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TITLE:  Director of Special Education - Grades K-8       

REPORTS TO:  District Superintendent

JOB GOAL:  To implement, administer and maintain the school district's special education programs,  

including speech, psychology, and social work services and to act as an educational leader 

ensuring state and national standards are being met for student performance.


  • Develops and administers school district's special education services programs consistent with school district goals and objectives, as well as applicable law.
  • Reviews, approves and coordinates all outside placements for the school district.
  • Coordinates the planning and implementation of special education curriculum and assessment materials used by students served by the district.
  • Supports all staff of the school district in the interpretation and use of assessment in their professional support of the students served.
  • Directs the implementation of all state and federal mandates in relation to special education services.
  • Communicates and interprets state and federal mandates to school administrators and staff.
  • Develops cooperative exchange of ideas and services with school staff, state and federal agencies, and professional organizations.
  • Identifies and recommends facility needs for students served.
  • Assists in the planning, developing, and implementing of individual student educational and behavior plans.
  • Manages and supervises special education services, including the recruitment, selection, training, professional development and evaluation of staff under areas of responsibility as directed by the superintendent
  • Makes recommendations and provides constructive feedback and takes corrective action if necessary.
  • Coordinates and attends meetings with district staff and parents, serves on committees, and conducts professional development as needed to fulfill responsibilities.
  • Uses computer network system and software applications as needed.
  • Organizes and coordinates work efficiently.
  • Communicates effectively with staff, students and parents.
  • Engages in self-evaluation with regard to performance and professional growth.
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships with others contacted in the course of work.
  • Performs other related tasks as assigned by the superintendent and other district office administrators as designated by the superintendent.
  • Adheres to a professional code of ethics which includes confidentiality of school related matters and loyalty to the school district.

Note: The above description is illustrative of most tasks and responsibilities.  It is not all inclusive of every task or responsibility.


EVALUATION:  Annually by the superintendent. 


  • Valid and appropriate Illinois licensure.
  • Prior school administrative experience preferred. 
  • Director of Special Education endorsement required.
  • Complete required professional development to retain certification.
  • Successful completion of fingerprint based criminal background check (IL State Police and FBI), sex offender and violent youth offender screening, and employment physical.


Regionally competitive - actual salary, benefits, contractual terms and conditions will be set by Board of Education thru the superintendent’s recommendation

Additional Notes

Central School District 51 is a PK-8 district with approximately 1,350 students enrolled.  We believe that a diverse and well-balanced curriculum gives students the opportunity to reach their greatest potential through active and engaging experiences.  This district focuses on providing a healthy, safe, fun, and accessible environment.  We believe in the value of a “Students First” philosophy that instills a passion for learning. For more on our strategies for student success, please see our strategic plan and illinois report card.

The district’s recent renovations and additions have enabled us to meet the needs of our students in various ways.  The newly completed construction project connecting the elementary and intermediate schools features:

  • 18,765 sf Band/Choir Art, and Primary Gym Addition
  • 18,870 sf 3rd & 4th Grade Addition
  • Expanded and updated student media commons at both CPS & CIS
  • Expansion of dining commons capacities at both CPS & CIS
  • Relocation of district and building administration at CIS including new secured entry sequence
  • Various renovation throughout CPS and CIS to create updated and expanded learning spaces
  • Expansion of classroom spaces to provide age appropriate learning spaces for all students K-8

Central School District 51 has a proud tradition as a school, largely because of the hard work, dedication, and professionalism of our staff. These same attributes will continue to help us carry out our mission established by the Board of Education –

“Encourage Excellence Every Day with Compassion, Commitment, and Community.”

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