Job Description






JOB GOAL:The Assistant Director of Special Services is responsible for assisting the Director of Special Services in providing instructional leadership and ensuring the educational development of children with special needs.


  • Current Arizona Administrative Certificate
  • Current Arizona Elementary, Secondary, Special Education Certificate or Arizona School Psychologist Certificate
  • Site Administration experience preferred
  • At least five (5) years successful classroom teaching experience in a multicultural setting  preferred
  • Computer literacy, keyboarding skills and familiarity with software programs used in special education
  • Thorough knowledge of Federal and State Regulations governing special education
  • Sufficient knowledge of both general and special education curriculum content and best teaching practices to support initiatives, which have as their aims: (1) accessibility to and participation in the general curriculum for the special education student; (2) increased academic achievement for the special education student to the maximum extent possible
  • Evidence of leadership in delivery of professional development for teachers and administrators
  • Evidence of independent decision-making skills
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal skills
  • Evidence of collaborative skills
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate in oral and written form
  • Evidence of problem-solving ability
  • Skilled at developing talent in other people
  • Demonstrated ability to be resourceful and flexible
  • Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Board may find appropriate and acceptable


REPORTS TO: Director of Special Services

SUPERVISES: Classified Staff


  1. Assists the Director in providing instructional leadership to special education teachers in different categories at various District sites.
  2. Facilitates integration of regular education goals for improved student achievement into special education programs including District Literacy and Mathematics Initiatives.
  3. Assists with monitoring for effectiveness of compliance within all special education classrooms, programs and services and maintains responsibility and accountability for service delivery in conjunction with the Director and Principals.
  4. Assists with monitoring for effectiveness of compliance, accuracy and implementation of all Governing Board special education policy, rules and procedures as well as for internal policy, rules and procedures established by Special Services, to guide staff in best practices service delivery.
  5. Assists in the design of and arranges for, in consultation with the Director, ongoing staff development activities for special education personnel in all categories.
  6. Assists in assessing effectiveness of instruction in special education using data driven approaches and in making recommendations for instructional improvement based upon assessment.
  7. Assists the Director in providing administrative oversight and ensuring compliance within the Medicaid in the Schools Program (MIPS) and directs the activities of the clerk associated with that program.
  8. Assists with administrative oversight for AIMS-A and ASAT assessments.
  9. Assists in the monitoring of programs and progress of children placed in private or alternate settings by the District and assesses their status regularly, initiating re-integration into District programs when appropriate, in collaboration with District Psychologists and in consultation with the Director.
  10. Assists the Director in determining budget allocations for various programs and services.
  11. Meets with groups of teachers and other special education staff on a regular basis to guide delivery of standards based education on IEP’s. 
  12. Represents the Special Services Department of Cartwright School District at community and other meetings when necessary.
  13. Attends workshops and conferences to keep abreast of the latest developments in special education and shares new information with staff in formal or informal ways as necessary.
  14. Attends IEP meetings within District, on a regular basis, to promote and to ensure procedural and content accuracy.
  15. Performs such other job-related duties as assigned.


TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:  Employment year is twelve months. Salary and fringe benefits as approved by the Governing Board.

Candidates should submit the following to Human Resources:

  1. External candidates should complete an on-line Administrative application and attach the required documents below:
  2. A current Arizona Administrative Certificate at time of application
  3. A current Arizona Elementary or Secondary Certificate or Arizona School Psychologist Certificate
  4. A current professional résumé
  5. A letter of interest
  6. A written statement of your philosophy of education
  7. A minimum of three recent letters of recommendation
  8. A current Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card or proof of application for an Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card

*Internal candidates are required only to submit:

  • An on-line Internal Administrative application
  • A current Arizona Elementary or Secondary Certificate or Arizona School Psychologist Certificate
  • A current professional résumé
    • A current Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card or proof of application for an Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card




Cartwright School District

Becky Banks, Human Resources

(623) 691-3911   FAX: (623) 691-4079


Primary Location: Special Services

Shift Type: Full-Time

Job Contact Information

Applications will be accepted beginning
Thursday, May 23, 2019 12:00 AM
(Mountain Standard Time)

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