Director of Special Programs
Job Title: Director of Special Programs Exemption Status/Test: Exempt/Administrative
Reports to: Superintendent Date Revised:
Dept./School: Special Programs
Coordinate the district federal/special programs. Collaborate with district staff and outside personnel to formulate, develop, implement, and evaluate federal/special programs.
Direct and manage the district’s special education program. Ensure that services are provided for special needs students and individualized education plans are provided to meet the needs of all students. Warrant compliance with all state, federal, and local requirements.
Knowledge of federal and state special education law
Understanding of the individual needs of special needs students
Ability to communicate with all levels of special needs students and their parents
Ability to implement policy and procedures
Ability to interpret data
Ability to manage budget and personnel
Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
3 years experience in federal program management and/or special education
Major Responsibilities and Duties:
1. Oversee the development and delivery of special education curriculum and instructional programs that incorporate district goals and support student achievement. Ensure that curriculum renewal is continuous and responsive to student needs.
2. Develop and implement an effective special education referral process and ensure that student assessments and recommendations regarding placement and program management for individual students are completed in a timely manner.
3. Monitor the admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) process districtwide. Participate in committee meetings as needed to ensure that students are placed appropriately and development of individual education plans for students are consistent with district procedures. Ensure that student progress is evaluated on a systematic basis.
4. Obtain and use evaluative findings (including student achievement data) to gauge special education program effectiveness. Make changes when warranted.
5. Ensure that the necessary time, resources, materials, and technology to support accomplish educational goals are available. Encourage and support the development of innovative instructional programs.
6. Direct transition services for special education students entering and exiting public school programs.
7. Take an active role in the formulating and implementing contracts for special education students receiving services outside of the district.
8. Evaluate all federal legislation, projects, and programs for grant, entitlement, and allocation opportunities relevant to the needs of the district and make recommendations regarding participation.
9. Participate in the drafting of project proposals and reports, including the writing and development of program goals, objectives, and budget for federal/special funding of programs including preparing and submitting standard applications for federal funds to Texas Education Agency (TEA).
10. Serve as liaison between school and other agencies on joint projects that are federally funded.
11. Monitor grant-funded programs and their expenditures to ensure compliance with regulations and guidelines and ensure that programs are cost effective and managed wisely.
12. Advise superintendent or designated administrator of the financial and administrative impact on the district of current and impending legislation.
13. Develop and implement a continuing evaluation of federal/special programs and implement changes based on the findings.
14. Compile budget and cost estimates based on documented program needs.
Policy, Reports, and Law
15. Compile, maintain, and file all reports, records, and other documents required, including mandatory financial reports to TEA.
16. Comply with policies established by federal and state law, State Board of Education rule, and the local board policy.
17. Follow district safety protocols and emergency procedures.
Supervise, evaluate, and recommend the hiring and firing of special education support staff.*
Mental Demands/Physical Demands/Environmental Factors:
Tools/Equipment Used: Standard office equipment including personal computer and peripherals
Posture: Prolonged sitting; occasional bending/stooping, pushing/pulling, and twisting
Motion: Repetitive hand motions, frequent keyboarding and use of mouse; occasional reaching
Lifting: Occasional light lifting and carrying (less than 15 pounds)
Environment: Frequent districtwide travel; occasional statewide travel
Mental Demands: Work with frequent interruptions; maintain emotional control under stress
*To meet the executive exemption test, the primary duty must be management and the employee must supervise at least two full-time employees.