The Executive Director of Special Services is a member of Teaching & Learning Division of the Olathe Public Schools, responsible for the general administration and coordination of all special education and related services for exceptional students and the advancement of teaching and learning. Responsibilities focus on collaboration within the Department of Teaching and Learning with emphasis on student achievement, continuous improvement, navigation and articulation of ongoing changes in compliance requirements with federal and state regulations and Board of Education Policies related to provision of special education.
The Executive Director of Special Services demonstrates the knowledge and skills to successfully ...
+ Develop and implement Teaching and Learning initiatives to improve student achievement
+ Supervise and administer Special Services Leadership Team including coordinators, facilitators
+ Oversight of Special Services budget including the monitoring of local, state and federal allocations and expenditures
+ Preparation and submission of state reports including VI-Part B Application, State Personnel
Report, Targeted Improvement Plan Application and Catastrophic Aide
+ Implementation, data collection and oversight of reporting compliance with State Performance Plan Indicators in the Kansas Integrated Accountability System (KIAS)
+ Monitor compliance and supervise implementation of special education legal requirements
resulting from federal and state regulations related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
+ Oversight of Medicaid program including staff training, billing and recoupment of funds
+ Support and consultation with all building administrators regarding the legal provision of special
education and related services
+ Facilitate and manage mediation, due process and formal complaint resolution processes
+ Responsible for Special Education Certified and Classified Staff
o Projections of certified and classified staff needed
Recruitment and retention of highly qualified staff o Personnel performance concerns and complaints o Direct report staff evaluations
+ Oversight of paraeducators including calculation of building and program paraeducator
+ Professional Growth planning for all Special Services professional development activities within district and approval of out-of-district professional leave activities
+ District facilitator and member of Olathe Special Services Site Council
+ Legislative liaison at State and National level regarding funding, revenue, and oversight of
special education services in the public school systems
+ Ensure continuing parent and community satisfaction with the quality of services provided
+ Support Special Services Staff in the implementation of the web-based IEP program
+ Other duties as assigned
Position reports directly to Assistant Superintendent of General Administration.
The Olathe School District is the fasting growing school district in the area, being the second largest district in Kansas with enrollment of more than 30,055 students and more than 4,450 staff. Average class sizes include elementary 20.5, middle school 22.0 and high school 25.5. The district is located in Johnson County Kansas – about 20 miles south of metropolitan Kansas City – serving most of... Olathe and portions of the cities of Lenexa, Overland Park and Shawnee and is listed among America’s Top 25 Places to Live and Go to School (relocateamerica.com.). You will find innovative and quality education at every level.