The Waterloo School District is seeking a full time Director of Special Education/Pupil Services for grades PreK-12 for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. The Director is responsible for: Special Education services, nursing services, oversight of gifted & talented programs, Coordination of school counseling, foster & homeless programs, English Language learners, and District assessment. In addition to these duties, there are some requirements for staff evaluations and student discipline.
This position is a 12 month (241) day contract commencing on July 1st and extending through June 30th. Essential Duties and Responsibilities include: Manage grades PreK-12 caseload for students with Individualized Learning Plans (IEP), Service Plans, and/or Building Accommodation Plans. Support the enrollment process by reviewing student files/records and once accepted, work with the Student Services Team to discuss and plan for incoming students with Individualized Education Programs (IEP), Service Plans, and/or Building Accommodation Plans (BAP). Work in partnership with PreK-12 Principals and Counselors on placement testing of incoming students and subsequent course placement; Direct Elementary, Middle, and High School Student Service Aides in their work to support student progress. Share information with staff regarding best practices in special education, instructional issues, and state and federal requirements regarding services for students with special needs and disabilities, Section 504 and other support-related programs. Coordinate and conduct professional development activities for staff working with students with special needs and disabilities. Understand and implement federal, state, and local laws, policies, regulations, and procedures and protocols including the implications of liability and requirements of due process. Facilitate communication and working relationships with parents, outside agencies and community resources. Leaders will need to understand him/herself as an integral member of the educational team that effectively communicates to staff, parents, students, and community members a systemic approach that models teamwork, encourages collegiality, and supports collaboration. Ideal candidates should believe that all students have the natural ability to succeed at high levels of learning and it is the behaviors and actions of the adults in the school that nurture, develop, and encourage each and every student.
Preferred Qualifications: Masters Degree or higher with a major in Special Education, Administration, Psychology, Counseling, or Related Services. Preferred minimum of 5 years' experience in special education, administration, or related service leadership role. Ability to handle multitude of varying and complex issues. Ability to work with multiple stakeholders, diverse populations, and handle challenging situations in a calm and supportive manner. Extensive understanding of state and federal special education regulations and laws. Be able to recruit, hire and supervises special education and pupil services staff. Work with outside agencies to access additional services for students. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Bilingual candidates are also encouraged to apply.