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Executive Director, Special Education (SPED)

Company: Boulder Valley Public Schools
Location: Boulder
Posted on: June 9, 2021

Job Description:

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EDUCATION

BOULDER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT is committed to create challenging, meaningful, and engaging learning opportunities so that all children thrive and are prepared for successful, civically engaged lives. Our comprehensive and innovative approach to education ensures that each student meets expectations relative to intellectual growth, physical development and social emotional well-being. The district covers approximately 500 square miles and serves the communities of Boulder, Erie, Louisville, Lafayette, Superior, Broomfield, Nederland, Ward, Jamestown and Gold Hill. Website: BVSD.

SUMMARY:

The Executive Director of Special Education is responsible to ensure student achievement for students with disabilities by providing vision and leadership in all services promoting student learning and success through interpretation and administration of all local, state and federal statutes, rules, policies and administrative directions pertaining to programs for students with disabilities. The Executive Director of Special Education collaboratively develops and facilitates program design and implementation aligned with legal compliance, district vision and culture, and instructional best practices. The executive director provides ongoing and frequent engagement with all special education service provider groups, district administrators, building principals, community agencies, parents, family advocates and legal representatives. This position leads, supervises and evaluates the implementation of the IDEA to provide a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to about 3200 identified students. The executive director systematically and compliantly develops the IDEA grant application, oversees a 34 million budget including staffing allocations, professional development, progress monitoring, birth through age 21 service provision to students on IEPs, development and maintaining of a continuum of services from least to most restrictive placements, and submits all required state and federal reports.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

* Develop processes and implementation plans collaboratively with central administrative staff, principals and other staff to support and supervise special education policies, procedures, practices and personnel. * Develop required special education state and federal grant narratives to align department actions with special education activities to provide compliant and effective program outcomes for students with disabilities evidenced by budget preparation, grant management and funds accountability. * Provide direction on preventative and proactive practices, resolution of disputes, complaints. Through and with collaboration with district legal counsel develop settlements and prepare for Due Process. * Provide vision and lead in organizing, supervising allocations and evaluating programs, services and staff responsive to anticipate or reported student, parent, staff or agency need, request or concern. * Supervise and support district psychologists and social workers. Directly plan collaboratively with the group's lead therapist to deliver this professional group PD, meeting agendas, practices and support. * Direct and support, through problem solving and proactive planning, the special education directors, instructional specialists (2), parent/community liaison, transition specialist and behavior specialists (2). Available by cell to consult, advise, problem solve and direct this team on day to day complex special education issues concerning students, parents and staff. Interact with each in person and as a group on a regularly scheduled weekly basis. * Develop, implement and monitor state required program review corrective action plan and district's special education comprehensive program review through the Results Driven Accountability (RDA), Corrective Action Plan (CAP) and the Boulder Valley School District Comprehensive Review Plan (COMP Plan). * Supervise and support building level team implementation of services to students with disabilities. * Oversee district special education programs planning for coordination, implementation, progress monitoring and supervision. * Engagement and participation with community and state agencies including Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC), Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Mental Health, Halcyon Partners, Colorado Department of Education and the Metro Directors of Special Education. * Lead development and delivery of district special education Professional Development. * Perform other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:

Required:

* Master's Degree plus additional coursework required for certification or licensure

OR

* Master's Degree including/or in addition to having special education certification as a teacher or provider

AND

* Colorado Director of Special Education license * Minimum of one year experience in a Special Education Administrative position.

Preferred:

* Currently hold a Colorado Principal/Administrative license or working to obtain * Minimum of five years teaching experience

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of the post-offer screening process, including a background check.

SALARY: Range 16: $107,228 - $160,842 (2020-2021 salary schedule - based on experience); excellent benefit package. Website: BVSD Benefits.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Beginning of 2021-2022 school year (estimated to be July 1st)

REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS:

* District online application - BVSD Jobs

Application Must Include:

* Reference Section: Three (3) letters or surveys of reference with email and phone numbers * Supplemental Materials Section: Letter of Interest outlining skills and abilities, Current Resume and University Transcripts

Boulder Valley School District is accepting completed, online applications only.

The Boulder Valley School District is an equal opportunity educational institution and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, sex, gender identity/expression, national origin, creed, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status in admission or access to, and treatment and employment in its educational programs or activities. Inquiries or complaints: BVSD - 720-561-5903; Office for Civil Rights - http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/addresses.html

Keywords: Boulder Valley Public Schools, Boulder , Executive Director, Special Education (SPED), Other , Boulder, Colorado

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