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  • SUPERVISES: Special education teachers, paraprofessionals, and professional   
                                support staff
    JOB GOALS:    Provide educationally sound programs for children who cannot sufficiently benefit from general education classroom programs or who may require special services


  1. Prepares all funding proposals and maintains data, supervision and coordination of all federally funded projects, e.g. Title I, IDEA, and McKinney Vento 
  2. Directs and coordinates all special education programs and assists in the supervision of the following programs, services and personnel: a) speech and/or language impairment services
                                  b) learning disability program
                                  c) emotional disorders program
                                  d) cognitive impairment program
                                  e) school social services work
                                  f) early childhood program
                                  g) school psychological services
                                  h) out-of-district placements
  3. Coordinates all special education programs administered out of district for which district pupils are served. 
  4. Prepares all project and funding data relative to special education programs, including data required by federal and state agencies funding special education programs. 
  5. Develops services necessary to meet the special needs of students in cooperation with administrative staff and support personnel and determines needs for additional or altered special education programs. 
  6. Keeps informed of all legal requirements governing special education. 
  7. Recommends policies and programs essential to the needs of exceptional children or students requiring special services. 
  8. Develops and initiates survey programs for early and continuous identification of exceptional children. 
  9. Assists in the development of special education summer programs. 
  10. Supervises and coordinates home instruction for homebound or hospitalized students. 
  11. Evaluates all special education programs, facilities, curriculum, learning activities, material and supplies, parent relationships and teaching practices. 
  12. Develops procedures for and coordinates case study referral, securing medical reports, psychological examinations, placement and termination of placement. 
  13. Develops and maintains complete temporary individual records of all children receiving special services or enrolled in special education. 
  14. Supervises preparation of attendance reports and similar data necessary to reimbursement of funds, collecting of tuition for out-of-district students and similar fiscal matters. 
  15. Arranges for and coordinates transportation of all children placed in special classes. 
  16. Approves all supplies, materials and texts used by special education personnel. 
  17. Assists in developing plans for physical facilities in establishing building eligibility and makes recommendations on design, furnishings and equipment. 
  18. Participates in the planning and equipping of special education classrooms and schools. 
  19. Keeps informed of the state funding requirements for special education. 
  20. Develops budget recommendations and provides expenditure control on established budgets for special education. 
  21. Assists in recruitment, selection and recommendation for hiring of special education personnel. 
  22. Implements curriculum and program planning and pre-service and staff development training for teachers. 
  23. Recommends schedules and assignments for special education personnel. 
  24. Interprets the objectives and programs of the special education services to the Board, the administration, the staff and the public at large. 
  25. Assumes responsibility for professional growth and development; for keeping current with the literature, new research findings, and improved techniques, and for attending appropriate professional meetings and conventions. 
  26. Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Superintendent and/or the Board of Education. 



  • A master’s degree and license requirements for Director of Special Education
  • Five years’ experience in public education.

The expertise to provide technical assistance in three or more areas of special education.
REPORTS TO: Superintendent/designee


Salary/Benefits: Competitive salary with full benefits.

Additional Notes

A copy of resume, proof of administrative credentials (Type 75 Illinois Administrative License required), letter of application and at least three references

How to Apply

Please apply online at www.sd162.org or send a copy of your resume, proof of administrative credentials (Type 75 Illinois Administrative License required), letter of application and at least three references to: 4601 Sauk Trail Richton Park, Illinois 60471

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