Executive Director of Special Education - CO

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Job Title: Executive Director of Special Education - CO

School District: Douglas County School District

City/State: Castle Rock, Colorado

Where to Apply: http://www.frederickandrews.com/dcsdedsped

Position Open Until: 2/13/2023

Job Description:

DCSD is partnering with an outside firm for this hiring process.

Please apply directly to their website at: 

www.frederickandrews.com/dcsdedsped and direct any questions or inquiries to them at: DCSDEDSPED@fredand.com

Job Description:

Oversees the organization and operation of an effective PK-12 special education program.


Evaluates special education Directors, licensed staff, and classified staff within the special education department.


Occasional lifting five (5) to ten (10) pounds. 

Frequent sitting

Occasional bending, squatting, or standing.

Requires travel around 900 square mile district using personal vehicle.



Provide knowledge, guidance, and support to Directors, building level administrators, and other staff for students with specialized learning needs in the areas of professional development, programming, and service delivery to increase achievement and access for students with disabilities.

Responsible for the implementation and district compliance with federal and state regulations regarding IDEA.

Problem solve with individual providers, teams, and building level administrators to ensure quality programming for students with special needs in accordance with district, state, and federal guidelines. Assist in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of new programs and/or modifications to existing programs to meet the unique learning needs of students, including the promotion of least restrictive placement options whenever possible. Collaborate with student support services specialists and coordinators to assure consistent provision of services district-wide. Allocate resources based on programming needs.

Facilitate communication with various departments, including but not limited to: Special Education, Gifted & Talented, Safety & Security, Prevention/Intervention, Learning Services, Human Resources, and Business Services as well as with the community and the superintendent. Act as a resource to district administrators.

Supervise/support coordinators, specialists, and office staff.

Provide assistance and support in the development, implementation, and evaluation of department goals, in alignment with district priorities and the strategic plan.

Manage funding sources and district budgets and non-discretionary allocations to support with the evaluation of and meet the required needs of the disabled student population.

Ensure the preparation, accuracy, and submission of all reports required for state and federal government reporting.

Allocate and monitor yearly FTE allocations and para-educator hours to ensure compliance and equity of resources.

Integrate general education and special education, including curriculum, instructional strategies, and individualized instruction in support of all children, including those with disabilities.

Evaluate the efficacy and efficiency of special education programs, facilities, services and monitoring systems, and use the evaluation data to improve programs and services for all children, including those with disabilities.

Provide leadership and vision in the facilitation of partnerships; and engage parents, families, and communities in the implementation of special education programs and delivery of special education services.

Perform other related duties as assigned or requested.



Colorado Administrator license with Special Education Director endorsement (or working toward) - Colorado Department of Education



Master's Degree: Special Education (Required)



Ability to solve complex problems., Collaborative team player, Has the ability to lead teams, Maintains a generally positive attitude., Observes all District policies and procedures, Strong organizational and time management skills., Verbal and written communication skills in English and a demonstrated ability to read and comprehend written/graphic and oral instructions.

Position Type:



Primary Location:



One Year Only (Yes or No):



Scheduled Hours Per Week:






Approx Scheduled Days Per Year:

(260 days indicates a year-round position.  Time off [or Off-Track Days] are then granted based on the position.  Any exceptions to the normal off-track time will be noted in the Additional Position Details section above, as scheduled work days.)

260 Work Days


Minimum Hire Rate: 

$117,000.00 USD Annual


Maximum Hire Rate: 

$146,000.00 USD Annual


Full Salary Range:

$117,000.00 USD - $175,000.00 USD Annual

All salary amounts listed above are based on a full-time (1.0) FTE. If applicable, part-time salaries will be prorated according to the assigned FTE.



This position is eligible for health, vision, dental, health savings account (HSA), flexible spending accounts (FSA), District paid and voluntary additional (supplemental) life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance, short and long-term disability, critical illness and accident voluntary insurance, employee assistance program (EAP), voluntary 401(k), 403(b) and 457 retirement plan options. There is also a voluntary 403(b) savings plan with up to 4% District match for up to 5 years from date of hire.

Time Off Plans:

This position is eligible for Paid time off.