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Duties

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Supervision, Professional Development and Recruitment of Staff

  • Ensure the growth and achievement of all learners regardless of diverse backgrounds (e.g. ability, race, economic status, language) by delivering services in an integrated model.
  • Administer and supervise student services, including, but not limited to, special education, section 504 plans, gender inclusion plans, speech/language therapy, school psychology, school social work, early childhood education services, and nursing services.
  • Lead data-driven processes to drive inclusive practices and improvement in achievement for all students.
  • Embed current best practice and research-based instructional strategies to educate diverse learners (i.e., students with learning disabilities, attention deficits, autism, language deficits and processing delays, etc.)
  • Ensure that all student services, programs, policies, and practices are in compliance with applicable federal, state and local statutes, rules, regulations and policies and promote equity-based practices.
  • Serve as director of special education, including serving as the district's primary liaison to local agencies, Northern Suburban Special Education District, Illinois State Board of Education and other external agencies related to student services.
  • Supervise the completion of federal, state and local reports in connection with special student services, including the annual Individuals with Disabilities in Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) grant and the Consolidated District Plan.
  • Support principals in the establishment, implementation and evaluation of Study Teams and Student Support Teams.
  • Facilitate the transition of students between buildings to ensure proportional representation of diverse learners across grade levels and service areas.
  • Assist in recruitment, selection and recommendation for hiring of personnel.
  • Provide professional learning to assist special services staff in becoming knowledgeable regarding legal guidelines for the inclusive instruction for ALL students.
  • Provide professional learning to expand the instructional skills of staff (i.e. Orton-Gillingham based training for dyslexia; de-escalation strategies for dysregulation) to build inclusive and equity-based practices.

 

Initiatives

  • Co-lead with the Department of Innovation, Teaching and Learning to ensure effective classroom practices to meet the needs of ALL learners.
  • Establish procedures for placement, evaluation, assignment, and reappraisal of students with regard to Individualized Education Plans, ensuring the least restrictive environment.
  • Arrange and coordinate transportation with the Business Office.
  • Manage student residency and serve as liaison for homeless and foster care children. 
  • Evaluate existing practices, programs, and policies and make recommendations for changes or additions as needed to promote equity and inclusion.
  • Arrange and coordinate private/parochial school students services based on child find and proportionate share.
  • Provide oversight to School Health practices (Allergy plans, Diabetic Action plans, Health plans).
  • Coordinate services and programs for students ages 3-5 (Pre-K)
  • Oversee students in out-of-district placements.
  • Serve as the primary complaint manager for student discrimination and harrasment.

Budget and Funding

  • Develop budget recommendations and provide expenditure control on established budgets.
  • Provide ongoing updates on budget expenditures regarding requests for materials and resources.

Support to Families/community

  • Consult with parents of students who have the support of an IEP or 504 plan.
  • Consult with community resources as needed.

Compliance, Reports and Student Records

  • Attend all school board meetings and prepare reports for the superintendent and board as are appropriate to the primary function, which may be requested by the superintendent or board.
  • Assume responsibility for compiling, maintaining, and filing all reports, records and other documents required by the Illinois State Board of Education and designate specific responsibility for such records and reports.
  • Supervise preparation of attendance reports and similar data necessary for reimbursement of funds, collection of out-of-district students and other fiscal matters.
  • Serve as primary District student records custodian and manager ensuring confidentiality, security and making records available to families and staff.  This responsibility also includes transfer requests.

Qualifications

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Masters degree 
  • Director of Special Education endorsement
  • Illinois Professional Educator License with a general administrative endorsement.
  • Building and or district leadership experience preferred 
  • Classroom teaching (both general ed and special education) experience preferred
  • Experience with integrated service delivery models preferred 

Salary/Benefits

Regionally competitive salary and benefits package.

How to Apply

To complete an online Applicant Data Form and electronically submit a resume, letter of interest, three up-to-date letters of reference, proof of appropriate licensure and copies of transcripts, please go to https://www.applitrack.com/winnetka36/onlineapp/default.aspx

Job Posting Date

9/25/2020

Application Deadline

10/23/2020

Start Date

7/1/2021