Director of Special Services, Hart Public Schools

Director of Special Services, Hart Public Schools


  • Candidate must have a minimum of a B.A. Degree in Education
  • Valid Michigan Teaching Certificate
  • Must meet Highly Qualified Standards for Special Education
  • Successful instruction of at-risk population
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with general education teachers and parents
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Technology fluent

Essential Task:  (These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.)

 Research and communicate a district-wide philosophy of least restrictive environment for serving special needs students. Present recommendations to District Administration for any programming changes.

  • Guide the development and implementation of long-range and short-range plans for achieving special education goals and objectives in alignment with the school district’s strategic plan/district improvement plan.
  • Coordinate special education services for all students with disabilities and ensure that students have access to the school district’s core curriculum.
  • Monitor the development and implementation of all aspects of the special education program process.
  • Develop district 504 plans for students who meet State of Michigan criteria to be on a 504 plan in coordination with building teachers and administration.
  • Assume responsibility for coordinating and monitoring special education activities including the coordination of all schools’ referral activities, including; REED’s, IEP’s, and all initial screenings.
  • Attend REED’s, IEP’s as needed in coordination with building administrators.
  • Collaborate with school-based administrators and central office administrators regarding the discipline of students with disabilities.
  • Supervise daily activities of staff members relative to assigned tasks; provide professional development for staff members as necessary to provide opportunities for cross-training and growth.
  • Facilitate and/or participate in all matters of dispute resolution with the Michigan Department of Education and the Office for Civil Rights pertaining to students with disabilities; manage mediation and due process procedures.
  • Provide accurate and timely data to the WSESD, Michigan Department of Education’s CIMS and CAP programs when necessary.
  • Develop, monitor, supervise and manage all aspects of the annual budgets for special education and audiology services; coordinate budget requests with building Principal’s relative to instructional programs.
  • Write district personal curriculums (PC’s) when appropriate in relation to state law and MDE graduation requirements.
  • Review federal and state legislation/regulations related to special education; identify and share the impact of changes on the school district.
  • Monitor compliance with School Board Policies and Regulations and work with the School Board/Superintendent to develop required policy changes.
  • Maintain open lines of communication regarding special education with all interested parties; respond to concerns of parents, teachers, building and central office administrators, and community members.
  • Monitor and coordinate ACT/M-Step/MI-access assessments, as applicable to students with disabilities.
  • Maintain accurate database and files of former and current students served in special education.
  • Maintain a permanent inventory of equipment available to students with disabilities for HPS and all equipment and materials purchased by the school district for special education.

Criminal Records Check: By law, the selected applicant is required to complete a criminal records check.  This will be at the prospective employee’s expense and kept on file at the Central Business Office.

Location: District-wide

Estimated Starting Date: May 4, 2020

Reports to:  Superintendent of Schools

Salary: as determined by the Board of Education. Commensurate with experience.

Application Procedure: Submit letter of interest, resume’ including copy of certifications, transcripts and also references to:

Hart Public Schools

Kathy Wilson, Human Resources

301 W. Johnson Street

Hart, MI  49420


Deadline for Applying: April 3, 2020 or until filled

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