Special Education / Montgomery County - Maryland

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In accordance with the needs of the ages of the population served by KKI, the Principal is responsible for the leadership, instruction, curriculum, budget oversight, day-to-day operations and supervision of assigned program. In accordance with the needs of the program, the Principal facilitates an educational environment that insures the maximum level of success for all students.


1. Recruit, orient, observe, supervise, and evaluate teachers and paraprofessional staff within assigned program.

2. Provide direction and impart professional knowledge to assigned school personnel regarding the following: special education; instructional design and delivery; curriculum and materials; classroom management and professional development.

3. Oversee staff orientation and adherence to: school policies and procedures; fiscal responsibility; human resources and legal issues.

4. In collaboration with Related Services leaders and other key administrators, facilitate the development, implementation and ongoing evaluation of the program’s mission and goals while focusing upon the unique and specialized needs of the program.

5. Work closely with other appropriate stakeholders to develop and maintain a collaborative school environment that demonstrates a transdisciplinary delivery of services while supporting teamwork and the program’s identified mission and goals.

6. Communicate and cooperate with other KKI/school administrators to insure compliance with KKI, MSDE, IDEA 97, COMAR, and LEA requirements relating to IEP implementation for instructional delivery, related service components, disciplinary removals, attendance and manifestation.

7. In cooperation with the Dean of Students and other appropriate Related Service staff, assist with the development and implementation of appropriate behavior management interventions. Interpret and enforce school policies in developing responses and protocols for improving student behavior. Oversee and participate, as needed, in decision making regarding: reward systems; in-school interventions and out-of-school disciplinary removal.

8. Maintain effective and supportive relations with parents/guardians through responsiveness as well as clear and timely verbal and written communication.

9. Provide mentoring and assist teachers in their supervisory role with paraprofessionals.

10. Assists Act office with intake meetings, tours, PTMs, ATMs, student records (MSDE certificate/diploma, state-wide testing requirements, community service hours, etc.)

11. In concert with other key administrators, assume a leadership role in conducting needs-assessments to target specific areas for school improvement and work towards facilitating systemic change.

12. Assume a leadership role in the assessment of professional development needs and implementation of professional development activities and training.

13. Maintain communication with medical director and mental health administration regarding student concerns, policies and procedures.

14. Coordinate staffing, scheduling, monitoring of student and staff attendance and the timely completion of progress reports. Assume a leadership role in creating and maintaining administrative documents, including but not limited to forms, certificates, manuals, databases, and spreadsheets.



The Principal must demonstrate skills in the areas of: human development and psychology, school management, instructional pedagogy, curriculum development and implementation, career development, and behavior management. Ability to facilitate conflict resolution must be demonstrated when working with professional teams. The Principal is expected to demonstrate managerial, organizational, supervisory, analytic and solution oriented skills within a wide variety of school based situations.


Master’s Degree in Special Education or related field is required.


A minimum of five years teaching and/or administration in special education is required.


Completion of Administrative Certification or beginning to work toward Administrative Certification is required within 18 months of taking position.