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Associate Superintendent, Office of Special Education (OSE)

OFFICIAL TITLE: Associate Superintendent CODE: 0170 SQ/OQ: Not Applicable
WORKING TITLE: Associate Superintendent, Office of Special Education (OSE) GRADE: NS MONTHS: 12
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION OF CLASSIFICATION: Under the direction of the Chief Academic Officer implements the school systems¿ strategic priorities, initiatives, policies and programs, and leads system efforts to support the learning of students with disabilities through quality programming and instruction for students age 0 to 21, both certificate and diploma bound. Major duties include managing the activities of the reporting department directors for the effective and efficient operation of areas of responsibility and providing oversight and direction with the development and implementation of the OSE budget. The associate superintendent oversees all special education functions and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 of the school system.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Thorough knowledge of teaching and learning and the subject field of special education. Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices, methods, and current trends of school administration as applied to special education programs. Thorough knowledge of federal laws pertaining to students with disabilities, school laws of Maryland, bylaws of the state Board of Education, and the policies of the Montgomery County Board of Education. Excellent organizational, supervisory, written and oral communication skills, and interpersonal skills.
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE: Doctorate degree desirable. Required: Master's degree in one of the following: special education, educational administration or related field. Administrator II certification in Maryland (or eligible). Demonstrated successful administrative leadership experience (5 years minimum) in the planning, development and implementation of programs in special education, in working with parents and community groups, in legal issues related to special education or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or related fields. Experience as a school based administrator strongly preferred.
CERTIFICATE AND LICENSE REQUIREMENTS: Meets Maryland state certification requirements for Administrator II.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: (Special requirements such as lifting heavy objects and frequent climbing.) None
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: (Frequent overtime or night work required, etc.) Frequent overtime or night work required.


Assists in planning and integrating special programs with the MCPS instructional program to improve educational equity for all students.

Plan and direct implementation on strategies for increasing the least restrictive environment of students with special needs.

Provides oversight and direction with the development and implementation of the OSE budget.

Provides supervision to the process of allocating staff to schools.

Plans and directs services to students whose needs exceed what the general education programs can provide.

Develops and implements creative and cost effective approaches to programming for students with disabilities, birth through age 21, by coordinating and planning service delivery with private providers, county providers and other MCPS entities.

Serves as a liaison and advocate for MCPS special programs and services within MCPS and to other community service providers within the county and state.

Administers itinerant services and part- or full-time special programming for certain categories of students with disabilities within local schools, systemwide alternative centers/programs, standardized placement procedures, and diagnostic services for designated groups of students.

Reviews programs and services to make modifications needed to comply with federal, state, and MCPS requirements.

Leads the development of a large budget that includes federal and state grants and audits.

Lead and serves on system level task forces.

Participate as a member of Senior Leadership in implementing system initiatives.

Develops and maintains strong relationships with the parent and advocacy community.

Performs related duties consistent with the scope and intent of the position.

Class Established: 5/2000
Date(s) Revised: 1/2007, 5/2017
Last Reviewed:

This description may be changed at any time.

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