Associate Superintendent of Special Education

    Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Service Agency
    Marquette, MI
    $95,520 – $124,176
The purpose of this position is to significantly increase students’ quality of life and independent living skills through high-quality, effective, and inclusive Special Education programming and services. The Associate Superintendent of Special Education will be responsible for the design, implementation, and oversight of Special Education instructional programs. The Associate Superintendent will also develop the corresponding budgets for implementing, monitoring, and evaluating the local districts’ Special Education programs. Collaboration between MARESA and local school districts is essential in the design and execution of an effective Special Education program that prepares students for ongoing education, careers, and life.

Position Responsibilities
• Works effectively and collaboratively with educators at all levels/positions in LEAs, ISDs/RESAs and higher education institutions to ensure compliance with IDEA, MARSE, and assure Free & Appropriate Education is provided to students with special needs 
• Chairs RESA-wide Special Education coordinators meetings, providing information to local superintendents, regional Special Education directors, and business officers 
• Oversees early childhood programs 
• Serves as an active participant on MARESA’s core administrative leadership team 
• Leads, supervises, and evaluates Special Education personnel and support staff 
• Coordinates staffing requirements and allocations to ensure they are consistent with individual plans for students with special needs, Board policy, and the curriculum plan 
• Ensures staffing decisions are equitable to all employee groups and consistent with various employee contracts 
• Works collaboratively and actively with the Special Education and General Education programs to provide and ensure highly effective instructional leadership 
• Provides leadership and facilitates the evaluation of Special Education programs, and the development of new and revised programs, policies, and procedures 
• Ensures compliance with Special Education federal and state laws, rules, and regulations. 
• Interprets laws, rules, and regulations to parents, MARESA staff, local school districts, and charter/cyber schools 
• Provides leadership and input to local, regional, state, and national organizations on issues related to education with particular focus on Special Education 
• Actively engages with MDE, Region 1A, and MAASE to be an effective conduit of information flowing both to and from these organizations and Special Education administrators in the MARESA service area 
• Oversees MARESA’s 504 responsibilities and serves as the Americans with Disabilities Act Officer 
• Oversees the preparation of reports for federal, state, and local regulatory agencies 
• Provides leadership and assistance to the Parent Advisory Committee 
• Facilitates professional development activities for Special Education staff
• This position requires a minimum of a Master’s degree (M.A.) or equivalent in Special Education, Administration, Educational Leadership, or a related field; and/or equivalent combination of education and experience 
• Qualifies for temporary or full approval as a Director of Special Education as per Michigan Department of Education requirements 
• Valid Michigan Administrator’s Certificate (preferred) 
• This position requires a minimum of five to seven years of related experience in a teaching or education related position. This position also requires a minimum of three to five years of related experience as a local or intermediate school district Special Education Administrator 
• Extensive leadership experience in working with local school districts/parents to achieve effective least restrictive environment (LRE) options. This experience needs to reflect a broad array of leadership in staff development activities, curriculum accommodation, positive behavior supports, consultation models of assessment, data-based decision-making, and a collaborative leadership style in relationships with educators, parents, community members, and advocacy groups 
• Extensive experience/training with asset-based, resolution-oriented strategies, parent/school partnerships and education programs for parents/families 
• Experience with fiscal/program management, budgeting and grant administration; working knowledge/capacity to implement concepts such as maintenance of effort, cost accounting, and resource development 
• Leadership experience and active involvement with interagency collaborative teams

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities Required
• Embraces and supports MARESA philosophies related to diversity and inclusiveness 
• Visionary educator, systems thinker, knowledgeable in effective research-based practices relating to child development, teaching and learning 
• Knowledge, vision and capacity to assess effective integration of technology/assistive technology applications within the learning process 
• Ability to effectively supervise a diverse range of Special Education services/staff 
• Ability to work effectively with parents/families 
• Demonstrated proficiency in data-based evaluation and research skills 
• Demonstrated proficiency in effective team-oriented management through excellent interpersonal/leadership skills 
• Demonstrated effectiveness in decision-making, long-range planning and problem-solving situations 
• Professional demeanor and outstanding communication skills on all levels (verbal, written, presentation)

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