Executive Director for Special Education
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, leadership, assistance, and oversight in the area of special education policies, practices, and programs for Academy District 20 to include legal aspects, best practices, curriculum, instruction, programming, and supervision; responsible for the financial oversight of related budgets and grants.
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
- Assists in recruitment and selection of special education staff
- Attends level principal meetings as assigned
- Collaborates with principals in planning and developing special education services and programs
- Collaborates with the directors for assessment, curriculum & instruction, and professional learning to support the unique learning needs of students with disabilities
- Collaborates with the director for curriculum & instruction to coordinate special education intervention processes and supports
- Collaboratively develops and oversees the special education budget and related grant funds
- Collects, analyzes, and reports essential data and documents for compliance with state and federal requirements
- Communicates regularly with the special education lead team and learning services lead team to ensure the special education team does not work in isolation
- Communicates regularly with building administrators regarding special education programming and staffing
- Create and nurture partnerships with parents to support the unique needs of students with disabilities
- Develops and implements professional learning offerings designed to increase staff expertise in delivering specialized instruction to students with diverse learning needs
- Develops and maintains the special education staffing design and develops consistent practices in allocation of resources to support schools and district programs
- Develops proposals, monitors and reports funding matters regarding state and federal special education resources
- Ensures ongoing compliance with all laws, rules, regulations, and Board of Education policies for Special Education
- Fosters cooperation and communication with community agencies and community members
- Monitors, evaluates, and improves special education programs through student achievement data and program evaluation
- Oversees data collection processes for compliance and other reporting to local, state, and federal agencies and ensures accuracy and timeliness of submissions
- Provides leadership and vision in the identification of research-based best practices for professional learning, programming, and ongoing program evaluation to support learners with special needs
- Provides supervision and evaluation for licensed and classified staff as assigned
- Supervises and supports the work of assistant directors and assists with committees, program evaluation, standards and assessment implementation, professional learning activities, and projects
- Utilizes student achievement and growth data to drive instructional programming for students with disabilities
- Works closely with the Assistant Superintendent for Learning Services to ensure the Learning Services’ mission is achieved
- Ability to collect, analyze, and report data for program evaluation and improvement
- Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
- Ability to create, access, input, retrieve, and manipulate information in various software systems
- Ability to establish and maintain effective communications and working relationships with individuals from many diverse backgrounds and professions including supervisors, administrators, coworkers, staff, students, parents, and the general public
- Ability to follow oral and written instructions
- Ability to greet and interact with the public in a courteous and professional manner
- Ability to maintain confidentiality
- Ability to manage simultaneous demands and set clear priorities
- Ability to operate standard office equipment, performing a wide range of supportive tasks
- Ability to plan and manage budgets including state and federal grant money
- Ability to plan, lead, and facilitate the work of teams and committees
- Ability to utilize technology effectively to enhance learning
- Ability to work cooperatively with others in program development, implementation, and evaluation
- Ability to work days, hours, locations, and assignments as directed by the supervisor within the position responsibilities
- Ability to work independently without direct supervision
- Ability to work with building and district level administrators
- Commitment to the education of students as a primary responsibility
- Computer proficiency including office productivity applications
- Demonstrates citizenship, compassion, courage, discernment, excellence, honesty, hope, integrity, patience, perseverance, reliability, respect, responsibility, and trustworthiness
- Demonstrates effective planning, organization, implementation and communication skills, including problem solving and conflict resolution
- Detail-oriented, energetic, creative, innovative, flexible
- Evidence of successful change leadership at many levels of an organization
- Excellent cooperative, collaborative, and problem-solving skills
- Knowledge of Colorado Academic Standards and implementation
- Knowledge of educational pedagogy
- Knowledge of effective professional learning practices for adult learners
- Knowledge of elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education
- Knowledge of research-based best practices in assessment, curriculum, and instruction, especially related to Special Education
- Knowledge of Special Education legislation mandates, compliance indicators, programming, and best practices
- Proven ability to articulate a vision and implement it within an organization
- Proven ability to listen and learn from feedback and adjust accordingly
- Strong organizational, interpersonal, written, listening, and verbal communication skills
- Understands and can successfully lead change at many levels of the organization
- Willingness to participate in ongoing training
- Master's degree or higher degree in special education, or in a related field of special services
- 3 years of administrative experience in a school or district level position
Colorado Special Education Director license or be eligible at time of application
- 5 years of special education administrator experience
- 5 years of elementary, middle, or high school level administrator experience
The district offers a comprehensive compensation package. Placement is dependent upon experience at Administrative Salary Level A with a starting salary of $118,000. 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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