Director of Special Services

Ball State University

Muncie, IN

ID: 7079531 (Ref.No. BSUhttps://bsu.peopleadmin.com/postings/25258)
Posted: June 8, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Burris Director of Special services will provide leadership, support, and innovative training to teachers and staff who work with students with disabilities. To remain current in special education law and trends in order to provide students with disabilities a free and appropriate public education as well as the richest and most equitable educational experience the school can provide. Analysis and interpretation of student data. Work with staff on the interpretation of student data to ensure mastery of learning.

Job Function:

The Burris Director of Special services will provide leadership, support, and innovative training to teachers and staff who work with students with disabilities. To remain current in special education law and trends in order to provide students with disabilities a free and appropriate public education as well as the richest and most equitable educational experience the school can provide. Analysis and interpretation of student data. Work with staff on the interpretation of student data to ensure mastery of learning.

Minimum Education:

Bachelor's degree in Special Education from a regionally accredited university by date of employment; obtain an emergency license by date of employment, if needed.

Preferred Education:

Masters or doctorate degree from a regionally accredited university in special education or related education field. Indiana certification for Special Education Director, Superintendent license, or Building Administrator. Working toward, hold or be eligible to hold Indiana certification for Director of Special Education licensure and other certification appropriate to the assignment.

Minimum Experience:

At least three years of building level teaching experience in special education.

Preferred Experience:

Three years of experience as a Special Education Director or Central Office Administrator or Building level K-12 principal. Three years of building level teaching experience and experience working with special needs students.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participates as a member of a multidisciplinary team to develop, implement, and evaluate individualized education programs (IEPs) for K-12 students at Burris Laboratory School (BLS) and Indiana Academy For Science, Mathematics and Humanities (IASMH) with identified disabilities ensuring compliance with federal, state and district requirements.
  • Recruits, hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates corporation-level (BLS and IASMH) special education staff including speech pathologists, instructional assistants, school psychologist intern, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and other providers as needed.
  • Attends all case conferences for students with disabilities as the District Representative.
  • Provides actionable feedback to special education teachers through classroom observations and walk-throughs and supervises Ball State University preservice teachers and graduate students in Learning Center.
  • Evaluates District (BLS and IASMH) special education programs and monitors the implementation of special education and compliance with regulations in each location.
  • Collaborates with District school administrators and school special education teachers to implement and maintain services and/or programs including special education, English as a Second Language (ESL) and homeless or migrant students.
  • Sets staffing levels for school special education programs within established budget guidelines
  • Manages fiscal resources from the general fund and special education grants, prepares budgets. Directs spending, monitors maintenance of effort, develops annual grant requests.
  • Provides training and professional development for district faculty in accordance with Article 7, IDEA, school improvement plans and corporation plans.
  • Supervises statewide testing programs for students with disabilities to ensure appropriate accommodations are provided and the assessments are completed in accordance with state regulations.
  • Creates and reviews special education curriculum to ensure engaging, effective lesson and unit plans are aligned to current Indiana Standards that drive instruction and include prior assessment data, objectives, allocating an instructionally appropriate amount of time, designing meaningful and relevant assignments, and assessments created before the unit for backwards planning.
  • Instructs special education students as needed and assigned. Fulfills all the job responsibilities of a special education teacher when assigned to teach students.
  • Demonstrates a high level of knowledge regarding developing special education issues, changes in the laws and case law, and educational methods of educating students with disabilities.
  • Coordinates with outside agencies to provide services to students and faculty.
  • Develops and/or participates in collaborative research projects with university and school faculty.
  • Establishes and maintain appropriate relationships with students, parents, faculty and staff by communicating in a professional, courteous and confidential manner and adhering to Burris Laboratory School’s social media policy.
  • Advises parents and/or legal guardians of student progress to communicate expectations, student achievement and developing strategies for improvement or reinforcement of classroom objectives in the home environment.
  • Prepares documentation and reports data to the Indiana Department of Education and other government entities providing written support, conveying information, and complying with Federal and State regulations.
  • Insures compliance to state and federal statues.
  • Completes and monitors state and federal reports.
  • Monitors special education teachers’ licensing.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to continuous professional growth and attends and participates in professional development opportunities, faculty meetings, extra-curricular activities and committees.
  • Participates in professional development and meetings to gather or share information required to perform functions and improve student achievement.
  • Reports incidents (e.g. suspected child abuse, suspected substance abuse, harassment, zero tolerance offenses, etc.) to administrators to maintain the personal safety of students and provide a positive learning environment that adheres to state law and Ball State University policies.
  • Maintains a professional appearance as outlined in the Burris Laboratory School Faculty Handbook, and demonstrates behavior that is diplomatic and responsible.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.


At Ball State University, we recognize inclusive excellence as an integral endeavor to fulfill our University’s mission and our strategic plan. We recruit, support, and retain a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff. We encourage and reward diversity of thought. We promote a work environment that encourages and rewards innovation and creativity. We pledge to keep Inclusive Excellence at the highest level of institutional importance and as a foundation in all that we strive to do. Our over-arching goal for Inclusive Excellence is to adopt a university-wide Inclusive Excellence approach to academic, administrative support, and service functions of the university. We believe Inclusive Excellence must be infused in every step we take.



 

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