Job Description

Assistant Director of Special Education

for the 2019-20 School Year

12 months

Start Date: 7/1/2019

Starting Salary: $75,421.00

Purpose Statement

The job of Assistant Director of Special Education is done for the purpose/s of assisting the Director with directing special education programs and services; providing information and serving as a resource to others; supervising assigned staff; coordinating assigned program components and implementing and maintaining services within established guidelines and standards.

This job reports to Director of Special Education

Essential Functions

Assists with personnel functions (e.g. recruitment, supervision, professional development, evaluations, etc.) for the purpose of maintaining adequate staffing, enhancing productivity of personnel and ensuring that objectives of Special Education programs are achieved within budget.

Coordinates program components, support needs and material through site visits and staff consultations for the purpose of delivering services which conform to established guidelines.

Evaluates programs and/or projects for the purpose of carrying out and achieving objectives within area of responsibility.

Facilitates communication between personnel, students and/or parents for the purpose of evaluating situations, solving problems and/or resolving conflicts.

Implements policies, procedures and/or processes for the purpose of providing direction and/or complying with mandated requirements.

Manages a variety of program administrative functions (e.g. IEP meetings, staff consultations, training, etc.) for the purpose of enforcing district and state policies, and delivering services which conform to established guidelines.

Monitors assigned activities and/or program components for the purpose of coordinating activities and ensuring compliance with established financial, legal and/or administrative requirements.

Participates as a member or facilitator in meetings, workshops and seminars (e.g. training, staff development for teachers and administrators, etc.) for the purpose of identifying issues, developing recommendations, providing training, and conveying and/or gathering information required to perform functions.

Prepares a wide variety of materials (e.g. student activities, correspondence, reports, etc.) for the purpose of documenting activities, providing written reference, and/or conveying information.

Responds to issues involving staff, parental concerns, state department complaints, conflicts in policies and regulations, community concerns, parental requests that may result in some negative impact and/or liability if not appropriately addressed for the purpose of identifying the relevant issues and recommending or implementing a plan of action that will efficiently resolve the issue.

Supports Director for the purpose of providing information for resolving issues, developing administrative reports and supporting them in the overall leadership of site operations.

Other Functions

Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit.

Job Requirements: Minimum Qualifications

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

SKILLS are required to perform multiple, technical tasks with a need to occasionally upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions. Specific skill based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: operating standard office equipment including using a variety of software applications; planning and managing projects; and preparing and maintaining accurate records.

KNOWLEDGE is required to perform algebra and/or geometry; read technical information, compose a variety of documents, and/or facilitate group discussions; and analyze situations to define issues and draw conclusions. Specific knowledge based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: pertinent laws, codes, policies, and/or regulations; personnel processes; standard business practices; program planning and development; concepts of grammar and punctuation; instructional procedures and practices; age appropriate student activities; safety practices and procedures; conflict resolution; and stages of child development/ behavior.

ABILITY is required to schedule a number of activities, meetings, and/or events; gather, collate, and/or classify data; and use basic, job-related equipment. Flexibility is required to work with others in a wide variety of circumstances; work with data utilizing defined but different processes; and operate equipment using standardized methods. Ability is also required to work with a diversity of individuals and/or groups; work with data of varied types and/or purposes; and utilize specific, job-related equipment. Independent problem solving is required to analyze issues and create action plans. Problem solving with data frequently requires independent interpretation of guidelines; and problem solving with equipment is limited to moderate. Specific ability based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: adapting to changing work priorities; communicating with diverse groups and individuals; meeting deadlines and schedules; setting priorities; working as part of a team; and working with detailed information/data.


Responsibilities include: working under limited supervision following standardized practices and/or methods; leading, guiding, and/or coordinating others; utilization of resources from other work units is often required to perform the job's functions. There is some opportunity to impact the organization’s services.

Work Environment

The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: some lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling,  and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally the job requires 70% sitting, 20% walking, and 10% standing. This job is performed in a generally clean and healthy environment.

Experience:  Job related experience with increasing levels of responsibility is                   required.

Education:    Masters degree in job-related area.


Required Testing                           Certificates and Licenses                  

                                                              Administrators Credential


Continuing Educ./Training              Clearances

Maintains Certificates and/or                   Criminal Justice Fingerprint/Background           Licenses                                                 Clearance       

FLSA Status - Exempt

Primary Location: Special Education

Shift Type: 1.0 FTE

Job Contact Information

Applications will be accepted
Friday, May 10, 2019 12:00 AM  -
Friday, May 24, 2019 11:59 PM
(Mountain Standard Time)

Application Instructions

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