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Assistant Superintendent - Special Populations

Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Job # 11474942
Date Posted: 10-10-2018

Position Purpose
Provides organizational, instructional, and administrative leadership to the Multi-tiered System of Supports/Response to Intervention (MTSS/RtI) department.  Provides organizational, instructional and administrative leadership to the Special Populations (Section 504 and Special Education) department as well as to the Psychological Services and Dyslexia departments.

Essential Job Functions
  • Supervises Directors and Coordinators to ensure that psychological services are provided to all students and that appropriate services are provided to special population students.
  • Provides leadership regarding location, identification and evaluation of special population students.
  • Provides leadership regarding all instructional, organizational and logistical aspects of services and programs for special population students.
  • Communicates with principals, assistant principals, evaluation specialists, parents, teachers and community members to ensure appropriate services and programs for special population students.
  • Builds relationships with other departments and divisions including, but not limited to Curriculum & Instruction, Maintenance and Operations, School Leadership, Accountability and Data Quality (ADQ), and Equity & Excellence.
  • Collaborates with the Department of Technology to ensure operation of the Section 504 and Special Education student data management system and its interface with District’s data systems.
  • Communicates with the Texas Education Agency to ensure District compliance with federal and state mandates.  Actively participates in the District’s Performance-Based Monitoring Analysis System (PBMAS) process.
  • Provides guidance to principals, assistant principals, evaluation specialists, therapists and staff to ensure District compliance with federal and state mandates regarding MTSS/RtI process, Section 504, Special Education, Dyslexia, and Psychological services.
  • Provides leadership in planning and executing the transactions of large annual budgets.
  • Provides leadership in allocating materials and human resources (evaluation specialists, therapists, teachers, and assistant teachers) to schools.
  • Disseminates information on current research regarding services for special populations.
  • Provides leadership and guidance to staff regarding District-wide professional learning on the MTSS/RtI process (academic and behavioral support systems available to students) as well as instructional services for special population students.
  • Provides leadership on all departmental administrative processes (e.g., contracts, purchase orders, Board document submissions, Principals’ written communication).
Personal Work Relationships
  • All Fort Worth ISD employees must maintain a commitment to the District’s mission, vision, and strategic goals.
  • Exhibits high professionalism, standards of conduct and work ethic.
  • Demonstrates high quality customer service; builds rapport/relationship with the consumer.
  • Demonstrates cultural competence in interactions with others; is respectful of co-workers; communicates and acts as a team player; promotes teamwork.  Responds and acts appropriately in confrontational situations.
Supervisory Responsibilities
  • Selects, trains, supervises, evaluates staff, and makes recommendations relative to assignment, retention, discipline, and dismissal.
  • Research and stay current with all federal and state rules, policies, and guidelines. Responsible for training and supervision at all levels to maintain district compliance with all areas under supervision.

Other Duties as Assigned
  • Performs all job related duties as assigned and in accordance to the Board rules, policies and regulations.  All employees are expected to comply with lawful directives in rare situations driven by need where a team effort is required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of federal and state guidelines and district policies and procedures regarding special population students’ services and programs.
  • Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Knowledge of budget control methods, policies, and procedures.
  • Skill in monitoring and evaluating complex data.
  • Skill in working with initiatives that require collaboration with district and outside agencies and organizations.
  • Skill in supervising staff, building teams, and communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Skill in monitoring/assessing the performance of self, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Skill in public relations, organizational development, communications, and interpersonal relations.
  • Ability to handle difficult and stressful situations with professional composure.
  • Ability to design, organize, and track work plans, create appropriate working and decision-making processes, ensure stakeholders are engaged, and supporting the work itself.
  • Ability to create a comprehensive short- and long-term strategy for the District's portfolio management, school improvement, talent development, and new school's functions.
  • Ability to supervise reports at the director level and coach reports in management of large programs.
  • Ability to problem-solve and reach consensus when faced with differing opinions/views.
  • Ability to use software to create spreadsheets, databases, and do word processing.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both oral and written forms.
  • Ability to engage in self-evaluation with regard to performance and professional growth.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others contacted in the course of work.

Travel Requirements
  • Travels to school district buildings and professional meetings as required.

Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards
  • Tools/Equipment Used:  Standard office equipment, including computer and peripherals.
  • Posture:  Prolonged sitting; occasional stooping, squatting, kneeling, bending, pushing/pulling, and twisting.
  • Motion:  Frequent repetitive hand motions; frequent keyboarding and use of mouse; occasional reaching.
  • Lifting:  Occasional light lifting and carrying (less than 15 pounds).
  • Environment:  Work is performed in an office setting; may require occasional irregular and/or prolonged hours.
  • Attendance:  Regular and punctual attendance at the worksite is required for this position.
  • Mental Demands:  Maintain emotional control under stress; work with frequent interruptions.

Minimum Required Qualifications
  • Education:  Master’s Degree from accredited college or university in a content area or an education related area. Advanced degree in Special Education preferred.
  • Certification/License:  Valid Texas Mid-Management, Principal, or Superintendent Certification.
  • Experience:  10 years’ including the following minimum experience:
    • 3 years’ successful teaching experience,
    • 5 years’ campus, District level administrative or supervisory experience.

Note:  These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job responsibilities.

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