BROAD SCOPE OF POSITION:This position reports to the Superintendent, or designee, and is responsible for providing leadership to and for the administration of Student Life services for students who are Deaf/hard-of-hearing and/or blind/visually impaired, which includes, but is not limited to: student dormitories, transportation, recreation, athletics, student organizations, and programming in support of students’ educational growth. This position is also responsible to oversee student discipline campus wide.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Perform management functions and provide direction to students to assure the safety, health and welfare of students, and to maintain a positive, safe and orderly climate
- Provide leadership to staff in achieving the mission of the Student Life Program
- Develop, administer, and oversee an orderly and effective learning climate in the residential program, and support of same within the educational programs
- Responsible for making determinations related to positions within the Student Life Program, including responsibility to recruit, interview, make hiring recommendations, assign, supervise, evaluate and coordinate the work of assigned staff
- Responsible for fiscal management of funds allocated to all programs under the direction of this position
- Oversee student discipline for all students (day & residential), in accordance with CSDB policy and procedures, and facilitate/participate in re-entry meetings following a student suspension
- Formulate and interpret objectives of the school for Student Life and Athletics, to students, staff, parents and the community
- Identify and address the needs and concerns of parents and students regarding dorm placement, student programs, and student issues
- Confer with parents, be knowledgeable of and participate as appropriate in the development of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) as well as behavior and safety plans
- Work with school administrators and other administrative staff to support a cohesive educational program and extended day learning for students; i.e., assure input and support of student IEPs, behavior plans, etc.
- Oversee extracurricular activities including, but not limited to: athletics, clubs, recreation, and student organizations
- Oversee transportation services for residential students
- Maintain student records
- Provide professional development opportunities for staff members’ professional growth
- Maintain professional competence and growth through participation in educational / in-service activities
- Coordinate with Facilities staff to ensure the care and safekeeping of residential buildings, grounds, and all equipment therein
- Serve as a member of the Superintendent’s Administrative Team, working in cooperation with other administrators to plan, organize and implement services; facilitate and participate in regular team, departmental, school and administrative meetings as required; and support school reform efforts and implementation of the strategic plan
- Perform all other related duties as assigned / required
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
- Master’s Degree in Education, Special Education, (School) Administration, or in a professional discipline in a related field (e.g., Counseling, Child Development, etc.) from a regionally accredited college or university; specialization in Deaf Education or Vision Education preferred
- Five (5) years successful experience in the field of Deafness or visual impairment in an educational, student life/residential, or child/student development setting working with children and youth who are Deaf/hard-of-hearing and/or blind/visually impaired; three (3) years of administrative and/or supervisory experience preferred
- Proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL) at the Advanced (3+, ASLPI) skill level as demonstrated by an appropriate assessment tool and according to school policy/procedures
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES:
- Knowledge of child development strategies and practices necessary to promote high levels of academic and social achievement for all students
- A comprehensive perspective and experience regarding residential programming
- Knowledge of federal and state statutes and laws concerning educational programming, particularly as they affect the disabled
- Knowledge of and ability to apply understanding of the academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of children who are Deaf/hard-of-hearing, blind/visually impaired , and/or those with additional disabilities.
- Knowledge of and ability to assess and apply technology to perform the requirements of the position; ability to effectively utilize a variety of computer software applications, which may include but is not limited to e-mail, Internet, word processing, electronic calendar, presentation development, spreadsheet, database, etc.; willingness to stay current and develop skills as needed with or without direct support from CSDB
- Strong organizational skills
- Ability to demonstrate a thorough understanding of Deaf culture
- Ability to develop rapport and a shared vision of the future with staff members, school personnel, parents, students and alumni by fostering a climate of trust/harmony and effectively involving others in planning and decision-making
- Ability to learn continually, think strategically, and provide leadership that is values- and vision-driven
- Ability to respond effectively and positively to feedback
- Ability to work collaboratively with others and participate effectively in a team setting
- Strong, positive interpersonal skills, and ability to communicate effectively with all audiences
- Ability to work a flexible schedule
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT
- Full-Time; scheduled to work 210 days during the academic year, as per established School Calendar.
- Employment is at-will, with no actual, expressed, or implied contract.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
- Selected applicants must verify experience / highest degree held.
- Direct Deposit of paycheck is required.
- CSDB is a non-smoking facility in its entirety.
- Selected applicant must comply with the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind Drug-Free Workplace Policy, and other policies.
- As required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), selected applicant must verify, within 72 hours of employment, his/her legal right to be employed in the United States.
- Selected applicant(s) will be required to submit to and pass a background check, to include Colorado and Federal criminal history checks, employment verification, and professional/personal reference checks.