Job Posting: Executive Director for Special Services, Evanston/Skokie School District 65

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Executive Director for Special Services

Purpose Statement

The job of Executive Director for Special Services is done for the purpose/s of directing Special Education programs and services; providing information and serving as a resource to others on Special Education and services; achieving defined objectives by planning, evaluating, developing, implementing and maintaining Special Education Services in compliance with established guidelines; and serving as a member of the district leadership team.

This job reports to Superintendent of Schools

Essential Functions
  1. Advise other administrators and teachers for the purpose of the integration of Special Education classes and services in the total school program.
  2. Assume overall responsibility for the purpose of the identification, evaluation and placement of exceptional children.
  3. Collaborates with internal and external personnel (e.g. other administrators, auditors, public agencies, community members, etc.) for the purpose of implementing and/or maintaining Special Services and programs.
  4. Compiles data from a wide variety of sources (e.g. staff, public agencies, etc.) for the purpose of analyzing issues, ensuring compliance with organization policies and procedures, and/or monitoring program components.
  5. Coordinates program components, support needs and material for the purpose of delivering services which conform to established guidelines.
  6. Develops and maintains appropriate records (e.g. enrollment, transfer, and placement of pupils in special education classes or services, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring documentation that Special Education processes are in compliance with established requirements.
  7. Directs department operations, the maintenance of services, and the implementation of new programs and/or processes for the purpose of providing services within established timeframes and in compliance with local, state and federal requirements.
  8. Facilitates meetings, workshops, seminars, etc. (e.g. due process hearings, district liaison, Special Education parent groups, etc.) for the purpose of identifying issues, developing recommendations, supporting other staff, and serving as a District representative.
  9. Implements assigned programs and/or projects for the purpose of conforming to district and state curriculum and/or instructional objectives.
  10. Manages the Special Education department for the purpose of delivering services which conform to established guidelines.
  11. Monitors budget allocations, expenditures, fund balances and related financial activities for the purpose of ensuring that allocations are accurate, revenues are recorded, expenses are within budget limits and/or fiscal practices are followed.
  12. Participates in a wide variety of meetings (e.g. Board meetings, training, hearings, IEPs, etc.) for the purpose of providing and/or receiving information.
  13. Performs personnel functions (e.g. interviewing, evaluating, supervising, etc.) for the purpose of maintaining adequate staffing, enhancing productivity of personnel and achieving objectives within budget.
  14. Prepares a wide variety of often complex materials (e.g. plans, budgets, funding requests, reports, analyses, recommendations, procedures, etc.) for the purpose of documenting activities and issues, meeting compliance requirements, providing audit references, making presentations, and/or providing supporting materials for requested actions.
  15. Presents information (e.g. budget overviews, accounting processes, distribution formulas, etc.) for the purpose of communicating information, gaining feedback and ensuring adherence to established internal controls.
  16. Researches a variety of topics required to manage assignments (e.g. relevant policies, new federal and state statutes, staffing requirements, financial resources, etc.) for the purpose of developing new programs/services, ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements, securing general information and/or responding to requests.
  17. Responds to issues involving staff, conflicts in policies and regulations, community concerns, parental requests that may result in some negative impact and/or liability if not appropriately addressed for the purpose of identifying the relevant issues and recommending or implementing a plan of action that will efficiently resolve the issue.
Other Functions
  1. Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit.
Job Requirements: Minimum Qualifications

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

SKILLS are required to perform multiple, technical tasks with a potential need to upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions. Specific skill based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: operating standard office equipment including using a variety of software applications; planning and managing projects; and preparing and maintaining accurate records; analyzing data; applying assessment instruments; applying curriculum and instructional techniques.

KNOWLEDGE is required to perform algebra and/or geometry; review and interpret highly technical information, write technical materials, and/or speak persuasively to implement desired actions; and analyze situations to define issues and draw conclusions. Specific Knowledge based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: pertinent laws, codes, policies, and/or regulations; personnel processes; standard business practices; program planning and development; concepts of grammar and punctuation; instructional procedures and practices; age appropriate student activities; safety practices and procedures; conflict resolution; and stages of child development/ behavior.

ABILITY is required to schedule a number of activities, meetings, and/or events; routinely gather, collate, and/or classify data; and use job-related equipment. Flexibility is required to work with others in a wide variety of circumstances; analyze data utilizing defined but different processes; and operate equipment using standardized methods. Ability is also required to work with a significant diversity of individuals and/or groups; work with data of widely varied types and/or purposes; and utilize specific, job-related equipment. Independent problem solving is required to analyze issues and create action plans. Problem solving with data frequently requires independent interpretation of guidelines; and problem solving with equipment is limited to moderate. Specific Ability based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: adapting to changing work priorities; communicating with diverse groups and individuals; meeting deadlines and schedules; setting priorities; working as part of a team; and working with detailed information/data.


Responsibilities include: working independently under broad organizational guidelines to achieve unit objectives; managing a department; Utilization of resources from other work units is often required to perform the job’s functions. There is a continual opportunity to impact the organization’s services.

Work Environment

The usual and customary methods of performing the jobs functions require the following physical demands: some lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally the job requires 80% sitting, 10% walking, and 10% standing. This job is performed in a generally clean and healthy environment.

Experience: Job related experience within a specialized field with increasing levels of responsibility is required.
Education: Masters degree in job-related area.
Equivalency:   -5-10 years experience with the operation, administration and evaluation of special services.
Required Testing:
TB Test
Certificates and Licenses
Designated Subject Matter Endorsement
Professional Educators License
Director of Special Education Endorsement

Continuing Educ. / Training:
Maintains Certificates and/or Licenses
Criminal Justice Fingerprint/Background Clearance
Pre-Placement Medical Clearance
Tuberculosis Clearance

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