Colorado State NON-CLASSIFIED: Director of Special Education in Colorado Springs, Colorado

NON-CLASSIFIED: Director of Special Education



NON-CLASSIFIED: Director of Special Education


$71,655.00 - $111,095.00 Annually


Colorado Springs, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Department of Education

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Department Information

Vision Statement: CSDB ... Learning, Thriving, Leading

Mission Statement: The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) provides children and families statewide with comprehensive, specialized educational services in safe, nurturing environments. We empower learners to become self-determined, independent contributing citizens within their communities.

Core Values:

Collaboration; Open, Honest Communication; Respect; Responsibility

Description of Job



Director of Special Education reports to and is evaluated by the Superintendent. Responsible for timely and legal delivery of educational services by CSDB staff. Provides direct supervision to Student Services personnel. Responsible for making determinations related to all positions under direct supervision including responsibility for hiring and performance evaluation. Fiscal responsibility for all funds allocated under their direction.


  • Supervise the admission process at CSDB including distribution of information, tours, registration, district contact, transportation, initial staffing, eligibility (addressing all issues), and registrar (registration forms, student records, CSDB student counts, and registration day).

  • Oversee the accreditation process at CSDB including but not limited to the Unified Improvement Plan, the federal consolidated application, Alternative Education Campus requirements and district determination.

  • Monitor CSDB compliance with Exceptional Children's Educational Act (ECEA) and Federal regulations.

  • Attend state and regional director meetings, and represent CSDB on statewide committees as appropriate.

  • Recruit, select, assign, supervise, evaluate, coordinate and recommend termination as necessary the work of assigned staff, including teaching / special services staff, and other support staff consistent with school policies and procedures.

  • Monitor the delivery of services provided to CSDB students. Service delivery includes but is not limited to the following areas: Speech, Counseling, Audiology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Orientation & Mobility, Health Care.

  • Manage the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process at CSDB to include ensuring proper notification and compliance with all federal and state laws.

  • Supervise the Mental Health Team including the implementation of Threat Assessments and Physical Restraint requirements.

  • Serve as the McKinney-Vento (homeless) and Title IX Coordinator.

  • Ensure appropriate and timely data is reported to state and federal authorities, as required by law.

  • Communicate local school district transportation arrangements with the Supervisor of Student Life.

  • Serve as a member of the Superintendent's Council, working in cooperation with other administrators to plan, organize and implement services; facilitate and participate in regular team, departmental, school and administrative meetings as required; and support school reform efforts and implementation of the CSDB Strategic Plan.

  • Maintain professional competence and growth through participation in educational / professional development activities and through organizational memberships, publications, conferences, courses, etc.

  • Design and implement professional growth activities for staff.

  • Perform other appropriate duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights


  • Master's Degree in Special Education or closely related field from a regionally accredited college or university, with specialization in Deaf Education or Education of the Visually Impaired.

  • Must hold or be eligible for appropriate educator licensure in the State of Colorado, endorsed in Special Education Administration – Special Education Director.

  • Five (5) years successful experience in the field of Deaf Education or Education of the Visually Impaired as a teacher, administrator, or similar position; three (3) years of administrative and/or supervisory experience preferred.

  • Proficiency or commitment to work toward proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL) at the Advanced (3+) skill level as demonstrated through an appropriate assessment tool and according to school policy / procedure.


  • Knowledge of and ability to apply current special education law and educational practices for students who are Deaf / hard-of-hearing and students who are blind / visually impaired

  • Knowledge of special education related services

  • Knowledge of federal and state statutes and laws concerning educational administration and programming, particularly as they affect individuals with disabilities

  • Ability to learn continually, think strategically, and provide leadership that is values- and vision-driven

  • Ability to develop rapport and a shared vision of the future with staff members school personnel, parents, students and alumni by fostering a climate of trust/harmony and effectively involving others in planning and decision-making

  • Knowledge of and ability to collect and analyze data for program evaluation purposes

  • Ability to respond effectively and positively to feedback

  • Knowledge of and ability to assess and apply technology to perform the requirements of the position; ability to effectively utilize a variety of computer software applications, which may include but is not limited to e-mail, Internet, word processing, electronic calendar, presentation development, spreadsheet, database, etc.; willingness to stay current and develop skills as needed with or without direct support from CSDB

  • Strong written English skills

  • Ability to work collaboratively with others and participate effectively in team setting

  • Strong, positive interpersonal skills, and ability to communicate effectively with all audiences


  • Full-Time, scheduled to work 220 days (0.85 fte) during the academic year (July to June).

  • Employment is at-will, with no actual, expressed or implied contract.


  • Selected applicants must verify experience / highest degree held.

  • Direct deposit of paycheck is required.

  • CSDB is a non-smoking facility in its entirety.

  • Selected applicant must comply with the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind Drug-Free Workplace Policy, and other policies.

  • As required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), selected applicant must verify, within 72 hours of employment, his/her legal right to be employed in the United States.

  • Selected applicant(s) will be required to submit to and pass a background check, to include Colorado and Federal criminal history checks, "Trails" check (child abuse records), employment verification, and professional/personal reference checks.

Supplemental Information


How To Apply:

In addition to the submission of a complete on-line application (to include salary history and references), please upload the items listed below to your on-line application:

Letter of Interest

Current Resume

Recent Letters of Recommendation (with signature)

Copies of All Transcripts

Copy of Educator Certification


The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind and its Board are committed to providing a safe learning and work environment where all members of the school community are treated with dignity and respect. CSDB does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, or veteran status. Accordingly, no otherwise qualified student, employee, applicant for employment or member of the public shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to unlawful discrimination, harassment, or unwelcome behavior under any CSDB program or activity on the basis of disability, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, or veteran status. The following persons are designated to handle inquiries regarding this policy: Chelle Lutz, Human Resources Manager (employee complaints) /Jon Vigne, Director of Special Education (student/parent/public complaints) at CSDB, 33 N. Institute Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 (Phone: 719-578-2100 / Fax: 719-578-2239). *Nondiscrimination in relation to genetic information is applicable to employment only.