Job Category
Exemption Status/Test
Reports To
Executive Director of Special Education
Date Revised
Special Education
Primary Purpose
To provide leadership for the implementation of Special Education Programs which advance achievement for students served through special education. Support campuses to ensure these students are provided a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) through individualized education programs. Collaborate with parents, teachers, principals, and support personnel regarding instructional issues in the area of special education, district-wide initiatives and program requirements. Monitor compliance with all state, federal, and local requirements under the supervision of the district special education director.
Education Certification

Master’s degree in relevant educational field

Completed Mid-Management or Principal Certificate

Valid Texas Special Education certification/endorsement

Special Knowledge/Skills

Extensive knowledge of state and federal laws pertaining to Special Education

Expertise in ARD development and compliance

Experience in project design, implementation, and monitoring of special education programs

Experience planning, developing and implementing professional development programs

Experience with TEKS-based instruction and assessment programs

Experience working with district departments to integrate system-wide activities to meet targets

Proficiency with technology including multi-media technology

Demonstrated strong organizational, communication, public relations, and interpersonal skills required to achieve the goals of the position


Five (5) years of successful teaching experience in a special education classroom

Three (3) years of leadership experience at the campus and/or district level

Major Responsibilities and Duties

Instructional and Program Management

  •  Assists in the development and delivery of special education curriculum and instructional programs that incorporate district goals and support student achievement.  Ensure that curriculum renewal is continuous and responsive to student needs.
  • Ensures the special education referral process is effective and that student assessments and recommendations regarding placement and program management for individual students are completed in a timely manner.
  • Monitors the admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) process districtwide.  Ensure that students are placed appropriately and development of individualized education programs for students are consistent with district procedures.  Ensure that student progress is evaluated on a systematic basis.  Attend ARDs as needed.
  • Obtains and uses evaluative findings (including student achievement data) to gauge special education program effectiveness.  Recommend changes when warranted.  Develop and implement training for campus and special education support staff based on findings and needs assessment.
  • Ensures that the necessary time, resources, materials, and technology to support and accomplish educational goals are available.  Develop and support implementation of innovative instruction and programs.
  • Assists with transition series for special education students entering and exiting public school programs.
  • Assists in formulating and implementing contracts for special education students receiving services outside of the district.

Student Management

  • Provides leadership for assessing, developing and improving climate and culture for students in special education.
  • Demonstrate support for the district’s student management policies and expected student behavior related to special education program.

Policy, Reports and Law

  • Works to ensure that schools are in compliance with federal, state and local board policy requirements outlined in statute, education code, administrative code and policy for students in special education.
  • Prepares federal/state/local reports accurately and timely and makes local recommendations relative to the Special Education programs as requested.
  • Assists with the supervision of the writing/distribution of the Special Education program manuals and forms as requested.

Budget and Inventory

  • Participates in development, preparation, and administration of the budget for essential supplies and equipment and ensure that the program is cost effective and funds are managed wisely.
  • Effectively and efficiently organizes and sustains resources, and implements processes and systems to support teaching, learning, and organizational effectiveness consistent with the district’s vision and goals for students in special education.
  • Participates in grant-writing activities to obtain program funding.

Personnel Management

  • Prepares, reviews and revises job descriptions in the Special Education department.
  • Helps select, train, supervise and evaluate staff and make recommendations relative to assignment, retention, discipline and removal.
  • Systematically and fairly recognizes and celebrates accomplishments of staff and students.

Communications and Community Relations

  • Establishes and maintains a professional relationship and open communication with principals, teachers, staff, parents and community members.
  • Collaboratively establishes a culture that welcomes and honors families and community and seeks ways to engage them in student learning.
  • Articulates the district’s mission and goals in the area of Special Education to the community and solicit its support in realizing the mission.

 Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Supervises and evaluates program professionals and secretary.
Tools/Equipment Used
Standard office equipment including personal computer and peripherals
Prolonged sitting; occasional bending/stooping, pushing/pulling, and twisting.
Repetitive hand motions, frequent keyboarding and use of mouse; occasional reaching.
Repetitive hand motions, frequent keyboarding and use of mouse; occasional reaching.
Mental Demands
Work with frequent interruptions; maintain emotional control under stress.