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Karen Dantzscher

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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3716350
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Re-posted : December 28, 2021
  • Starting Date: July 1, 2022

Job Description

South Burlington School District
Position Description
Job Title: Executive Director of Educational Support Systems
Location: Central Office
Job Group: Administrator
Pay Level: Exempt
Reports To: Superintendent
Summary: Provides District leadership and assists the superintendent in the development of an educational
support system to meet the needs of all learners. Works collaboratively with the Executive Director for Learning
(EDOL) and the Executive Director for Equity (EDOE) in the development of professional learning for all staff.
Ensures compliance with Special Education regulations (state and federal). Ensures that all children with
instructional support needs are identified and receive an appropriate educational program through the provision of
District services.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Provides District leadership, expertise, and support for the design, implementation and evaluation of a multitiered system of support that aligns with the District Ends Policy.
a. Collaborate with administrators to develop, monitor, and evaluate programs associated with: Special
Education, Section 504, educational support systems, and early childhood/preschool programming.
b. Participate in the planning for curriculum, student assessment, and instructional activities that promote a
universal design for learning.
c. Recommend District policy and procedure development or changes related to student learning and student
support programs with a focus on special education.
d. Participate in leadership committees, as appropriate, to promote equitable service delivery and quality
instruction for students with special needs.
2. Collaborates with the EDOL and EDOE to design, implement and evaluate professional learning for staff to
meet the needs of all of their students.
a. Provides supervision and technical assistance to building administrators for: Special Educators, Behavior
Analysts, Speech Language Pathologists, Interventionists, and Paraprofessionals.
b. Supervise arrangements, coordinates, or provides in-service training for appropriate professional
development for staff.
3. Collaborate with EDOL, EDOE and building administrators to support classroom instruction, layered instruction
so students can access and make gains academically and socially.
a. Oversee all contract service providers including: blind services, deaf and hard of hearing services, schoolbased clinicians, and psychological services.
b. Responsible for the recruitment, selection, and hiring of qualified special education teachers, speech
pathologists, para-educators, interventionists, and other assigned support staff.
c. Directly supervise and evaluate assigned staff including: administrative support staff, Board Certified
Behavior Analysts, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist and School Psychologists.
d. Arrange and monitor extended school year programs and general oversight for homeless students.
e. Ensure equitable educational opportunities for students served in outside school district programs and
plans for appropriate reintegration when appropriate.
4. Ensures compliance with state and federal regulations for students with disabilities.
a. Develop, implement, and evaluate federal, state, and local grants and budgets that support students with
special needs including the Medicare program.
b. Supervise the collection of evaluation data for purposes of program effectiveness and resource utilization
and provides dissemination of accurate, pertinent information to the Superintendent, School Boards, and
other interested parties.
c. Present Special Education and other student support services information to the administrative team,
community, and School Board as needed.
d. Serve as a District liaison with various agencies and services that serve our students and families with
professional matters relevant to assigned responsibility. Participate on boards and/or committees and with
other Districts and service providers to establish mutually beneficial relationships.
e. Provide interpretation of state and federal Special Education regulations and guidelines and ensure District
policies, procedures, and practices are in compliance with the intent of federal and state regulations.
f. Consult with staff, parents, and outside agencies regarding Special Education students and program
offerings. Respond to parental concerns regarding the evaluation, services, and placement of their
g. Overall responsibility for the selection and monitoring of student placements relative to “least restrictive
5. Maintains professional growth and knowledge of relevant research and current best educational practices via
participation in state-wide professional organizations, advanced study, site visits, conference attendance,
workshops and/or other means. Keeps staff apprised of the same.
6. Accepts other responsibilities as assigned by the Superintendent.
Supervisory Responsibilities: Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with applicable laws and
regulations as well as the District’s policies and procedures. Supervises the work of assigned special education
personnel, in collaboration with the building Administrators. Regular attendance in accordance with the established
work schedule is required.
Qualification Requirements: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each
essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are typical of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability
required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential
Education and/or Experience: Master's degree in Special Education and classroom/special education teaching
experience. Three years of successful related professional practice and administrative experience required. One
year of successful experiences as a special education director in an approved special education program is
Licenses and/or Certificates: Valid Vermont Educator License with Special Education endorsement and Director
of Special Education endorsement, Valid Vermont Driver’s License.
Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret information from professional journals, legal documents,
governmental regulations, testing and assessment data. Ability to write reports, correspondence, and procedures.
Ability to respond to inquiries or complaints from students, parents, co-workers, and community members. The
ability to effectively present information to administrators, public groups, community, and school Board is required.
Mathematical Skills: Ability to apply mathematical concepts such as basic algebra, probability and statistical
inference. Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to
practical situation.
Reasoning Skills: Ability to anticipate, identify, and/or define problems and create appropriate solutions.
Delegates appropriate responsibilities to assigned staff.
Other Skills and Abilities: Proficient in the use of a personal computer; presentation, word processing and
spreadsheet experience required. Effective organization and planning skills and the demonstrated ability to
manage multiple tasks are required. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, in both orally and in writing and
to maintain effective working relationships with others is essential. Demonstrated knowledge and skill in the areas
of: leadership, student assessment, instruction and delivery systems, teacher evaluation, and special education law,
and finances are essential. Experienced in budget planning and monitoring preferred. Knowledge of English
Language Learners and Homeless student procedures and protocols. Ability to perform duties with awareness of
all district requirements and School Board policies as it relates to the job responsibilities is essential. Demonstrated
ongoing commitment to workplace diversity, sustainability, and delivering exceptional customer service is essential.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are typical of those that must be met by an employee to
successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations, as defined by the district,
may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, walk, stand, talk, see, and hear.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close and distance vision. The employee is frequently required
to demonstrate manual dexterity to operate a computer, copiers, phone, and other office machinery. The employee
may occasionally be asked to travel to other work locations. The position has direct responsibility for the safety,
well-being, or work output of other people.
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee
encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to
enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment ranges from quiet to moderate. Work performed is primarily in an office
setting with some travel required. The position demands meeting deadlines with severe time constraints and to
work irregular or extended hours.
Terms of Employment: 12 months, or as contracted
Evaluation: Conducted annually by the Superintendent
Date Approved: 7/2/21 D. Young
The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-325),
which became effective on January 1, 2009 is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individual(s) currently
holding this position and additional duties may be assigned. The Board reserves the right to waive the essential requirements contained in this job description.
Job Description Acknowledgement
I have received, reviewed and fully understand the job description. I further understand that I am responsible for the
satisfactory execution of the essential functions described therein, under any and all conditions as described.
Employee Name____________________________________________________________________________
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  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Category : Administrator > Special Education Director
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Karen Dantzscher is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Job Requirements

    • At least 1 year of relevant experience preferred
    • Master degree preferred
    • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

    Application Questions

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    Contact Information

    • Violet Nichols , Executive Director of Learning
    • 500 Dorset Street
    • 550 Dorset Street
    • South Burlington, Vermont 05403

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