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Exceptional Student Education Supervisor Communication Disorders

Date Posted: Aug 20, 2021

Job Description

Job Title

Position Title: Exceptional Student Education Supervisor – Communication Disorders 

Location: Frederick Douglass 

Salary:  $73,142 - $92,254

Reports to: Exceptional Student Education Lead Administrator 

Bargaining Unit: OSAS 

Benefits Eligible: Yes  

In accordance with the agreement between the Organization of School Administrators (OSAS) and the Board of Education of the School District of the City of Detroit, Article 6.4, Promotion Procedure, the following vacancy is announced.

Position Summary

The ESE Supervisor for Communication Disorders has a micro-focus on program and service implementation, evidence-based practice and compliance assurance to support the identification, evaluation and service delivery for students with communication needs. The ESE Supervisor provides direct support and training on District processes and procedures to advance the department’s ESE Plan. The Supervisor of Communication Disorders supports all facets of the ESE department. Further, the supervisor is responsible for developing systems of problem-solving and support for the building-level staff and administrators in the Office of Exceptional Student Education, WRESA and other Central Office Departments.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology from an accredited college or university 

  • Preparation must include systematic study and knowledge in following areas: child growth and development, learning theories and teaching methodologies and assessment of educational needs

  • Hold or be qualified to receive full or temporary approval from the Michigan Department of Education as a special education supervisor  

  • A valid Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCCs) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and a professional State of Michigan license in Speech Pathology 

  • A minimum of five (5) years of successful certified experience as a Speech Language Pathologist, three (3) of which must be in a school-based setting  

  • Knowledge and understanding of Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education and how it relates to the development, implementation and monitoring of ESE programs, services, procedures and processes   

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills 

  • Proficient with basic computer skills and web-based systems 

  • Demonstrated leadership ability in past assignments 

  • Experience and strong orientation toward urban school systems, preferred 

Essential Functions:

  1. Identify trends in school performance for students with exceptionalities, and as compared to same age peers without exceptionalities   

  1. Interact with parents of students with exceptionalities for the purpose of defining and implementing services addressing the unique needs of each eligible student 

  1. Implement and maintain ESE services through collaboration with District personnel, colleagues, and community stakeholders 

  1. Participate in the design, coordination, and delivery of professional development activities to inform and equip staff with the knowledge and skills necessary to serve and support students with exceptionalities, their families, and community stakeholders   

  1. Consult with building administrators, staff, parents and outside agencies regarding students with exceptionalities and services/programs offered. Respond to parent inquiries regarding the evaluation, placement, and services of their children  

  1. Monitor assigned projects and responsibilities to ensure alignment with district and state curriculum and instructional objectives 

  1. Visit school sites and provide building level supports to staff 

  1. Assist with the recruitment, recommendation, and placement of staff 

  1. Supervise and evaluate staff as assigned 

  1. Identify assignments and placements for internships and clinical fellowships 

  1. Prepare written documents for the purpose of responding to inquiries and conveying information 

  1. Develop and manage department budgets.  Submits program documentation to appropriate agencies for approval including applications for grants, budgets and other financial reports  

  1. Monitor and approve Medicaid billing for staff holding a limited license 

  1. Maintain appropriate student and departmental data to support the development, presentation and management of budgets 

  1. Approve payroll and related matters for Communication Disorders 

  1. Manage purchasing and procurement for the department 

  1. Develop model lesson plans that address the unique communication needs of students 

  1. Demonstrate fiscal integrity and accountability 

  1. 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 

  1. Review and recommend teaching/learning materials and supplies 

  1. Participate in ongoing professional growth and development to remain current on researched based best practices  

  1. Remain informed of local, state and federal requirements governing special education 

  1. Ensure departmental compliance with local, state and federal guidelines  

  1. Assign and monitor staff caseloads 

  1. Assist in the adaptation of school policies to include special education needs  

  1. Serve as a resource for district staff, families, and students in the areas including, but not limited to, speech/language development and communication disorders 

  1. Provide assistance with the investigation, resolution and implementation of corrective actions related to complaints, due process hearings and compliance monitoring 

  1. Fulfill other duties and responsibilities as assigned 

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 at (313) 240-4377 or [email protected] or 3011 West Grand Boulevard, 14th Floor, Detroit MI 48202. 

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