Executive Director of Special Education
Must hold a license issued by Virginia Department of Education.
The license must be in Postgraduate Professional License.
The license position area must be in Director – Special Education.
The license must be in one of the following grades: Preschool/Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th.
The license status must be active.
GENERAL STATEMENT OF JOB
The Executive Director of Special Education has a focus on developing creative approaches to ensure the success of all students, especially students with disabilities, while maintaining compliance with federal, state, and local mandates and regulations. Through implementing innovative strategies comprised of Special Education programs and related services in conjunction with staff from individual schools and other departments in the division as required and provides leadership in the arena of specialized educational programming. Reports to the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services and Equity.
SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Oversees all daily operations of the Special Education Department.
Works in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Education, the Office of Civil Rights, the Office for Special Education Programs, and various other state and local agencies to meet the needs of students.
Monitors contracts with individuals and agencies for special services not available through the school system; and ensure compliance of program with federal, state, and local regulations.
Maintains liaison with community mental health clinics, special schools/services, and other resources offering therapeutic services.
Develops and implements standards, policies, and procedures related to special education child services.
Leads key instructional programming efforts for students with disabilities.
Consults school-based staff and central office staff including the offices of Accountability and Data and Analysis, Transportation, Technology, Student Services and Equity, and Facilities on individual cases and the interpretation of federal, state, and local policies and procedures.
Coordinates with local agencies, parents, and school personnel to resolve problems and secure needed resources and services.
Monitors the progress of current services and programs for operational effectiveness and make recommendations for adjustments as needed.
Responds to calls and correspondence regarding all programs and services offered by the Special Education Department.
Supervises compliance with reviews of the Individual Education Plans.
Coordinates placement decisions for separate special educational classes via daily communication with school personnel and Special Education Program Administrators.
Determines available space in all classes and assign location of services for special education students.
Assists and collaborates with principals regarding the selection and evaluation of special education teachers.
Participates in special consultations and case conferences with school psychologists and eligibility chairs.
Directs all data collection, data management, and production of Special Education reports.
Consults with the school board attorney on individual cases when necessary.
Attends state level meetings regarding policies, procedures, and legal updates.
Performs other related work as required.
ADDITIONAL JOB FUNCTIONS The duties of the Executive Director of Special Education will have been satisfactorily performed when the evaluation of this person is at standard or above on the applicable Performance Appraisal Criteria.
Roanoke City Public Schools is an urban school division serving a k-12 student population of 13,800 in 17 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, 2 senior high schools, Forest Park Academy, Noel C Taylor Learning Academy, and Roanoke Valley Governor's School. A staff of 2,100 is employed in the division.
RCPS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs and activities. The following person(s) has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: FL Slough - Title IX Coordinator (540) 853-6075.
For inquiries regarding employment non-discrimination policies please contact Human Resources at 853-2502.