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Working As A Director Of Special Services

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Developing and Building Teams
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Make Decisions

  • $116,048

    Average Salary

What Does A Director Of Special Services Do

Elementary, middle, and high school principals manage all school operations, including daily school activities. They coordinate curricula, oversee teachers and other school staff, and provide a safe and productive learning environment for students.

Duties

Elementary, middle, and high school principals typically do the following:

  • Manage school activities and staff, including teachers and support personnel
  • Establish and oversee class schedules
  • Develop, implement, and maintain curriculum standards
  • Counsel and discipline students
  • Observe teachers and classroom activities
  • Assist teachers in managing students’ behavior
  • Evaluate teachers’ performance
  • Meet with parents and teachers to discuss students’ progress and behavior
  • Assess and prepare reports on test scores and other student achievement data
  • Organize professional development programs and workshops for staff
  • Manage the school’s budget, order school supplies, and schedule maintenance
  • Establish and coordinate security procedures for students, staff, and visitors

Elementary, middle, and high school principals manage the overall operation of schools, including building maintenance and cafeteria services. They set and oversee academic goals and ensure that teachers have the necessary equipment and resources. In public schools, principals also implement standards and programs set by the school district, state, and/or federal regulations. They evaluate and prepare reports on their school’s performance based on these standards by assessing student achievement and teacher performance. Principals may establish and oversee additional programs in their school, such as counseling, special education programs, and before- and after-school childcare programs.

Principals serve as the public face of their school. They meet with superintendents, legislators, and members of the community to request or explain funding for their schools. They also address the concerns of parents and members of the community.

The duties of principals vary by the size of the school and district. In larger schools and districts, principals have additional resources and staff to help them achieve goals. For example, large school districts often have instructional coordinators who help with data analysis and with teachers’ professional development. Principals also may have staff who oversee the hiring process of all school personnel, including teachers, custodians, and cafeteria workers. Principals in small school districts may need to assume these and other duties themselves.

Many schools have assistant principals who help principals with school administration. Principals typically assign specific administrative duties to their assistant principals. In some school districts, assistant principals are hired to handle a specific subject area, such as literacy or math. Assistants may be assigned to handle student safety, provide student academic counseling, or enforce disciplinary or attendance rules. They may also coordinate buses or supervise building and grounds maintenance.

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Most schools require elementary, middle, and high school principals to have a master’s degree in education administration or leadership. Most principals also have work experience as teachers.

Education

Principals typically need a master’s degree in education leadership or education administration. These master’s degree programs prepare future principals to manage staff, prepare and manage budgets, set goals, and work with parents and the community. To enter the master’s degree programs, candidates typically need a bachelor’s degree in education, school counseling, or a related field.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Principals typically need several years of work experience as a teacher. For more information on how to become a teacher, see the profiles on kindergarten and elementary school teachers, middle school teachers, and high school teachers.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states require public school principals to be licensed as school administrators. Licensure requirements vary by state, but most require a master’s degree. Some states have alternative programs for candidates who do not have a master’s degree in education administration or leadership. Most states also require candidates to pass an exam and a background check.

Principals in private schools are not required to have a state-issued license.

Advancement

An assistant principal can advance to become a principal. Some principals advance to become superintendents, which may require completion of additional education. Others become instructional coordinators.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Principals must communicate effectively with students, teachers, and parents. For example, when dealing with student disciplinary or academic issues, they consult with and listen to parents and teachers to understand the problem.

Critical-thinking skills. Principals analyze student test results and testing procedures to determine if improvements are needed. They must assess the available options and choose the best means to help students achieve better results.

Decisionmaking skills. Because principals are responsible for students, staff members, and the overall operation of the school, they consider many factors when making decisions.

Interpersonal skills. Because principals work with teachers, parents, and superintendents, they must be able to develop positive working relationships with them.

Leadership skills. Principals set educational goals and establish policies and procedures for the school. They need to be able to motivate teachers and other staff to achieve set goals.

Problem-solving skills. Teachers, students, and other staff members report problems to the principal. Principals need to be able to analyze problems, and develop and implement appropriate solutions.

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Director Of Special Services Demographics

Gender

Female

59.1%

Male

37.4%

Unknown

3.4%
Ethnicity

White

65.5%

Hispanic or Latino

12.7%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

63.6%

Mandarin

9.1%

Braille

9.1%

French

9.1%

Chinese

9.1%
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Director Of Special Services Education

Schools

Fordham University

8.2%

University of Maine

8.2%

University of Missouri - Columbia

8.2%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

6.1%

Harvard University

6.1%

University of Louisville

6.1%

University of Memphis

4.1%

Chaminade University of Honolulu

4.1%

University of Florida

4.1%

Anthem College - Phoenix

4.1%

Liberty University

4.1%

Cardinal Stritch University

4.1%

Southern Methodist University

4.1%

Temple University

4.1%

New York University

4.1%

Webster University

4.1%

East Central University

4.1%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

4.1%

University of Central Oklahoma

4.1%

Villanova University

4.1%
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Majors

Business

16.4%

Education

14.2%

Educational Leadership

11.9%

Special Education

9.6%

School Counseling

5.0%

Psychology

5.0%

Nursing

4.6%

Management

4.6%

Social Work

3.7%

Elementary Education

3.2%

Finance

2.7%

Law

2.7%

Counseling Psychology

2.7%

Accounting

2.7%

Economics

1.8%

English

1.8%

Communication

1.8%

Criminal Justice

1.8%

Political Science

1.8%

Graphic Design

1.8%
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Degrees

Masters

38.7%

Bachelors

21.4%

Other

20.4%

Doctorate

10.8%

Certificate

4.0%

Associate

4.0%

License

0.3%

Diploma

0.3%
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Real Director Of Special Services Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manager/Director Specialized Service Facilty The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Jun 01, 2013 $88,277
Special Needs Director Kingsbridge Heights Community Center New York, NY May 09, 2008 $72,127
Director of Special Services Hebrew Free Loan Society New York, NY Sep 11, 2011 $68,682
Director of Special Services Hebrew Free Loan Society, Inc. New York, NY Sep 11, 2011 $68,682
Special Pathogens Director Sanair Technologies Laboratory, Inc. VA Mar 15, 2010 $30,368
Special Pathogens Director Sanair Technologies Laboratory, Inc. VA Mar 25, 2010 $30,368
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Top Skills for A Director Of Special Services

  1. Special Education Services
  2. Legal Compliance
  3. Special Services Budget
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  • Follow procurement policies, procedures and regulations.
  • Created an Administrative Handbook for Principals to become the best LEA during the IEP process and Section 504.
  • Provided relevant professional development to staff including matching college interns to site- based classroom supervisors.
  • Supervised investment representatives who required an additional layer of supervision ensuring compliance with firm policy and industry regulations.
  • Collaborate with other professionals to develop and implement inclusive programs for individuals with special needs.

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