Charter School, manages all complaints, mediation requests, due process hearing requests and appeals.
Serves as liaison for Special Education with the Chester County Intermediate Unit and PDE.
Provides direction, supervision and evaluation of assigned staff.
Participates in the hiring process for assigned staff and special education teachers.
Prepares and monitors department’s budget.
Prepares and submits all required reports, including but not limited to state and federal requirements.
Participates in School Board meetings and committees on an as needed basis.
Facilitates the process of transferring enrolled Kindergarten students identified in Early Intervention by collaborating with the CCIU and parents to ensure students’ needs are met upon entry to school age services.
Facilitates Extended School Year for all eligible students, including training staff on which students will qualify, communicating to parents, ensuring adequate staffing, securing transportation and supporting the day to day functioning of the programs.
Assumes responsibility for sections of Charter School Annual Report pertaining to Special Education.
Displays personal qualities that reflect favorably upon the individual and the school.
Demonstrates effective planning and organization.
Communicates clearly and efficiently with CCS students, parents, faculty, staff and administration.
Promotes good citizenship through actions as a role model and conducts his/herself according to professional, ethical principles.
Holds high expectations for faculty, staff and students.
Maintains highest level of confidentiality pertaining to CCS’s employee records, financial information and students’ records.
Shares a commitment to the success of the mission, goals, and objectives of CCS.
Assume other responsibilities assigned by supervisor.
Abides by the CCS Employee Manual as well as CCS policies and procedures.
A Master’s of Education Degree in Special Education, Educational Leadership, or related field and PA certification in special education supervision
Experience and demonstrated competence as a special education teacher or related position
Experience and demonstrated competence as a school administrator or in a school leadership role.
Excellent leadership abilities.
Knowledge of Pennsylvania Charter School Law as it relates to special education and Pennsylvania and Federal Special Education Regulations.
Proficient computer operation skills.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Strong interpersonal skills.
Meets criteria for employment in a PA Public School.
Work Environment and Physical Demands
The mental and physical demands described here 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 essential functions.
Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time.
Ability to exhibit mental dexterity to dial a telephone, to enter data into a computer, to read a computer screen and printed material with or without vision aids, to hear and understand speech at normal classroom levels outdoors, and on the telephone, and to speak in audible tones so that others may understand clearly in normal classrooms, outdoors, and on the telephone.
Ability to physically lift up to 15 pounds.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
Ability to interface diplomatically with other administrators, teachers, parents, students, Board members, support staff, colleagues, and outside professional contacts.
Ability to coordinate and evaluate staff use of technology as well as to use technology for individual and system management, communication, research, and presentations to both small and large groups.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.