Special Education Director

School District #27, Syracuse, NE, is accepting applications for Special Education Director effective the 2024-2025 school year.  Candidates must possess or be eligible to hold a valid teaching certificate with an appropriate endorsement issued by the Nebraska Department of Education. 


A.        Job Title:  Special Education Coordinator


B.        Department:  Special Education


C.        Education Level and Certification:  Masters degree or higher preferred.  


D.        Reports To:  Superintendent/Building Principals


E.        Performance Responsibilities and Job Tasks 


            1.         Educational Leadership

a.       Serve as the educational leader of the District’s special education program.

b.      Coordinate the development and maintenance of a special education program designed to meet the needs of students eligible for special education services and to carry out the policies of the Board of Education.

c.       Provide a leadership structure to ensure rules and instructions to special education program employees and students are in compliance with Board policy.

d.      Set or recommend educational standards and goals, including the minimum goal of maintaining accreditation, and recommend and implement policies and procedures to carry them out.

e.       Evaluate curricula, teaching methods, and programs to determine their effectiveness, efficiency and utilization and to ensure that the special education program complies with federal and state laws and regulations and Board policy or directives, and implement changes as appropriate.

f.        Collaborate with the administrative team and teachers to develop and maintain curriculum standards, mission statements, and to set performance goals and objectives for the special education program.

g.      Determine the scope of special education program offerings and the staffing and facility required to provide the educational program.

h.      Plan and develop instructional methods and content for special education programs.

i.        Review and approve new programs, or recommend modifications to existing programs, submitting program proposals to the Superintendent for Board approval as necessary.

j.        Collect and analyze survey data, regulatory information, and data on demographic trends to forecast enrollment patterns and curriculum change needs.

k.      Confer with parents and staff to discuss educational activities, policies, and student behavioral or learning problems.

l.        Counsel and provide guidance to students regarding personal, academic, vocational, or behavioral issues.

m.    Organize and direct committees of specialists, volunteers, and staff to provide technical and advisory assistance for programs.

n.      Develop IEPs and 504 Plans, assist special education employees in the development of IEPs and 504 Plans for which they are responsible,  participate in MDT, IEP and 504 team meetings, and ensure that services and accommodations are provided to students in accordance with the IEPs and 504 Plans.  Provide special education instruction and related services to students as needed.

o.      Ensure completion of student assessments in accordance with Board policy and state and federal laws and regulations. Initiate program changes in light of such assessments.

p.      Ensure that the mission and goals of the school district are adequately reflected in the special education program and operations.

q.      Ensure implementation of all board-approved curriculum and inclusion of state-mandated programs and curriculum content standards in the special education program.

r.        Develop and maintain a positive, professional rapport with students and parents.


2.                  Property Management

a.       Maintain a current inventory of educational materials and equipment used by the special education program.

b.      Recommend to the Superintendent the sale or disposal of property no longer required by the special education program.

c.       Recommend to the Superintendent short and long-range facility needs.


3.                  School/Community Relations

a.       Represent the school before the public and establish and maintain a program of public relations to keep the public well-informed of the special education program activities, policies and practices, and needs and successes of the program, so as to promote a positive relationship between the school and the community.

b.      Confer periodically with professional and lay groups and transmit to the Superintendent suggestions gained from such conferences.

c.       Develop school partnerships with businesses, communities, and other organizations to help meet identified educational needs.

d.      Maintain open lines of communication and cooperative working relationships with other government agencies. When appropriate, attend meetings of other government agencies to advance the interests of the school district.

e.       Maintain positive relations between the school and local media.


4.                  General Responsibilities

a.       Administer the special education program in conformity with the adopted policies of the Board, state and federal laws and regulations, and all other laws and regulations.

b.      Establish procedures to ensure all administrative decisions necessary to the proper functioning of the special education program are made.

c.       Keep current with special education program trends by attending conferences and other professional development activities.

d.      Develop and distribute forms for use in the special education program.

e.       Take necessary steps to assure the safety and welfare of students and employees in the special education program.

f.        Complete, or oversee the completion of, all reports and forms required by the Nebraska Department of Education and other governmental agencies and ensure that such reports and forms are submitted on or before the due date.

g.      Maintain directly or through delegation such special education program records that are required by law or by Board policy. Serve as the custodian for special education program records.

h.      Maintain confidentiality of information concerning staff, students, and parents in accordance with law and District rules.

i.        Adhere to the code of ethics of the District, the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE Rule 27), the American Association of School Administrators and the American Academy of Special Education Professionals. The Special Education Director must serve as a positive role model for staff and students.

j.        Perform other tasks or duties as assigned by the Board or the Superintendent.


F.         Required Employee Characteristics


The Special Education Coordinator is to possess and exhibit the following characteristics:


1.                  Cooperation—Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

2.                  Attention to Detail—Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

3.                  Dependability—Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

4.                  Integrity—Job requires being honest and ethical.

5.                  Concern for Others—Job requires being sensitive to others’ needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

6.                  Self Control—Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

7.                  Stress Tolerance—Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

8.                  Adaptability/Flexibility—Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

9.                  Independence—Job requires developing one’s own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

10.              Initiative—Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.


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Additional Information

Please complete the application process found on the district’s website:  www.sdarockets.org  and send to: Mr. David Kraus, Superintendent, Syracuse Public Schools, P.O. Box P, Syracuse, NE 68446  E-mail Address dkraus@sdarockets.org     Applications accepted until Feb. 23rd.  

Contact Information

Syracuse Dunbar Avoca Public Schools
1500 Education Drive
Syracuse, Nebraska 68446

David Kraus
(p) (402) 269-2138 2

How to Apply

Please complete the application process found on the district’s website:  www.sdarockets.org  and send to: Mr. David Kraus, Superintendent, Syracuse Public Schools, P.O. Box P, Syracuse, NE 68446  E-mail Address dkraus@sdarockets.org     The position is open until filled. EOE