Special Education Administrator
Decatur Public Schools - Decatur, IL

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TITLE:
Special Education Administrator

QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Masters degree in special education or related field.
  • Type 75 Administrative Certificate.
  • Thorough knowledge of special education rules and regulations.
  • Minimum of three years successful teaching experience.
  • Ability to exert instructional and curricular leadership.
  • Thorough knowledge of teaching strategies.
  • Broad knowledge of the program curricula.
  • Ability to develop and implement plans for improvement of instruction.
  • Ability to function effectively as a member of the administrative team.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.


  • REPORTS TO:
    Director of Special Education

    EVALUATED BY:
    Director of Special Education with input from the general education administrators within the assigned district(s).

    SUPERVISES:
    Special Education Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Social Workers, and Speech/Language Therapists as assigned.

    MAINTAINS LIAISON WITH:
    Administrators in assigned district(s).
    Local and State Agencies dealing with special education services.

    JOB GOAL:
    To assist the Director of Macon-Piatt Special Education in providing sound educational programs for students with disabilities within assigned district(s).

    PERFORMANCE RESPONSPONSIBILITIES:
    (The following are the essential fundamentals to include but not limited to the following job duties.)
  • Supervise, direct, and evaluate special education staff which includes special education teachers, teaching assistants, social workers, and speech/language therapists as assigned.
  • Provide leadership in the improvement of instruction and the initiation of innovative practices within the special education program.
  • Analyze special education student enrollment and individual needs of students then recommend staffing needs.
  • Analyze special education student achievement and recommend strategies for increasing yearly progress.
  • Conduct procedural training meetings for the purpose of exchanging ideas, disseminating innovative practices, improving teaching techniques, and carrying out necessary departmental functions.
  • Organize and/or present professional development activities for teachers, administrators, and support staff.
  • Prepare and maintain pertinent records and reports.
  • Formulate and disseminate all state mandated special education forms.
  • Facilitate conferences with parents, teachers, support staff, building administrators, agency representatives to plan strategies and interventions which address specific behavioral and/or educational needs of special education students.
  • Determine appropriateness of referrals for special education case study evaluations.
  • Conduct domain meetings for initial referrals for special education case study evaluations.
  • Coordinate the case study evaluation assignments to the principal, psychologist, social worker, speech/language pathologist, teacher, nurse and others as appropriate.
  • Coordinate and/or conduct Eligibility Determination Conference (EDC) meetings to analyze the case study evaluation components and determine eligibility for special education services according to Macon-Piatt Special Education criteria.
  • Coordinate and/or conduct Individualized Educational Program (IEP) meetings to determine appropriate goals and objectives and placement of students who are eligible for special education services.
  • Conduct annual reviews for students receiving special education services.
  • Participate in special education administrative meetings, advisory committee meetings, and task force meetings as assigned.
  • Maintain liaison with superintendents, principals, assistant principals, deans, department chairs, and other special education administrators.
  • Practice professional renewal through a variety of means such as attending conferences, workshops, and seminars and participating in professional organizations.
  • Perform such other tasks and assume such other responsibilities as may be assigned.


  • TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:
    Salary is based upon salary schedule established through the Administrative District’s Board. Two hundred days per year.

    GRADE LEVEL:
    13

    EVALUATION:
    Performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the Administrative District’s Board policy on Evaluation of Professional Personnel.

    Board Approved: 1/12/2010

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