Executive Director of Special Populations

    Oakland Schools
    Waterford, MI
    $125,216 - $145,213 (with a potential of $156,378)
Serves as Chief Special Education Officer of Oakland County, interpreting and implementing applicable regulations, the ISD Plan for the delivery of Special Education Programs and Services, PA 18 Agreement, and functions of Monitoring and Compliance as defined by Michigan Department of Education Office of Special Education. Serves as Director of Special Populations, providing overall coordination, management and leadership to the Department's personnel and programs. Advises and consults with Cabinet of Oakland Schools on strategic issues pertinent to Special Education. Maintains close working relationships with all local superintendents and boards for greater probability of success in meeting the compliance and instructional needs of the population of students with IEPs. Directs and coordinates all aspects of Special Education compliance, training, instruction, assistive technology and technical assistance provided to the local districts of Oakland County while providing leadership in expectations of the Michigan Dept. of Education/Office of Special Education. Serves as an advocate for public education and Oakland County Schools.

Position Responsibilities
• Promotes and supports organizational culture by reinforcing Board of Education goals, policies and procedures and the organization's vision, mission and continuous improvement plan.
• Develops, implements and monitors department budget in accordance with organizational priorities.
• Develops, implements and monitors federal IDEA grants internally.
• Leads the development and directs the implementation of strategic and/or operational plans, projects, programs and systems that align with those of the organization in collaboration with department members.
• Leads projects both internal to department and to the Oakland Schools organization to increase the achievement of students within the county.
• Serves as Oakland Schools' representative and/or liaison to constituent groups, professional organizations, government and community agencies and serve as a resource to local school districts and Oakland Schools departments on Special Education related issues. Supports developing strong partnerships between community providers and local public school districts to collaboratively design, implement and evaluate programs and services.
• Maintains and applies up-to-date knowledge of rules and regulations associated with federal and state programs in area of assignment regarding Special Education.
• Maintains and applies up-to-date knowledge of current theory, research, methodology and legislation in appropriate fields of assignment regarding Special Education.
• Co-facilitates OCSA special education sub-committee for Special Education. Coordinates county Parent Advisory Committee.
• Leads the development, design, implementation and monitoring of new products and services to meet identified data-based needs and organizational goals.
• Facilitates and/or participates in, and appropriately communicates information from group, department and administrative meetings and committees.
• Plans and/or oversees the development, implementation and maintenance of standard operating procedures (SOP's) and technologies and improves operating quality and efficiency of the department.
• Recruits, trains, mentors, and supports special education leadership personnel within Oakland County. Identifies, places and oversees personnel placed by Oakland Schools in roles of leadership within local district. Coordinates all related contracts and inter-agency agreements.
• Leads the coordination of local district system reviews and reporting with the intent to achieve more strategic and purposeful improvement planning (per the MDE General Supervision Monitoring system).
• Develops, writes and manages grants and contracts as appropriate in collaboration with department members.
• Ensures review and verification of LEA level federal grants and state financial mandates in coordination with Director of Finance.
• Coordinates with county and state agencies in procurement of cash matches and management.
• Collaborates with fellow Oakland Schools Educational Services Directors to align the Oakland Schools Continuous Improvement Plan.
• Develops, designs and conducts professional learning activities for internal staff and external special education leadership.
• Performs appropriate human resource functions necessary for hiring, coaching, evaluating, disciplining and supervising staff in accordance with established policies and procedures.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
• Master’s Degree in Special Education
• Valid MDE required endorsements as the Special Education Director with Building Administrative or Central Office Certification
• Director of Special Education Approval or eligibility for temporary approval
• Eight to nine years’ experience as a Special Education Director with preferred experience serving on the cabinet level in a local district, or five years’ experience as an ISD Director in a different county
• Meeting all continuing education requirements as defined by MDE

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities Required
• Ability to maintain and apply up-to-date knowledge of rules and regulations associated with federal and state programs in area of assignment regarding Special Education.
• Ability to maintain and apply up-to-date knowledge of current theory, research, methodology and legislation in appropriate fields of assignment regarding Special Education.

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