WVDE VACANCIES

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Title of Vacancy
Executive Director, Office of Special Education, Charleston, WV

Administrative Unit
Division of Teaching and Learning

Duties and Responsibilities
The executive director of the Office of Special Education has the primary responsibility for assisting county boards of education and other public agencies in providing high-quality educational programs and services, which meet the letter and spirit of both federal and state laws for all students with exceptionalities. The executive director articulates the mission, vision, and goals of the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) while working cooperatively with other divisions/offices, county boards of educations, institutions of higher education (IHEs), parent agencies, and other agencies and organizations. Specific duties include: 
 
1. Provide an administrative structure for statewide management and supervision of special education programs, services, resources, and grants/projects supporting intervention strategies for high-risk students. 
2. Provide statewide leadership and practice planning regarding appropriate policies, programs, and procedures to improve educational outcomes for students with exceptionalities and high-risk. 
3. Support county boards of education and other agencies in their effort to provide educational services and programs to meet current and future needs of students with exceptionalities and their families. 
4. Establish and maintain liaison with appropriate national, regional, and state individuals, groups, committees, and organizations to provide and receive information that will enhance educational outcomes for all students. 
5. Coordinate and provide staff support to the West Virginia Council for the Education of Exceptional Children (WVACEEC). 
6. Maintain a continuous program of evaluation and data collection systems to measure performance and improve the distribution and reporting of that information. 
7. Provide technical assistance that enables each county board of education to establish and maintain the special education programs and related services needed to provide a free appropriate public education and improve the achievement of all eligible exceptional students. 
8. Develop and maintain the necessary procedures, guidelines, forms, and instruments to implement federal and state laws and WVBE policies governing the education of eligible students with exceptionalities. 
9. Collaborate with agencies providing services to students with exceptionalities to compile and disseminate guidelines related to research-based practices, position papers, opinions, and interpretations of federal and state laws and policies pertaining to the education of students with exceptionalities. 
10. Supervise the administration, regulation, and monitoring of federal and state funds and programs for IDEA and Medicaid as per the intent of regulatory standards for all eligible students with exceptionalities in the state, including those in residential institutions, private schools, and incarcerated. 
11. Provide guidance to county boards of education and other agencies on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504, and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) per the intent of regulatory standards for the benefit of eligible students with exceptionalities and other students. 
12. Maximize coordination of all program and services and initiatives with the Offices of Early and Elementary Learning, Middle and Secondary Learning, Technology Integration and Support, and Assessment. 
13. Demonstrated knowledge and application of: 
a. all current federal and state laws and regulations to include IDEA; 
b. implementation of effective programs and services for students with exceptionalities; 
c. interrelationships among special, career technical education, and general education programs and practices in the public schools, IHEs, and related agencies; and 
d. development and delivery of special education and related services across all educational settings. 
14. Skilled in the use of technology, including the ability to arrange and/or retrieve data, information, and ideas for evaluation and reporting purposes using the Microsoft Office Suite. 
15. Demonstrated experience in working with state and federal policies including knowledge of West Virginia Code. 
16. Evidence of leadership in overseeing mental health issues, school health programs, and related procedures. 
17. Performs other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications
1. Masterís degree from an accredited IHE in special education or a related field (doctorate preferred) or advanced graduate work in educational administration, curriculum/instruction, or special education. 
2. Documented successful leadership experiences in special education, including successful administrative experiences in the implementation of federal, state, and local laws and policies. 
3. Demonstrated innovative leadership in improving school, district and/or state level achievement of special needs students to include national and federal grant writing. 
4. Practices and utilizes capacity building with staff and ability to guide staff in leadership development. 
5. Belief and commitment to the education goals and initiatives of the WVBE, WVDE, and Division of Teaching and Learning. 
6. Strong knowledge base of national and state education reform initiatives. 
7. Superior interpersonal communication, presentation, and facilitation skills in working with professional personnel, other populations, and agencies at the local, regional, state, and national levels. 
8. Broad range of successful professional experiences in general and special education and related fields, including instruction, administration, school improvement, and community engagement. 
 
 
 
**Candidates for employment must complete an official application form that may be downloaded online at http://wvde.state.wv.us/hr/ or by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (304) 558-2702. 
 
 
 

Expectations
1. The staff member works effectively as a member of a collaborative interdisciplinary educational team within the Division of Teaching and Learning. 
2. The staff member understands the design, implementation, and evaluation of professional learning for successful implementation of any WVDE initiative. 
3. The staff member demonstrates self-control and exhibits an attitude of mutual respect and tolerance. 
4. The staff member is ethical and demonstrates good work habits, such as punctuality and attendance. 
5. The staff member demonstrates self-direction and the ability to use software applications for personal productivity and collaboration. 
6. The staff member demonstrates broad-based knowledge of professional learning, instruction, and instructional technologies. 
7. The staff member must be willing to travel. 
8. The staff member demonstrates the ability to schedule, organize, and perform various assignments while working collaboratively with multiple groups across the state. 
9. The staff member must demonstrate the ability to retrieve and analyze data from various sources. 
 

Employment Relationship
Department of Education staff are employed upon recommendation of the State Superintendent of Schools and are state employees. No representative or employee of the state is authorized to enter into any employment contract or other agreement. Department staff work under the direction of the State Superintendent of Schools for the general supervision of the free schools in the state and implementing the policies of the board and other necessary tasks as determined by the State Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee. Each employee is at-will and subject to termination by the State Superintendent of Schools at any time, with or without notice, cause or compensation.

The employment relationship between the State Superintendent of Schools and the employee may be terminated by either party. Reasons for termination by the State Superintendent of Schools include, but are not limited to, immorality, incompetency, cruelty, insubordination, intemperance, willful neglect of duty, unsatisfactory performance, the conviction of a felony or a guilty plea or a plea of no contest to a felony charge, misuse of funds or property, violations of law or policies of the state board, lack of need, or a lack or loss of funding.

Salary
$92,708.00 annually

Closing Date (by 4:00pm Eastern Daylight Time)
September 21, 2018

Apply to
Office of Human Resources  
WV Department of Education 
Building 6, Room 264 
1900 Kanawha Blvd., East 
Charleston, West Virginia 25305-0330  
Phone: 304-558-2702 
Fax: 304-558-0216  
Email: wvde.hr@k12.wv.us 


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