Director of Special Education

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
East Lansing Public Schools
Position Details: 

October 8, 2019

POSITION:                 Director of SPECIAL EDUCATION

LOCATION:               Central Administration

REPORTS TO:            Superintendent

WORK YEAR:             12 months (25 vacation days & 11 holidays)

SALARY RANGE:        $108,000 - $120,000

East Lansing Public Schools, home of Michigan State University (MSU) and a neighbor to the state capital, is seeking a dynamic individual to work in our highly diverse school district.  This individual must love kids, have a passion for their success, be a collaborative team player, have a deep understanding of best practices for teaching and learning and engage all students in the learning process.  Come work in a district that is building five new elementary schools with state-of-the-art instructional and sustainable enhancements, has multiple partnerships with MSU, encourages continuous professional growth and learning and is highly supported by its families and community!


Under the general direction of the superintendent, this position will provide leadership and direction in the development, implementation, coordination and administration of the district’s special education program including coordination with curriculum and staff development, Section 504 services, administrative liaison to the District Crisis Intervention Team and supervision of all special education staff for the district. 


  • State of Michigan Director of Special Education Certification or eligibility for approval
  • Master’s degree or above with emphasis in special education or closely related field
  • Valid Michigan special education teaching certificate preferred
  • Minimum of three years successful teaching experience in special education
  • Previous administrative experience preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership in special education, curriculum development, supervision and evaluation
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current instructional methodology for special education
  • High level of interpersonal skills to communicate verbally and in writing to wide variety of audiences


  • Administer all special education services for the District while providing educational leadership and program management within special education programs preschool through graduation
  • Provide coordination, technical direction and guidance in District programs and services including curriculum and instruction, staff and student assignments and transportation for special education students in the District
  • Coordinate professional learning for special education personnel, administration, and general educators regarding the education of handicapped children, health issues, and crisis intervention
  • Conduct observations, conferences and provide support to staff, monitor implementation of pupils’ Individualized Education Programs through classroom observations; attend District Individualized Education Program team meetings
  • Works with the Board of Education, staff members, students, parents, and community groups regarding issues and concerns related to all aspects of educational programming to assure horizontal and vertical continuity and articulation of the district’s special education program
  • Administer the special education budget for the department according to policies of the district and assist in personnel selection as it relates to special education
  • Prepare reports and process claims for reimbursement of federal, state and local funds for support of special programs within policies established by the Board and monitor programs and services on a regular basis to assure compliance with current rules
  • Provide updates, reports and policy recommendations to the Board in areas relating to special education
  • May be assigned additional functions and responsibilities by the Superintendent


APPLICATION PROCEDUREApply online at by completing the online application and uploading a letter of interest, resume, copies of transcripts, Personal Statement of Equity and Inclusion and at least three letters of recommendation.

Application Deadline:                    October 30, 2019

Interviews Begin:                           Week of November 11, 2019

Start Date:                                        January 2, 2020 or a mutually agreed upon date