Exceptional Children’s Director

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Sugar Creek Charter Schools is proud to employ a dedicated, passionate team of leaders and role models to shape the lives of our young students. Sugar Creek’s vision is to serve as many children as possible and to work with them in their formative years so that they become well-educated and productive citizens as adults.

Moreover, we believe that Sugar Creek is uniquely situated to teach and prepare all of our students for their future. We do so with a high degree of commitment and enthusiasm.

Overview:
Under limited supervision, performs a variety of supervisory and administrative tasks in monitoring and assisting the programs for Exceptional Children in Sugar Creek Charter School (K-12). The EC Director directs and supervises programs and services for students in the system with special needs. The EC Director coordinates the efforts of federal, state, and local agencies, private specialists, parents, and division supervisors to provide the services needed by Sugar Creek’s students as determined by division staff. The EC Director monitors the overall effectiveness of programs and ensures all are implemented within federal, state, and local regulations. The EC Director supervises a group of Exceptional Child Services Coordinators, Program Administrators, and Compliance Coordinator as well as the Supervisor of Psychological Services and School Psychologists. Reports to the Superintendent.

Minimum training and experience:
• Minimum of a Master’s Degree in special education or a related field
• Minimum of five years of experience working as a special education teacher
• Current teaching license in special education
• Must possess a valid North Carolina driver’s license

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Essential job functions:
• Plans, develops, and implements a comprehensive program for students with disabilities, which assesses the needs of students, establishes objectives and priorities, delegates responsibilities to staff, develops strategies to achieve objectives, and evaluates programs
• Provides direction, consultation, and supervision to program supervisors and Coordinators; consults with centrally based staff and school-based staff on individual cases and on the interpretation of federal, state, and local policies and procedures
• Develops and implements standards, policies, and procedures related to exceptional child services; develops short and long-range goals for the division; monitors the progress of various services; makes recommendations for changes
• Assists with the administration of the schools throughout grades K-12 for students with disabilities
• Works in conjunction with the State Department of Public Instruction, the Office for Civil Rights, and various other agencies to meet the needs of students; prepares and monitors contracts with individuals and agencies for special services not available through the school system; ensures compliance of programs with federal, state and local regulations
• Coordinates with local agencies, parents, and school personnel to resolve problems and secure needed resources and services
• Responds to calls and correspondence regarding programs and services offered
• Supervises and conducts personnel administration duties for staff, including hiring and firing, evaluating, assigning special duties, monitoring attendance and travel reports, and granting leave
• Assists in the preparation of budgets for the programs; coordinates with other departments or agencies to ensure maximum services; monitors expenditures of the approved budget

Knowledge, skills and abilities:
• Considerable knowledge of federal, state, and local agencies that provide services for children with special needs
• Considerable knowledge of local, state, and federal policies and procedures regarding exceptional children
• Considerable knowledge of the County and School Board policies, procedures, and standards regarding education
• Considerable knowledge of the organization and communication channels of the school system
• Considerable knowledge of the ethical guidelines applicable to the position as outlined by professional organizations and/or federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations
• Considerable knowledge of the current literature, trends, methods, and developments in the area of exceptional children
• Considerable knowledge of the principles of supervision, organization, and administration
• General knowledge of the North Carolina Standard Course of Study
• Skill in counseling and developing staff
• Ability to assess the needs of students
• Ability to plan, develop, implement and evaluate large programs
• Ability to develop and implement policies, procedures, and standards for services offered
• Ability to evaluate the effectiveness of existing programs and make recommendations for improvements
• Ability to use common office machines and popular computer-driven word processing, spreadsheet, and file maintenance programs
• Ability to maintain complete and accurate records and statistics and to develop meaningful reports from that information
• Ability to effectively express ideas orally and in writing
• Ability to make oral presentations before large groups of people
• Ability to exercise considerable tact and courtesy in frequent contact with the public
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships as necessitated by work assignments

 

The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees for this job.