Job Title: Director, Student Support Services

Reports to:Assistant Superintendent for Student Achievement
Job Group:Administrative


Job Code:1223
Salary Schedule:APT09


Responsible for building capacity and providing supports for school communities that are consistent with and supportive of the District’s vision, mission, and strategic goals. This includes directing exceptional student education and student services programs and ensuring that all IDEA policies and procedures are implemented to meet federal, state, and local regulations.


The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required of those in this position.
  1. Provide leadership and direction for all areas of exceptional student education and student services to ensure quality services are provided to meet students’ needs.
  2. Collaborate with curriculum staff to establish and implement innovative instructional and curriculum design for exceptional students.
  3. Communicate, advocate, and facilitate the alignment of curriculum, instruction, and assessment to district goals and state standards.
  4. Ensure principals have support in identifying effective research-based strategies and assist with professional development activities aimed at improving student achievement.
  5. Provide leadership in planning of effective behavior management strategies and resources for schools.
  6. Collaborate with district staff to assist principals in analyzing data relating to continuous improvement of student discipline.
  7. Ensure the district-wide implementation of IDEA requirements, including the development and monitoring of the IDEA project and budget.
  8. Establish and oversee annual budgets from various funding allocations to support student services programs and services.
  9. Analyze and use student contact data to maximize student services resources available to schools.
  10. Oversee the development of policies and procedures to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local rules, regulations, and statutes that apply to exceptional student education and student services, including Board policies.
  11. Oversee the preparation and recommendation of FTE projections, staffing model recommendations, and establishment of budget priorities relating to exceptional students.
  12. Recommend and coordinate professional development activities for assigned staff.
  13. Develop and maintain working relationships with community agencies.
  14. Prepare and monitor all required reports for federal and state reporting.
  15. Implement and monitor 504 functions for the District.
  16. Participate in school advisory, business, and community groups and activities; serve on committees and councils; and develop community partnerships to support the District’s vision, mission, goals and strategic priorities.
  17. Respond quickly to emergency situations and serve as a district representative at emergency shelters as determined by the Superintendent.
  18. Perform other duties as assigned.


Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Knowledge of current trends and research in exceptional student education.
  • Knowledge of issues related to exceptional education curriculum and instructional techniques.
  • Knowledge of related federal, state, and local rules, regulations, statutes, and policies, including Florida health law and Child and Family Services regulations.
  • Ability to analyze data and use data-driven decision making to implement effective programs.
  • Ability to read and interpret journals, articles, research studies, Florida statutes, state Board rules, and school Board policies.
  • Knowledge of assessment systems.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others and facilitate groups to consensus.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences, orally and in writing, including electronic media.
  • Knowledge of and experience with personal computers and programs, such as word processing programs, spreadsheets, and databases.


  • Master’s Degree from an accredited institution
  • Training and/or experience in administration and/or management of exceptional student education and/or student services programs


  • Certification in Educational Leadership, School Principal or Professional School Principal




Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employees; promoting and transferring employees; planning, assigning and directing work; evaluating performance; rewarding, disciplining and terminating employees; and addressing complaints and resolving problems for assigned exceptional student education and student services personnel.


Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently. If the use of arm and / or leg controls require exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated as Light Work.


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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit, talk, and hear; stand and walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms. The employee occasionally lifts and/or moves up to 25 pounds. Specific vision ability required by this job includes close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.


Indoors and Outdoors: The worker is subject to both environmental conditions. Activities occur inside and outside.


  • General office equipment, including personal computers, fax machines, copiers, telephones, etc.


Salary and benefits shall be paid consistent with the District’s approved compensation plan. Length of the work year and hours of employment shall be established by the District.

Performance of the job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the School Board’s policy on evaluation of personnel.

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Pasco County Schools will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to allow them to perform the essential functions of the job when such individuals request an accommodation.

Director, Student Support Services;   EST: February 19, 2013;   REV: n/a;   Board Approved: February 19, 2013