JOB VACANCIES
 
 

SPECIAL EDUCATION DIRECTOR

Northwest Special Education Cooperative is seeking a full-time special education director. The successful candidate will:
- Serve as chief administrative officer of special education programs and services;
- Oversee the Northwest Special Education Cooperative's provision of technical assistance and guidance for eleven member districts relative to their special education programming and processes;
- Ensure compliance with State and Federal mandates to provide appropriate services for students relative to Childfind and special education implementation;
- Coordinate and implement the utilization of IDEA grants and sub-grants;
- Annually complete a Cooperative-wide needs assessment, including the evaluation, hiring, and duty assignments of staff to address member districts' special education needs;
- Ensure targeted professional development both within the Cooperative and for member districts directly;
- Serve as a representative at State-level and other organizational meetings as appropriate;
- Work with the Advisory Board to create and implement policies and procedures relative to efficient and compliant operation of the Cooperative;
- Oversee appropriate records management relative to all aspects of Cooperative functioning;
- Coordinate with member districts regarding out-of-district student special education placements;
- Coordinate with appropriate personnel to develop, maintain, and present the annual budget to the Advisory Board, as well as monitor expenditures throughout the fiscal year;
- Oversee the implementation of Cooperative-run programs, including but not limited to staffing, curriculum, policies/procedures, etc.;
- Provide support and supervision for Cooperative staff serving in an itinerant capacity to member districts.

Qualifications include:
- A Master's degree in education or a related field;
- Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) as a Special Education Director, as well as General Administrative or Principal PEL;
- At least 3 years administrative experience in a special education related position;
- Excellent interpersonal, communication, organizational, and time management skills;
- PERA module completion by the start of the contractual period
- Preference given to candidates who have familiarity with iStar, Student Information System, and/or electronic IEP and Medicaid billing systems.

NWSE offers a regionally competitive salary and benefits package.

Please direct cover letter, resume, and 3 letters of recommendation to:

Northwest Special Education Cooperative
Attn: Jackie Diffenderfer
310 North West Street
Elizabeth, IL 61028

 
or email to: jackie.diffenderfer@nwseonline.com
 

SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER

Northwest Special Education Cooperative is seeking a full-time school social worker for placement primarily in the JoDaviess County region for the 2018-2019 school year. The successful candidate will teach social and communication skills to students with disabilities; provide individual and small group therapy services as per IEPs; provide outreach services to families of students; participate on IEP teams for both initial- and re- evaluations for special education eligibility; be a liaison for families regarding information/community resources; and serve as a member of the Response to Intervention (RtI) team.

The qualified individual holds a Master's Degree in social work, with a specialization in school social work, as well as the appropriate Illinois Professional Educator License with an endorsement in School Social Work. NWSE offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including mileage reimbursement, moving expenses, a signing bonus, tuition remission, and a stipend for professional development.

Please direct cover letter, resume, and 3 letters of recommendation to:
Dr. Christy Hopper, Director
Northwest Special Education Cooperative
310 North West Street
Elizabeth, IL 61028
 
or email to: christy.hopper@nwseonline.com
 

ITINERANT TEACHER FOR THE DEAF/HARD OF HEARING (FULL-TIME)

Northwest Special Education Cooperative is seeking a full-time Itinerant Teacher for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing for placement in the Stephenson/Northern Carroll county region. The successful candidate will provide direct services per the IEP process to those students who have identified hearing loss; serve as a consultant to school personnel; evaluate students who have been referred through the appropriate channels; and promote interest in and an understanding of the implications of a hearing impairment. A valid Illinois Teaching License with an endorsement for working with Deaf/Hard of Hearing is required. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including mileage, professional development, and tuition reimbursement.

Please direct cover letter, resume, and 3 letters of recommendation to:
Dr. Christy Hopper, Director
Northwest Special Education Cooperative
310 North West Street
Elizabeth, IL 61028
 
or email to: christy.hopper@nwseonline.com
 

SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER - DAY TREATMENT PROGRAM

Northwest Special Education Cooperative is seeking a full-time special education teacher for their day treatment program in JoDaviess County. Duties include providing instruction in a small classroom setting, supervising paraprofessionals, creating lesson plans, utilizing a variety of strategies to de-escalate behaviors, creating/composing IEPs and related paperwork, and working with a supportive team to implement IEPs and behavior plans. Strong communication and organization skills a must. The qualified candidate will have an Illinois professional educator license with an endorsement in special education and be able to teach across grade levels. Also must be able to lift 50 pounds.

Please direct cover letter, resume, and 3 letters of recommendation to:
Dr. Christy Hopper, Director
Northwest Special Education Cooperative
310 North West Street
Elizabeth, IL 61028
 
or email to: christy.hopper@nwseonline.com