Executive Director of Specialized Instruction

Bridgeport Public Schools
Oct 06, 2016
Oct 19, 2016
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Employment Type
Full Time

2016 - 2017

Bridgeport Public Schools

Frances M. Rabinowitz

Interim Superintendent

Open Until Filled



12 Months

Supervises Psychological Services; Speech Language and Hearing Services; Social Work Services and Special Education Support Services. Reports to Assistant Superintendent.


* Provides leadership for the development, implementation and evaluation of specialized services, in conformance with federal and state standards

* Engages in supervisory and administrative activities to promote the educational development of each special needs student and the professional growth of district/school staff

* Recommends and implement the district's policies and procedures for delivery of special services.

* Manages special services administrative functions to assist principals to maintain safe and efficient school operations within district guidelines

* Develops and support schools to implement an effective district-wide program to promote positive student behavior

* Designs and implements staff development plans for educators of students with special needs, encompassing an annual needs assessment and the arranging of in-services activities.

* Provides leadership for the supervision of Psychological Services, Speech Language, Hearing and Visual Services coordination; Social Work Services; and educational support services (e.g. out of district coordination, vocational/transition etc.)

* Advises principals and staff regarding the organization and management of special services

* Supervises the coordination of home instruction for home bound or hospitalized students

* Arranges for the transportation of all children placed in special services programs

* Ensures complete and cumulative individual records for all students receiving special services

* Visits on a regular basis all school sites at which special programs are conducted during hours when the programs are in operation

* Directs the preparation of various written documents such as budgets, program proposals and analyses, correspondence and reports required by local, state and federal agencies, etc.

* Represents the district at local, county and state levels in matters related to special services.

* Represents the district within community forums for the purpose of maintaining ongoing community support for educational goals and/or assisting with issues related to school environment

* Participates in administrative meetings, board meetings, negotiation meetings and other such meetings, as required

* Maintains high level of ethical behavior and confidentiality when dealing with student, staff and/or parent information

* Facilitates a collaborative approach to support student success through programs and services involving family and community engagement.

* Provides leadership in the development and implementation of educational compliance in regards to federal and state regulation.

* Performs any other related duties as assigned by the Assistant Superintendent or Superintendent.


* Connecticut certification as an Intermediate Administrator (092)

* Additional certification required in Special Education 165 or related services (School Psychologist 070; Speech Language 061; School Social Work 071)

* Masters degree in Education, Special Education or related services

* Five years of successful teaching experience

* Minimum 5 years demonstrated success in supervision and evaluation of staff. Demonstrated leadership in improving the planning, organization and delivery of specialized educational services to students, including a record of excellence in planning and implementing student assessment strategies, interventions and professional development.

* Knowledge of and/or experience in various aspects of administration and supervision of school programs

* Demonstrated knowledge of current trends and research in the area of specialized services

* Ability to keep and maintain accurate records and to meet deadlines

* Excellent oral, written communication skills, organizational and multi-tasking skills

* Demonstrated ability to work harmoniously and effectively with entire school community

* Demonstrated proficiency in the use of technology for communication, reports and research

* Evidence of diplomacy, flexibility, creativity and perseverance

This position is in accordance with the Agreement between the Bridgeport Board of Education and the Bridgeport Council of Administrators and Supervisors (BCAS). This is a 12 month position - salary is Group I Masters $129,658 to PhD $149,276.

Note: Only those who meet the position requirements will be interviewed. Candidates who wish to apply should access the Bridgeport Public Schools' Applitrack system:

"It is the policy of the Bridgeport Board of Education not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, present or past mental disorder, mental retardation or learning disability, in any of its educational programs, activities or employment practices."

"The Bridgeport Board of Education is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer."