Assistant Director for Special Education - Instruction
The mission of Academy District 20 is to educate every student in a safe and nurturing environment and to provide comprehensive, challenging curricular and extracurricular opportunities that meet the unique needs of every individual by expanding interests, enhancing abilities, and equipping every student with the knowledge, skills, and character essential to being a responsible citizen of our community, our nation, and the world.
- An educated citizenry is the cornerstone of a democratic republic.
- Every individual has innate worth and is entitled to be treated with respect.
- Learning is a lifelong endeavor.
- Every individual can learn and does so in a variety of ways.
- The education of each student is a responsibility shared by students, families, schools, and communities.
- Parents have both the right and the responsibility to choose the school, curriculum, and program(s) that best meet the needs of their student(s).
- The development of virtuous character is equal in importance to academic growth and critical to developing responsible citizens of our community, our nation, and the world.
- Whether in the classroom or at home, students achieve best in a nurturing environment where physical, intellectual, and emotional health is emphasized and safety is assured.
- Students must be held to the highest standards of academic achievement while recognizing the true success of our academic program is measured by the success of each student relative to his or her unique potential and individual progress.
- Every graduate must be fully prepared for the post-graduation path of his or her choice.
- Every student, staff member, and volunteer is responsible for the effective and efficient use of supplies, facilities, and financial resources.
Academy District 20 (ASD20), founded in 1957, serves more than 25,000 students in northern Colorado Springs. A growing district, ASD20 added approximately 7,000 students in the past 15 years, and anticipates adding 5,000 in the next 10 years. With more than 30 schools, including 19 elementary, five middle and five traditional high schools, plus several alternative, hybrid and online options, the district is considered, "The Peak of Excellence." Since 2010, the district has been Accredited with Distinction by the Colorado Department of Education and thanks to the overwhelming support of its constituency, ASD20 passed a $230 million bond measure in 2016. The bond funds are providing improvements to each school and are also being used to build two new elementary schools, one new middle school, a Center for Modern Learning and a permanent home for the School in the Woods.
Provides dynamic leadership for Special Education in the administration of all applicable Special Education laws, policies, procedures, and practices; assists the Executive Director for Special Education in the operations of the office and its related functions; provides support for administrators and Special Education staff members.
The following statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and other key duties that may be required. The description may not include all functions performed by the incumbents in various locations. The district reserves the right to modify or change the duties or the essential functions of this job at any time.
- Reports consistently for work as scheduled
- Performs other duties as assigned
- Attains proficient or higher evaluations on established Performance Standards
- Administers Special Education policies, procedures, and practices as well as monitoring consistent, district-wide application
- Assists in the development of the district Special Education budget
- Assists in the recruitment and selection of Special Education staff
- Assists the Executive Director for Special Education in collaborating with principals in planning and developing Special Education staffing, services, and programming
- Assists the Executive Director for Special Education in monitoring, evaluating, and improving instructional practices in the district’s Special Education programs through formal and informal assessments and the thorough analysis of data
- Assures IEPs reflect individual programming to meet unique student needs
- Attends community, staff, school board meetings, and conferences as appropriate
- Collaborates with Special Education team members to ensures compliance with and administration of all applicable Special Education laws, policies, procedures, and practices
- Develops and implements professional learning opportunities to increase staff expertise in delivering specialized instruction to students with diverse learning needs, Special Education processes, and indicators as directed
- Develops proposals, monitors, and reports on funding matters regarding state and federal Special Education resources, including preschool budgeting
- Ensures accurate and timely submission of local, state, and federal reports
- Ensures effectiveness through ongoing integration of technology
- Fosters a respectful, responsive, and service-oriented work environment
- Fosters cooperation and communication with community and state agencies, universities, other professionals, and community members
- Leads and facilitates teams, orientations, and committee work
- Leads the establishment and maintenance of a positive, respectful, and caring working and learning environment
- Monitors assigned budget areas
- Participates in district and community projects and assignments as requested
- Promotes student and staff member physical, social, and emotional wellness
- Provides direct supervision and oversight of assigned district programs and areas of responsibility including district preschool and Child Find programs
- Provides leadership in the identification of best practices, professional learning, and ongoing program evaluation
- Provides monitoring, guidance, and professional learning to administrators and supervisors regarding Special Education laws, regulations, and policies
- Provides problem-solving assistance in support of administrators and supervisors
- Provides supervision and evaluation for assigned Special Education staff and programs, and other areas as determined by the Executive Director for Special Education
- Serves as a resource to district staff for Special Education issues
- Serves as the onsite administrator for the district preschool program
- Ability to create, access, input, retrieve, and manipulate information in various software systems
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, coworkers, administrators, departments, other agencies, and the general public
- Ability to follow oral and written instructions
- Ability to greet public in a courteous and professional manner
- Ability to maintain confidentiality
- Ability to manage simultaneous demands and set clear priorities
- Commitment to the education of students as a primary responsibility
- Demonstrates citizenship, compassion, courage, discernment, excellence, honesty, hope, integrity, patience, perseverance, reliability, respect, responsibility, and trustworthiness
- Energetic, creative, innovative, flexible
- Enthusiasm for the field of Special Education
- Excellent cooperative, collaborative, and problem-solving skills
- Excellent organizational, interpersonal, written, listening, and verbal communication skills
- Experience in leadership roles, professional learning, program development, and evaluation
- Knowledge of and experience with Special Education laws, compliance indicators, IEP monitoring and auditing processes, policies, procedures, programming, and best practices
- Knowledge of and experience with the use of technology, especially as it improves teaching and learning
- Knowledge of Colorado Department of Education qualifications for licensed Special Education staff
- Knowledge of curriculum, supervision, instruction, school-based processes and operations, culture, and community along with a strong student focus on individualizing for special needs
- Proven experience in dealing with challenging situations
- Proven experience in making improvements to programs and processes
- Proven successful supervisory experience
- Strong knowledge of Colorado Academic Standards, methods to ensure they appear in IEPs and Inclusive Practices for students with disabilities
- Master's degree
- Minimum 5 years of special education experience
- Colorado Special Education Director License or be eligible at time of application
- Building and/or central office experience
The district offers a comprehensive compensation package. Placement is dependent upon experience at Administrative Salary Level F with a starting salary of $85,000. The district also offers a supplemental stipend, medical benefits, life insurance, and salary benefit dollars if an individual chooses not to take the medical benefits plan.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a staff member typically encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. They are included for informational purposes and are not all-inclusive.
- The noise level in the work environment may alternate among quiet, moderate, and loud.
- The incumbent is frequently required to interact in person and through communication methods with the students, public, and/or other staff.
- The incumbent is required to work scheduled school/work hours and/or days.
- The incumbent may be required to work extended school/work hours and/or days as directed.
The following are some of the physical demands commonly associated with this position. They are included for informational purposes and are not all-inclusive. All physical demands, if listed, are considered essential functions.
- Sits, stands, walks, stoops, kneels, and crouches/squats while performing duties
- Has oral and auditory capacity enabling interaction interpersonally and/or through communication devices
- Uses eyes, hands, and finger coordination enabling the use of equipment and writing utensils
The following are some of the cognitive functions commonly associated with this position. They are included for informational purposes and are not all-inclusive. The staff member may be required to analyze, communicate, compare, compile, compute, coordinate, copy, evaluate, instruct, negotiate, synthesize, reason, and use interpersonal skills.
Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are unable to contact those applicants not selected for interviews. Thank you for your understanding.
|New applicants (including current district staff members) must register with the Academy District 20 Employment Opportunities site and complete an online administrative application. A completed online application also includes the following uploaded documents:|
|Only if you are unable to upload the required documentation within the application, you may submit the requested documentation in one of two alternative ways (duplicate submission is not necessary):|
Human Resources Department
Academy District 20
1110 Chapel Hills Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
|No other documents will be accepted. Thank you for not uploading and submitting any additional materials.|
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