This position is responsible for the administration, instructional leadership, and supervision of operation and management in the Education Programs based at Eastern State Hospital and the Middle Peninsula Detention Center. Directs and coordinates regular and special education students.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Develops and plans the Education Programs at Eastern State Hospital (ESH) and the Middle Peninsula Detention Center (MPDC) for implementation of State and local policies.
- Interprets and enforces building rules, regulations, and procedures consistent with Department of Education (DOE), ESH, MPDC, and school division (WJCC) polices, rules, regulations, and procedure; prepares, updates, and distributes school handbook.
- Maintains efficient and effective work relations with and among staff members; holds periodic faculty and other staff meetings for the conduct of school business; disseminates needed information; encourages reciprocal communications within the school; responds to staff requests, complaints, grievances, etc., counsel staff members regarding work-related problems.
- Prepares annual school budget proposal; manages budget allotments in accord with DOE, ESH, MPDC, and WJCC priorities; submits purchase orders, travel reimbursement, work orders, and other financial requests; maintains proper financial records.
- Supervises operation, utilization, and upkeep of buildings and grounds; prepares work requests; provides for purchases, receipt, distribution, storage, care, repair, and inventory of school building supplies, materials, and equipment; administers building OSHA programs.
- Prepares miscellaneous requests, time sheets and absentee reports, memoranda, proposals and correspondence, and various federal, state, and local reports and surveys; prepares federal, state and local reports concerning special education; maintains appropriate filling system.
- Supervises the implementation and maintenance of special education services; coordinates draft revisions for special education programs and models; writes Individual Education Plans for special education students.
- Confers with students, teachers, administrators, parents, and ward staff regarding learning or behavior concerns; assists in planning instruction to meet identified needs; meets with Treatment Teams to devise Treatment Plans and integrate education needs of students into treatment plans; serves as chairperson of the Special Education Eligibility committee at Eligibility Meetings conducted at ESH and MPDC.
- Serves as liaison between School Division, State Department of Education, Middle Peninsula Detention Center and Eastern State Hospital; maintains continuous liaison between local education agencies, school programs and parents on opportunities, problems, and administrative matters.
- Maintains open communications between school and parents, community groups and agencies, and other patrons; interprets school and its programs to community; encourages parent and community involvement in school activities.
- Interviews and recommends employment of personnel; orients new employees to school; assigns and schedules building staff; recommends appointments to leadership responsibilities as appropriate; locates, prepares, and presents staff development activities; maintains necessary personnel records.
- Assists teachers in maintenance of appropriate classroom management; counsels individual students; confers with parents; administers discipline as appropriate; reports disciplinary action as required.
- Observes classroom teaching; administers Division system for teacher evaluations including special education teachers; completes report on Teaching for teachers severing employment; evaluates performance of other school based personnel.
- Supervises maintenance of student enrollment and attendance records; assigns and schedules students; supervises and controls student records-keeping system; monitors reporting of student progress; coordinates with Eastern State Hospital to insure appropriate pupil transportation program.
- Approves and schedules educational field trips.
- Responsible for the implementation of and obtaining maintenance for technology resources.
- Coordinates SOL testing and re-enrollment.
- Models the WJCC Strategic Plan Values: Individualism, Integrity, Innovation, Accountability and Collaboration.
- Performs related duties as required.
Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills and/or Abilities Required)
- Must possess a Master’s Degree and a Virginia Postgraduate Professional Certificate bearing endorsement in Supervision and Administration.
- Extensive experience as a teacher preferably in the field of special education.
- Ability to work effectively with students, parents, staff, patrons, fellow administrators; working knowledge of curriculum and instruction; financial planning and management skills.
- Knowledge of current Virginia Law as it pertains to special education and at-risk youths.
- Related experience in mental health and detention settings is preferable.
- Knowledge of technology integration in the classroom.
Supervises work of teachers and secretarial staff.
Reports directly to Department of Education; works independently under general instructions, except where specific instructions are provided for the accomplishment of specific tasks.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements
Highly diverse responsibilities, frequent interruptions, and deadlines.