Director of Special Education

Saturday, June 16, 2018
Covenant House Academy Detroit
Position Details: 

Position:                     Director of Special Education           

Reports to:                 Superintendent


General Description:  The Director of Special Education assists the Superintendent with staffing, budgeting, data collection and reporting, staff development, and program implementation and evaluation for identified special education programs; coordinates special education compliance; and serves as the districts’ liaison in all matters concerning special education.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Understands, accepts, and abides by the Covenant House Academy philosophy and mission statement in all his/her school activities.
  • Establish and communicate a division-wide philosophy of least restrictive environment for serving special needs students.
  • Keep informed of legal requirements governing Special Education and assure that staff and programs are in total compliance with the law.
  • Evaluate and recommend for continuation of employment and promotion of all personnel serving in the Special Education area.
  • Assume responsibility for compiling, maintaining and filing all reports, records other documents legally required or administratively useful.
  • Supervise the recruiting, interviewing, hiring, training and evaluating of all assigned Special Education personnel.
  • Monitor the development and implementation of all aspects of the special education program process.
  • Assume responsibility for Child Find activities including the coordination of all schools’ referral activities.
  • Collaborate with school-based administrators and central office administrators regarding the discipline of students with disabilities.
  • Facilitate and/or participate in all matters of dispute resolution with the Michigan Department of Education and the Office for Civil Rights pertaining to students with disabilities; manage mediation and due process procedures.
  • Coordinate the implementation of federal and state grant applications and manage appropriate IDEA grants.
  • Maintain accurate database and files of former and current students served in special education.
  • Conduct ongoing needs assessments, collect and analyze data, use pertinent data to refine and improve operational functions and services;
  • Plan, implement and facilitate professional development/in-services for school staff assigned the responsibility of delivering and overseeing the special education services/process in their buildings.
  • Work with Child Study Committees in developing, implementing, and evaluating proper child study procedures.
  • Serve as the districts’ liaison in all matters concerning special education.
  • Perform related work as required by the Superintendent.


Essential Skills and Abilities:


  • Ability to work collaboratively with principals to implement and monitor special education programs.
  • Ability to interpret and remain current on all federal, state, and local mandates for special education and Section 504 services and to ensure that the school districts are in compliance.
  • Exceptional public relations/interpersonal skills to respond to parents and advocacy groups and to serve as the school districts lead representative/contact person of programs for special needs students.




  • Master's Degree in Special Education.
  • State of Michigan approval as a Special Education Director
  • Continuing Education Credit Requirement, under current Michigan law, hours or 18 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH)
  • Successful experience as a classroom teacher and administrator; local school district experience preferred.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Satisfactory completion of criminal history check


This job description is a summary of the responsibilities, duties, knowledge, skills, experience, abilities and qualifications associated with this position.  It is not an exhaustive list and may be changed at any time at the discretion of the executive management of Youth Vision Solutions.




Youth Vision Solutions is an equal opportunity employer. YVS will not discriminate against any otherwise qualified employee or applicant for employment with respect to hire, tenure, terms, conditions or privileges of employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, marital status, disabilities, or other legally protected status.