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Vacancy Title:    Supervisor (Early Childhood)

Job Order Number:   10254910


Domicile Location:   Jefferson City

Section/Office:  Effective Practices / Office of Special Education

Salary:   $37,968

Deadline:   January 1, 2014





Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in special education, general education and/or early childhood education equivalent area. (Masters preferred).


Three or more years of teaching, coordination, supervision or administration in early childhood general or special education, or related experience that contributes directly to the understanding of activities of this assignment.


(Other qualifications and experience, which in the opinion of the Commissioner of Education meet the requirements of the position may be accepted in lieu of the above.)






Proficient in Microsoft Office software.


Knowledge of the principles and practices of effective instructional practices for all children, but especially as they apply to children and youth with disabilities. 


Knowledge of state and federal legislation and regulations governing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).


Knowledge of the services provided by responsible public agencies, private agencies and institutions of higher education working in the area of special education. 


Knowledge of the structure of early childhood general and special education programs.


Ability to analyze data and make decisions based upon that analysis.


Knowledge of evaluation and assessment theory and practice.


Ability to translate research into practice.


Knowledge of the negotiation, development and management of contracts with outside vendors.


Ability to establish rapport and maintain effective working relationships with constituencies at all levels; ability to work collaboratively with Office, Department and other agency staff; communicate and express ideas effectively, both orally and in writing. 


Excellent organizational skills.


Presentation and facilitation skills.


This position is required to travel occasionally in-state or out-of-state.






Assist the Director of Effective Practices Section in planning and developing long-term strategies and operations to achieve goals set out in the Missouri State Performance Plan (SPP) for Special Education, Department Strategic Plan, and Commissioner’s Goals.


Collaborate with other Office staff on the design, implementation and evaluation of  State Performance Plan (SPP) Improvement Activities.


Collaborate with other Office staff on the implementation and alignment of the State Performance Plan Improvement Activities, Department Strategic Plan and Commissioner’s Goals. 


Provide leadership in the identification and dissemination of effective, research-based instructional practices that improve outcomes for early childhood/elementary age students with disabilities.


Collaborate with Assistant Director, Director, other Office staff and vendors to negotiate and plan the Scope of Work for contracts with other agencies to implement specific activities identified by the Office of Special Education and ensure implementation of contracts.


Collaborate with other Office and Department staff in the analysis of data regarding statewide, district-wide and building performance on the targets and indicators set out in the SPP.


Collaborate with other Office staff in the planning and implementation of a system of General Supervision which meets the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.


Coordinate with the Director of Effective Practices to identify and disseminate information to stakeholders regarding statewide performance on SPP indicators including best practices for early childhood/elementary age students.


Coordinate with the Director of Effective Practices to identify and disseminate information to stakeholders regarding parent and community involvement.


Communicate with district personnel and other stakeholders through bulletins and SELs updates.


Serve on boards and committees as assigned. 


Other duties as assigned





Complete a DESE application online at http://www.dese.mo.gov/divadm/humanres/documents/Employment_Application_2005.pdf.  Please attach a scanned copy of your transcripts with the application.  You will receive an e-mail confirmation when your application is received online.  

NOTE: If a college degree is a requirement for this position, transcripts MUST be submitted with the application in order to be considered for employment.  Failure to include transcripts (when required for the position) with your application will eliminate the application from the review process.


We do not keep applications on file to submit for other vacant positions.   You must submit an application for each vacant position you are applying for. 


BENEFITS (For a Full-Time Position)


ANNUAL LEAVE:  Accrue 10 hours per month for new full-time employees, longer term State employees can earn more. Prorated leave for part-time employees in eligible positions.


SICK LEAVE:  Accrue 10 hours per month.  Prorated leave for part-time employees in eligible positions.


HOLIDAYS:  12 holidays per year.


RETIREMENT:  Coverage provided through the Missouri State Employees Retirement System (MOSERS).


LIFE INSURANCE:  Term life insurance coverage, equal to one times employee's annual salary, through the Missouri State Employees Retirement System.


OPTIONAL LIFE INSURANCE:  Optional term life insurance available with maximum coverage of six times member’s annual salary.  Plans are also offered for spouse and dependents. Premiums paid by employee.


CAFETERIA PLAN:  Easy tax savings on employee’s cost for qualified payroll-deducted insurance plans, medical care, and dependent care.


HEALTH PLANS:  Employer-paid/subsidized plans available the first day of the following month after employment.


DENTAL PLANS:  Delta Dental insurance coverage is available.


VISION PLAN:  Vision Service Plan (VSP) is available. 


DEFERRED COMPENSATION:  A payroll deduction deferred compensation plan available to defer taxes until retirement by investing in mutual funds and a fixed income account is currently provided.




Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer


Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer. If you have special needs addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact Human Resources at (573) 751-9619, through Missouri Relay System at (800) 735-2966, or via email at hr@dese.mo.gov.    

To Our Applicants with Disabilities:  For assistance with any phase of the Department process, please notify the Director of Human Resources at (573) 751-9619.  Reasonable attempts will be made to accommodate special needs.

TTY/TDD users:  Relay Missouri service (800) 735-2966.






The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, or disability in its programs and activities. Inquiries related to Department employment practices may be directed to the Jefferson State Office Building, Human Resources Director, 8th floor, 205 Jefferson Street, P.O. Box 480, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102-0480; telephone number (573) 751-9619 or TYY (800) 735-2966.