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Vacancy Title:    Director

Job Order Number:   9976074


Domicile Location:   Jefferson City

Section/Office:  Compliance / Office of Special Education

Salary:   $48,552

Deadline:   August 16, 2013





Master’s Degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in special education or equivalent area.


Three or more years of teaching, coordination, supervision or administration of 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.)






Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of special education for Infants and Toddlers and children and youth with disabilities.


Extensive knowledge of the legislation and regulations governing both Part B and Part C of 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.


General knowledge of the structure of special education programs.


Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with local school district officials, private education officials, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education staff, personnel of institutions of higher education,  personnel in other agencies providing Early Intervention or special education services for Infants and Toddlers and children and youth with disabilities, parents, advocates, legislators and others interested in the provision of services to Infants and Toddlers and children and youth with disabilities.


Knowledge of effective training and technical assistance techniques and adult learning styles.


Ability to communicate and express ideas effectively, both orally and in writing.


Excellent organizational skills.


Self-starter with little need of supervision.


Ability to work at a fast pace on multiple projects.







Oversee the activities and evaluate the performance of the Compliance Section staff.


Coordinate regular section staff meetings.


Provide interpretation of federal and state statutes, regulations, policies, and procedures related to compliance with Parts B and C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).


Direct the process of development of state regulations implementing Parts B and C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).


Direct the process associated with the collection, analysis and interpretation of section data as may be required to disseminate such information to various constituencies for the purpose of improving the provision of services and outcomes for students with disabilities in the State.


Collaborate with department, division and contractor staff in the planning, development and implementation of systems that collect and/or utilize data that are required by or used to inform activities of the Division, including MOSIS, Core Data, IMACS, ePeGs, Form Hog and webSPOE.


Collaborate with the Assistant Director and Legal Counsel in the oversight of the Part B and C Child Complaint and Due Process systems.


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


Assist the Coordinator and collaborate with other Division staff in the planning and implementation of a system of General Supervision which meets the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.


Collaborate with the Assistant Director of Effective Practices in the development of the Special Education Improvement Consultant Contract and any work with the Special Education Improvement and Compliance Consultants including planning and facilitating monthly meetings, consultant Professional Development/Training and regular communications.


Direct the process of development, review and revision of Monitoring Standards and Indicators for Parts B and C of the IDEA.


Direct the process of development, review, revision and evaluation of the monitoring systems for Parts B and C of the IDEA. including, but not limited to, monitoring desk and on-site reviews, discipline reviews, disproportionality reviews, coordinated early intervening services, and determinations.


Ensure that effective procedures are in place for monitoring all responsible public agencies for both Parts B and C.


Oversee the development and submission of the State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR) for both Parts B and C.


Assist the Coordinator in the development and submission of the Annual State Application for Part B and C.


Assist in the selection of onsite districts and the assignment of team members for onsite reviews.


Coordinate regular section staff meetings.


Perform other related work as assigned.


Attend local, regional, statewide and national meetings related to job responsibilities, as requested.


Serve on internal/external committees, councils, and workgroups, as requested.





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.