Director - Joplin Schools
Position: Director
Subject Area: (none)
Job Title: Director of Special Education
Job Location: Joplin Schools
Beginning: Jul 01, 2019
Deadline: Jan 01, 2019**
District: Joplin Schools
Joplin, MO 64802
Telephone: 417-625-5200
Job Description:
Position:                    Director of Special Education
Term:                        12 Month
Classification:            Certified/Exempt
Location:                  Administration Building
Salary Range:          Administrator's Schedule, Column Q ($83,157 - $94,974)
Interviews are expected to be scheduled during January, 2019. This position would start July 1, 2019.
Qualifications: Master's Degree required; Valid Missouri Certificate - Spec Educ Admin K-12, required; 3-5 years related experience in a supervisory role for Special Education required;
Other: Substantial knowledge and demonstrated experience in Special Education law and compliance, required
Proven track record of being able to define and implement evidence-based programs designed to guide school improvement vision for special education population, preferred; Demonstrated proficiency in teaching and facilitating adult learners, supervision and evaluation of employees and data management, preferred.
Skills/Behavioral Competencies
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work well with all stakeholders
  • Ability to work in a team environment with an unrelenting focus on the issues of equity, access, and instructional excellence for improved student achievement
  • Excellent communication skills; speaking, writing listening
  • Superior organizational skills
  • Strong analytical, detailed planning, and project management skills
  • Ability to grasp concepts quickly, innovate, and think beyond traditional methods
  • Curious and creative by nature
  • Proactive, self-motivated, flexible and able to self-supervise/work independently
  • Detail-oriented while maintaining sight of big picture
  • Strong work ethic
  • Highest ethical and professional standards
  • Willingness to continually learn new information and skills
Supervisory:              Yes
Reports to:               Executive Director of Student Services
Under the direction of the Executive Director of Student Services, provides proactive support to schools, participates in program evaluation, and conducts staff performance evaluations.  The Special Education Director will work collaboratively with all stakeholders to promote achievement through quality instruction.  Assists with the development and implementation of the Special Education improvement plan.
General Expectations:
  • Supports the mission of Joplin Schools
  • Supports the value of education
  • Complies with the privacy rights of students
  • Safeguards confidential and/or sensitive information
  • Communicates effectively with all the members of the school district and community
  • Provides excellence in customer service both internally and externally.
  • Reacts to change productively
  • Keeps abreast of new information, innovative ideas and techniques
  • Maintains accurate records and filing systems for accountability and audit purposes
  • Ensures that all activities conform to district and state guidelines
Essential Functions:
  • Coordinate K-12 Special Education programs
  • Increase capacity of all schools to universally improve access to at-risk students
  • Provide instructional leadership for special education involvement in standards instruction for special education students
  • Lead coordination of duties for Process Coordinators and School Psychologists
  • Co-Develop, monitor, and evaluate assigned personnel growth plans
  • Assist in program development for Joplin school improvement planning
  • Assist in the appraisal of the global educational needs of students, teachers, and federally funded district programs; participate in the refinement of plans to support students who are economically disadvantaged
  • Collaborate in the development of special education programs and services;
  • Assist in the training, supervision and evaluation of paraprofessionals and assistants and other classified employees as assigned
  • Assist as assigned in supporting grant writing and coordinating with the data specialist, community groups and other educational entities for the purpose of sustaining district programs
  •    Other duties as assigned
  • The position does not allow for the obligation of district resources without direct approval from the Executive Director.

** District reserves the right to close any Job Posting when a suitable applicant has been found before the deadline date.