Job Title: Program Director: Speech and Language Support
This position is accountable for planning, organizing, directing, and supervising a program of instructional and therapeutic services provided to students in regional school entities and the AIU-operated Special Education Schools. The director is responsible for programming that meets the needs of students with speech and/or language impairments.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Enforce the policies and procedures of the AIU, Pennsylvania's Code of Professional Practice and Conduct for Educators, and all federal and state regulations pertaining to the education of students and students with disabilities.
Manage program staffing including the selection of new personnel; administration of assignments, schedules and caseloads; coordination of county-wide placements, and establishment of performance expectations.
Ensure staff is current and knowledgeable in required areas of expertise, organizational protocols, and strategic agency goals by planning, coordinating, and monitoring professional development activities.
Oversees and facilitates the supervision and evaluation of staff consistent with the procedures set for by the department of education, the intermediate unit, and applicable sections specified in any collective barraging agreements. Provides for the specialized supervision of the Speech and Language Pathologists completing their clinical fellowship year (CFY).
Responsible for the direct supervision and evaluation of the program supervisor(s) and administrative assistant(s), consistent with the procedures of the intermediate unit.
Maintains status of the program as an ASHA Approved Continuing Education Provider. Follows guidelines and ASHA Continuing Education Board requirements for providing professional development to obtain ASHA continuing education units for Speech and Language Staff. Oversees the submission of appropriate time-sensitive paperwork to have professional workshops approved for ASHA continuing education units, professional licensure, and Act 48 credits.
Develops and maintains a liaison with member school entities, institutes of higher education, and community agencies that ensures continuity of student services and professional relationships. Plans, prepares, and implements communication strategies that assist in informing the various publics served by the programs.
Facilitates the planning and presentation of technical assistance for internal and external stakeholders that address services, practices, procedures, laws and regulations pertaining to the program.
Develops and monitors the approved program budgets, ensuring fiscal responsibility in accordance with policies and procedures of the intermediate unit. Monitors the procurement of supplies, materials, and equipment as well as travel reimbursement and conference attendance requests.
Maintain program records, information and reporting systems, and databases needed to comply with federal, state, and local reporting requirements. Ensure that submission of data is timely and accurate.
Accountable for board agenda action items, letters of service agreements, Personnel Action Forms, as well as other procedural and administrative documents required of the program.
Grow the program's services, in collaboration with central office administrators, ensuring that the program is responsive to the needs of district and school liaisons, parents/guardians, and students.
Support special projects, as assigned, that advances the education of students with disabilities.
PA Supervisory Certification in Special Education required, with PA Certification in Speech and Language and Master's Degree in the area of Speech Pathology preferred.
Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) in the area of Speech Language Pathology preferred.
Minimum of five (5) years experience working with students with disabilities.
Knowledge in special education law, curriculum and instruction, and supervision.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Evidence of strong leadership aptitudes, including conflict resolution and interpersonal skills.
Excellent organizational skills, initiative, and an ability to work with limited supervision.
Ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and work under pressure.
Skilled in the use of Microsoft Office Suite including Word, PowerPoint, Access, Excel and Outlook, with a willingness to learn new technologies.
Ability to comply with the AIU Policies and Procedures.
Current Act 114, Act 34 and Act 151 required prior to an offer (Must be dated within 1 year of hire date).
School Personnel Health Record (Form H511.340) must be completed and received by Human Resources prior to hire date.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
1. Be able to lift or carry up to 25 pounds.
2. Be able to bend or twist at the neck and back.
3. Specific vision includes peripheral vision and close vision.
4. Be able to stand for extended periods throughout the day.
The information contained in this job description is for compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.
Disclaimer: The preceding description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required of the Principal.
Reports To: Assistant Executive Director of Special Education and Pupil Services
Department: Special Education and Pupil ServicesDivision
Position Schedule: 260 days
:Central Office475 East Waterfront DriveHomestead15120