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Director of Special Education - District Office

West Linn-Wilsonville School District
Closing date: 
Thursday, January 30, 2020

Director of Special Education - West Linn-Wilsonville School District

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This posting is set to close on Thursday, January 16, 2020.

Full time – 260 Day Contract

Overview of Position:
Under the supervision of the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, the Director of Special Education crafts the vision and leadership for the West Linn-Wilsonville School District's special education programs for children with disabilities from early intervention through post high school with a focus on improving outcomes. The Director is responsible for coordinating with schools to provide quality special education services to the West Linn-Wilsonville School District’s children and families. Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and policies regarding students with disabilities is a primary responsibility for this position. The Director works with the fiscal, personnel, and public relations operations within the department and is responsible for compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The Director also supports systems throughout the district for student achievement and support beyond special education.

Support implementation of best practices for inclusive education for students served by special education birth through 21
Supervision of itinerant staff supporting special education programs
Oversee assessment strategies and tools for students with IEPs
Coordinate with Building Administrators and Human Resources staff in classified Hiring/Assignments for special education
Develop Professional Learning Program for Classified and Certified special education staff to increase successful outcomes for all students
Coordinate use of high leverage strategies and curriculum tools to supplement general education for students with IEPs
Develop effective professional learning communities for job alike groups in special education (School Psychologists, Early Childhood Team, Transition Team, Motor Team, Speech Language Pathologists, SPED Instructional Coordinators)
Provide effective communication to key stakeholder groups around special education
Coordinate decisions and services of any out of district special education placements
Oversee special education services and documentation to Charter and Private Schools
Monitor outcomes and progress data, submit state reports, for special education

Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Demonstrate a commitment to equity, appreciation of diversity, and awareness of multicultural/multilingual environments.
Communicate a clear and inspiring vision for inclusive education for students served by special education.
Comprehensive knowledge of current Oregon laws, policies, administrative rules, and model programs related to general education and special education services for pre-school through post high school.
Comprehensive knowledge of current theory, research, and effective practices in the areas of evaluation and instruction in special education for children and students with a variety of disabilities.
Proven skill in providing strong leadership to build consensus among diverse groups, including department personnel and partner agencies.
Possess strong interpersonal skills, personal and professional integrity, strong ethical and moral standards and a growth mindset.

Minimum Requirements:
Master's Degree in Special Education or other related field;
Recent successful experience in general and/or special education administration in public schools with skills sufficient to perform the essential functions;
Valid Oregon Administrative License, valid Driver’s license;
Ability to collaborate, direct, and evaluate district staff as needed;
Ability to maintain confidentiality regarding district information related to students, financial matters, collective bargaining, personnel and legal matters;
Perform other duties as required.

Community and District Information:
The West Linn-Wilsonville School District is nestled within two thriving cities, West Linn and Wilsonville, within the rural area of Clackamas County. Both communities have a strong legacy of support for their schools, music and arts endeavors, and the overall well-being of their patrons. The school district and surrounding communities have experienced steady, constant growth over the past three decades. The estimated student population of the District as of September 2019, is 9,816.

It is the policy of the West Linn-Wilsonville Board of Education and School District (WLWV) that no discrimination or harassment on the grounds of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veterans' status, genetic information, or disability shall occur if the employee with or without reasonable accommodation, is able to perform the essential functions of the position. These protections apply to students, employees, and other members of the public. West Linn-Wilsonville School District is committed to equal access and equal opportunity in all activities/services, educational programs, and employment. Persons having questions regarding equal opportunity and nondiscrimination should contact the Director of Human Resources at the West Linn-Wilsonville School District, 503-673-7018.