ORGANIZATION: West Shore ESD
LOCATION: Ludington, MI
SALARY: $89,377 - $120,660
Provide leadership to the West Shore ESD regarding special education programs and services.
•Presence on the job is an employee’s fundamental obligation. Regular, reliable and punctual attendance is required.
• Maintain standards of performance in compliance with the local/state/federal guidelines, legal requirements and established operational guidelines.
• Supervise and evaluate all programs and services in the Special Education/Transportation Department in consultation with staff, parents and outside agencies.
• Obtain funding from the state and federal programs. Assure the submission of program documentation for approval, grant applications and final reports. Develop and maintain special education and transportation budgets in collaboration with the business office.
• Provide leadership and support for millage campaigns. • Attend ESD School Board and Superintendents meetings prepared to report and respond to matters concerning special education/transportation.
• Maintain visibility and accessibility within local districts and the ESD.
• Inform/advise local districts on all matters concerning special education and liaison between federal/ state/local agencies and area educators.
• Develop, in collaboration with local district representatives, a Special Education Plan for West Shore ESD.
• Implement and monitor plans to assure consistent compliance.
• Assist in recruitment, selection, and recommendation for hiring of ESD special education personnel.
• Implement the district's Strategic Plan within the Special Education and Transportation departments.
• Provide support for onerous IEP meetings for internal programs and at the LEAs.
• Exemplify WSESD core values of student focus, collaboration and servant leadership.
• Seek innovative and proactive solutions to problems; Demonstrate strong team building and problem-solving skills.
• Promote and provide leadership for continuous improvement activities within special education.
• Ensure all special education staff are evaluated per Board Policy, labor agreement or statute.
• Knowledgeable of current research and best practices for student success, continuous improvement, problem-solving, collaboration and implementation in the development of programs to support the social-emotional needs of students.
• Lead the implementation of coaching models to support students, teachers, staff and administrators.
• Directly supervises the Special Education Supervisors and secretaries. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include training employees, planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
• Must meet the education and experience requirements of R 340-1771 Director of special education.
• For full approval, a director of special education shall possess all of the following minimum qualifications: An earned master’s degree or equivalent; Full approval in at least one area of special education.
• Three years of successful professional practice or administrative experience in special education, or combination thereof.
• Possession of or ability to obtain administrative certificate.
• Ability to apply knowledge of current research and theory in specific field.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, peers, administrators, parents and the community.
• Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both in oral and written form.
• Demonstrated leadership ability and general knowledge of issues and problems in all disability areas of special education.
• Ability to make decisions, problem-solve and work in a team setting.
• Ability to perform duties with awareness of all district requirements and Board of Education policies.
• Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Superintendent may find appropriate and acceptable.
• Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
• Ability to compose reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
• Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from various groups including administrators, staff, local school districts, customers and the general public.
• Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical situations. Compute budget entries and extrapolate needed statistical data from given information.
• Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions and deal with several abstract and concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
• Ability to apply common sense understanding and interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
• Ability to define, collect and analyze measurable facts in order to develop valid, meaningful conclusions.