In the Board of Education and Services for the Blind this class is accountable for directing the operations and activities of the Learning and Life Skills Division.
Receives executive direction from the Executive Director.
Directs staff of division.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Directs staff and operations of the Learning and Life Skills Division including statewide education and social services programs for blind and visually impaired students in public, private and preschool programs, adult social services, orientation and mobility and independent living services;
Coordinates, plans and manages division activities;
Formulates division goals and objectives;
Interprets and administers pertinent laws including Board policy to residential schools for the blind;
Prepares and administers division budget;
Maintains contacts with individuals within and outside of division who might impact on program activities;
Recommends legislation affecting the blind and visually impaired;
Acts as consultant with respect to division programs and services and other activities involving the blind;
Coordinates programs and services to ensure compliance with state and federal policy;
Recommends approval of federal grants;
Writes grant proposals;
Serves in a liaison capacity between agency and appropriate federal and state agencies;
Provides guidance on a statewide basis to school authorities employing teachers for the blind and visually impaired children;
Works to coordinate programs and services with state and local school authorities, community based organizations, advisory councils and consumer groups;
Advises Executive Director and/or other management staff on significant issues, program developments and operations of service programs for the blind and visually impaired;
Represents Executive Director on task forces, advisory boards and advocacy groups;
Leads the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of
and ability to apply management principles and practices;
relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations;
relevant agency policies and procedures;
philosophy, principles, methods and current practices of education and social case work for the blind and visually impaired;
Knowledge of eye diseases and psychological effects of blindness;
oral and written communication skills.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
A Master's degree in education and five (5) years of experience in educational work with persons with disabilities.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been in a supervisory capacity.
Incumbents in this class must possess or be eligible for State Board of Education certification as an Intermediate Administrator/Supervisor at time of appointment.
Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(1)-Officials And Administrators
As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Director, Learning and Life Skills in Salary Group MP 64 approved effective May 9, 2002. (Revised to add Acknowledgement section and modify content) Final No. 22-007