Jul 01, 2020

Director of Special Services

  • TrulyHired
  • Midland, MI, USA
Full-time Administrative

Job Description


The job of Director of Special Education was established for the purpose/s of planning, implementing, directing and maintaining the district's Special Education programs and services; and maintaining staffing to ensure that programs and services are achieved within budget.

Primary Responsibilities
  • Lead/facilitate professional development in all areas of special education
  • Implement and train individuals in "best practices" related to special education
  • Facilitate & implement the CIMS process for the district
  • Track, monitor, and facilitate the correction of monitoring issues
  • Serve as an advisor for all special education legal issues
  • Facilitate complicated/contentious IEP's and mediate complaint resolutions
  • Provide leadership on implementing systemic changes to improve the overall delivery of special education programming and services
  • Guide the alignment of special education instruction with the state curriculum
  • Write complete, yet concise policies and procedures for special education processes
  • Create/provide effective technical assistance in a variety of formats and venues to diverse constituencies on issues pertaining to special education
  • Hire, evaluate, and support the training of special education support staff
  • Prepare and plan for staffing in collaboration with the Associate Superintendent of Curriculum
  • Delineate the roles/responsibilities of all staff in relation to special education processes
  • Adhere to policies and procedures of Midland Public Schools and the Michigan Department of Education
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Associate Superintendent and Superintendent

Essential Skills
  • Advocate for student success
  • Possess expertise with data collection and compliance with Federal and State of Michigan Rules and Regulations
  • Analyze and present data to support and determine the effectiveness of education initiatives that impact students with disabilities
  • Utilize the school management information systems, state databases/reporting systems, word processing, spreadsheets, and other computer applications
  • Knowledge of financial analysis and budget development/management
  • Collaborate with stakeholders at the Michigan Department of Education, county level staff, superintendents, principals, teachers, school staff, parents, students, and community agencies and understand the unique perspectives they possess
  • Establish effective and efficient communication with a variety of stakeholders and facilitate teamwork among those stakeholders
  • Project/foresee future trends in education
  • Attends various meetings (e.g. Board meetings, county director meeting, training, hearings, IEP's. etc.) for the purpose of providing direction and/or receiving information
  • Develops proposals, new programs, budgets and grant opportunities for the purpose of meeting identified district goals as well as state and federal mandates.
  • Manages grant and general fund account of assigned programs and all related financial activity for the purpose of ensuring that expenses are within budget limits and/or fiscal practices are followed.

Salary/Benefit Information:

Salary Schedule 10bt

$93,728 - $110,268 (2020-21 Rates)

240-260 day per year assignment

Full benefits

Educational Background:

A master's degree is required. Both undergraduate and graduate work must be of exceptionally high quality. Inclusion in the candidate's graduate training of appropriate courses in special education and supervision is expected.

Educational and Work Experience:

Five years of successful experience in special education with excellent quality. Previous administrative experience in special education with evidence of leadership strength is also desirable.


Valid Michigan teaching certificate and valid Michigan administrator certificate are required. Must meet all requirements for continuing education as outlined under section 1246 (1) of the Revised School Code.

Candidate must have full or temporary approval as a Michigan supervisor of special education.

Applicant must meet all requirements for continuing education as outlined under section 1246 (1) of the Revised School Code.

Application Procedure:

When applying for a position with the Midland Public Schools, interested candidates must complete an application in order to be considered an official applicant.

To apply for an Internal Posting or if you are a current Midland Public Schools employee you may submit the Internal Application form located on the MPS website.

To complete the application process, you will need to complete the online application at www.midlandps.org. Your application will be retained in active status for one school year. If your qualifications meet our needs, we will contact you for further information and a possible interview.

Please do not send paper documents! When completing your application, you will submit your documents electronically. If you cannot upload your documents, be prepared to provide this information should you be called for an interview.

Thank you for your interest in the Midland Public Schools.

  • Position Type: Full-time
Job Category: Administrator > Director/Coordinator/Manager
Equal Opportunity Employer
Contact Information
  • Kyle Kowalski
  • 600 E Carpenter St.
  • Midland, Michigan 48640

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