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Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience in special education teaching and administration.


  • Appropriate State of Illinois license for both administrative and special education duties.


  • Outstanding communications skills.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience as an Assistant Director or Director in the field of special education

Accountable to:

  • Superintendent


Primary Objective:

The Director of Student Services is responsible for

  • Providing leadership and working with administrators and teachers in the planning and development of the special programming for students.


Major Areas of Accountability*:

  1. Assist teachers in observing, identifying and appropriately referring children with special needs.


  1. Screen and, when appropriate, process special education referrals.


  1. Continually evaluate district referral system to keep pace with any changes in rules and regulations and to best serve the needs of District 159 students.


  1. Oversee the district and state assessment systems of new and current special needs students.


  1. Review records of all new special education students to the district and facilitate placement in appropriate programs.


  1. Oversees staffings relative to the initial placement, review or termination of a student’s program.


  1. Assume responsibility for appropriate placements in specialized instruction programs and coordinate all necessary activities, as needed.


  1. Examine, evaluate and recommend to Assistant Superintendent of Instruction new instructional materials for special classes.


  1. Provide information, support and counseling to parents, teachers, and students when appropriate.


  1. Coordinate activities and services for all special education personnel, including but not limited to speech therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, LBS 1 teachers, social workers and psychologists.


  1. Prepare, submit, administer and amend (as needed) various grant programs including IDEA Flow-through, IDEA Pre-school flow-throw, and Harrisburg iePoint.


  1. Work collaboratively with the district’s interventionists and Assistant Superintendent of Instruction with regard to the implementation of Response to Intervention.


  1. Oversees the compliance and management of all student records. In addition, manages all necessary records of students evaluated.


  1. Knowledgeable of all specialized instruction programs and personnel in the assigned programs and offer assistance as needed.


  1. Serve as contact person between the District and the Lincoln-Way Special Education Coop, of which District 159 is a member.


  1. Verify services provided and appropriate billing for special education services through the Coop.


  1. Attend workshops, seminars and conferences dealing with special education issues and concerns.


  1. Coordinate the formation and implementation of Section 504 plans that fall under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.


  1. Coordinate summative and formative evaluations for a portion of the special education staff.


  1. Prepare or supervise the preparation of reports, records, and other informational data required or appropriate to the district’s special education program.


  1. Stay abreast of federal, state and local special education rules and regulations, and make sure Mokena School District remains in full compliance with same.


  1. Perform such other duties as may be requested by the Superintendent or building administration to assist in the smooth operation and efficient delivery of educational services.


  1. Perform such other duties, as requested.


*All areas of accountability considered essential functions of the job.



  • Bending, carrying, climbing, lifting, pushing-pulling, reaching, sitting, standing, and walking. Must be able to occasionally lift, move, or push items of 30 lbs.


Working Conditions:

  • Includes extremes of temperature and humidity.
  • Hazards include stairs and communicable diseases.

How to Apply

Interested applicants need to apply online:



Link to District/Third Party Online Application Web Page


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