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Special Education Director

January 07, 2021


Special Education


15,000 student school district is looking for special education leader.  27J Schools is one of the fastest growing school districts in Colorado and located in the North Denver Metro Area - 30 minutes from Denver and Boulder and adjacent to Denver International Airport.

The Director of Special Education is responsible for the leadership, supervision, guidance and support for all school support staff providing services to students with disabilities across special populations, including preschool. This individual provides leadership for the implementation of a continuum of services/programming aligned to federal and state regulations for students with disabilities. This position will include planning advocacy and education across the Student Achievement Division in regards to best practice and programming for students with disabilities promoting positive outcomes and increased achievement. The Director of Special Education is responsible for creating and monitoring their department budgets, including staffing in accordance with district guidelines.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides leadership to move forward the goal of the Student Achievement Division as well as the Special Education Department towards the goal of improving student outcomes for all students in 27J
  • Establishes and communicates a philosophy that students with disabilities (SWD) are general education students first.
  • Establishes and communicates a philosophy of least restrictive environment for the purpose of ensuring due process and equal access for ALL students within the general education environment.
  • Leads and promotes high standards and expectations for students and staff for the purpose of promoting academic achievement for students with disabilities (SWD).
  • Provides positive, collaborative leadership and participates in collegial problem solving in a variety of situations, departments and schools, emphasizing teamwork for the purpose of supporting all district initiatives and promoting academic achievement for all students.
  • Monitor district special education practices (including charter schools) for the purpose of ensuring implementation of appropriate programing and services are accessible for SWD in accordance with Federal/State rules and regulations as well as district policies and department procedures.
  • Responds to issues involving staff, students, parents and/or community members in a timely manner for the purpose of mitigating any negative impact and/or liability issues
  • Facilitate discussions in all matters of dispute resolution (State Complaints, OCR Investigations, Due Process, etc.) for the purpose of identifying appropriate actions/resolutions that ensures adherence to compliance as well as positive outcomes for SWD.
  • Conduct on-going needs assessments, collect, analyze and summarize data regarding the achievement of SWD for the purpose of developing proposals, action plans, etc. to refine program design and/or instructional practices that would promote increased achievement results for SWD.
  • Leads the process for observing, evaluation, supervision and coaching for a variety of licensed and classified staff as appropriate/necessary 
  • Supervise, develop, monitor, and manage all aspects of the annual budgets within the Special Education Department in accordance with Finance guidelines and timelines for the purpose of supporting a balanced budget and accountability of expenses including local, state, and federal funds, along with Medicaid.
  • Certifies that all state and federal special education annual IEP audits, post-school parent/student interviews and surveys as well as student data reports for the purpose of ensuring completion and submission within the CDE established timelines.
  • Represents District interests at meetings, internal and external, associated with areas of responsibilities, including representing district interested in legal matters related to special education.
  • Communicates across the organization and community regarding matters pertaining to the education and meeting the needs of students with disabilities.

Experience and Academic Preparation:

  • Required: Master's Degree or higher in an education related field
  • Required:  Experience in leadership, change and systems development
  • A minimum of 5-years in a school or central office related leadership position
  • Experience working with multiple age/school levels preferred
  • Required: Hold a Special Education Director license from the Colorado Department of Education
  • Required:  Minimum of 5-year’s experience working in a Special Education related position

Application Procedure:

Apply online at  External applicants must upload a current resume and teaching license.  Licensed employees currently contracted with SD27J, mark that you are a 27J employee on the application, upload a current resume and provide a maximum of 2 years previous work experience.  Substitutes are considered External applicants.