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Director of Student Support Services for the 2020-21 School Year

Organization: 
McMinnville SD
Closing date: 
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Job Title:  Director of Student Support Services

SALARY RANGE:  Director

REPORTS TO:  Superintendent

JOB SUMMARY:

The primary responsibility of the Director of Student Support Services is to oversee the district’s special education programs and staff and ensure provision of needed services for special needs students. To work to provide individualized education plans to meet the needs of all students and ensure compliance with all state, federal, and local requirements. The Director will provide leadership over all aspects of the districts student services programs and ensure high standards are in place for student academic performance. 

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:

Valid Oregon Administrative License.

Minimum of five years of successful administrative experience.

Ability to communicate and work harmoniously with administrative personnel, staff, parents and community, state and federal agencies.

Background in teaching, guidance, counseling, special education, health services and alternative education.

Knowledge and understanding of regulations related to IDEA, 504, FERPA, and general school board policies.

Ability to facilitate improved student achievement for all student populations.

Knowledge and understanding of strategies to improve student behavior.

Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Board may find appropriate and acceptable.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

Provide assistance and support to the Superintendent and serve as a member of Superintendent’s Cabinet.

Support the Superintendent in administrative efforts; interpret the Superintendent’s ideas and decisions to staff and public; keep the Superintendent informed of pertinent developments and events; seek the Superintendent’s counsel or decision as necessary.

Foster a cooperative working relationship with staff, parents and students in support of student learning.

Maintains current knowledge of rules, policies, regulations, statutes, and court rulings to assure that the district’s special education programs meet such requirements and standards.

Assumes responsibility for own professional growth and development; for keeping current with literature; new research findings, and improved techniques; and for attending appropriate professional meetings.

Work with others to create a shared vision of excellence for the programs in the student services department; develop the partnerships, resources, and capacities to make the vision a reality.

Provides leadership in the development and implementation of district guidance and counseling, health services, special education, and alternative education.

Provides direction for drug and alcohol prevention programs, district discipline (PBIS), Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) and plans the district emergency response procedures in cooperation with the superintendent.

Assumes responsibility for the collection, review, and submission of all forms and reports relative to areas of responsibilities to the administration, school board, and state agencies.

Works jointly with Director of Finance in preparing and administering the budgets in areas of student services programs.

Assumes overall responsibility for the development, implementation and evaluation of all applications for federal funds in the area of special education.

Interprets the objectives and programs of special education services to the Board, administration, the staff, and the public at large.

Evaluates, on an ongoing basis, the district’s services for student needs.

Recommends policies and programs essential to the needs of children enrolled in student services programs.

Assumes responsibility for the supervision and evaluation of staff assigned to the Director of Student Services for supervision.

Establishes effective liaison with the various offices and agencies within the community that may provide specialized or professional help to students and their parents and coordinates referrals to those offices.

Monitors the student records system to ensure that it is maintained in accordance with federal and state statutes and regulations and district policies.

Supervises preparation of reports and similar data necessary for reimbursement of special education.

Direct and coordinate the development of budgets for all departments within areas of responsibility and control expenditures within approved budgets.

Identify best practices in implementing instructional strategies for staff; learn, teach, model, coach and do whatever it takes to build the capacity of instructional staff..

OTHER  JOB FUNCTIONS:

Plan with the Director of HR and with building principals for the improvement of staff competencies and staff training needs for program improvements.

Observe teachers in their classrooms and offer insights for the enhancement of teaching, learning and curriculum implementation.

Assume a leadership role in developing programs necessary to implement state, federal and local mandates.

Facilitate improved student achievement for all student groups.

Work with the Director of Student Services in designing alternative education opportunities for students.

Participate in weekly administrator meetings.

Represent the district at relevant local, state and regional curriculum, instruction and assessment and/or accountability-related meetings and professional organizations as agreed upon by the Superintendent.

Respond to parent or patron complaints and concerns related to student services programs that rise to the district level.

Assumes other duties as may be assigned by the Superintendent.

WORKPLACE EXPECTATIONS:

Work effectively with and respond to people from diverse cultures or backgrounds.

Demonstrate professionalism and appropriate judgment in behavior, speech, and dress in a neat, clean, and appropriate professional manner for the assignment and work setting.

Have regular and punctual attendance.

Confer regularly with immediate supervisor.

Follow all District policies, work procedures, and reasonable requests by proper authority.

Maintain the integrity of confidential information relating to students, staff, or District patrons.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  The employee is frequently required to walk; sit, and use hands for fine manipulation, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to stand and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and peripheral vision.                                        

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:  12 months.  Performance of this position will be evaluated annually in accordance with Board policy on evaluation of staff.

Note:  The description contained herein reflects general details as necessary to describe the principle functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the workload.  Employees who hold this position may be asked to perform duties. 

McMinnville School District provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, age, disability or genetics. For more information see District Policy GBA-Equal Employment Opportunity.

Reasonable accommodations for the application and interview process will be provided upon request and as required in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADA). Individuals with disabilities may contact director of human resources for additional information or assistance. Speech/Hearing impaired persons may contact the district for assistance through the Oregon Telecommunication Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900 or 711.