Directs the planning, design, delivery, monitoring and program assessment of special education services for more than 7,800 students with disabilities throughout the school division. Performs work under federal and state regulations, federal and state guidance, division departmental policies and established objectives. Interprets policy on own initiative; decisions/actions impact the entire system; contacts are regularly and frequently made at all organizational levels within and outside the school system to execute and explain programs and policies. Directs and evaluates work of highly technical or professional support staff.
Essential job functions include:
Guides the development and implementation of long-range and short-range plans for achieving special education goals and objectives in alignment with the school division's strategic plan and incorporating results-driven accountability for students with disabilities.
Directs special education services for all students with disabilities and ensures students access to school division's core curriculum.
Establishes and communicates a division-wide philosophy of least restrictive environment for students.
Directs and evaluates the effectiveness of existing special education programs and services. Reviews and ensures compliance with existing federal and state legislation and school board, guidelines, regulations, policies and procedures.
Facilitates research regarding trends and best practices to support appropriate recommendations for student success through rigorous, innovative, and technological programming.
Establishes and monitors the design and development of new and modified programs and delivery of programs, including digital and non-digital resource accessibility. Collaborates with administrators regarding the discipline of students to reduce exclusionary consequences.
Facilitates and/or participates in matters of dispute resolution with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and the Office for Civil Rights pertaining to students with disabilities; oversees the management of mediation and due process procedures.
Provides accurate and timely data to the VDOE's State Performance Plan for evaluating outcomes for students.
Coordinates the implementation of federal and state grant applications and manages appropriate IDEA grants.
Establishes with the Department of Human Resources the staffing requirements for all special education positions in accordance with state and local standards and student needs. Assists with applicants as needed.
Maintains open lines of communication with all interested parties; responds to concerns of parents, teachers, building and central office administrators, and community members in a timely manner.
Monitors Standards of Learning (SOL) and alternate testing in collaboration with the Office of Research and Evaluation.
Advises on the design, requirements, and equipment for special education classrooms and facilities and consults with facility leaders regarding ADA accessibility to school facilities.
Plans, implements and facilitates professional development for school staff related to special education.
Serves as staff for the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) to refine and enhance programs and services for students with disabilities.
Ensures Medicaid reimbursement practices and procedures are thorough and in compliance with federal, state, and local financial and accountability procedures.
Assesses student learning on an ongoing basis and alters instruction to meet group/individual needs.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Master's degree in education or related field, doctorate preferred. Must hold a valid postgraduate professional license with endorsements in Exceptional Education and Administration and Supervision. Three to five years' experience as a school principal or in a division-wide administrative or supervisory position is required. Must hold a valid Virginia Driver's license. This position requires the incumbent to drive. In accordance with Policy 5431, an employee who occupies the position and is assigned a district-owned or leased motor vehicle will be subject to annual driving checks and must maintain acceptable records pursuant to the standards set forth in the policy.
Comprehensive knowledge of special education statutes, regulations, policies and procedures. Considerable knowledge of child growth and development, total school operation and group dynamics. Demonstrated ability to provide effective leadership and to develop and implement comprehensive special education programs, policies and procedures; to plan, organize and direct a complex organizational component. Demonstrated ability to listen and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Demonstrated ability to direct and evaluate a diversified professional staff and carry out directives. Demonstrated ability in decision making, problem analysis, conflict resolution, interpersonal relationships and long-range planning and forecasting. Knowledge and experience in the supervision of large-scale provision of services for students with disabilities.
Additional Salary Information: Chesterfield County Public Schools offers a wide variety of benefits to employees. Benefit offerings may differ based upon full-time and part-time employee status.
Internal Number: 04490
About Chesterfield County Public Schools
Chesterfield County Public Schools strives to provide an innovative and relevant education that engages all students and instills in them the love of learning. Chesterfield County teachers create a strong, inviting classroom experience that allows students to explore curriculum through hands-on learning opportunities and community service that engages and excites their passion for learning. This award-winning school division embraces three big ideas to provide an engaging and relevant education:
- Blended learning, which combines technology with face-to-face instruction for anytime, anywhere learning.
- Project-based learning, which promotes problem solving, collaboration and communication.
- Service learning, which connects students with the community.