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Exceptional Student Education Program Supervisor - ESE Compliance 

Date Posted: Oct 18, 2022

Job Description

Job Title

Position Title:  Exceptional Student Education Program Supervisor – ESE Compliance 

Location: Exceptional Student Education – Central Office

Salary: $75,660 – $94,949

Reports to: Director of Exceptional Student Education Compliance Department or designee  

Bargaining Unit:  OSAS 

Benefits Eligible: Yes 

In accordance with the Agreement between Organization of School Administrators and Supervisors (OSAS) and the Board of Education of the School District of the City of Detroit, the following vacancy is announced. 

Position Summary:  

The Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Program Supervisor for Compliance works under the direction of the ESE Compliance Director to ensure District adherence with federal and state special education rules and regulations. In collaboration with District and community stakeholders, the ESE Compliance Program Supervisor will be responsible for collaborating with colleagues within the department to supervise all aspects of current projects, delivering new projects in line with the District’s strategic plan, and serve as a critical link between the ESE Compliance Department and other internal/external departments. In addition, the ESE Compliance Program Supervisor serves as a direct resource to other District departments, District personnel, parents, and the community.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • A master’s degree or higher in Education or field related to special education 
  • Valid Michigan teaching certificate with a minimum of one special education endorsement from the Michigan Department of Education, or valid Michigan certification/licensure in a related field. 
  • Approved, or is qualified for approval, under Michigan Department of Education requirements for Supervisor of Special Education (full or temporary approval) 
  • A minimum of five (5) years of successful certified teaching experience in special education, or five (5) years successful employment in a related service position
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills 
  • Experience organizing efforts to complete large, complex projects with key milestones, timelines, and stakeholder engagement 
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills; ability to delegate tasks, motivate colleagues and manage stakeholder priorities in a deadline-oriented environment 
  • Proficient with Office 365 applications 
  • Knowledge of basic operations, services, and activities of special education programs 
  • Experience and strong orientation toward urban school systems, preferred 

Essential Functions: 

  1. Serve as a key resource for school principals and school ESE teachers for the purpose of implementing and maintaining services and/or programs for students with an IEP. 
  2. Interact with parents of students with exceptionalities for the purpose of defining and implementing services addressing the unique needs of each eligible student. 
  3. Participate in the design and coordination of professional development activities to inform and equip staff with knowledge and skills needed in special education programs. 
  4. Prepare quality documents and presentations on behalf of the department for a variety of audiences. 
  5. Edit/update special education materials including ESE guidance documents and Reminding Educators about Compliant Activities and Procedures(RECAP). 
  6. Obtain special education data and organize in meaningful manner for analysis, discussion, and problem-solving for trending issues. 
  7. In collaboration with District personnel, develop and deliver parent and community trainings that promote cooperative and supportive working relationships to improve the outcomes of students with exceptionalities. 
  8. Participate in ongoing professional growth and development to remain current on researched based best practices. 
  9. Provide assistance with the investigation, resolution and implementation of corrective actions related to complaints, due process hearings and compliance monitoring. 
  10. Provide accurate and timely data to the Michigan Department of Education’s State Performance Plan for evaluating outcomes for students with disabilities.  
  11. Examine programmatic issues within the department and advise the ESE leadership team on issues of compliance.  
  12. Respond to requests from the Assistant Superintendent and ESE Executive Director to collect and organize facts and data for the preparation of reports as dictated by federal, state, and local requirements.  
  13. Monitor changes in legislation and legal guidelines and assist in the development of recommended policy, procedure or updates to division policies and regulations as needed.
  14. Ability to independently seek out answers to questions and leverage network of resources for problem-solving 
  15. Develop various modes of professional development opportunities such as online, in-person or blended learning modules based on trends in data and staff needs. 
  16. Support, supervise, and evaluate ESE staff as assigned. 
  17. Fulfill other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Director of ESE Compliance or designee. 

Security Clearance: 

Internal Applicants 

If you are a current Detroit Public Schools Community District employee, you do not have to submit to a new security clearance, unless your new role requires a different type of criminal background check. 

External Applicants 

In alignment with Michigan law, if you are hired to fill a position, you will be required to submit to a Detroit Public Schools Community District criminal background check. Information regarding required background checks will be shared at point of hire. 

Method of Application: 

Applicants must apply through the online application system. Only applications submitted through the online application system will be considered for any posted position and all applications require a resume to be considered. 

Successful candidates are required to submit official transcript(s) at point of offer to hire. Teaching service outside of the Detroit Public Schools Community District must be verified by the applicant's prior employer(s) prior to hire. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide all documentation (including copies) as requested. 

Applicants requesting assistance during the application process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email at [email protected] or phone at (313) 873-6897. 

DPSCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, height, weight, citizenship, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admissions. Questions? Concerns?  Contact the Civil Rights Coordinator for more information at (313) 240-4377 or [email protected] or 3011 West Grand Boulevard, 14th Floor, Detroit MI 48202.

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