Director of Special Education

Director of Student Services and Special Education
Effective: July 1st, 2019 or Earlier Upon Mutual Agreement
Contact: Dr. Donald J. Viegut c/o Jenny Stringer
132 S. B Street
Livingston, MT. 59047
Closing Date: Until Filled
Salary: Professionally Competitive
Preferred Qualifications:
- Master’s Degree in Special Education, School Administration or Educational Leadership
- Earned Doctorate Preferred
- Experience in Trauma Informed Practice, MTSS, Proven Instructional Strategies
- Successful administrative experience at both the building and district level
- Experience framing aspirational agendas and presenting to faculty and parent groups
- Significant community engagement experience committed to the promise of collective impact

Application Requirements:
-  Administrative Application
-  Educational Philosophy Statement Including Professional Talents and Skills
-  Resume
-  Transcripts
-  University Placement File or Three Letters of Recommendation
-  Copy of Montana Administrative License or Statement of Ability to Obtain
- Consent to Fingerprint Form
-  Equal Opportunity Employer Form

Livingston School District is interested in candidates who can establish warm relationships with students and their families, provide support to teachers in instruction, handing discipline, compliance with special education law, is skilled at connecting with community, is a learner, a reflective educator, has the desire to be an accomplished instructional leader and interested in developing a new stand-alone program focused on serving children.
The application and required application documents can be found on the district website www.livingston.k12.mt.us or obtained from the District Office located at 132 S. B Street, Livingston, MT. 59047
Livingston Public schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in education or employment because of sex, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, physical or mental handicap, political belief, marital or parental status.
About Livingston
Situated within multiple mountain ranges and nestled along the Yellowstone River, Livingston is one of the most beautiful settings in the American west. Livingston is a very supportive community that prides itself in the arts and has a competent and progressive administrative team, board of trustees and hard working and accomplished staff.
Title: Director of Student Services and Special Education
Preferred Qualifications:
- Master’s Degree in School Administration, Special Education or Educational Leadership
- Earned Doctorate
- Published author in Trauma Informed Practice
- Five years of successful administrative experience at both the building and district level
- Experience framing aspirational agendas and presenting to faculty and parent groups
- Significant community engagement experience committed to the promise of collective impact
Traits, Abilities, and Experiences Desired:
- Evidence of past practice of working well with an administrative team
- Evidence of past practice of high integrity and ethics as a member of an administrative team
- A continuous improvement mindset with demonstrated engagement in continuous improvement practice
- A systems thinker with the willingness and ability to coordinate with key district stakeholders as well as related community agencies
- Hard working, problem solver and an innovator within our profession
- Proven thought leader in best instructional practice
Performance Responsibilities:
- Lead all progress for students with disabilities
- Responsible for implementing Free, Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to identified students in accord with federal statute and state regulations
- Supports principals and teachers in Tier 3 instructional practices and strategies
- Lead all matters pertaining to compliance with special education service mandates
- Prepare annual federal program applications and reports required by the OPI
- Coordinates budget planning and administration of federal and state special education funds; oversees annual dispersal of Medicaid reimbursement.
- Recruits, makes hiring recommendations, supervises and evaluates: itinerant personnel, Preschool staff, special services secretarial staff.
- Facilitates contentious issues related to identification and placement of students with disabilities
- Assumes leadership role in due process and litigation cases (with district legal counsel)
- Drafts policy directly related to federal statute and state regulatory changes
- Coordinates annual Child Find efforts in accord with federal mandates
- Coordinates staff development training specific to IDEA statute and OPI regulations
- Serves as a liaison between districts and the OPI, Division of Special Education
- Coordinate district Extended School Year (ESY)
- Interprets special education programs and services to personnel and community
- Coordinates procedures for the evaluation, identification and placement of students with disabilities
- Oversees scheduling IEP meetings, data collection and required reports
- Attends IEP meetings to ensure accuracy and completion of documentation and to record proceedings
- Serves as a resource to team in establishing eligibility and developing an appropriate IEP in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)
- Acts as liaison between districts and outside agencies, including advocacy groups
- Insures delivery of signed IEP originals to secure files
- Tracks and monitors out-of-district placements
- Evaluates Extended School Year program needs
- Coordinates annual Child Count
- Attends relevant state/regional meetings related to job performance responsibilities
- Collaborate with classroom teachers in the examination of data to drive instructional decisions
- Partner on a District Level with the MTSS interventionist at Washington, Winans, East Side and SGMS
- Partner with community based Collective Impact Stakeholders on pupil services supports
- Such other duties and responsibilities assigned by the Superintendent
Reports to: Director of Curriculum/Director of Federal Programs

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