Director - Joplin Schools
Position: Director
Subject Area: (none)
Job Title: Director of Beacon School (SW MO Special Services Cooperative)
Job Location: Joplin Schools
Beginning: Aug 01, 2019
Deadline: Mar 22, 2019**
District: Joplin Schools
Joplin, MO 64802
Telephone: 417-625-5200
Job Description:
**Must apply online at to be considered for this position.**

Position:                  Director of Beacon School (SW MO Special Services Cooperative)
Term:                      11 Month
Classification:           Certified/Exempt
Location:                  Duenweg 
Salary Range:           Administrator's Schedule, Column M ($68,414 - $78,136)
Joplin Schools is accepting applications for the position of Director for The Beacon School, (Southwest Missouri Special Services Cooperative) for the 2019-2020 school year. The Cooperative serves twelve school districts in Southwest Missouri.
The Beacon School is a day program which provides a placement option for students with severe emotional disorders or chronic behavioral difficulties from cooperative-member school districts. Member districts refer students to this program when the students’ behaviors are too severe to be successfully addressed in their home school districts. Joplin Schools acts as the fiscal agent, thus all Beacon staff are employees of Joplin Schools. 
Missouri Administrator certification, Missouri Special Education Teacher certification, excellent oral and written communication skills, valid driver’s license. Preference will be given to successful administrative experience and proven leadership skills and extensive experience working with students with significant behavioral needs. Preference will also be given to candidates with Special Education Administrator certification. 
Timeline:  Initial interviews for selected candidates will be conducted in February by a panel of Directors of Special Education from schools who participate in the cooperative. Contract begins August 1, 2019, and is an 11-month position.  Joplin Schools Board-paid health insurance/benefits are included. 

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

Essential Functions:
  • Coordinate services for eligible students from sending schools
  • Work collaboratively with consortium superintendents and special education director to ensure quality education for applicable students
  • Develop, monitor, and evaluate assigned personnel growth plans
  • Assist in the training, supervision and evaluation of certified and support staff as assigned
  • Coordinate services for eligible students from sending schools
  • Supervision of instruction
  • Making hiring recommendations to the Board
  • General supervision of students
  • Maintaining building records
  • Preparation and management of the building budget
  • Creation and update of student handbooks in conjunction with area special education directors
  • Positive interaction with students, parents, and all other stakeholders
  • Administration of student discipline
  • An individual who holds this position is expected to attend any required meetings, and other student activities when applicable
  • Other duties as assigned
The position does not allow for the obligation of district resources without direct approval from the Executive Director.
Position begins August 1, 2019.

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