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The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) seeks an experienced, dynamic, innovative educator to serve as the Director of the Office of Gifted Education within the Exceptional Student Services Unit.
Please apply no later than February 15, 2019
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide leadership, supervision, and decision making for the Office of Gifted Education in the Exceptional Student Services Unit, including guidance for Colorado school districts in the implementation of researched-based practices for gifted students and gifted students with disabilities (twice-exceptional)
Provide leadership for the daily operations by designing systems, procedures, rules and standards that align with statute and mission of the Colorado Department of Education
Oversee and make decisions for budgets, schedules, project outcomes, staffing , federal or state grants, and future project/unit goals concerning gifted and special education program projects
Provide structure and make decisions for facilitating a regional network system that serves the needs of administrative unit directors/coordinators
Implement performance plan procedures for full-time and part-time employees according to the CDE and ESSU protocols and timeline
Serve as a liaison to the Gifted Education State Advisory Committee facilitating communication, collaborative planning with the GESAC Board, and guidance via the Office of Gifted Education/ESSU
Provide leadership for licensure, endorsement or gifted education programs at institutions of higher education; facilitate program review or regulations changes in collaboration with the Professional Services and Licensure Unit
Collaborate for development of state performance plans and technical assistance activities or network systems complying with statute and rules.
Collaborate with members of Exceptional Student Services, other CDE offices, and state agencies and organizations on behalf of gifted students and gifted students with disabilities.
Assure that the Colorado Gifted Education Review process (CGER) is implemented with practices of customer service, technical assistance, and compliance with continuous improvement/monitoring requirements
Develop problem solving methods, as needed, to determine new strategic plans, conflict resolution, and/or other opportunities for solution finding.
Provide communication with stakeholders regarding programming, unfamiliar concepts and interpretation of statute and rules; facilitate rule changes as needed
Facilitate and manage a means to provide a statewide infrastructure for the implementation of gifted and special education projects (e.g., twice exceptional), professional development (online and in-person), and a system for monitoring.
Other duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
Master's degree or higher in gifted education or a related content area/field
Colorado endorsement in Gifted Education, or if from out of state, must have appropriate credentials/certificate in gifted education
Successful experiences (3-5 years) as a leader of gifted education (LEA/SEA level)
Leadership skills that include the ability to:
work collaboratively with professional staff holding multiple perspectives,
respond appropriately and effectively in politically charged and potentially escalated contexts,
be responsive to the requests of SEA senior leadership,
facilitate improved systems and outcomes for gifted and twice-exceptional students
Experience in engaging stakeholders and collaborating with other agencies/entities
Experience in developing policies and procedures
Extensive knowledge in gifted education instructional practice and content, including social-emotional needs of gifted students
Knowledge of multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) and application to gifted education
Knowledge of Colorado's Exceptional Children's Education Act (ECEA) and regulations for gifted education
Knowledge and experience using data to inform action, professional learning, and improvements
Successful experience in developing and implementing fiscal budgets and requirements
Evidence of ongoing (personal/professional) learning in gifted education
Successful work in collaborative personnel performance systems
Strong written and verbal communication skills and presentation skills
Knowledge and skill in team building and facilitation/implementation of team work; strong facilitation skills
Evidence of experiences that involve collaboration of varied groups toward consensus building
Experience working with parent/community groups, and/or advisory groups in local districts/schools
Experience facilitating large group meetings and professional learning opportunities
Successful experience serving on district and/or state committees
Successful state level experience (e.g., role, leading committee or advisory groups)
District or state participation in Unified Improvement Planning
Facilitator of gifted education professional learning
Extensive public speaking experience
Success in writing and obtaining grants and in project management
Knowledge of and experience in using data to inform decisions, create work plans, and evaluate return on investment
Please submit a resume, cover letter/letter of interest. Applications left blank or marked "see resume" will not be accepted.
Complete Applications must include the following documents: • A complete online application • A cover letter • A resume
All materials submitted should be current and specifically address the qualifications for this position.
Internal Number: 1094
About Colorado Department of Education
As a dynamic service agency, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) provides leadership, resources, support and accountability to the state’s 178 school districts, 1,888 schools, over 53,000 teachers and over 3,200 administrators to help them build capacity to meet the needs of the state’s approximately 905,000 public school students.
CDE serves students, parents, and the general public by protecting the public trust through ensuring adherence to laws, strong stewardship of public funds, and accountability for student performance.
The Colorado Department of Education is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion, political affiliation, organizational membership, veteran's status, disability, or other non-job-related factors. This applies to all employment decisions. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the CDE's compliance with Title IX and Section 504: The Human Resources Director – Colorado Department of Education, 201 E. Colfax Ave. #201, Denver, CO 80203