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Vacancy Title:    Director for Area Operations

Job Order Number:   9743952


Domicile Location:   St. Louis – MSSD Area Office III

Section/Office:  Missouri Schools for the Severely Disabled / Division of Special Education

Salary:   $48,552

Deadline:   December 26, 2012





Master’s degree in school administration or special education from an accredited college or university.


Five years successful experience in a supervisory position in an education setting.  Supervisory experience in special education is preferred.


Missouri Certification in School Administration or an area of special education.


(Other qualifications and experience, which in the opinion of the Commissioner of Education meet the requirements of the position may be accepted in lieu of the above.)






Travel (with overnight stays) is required of employee in a state-owned vehicle or one’s own private vehicle.  Mileage and other travel expenses will be reimbursed at approved rates.


Lifts and moves 50 pounds.






Supervises efforts directed toward compliance with administrative aspects of applicable federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to personnel, physical plant, transportation, fiscal management, etc.


Supervises area wide collection of data and production of required reports associated with pupil attendance, budgetary activities, staff needs, etc.


Supervises and provides appropriate direction to a designated number of state school building administrators.


Communicates effectively in both written and oral forms, using correct grammar, punctuation, clarity and consistency of thought.


Supervises recruitment efforts and formulates recommendations of employment and/or termination of personnel.


Coordinates the provision of safe and orderly transportation for all students in area schools.


Supervises the job performance appraisal of area staff according to established guidelines.


Demonstrates effective problem solving and decision making skills.


Assures confidentiality of information related to parents, students, and staff is maintained in all area operations.


Facilitates effective team working relationships.


Makes regular visits to state schools to provide direction and assess quality and effectiveness of administrative/supervisory services provides by the building administrators.


Participates in a minimum of one staff development activity per year to keep administrative skills updated and current.


Demonstrates skills in working with parents and in fostering good community relationships in many diverse local areas.


Promotes treating of all persons with respect and dignity.


Plans, conducts, and participates in meetings.


Represents the MO State Schools for the Severely Disabled on special assignments/committees.


Maintains effective interpersonal relationships.


Completes assignments in a timely fashion, complying with established deadlines.


Be on time to work and maintain a good attendance record.


Performs other duties as assigned.





Complete a DESE application online at http://www.dese.mo.gov/divadm/humanres/documents/Employment_Application_2005.pdf.  Please attach a scanned copy of your transcripts with the application.  You will receive an e-mail confirmation when your application is received online.  

NOTE: If a college degree is a requirement for this position, transcripts MUST be submitted with the application in order to be considered for employment.  Failure to include transcripts (when required for the position) with your application will eliminate the application from the review process.


We do not keep applications on file to submit for other vacant positions.   You must submit an application for each vacant position you are applying for. 


BENEFITS (For a Full-Time Position)


ANNUAL LEAVE:  Accrue 10 hours per month for new full-time employees, longer term State employees can earn more. Prorated leave for part-time employees in eligible positions.


SICK LEAVE:  Accrue 10 hours per month.  Prorated leave for part-time employees in eligible positions.


HOLIDAYS:  12 holidays per year.


RETIREMENT:  Coverage provided through the Missouri State Employees Retirement System (MOSERS).


LIFE INSURANCE:  Term life insurance coverage, equal to one times employee's annual salary, through the Missouri State Employees Retirement System.


OPTIONAL LIFE INSURANCE:  Optional term life insurance available with maximum coverage of six times member’s annual salary.  Plans are also offered for spouse and dependents. Premiums paid by employee.


CAFETERIA PLAN:  Easy tax savings on employee’s cost for qualified payroll-deducted insurance plans, medical care, and dependent care.


HEALTH PLANS:  Employer-paid/subsidized plans available the first day of the following month after employment.


DENTAL PLANS:  Delta Dental insurance coverage is available.


VISION PLAN:  Vision Service Plan (VSP) is available. 


DEFERRED COMPENSATION:  A payroll deduction deferred compensation plan available to defer taxes until retirement by investing in mutual funds and a fixed income account is currently provided.




Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer


Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer. If you have special needs addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact Human Resources at (573) 751-9619, through Missouri Relay System at (800) 735-2966, or via email at hr@dese.mo.gov.    

To Our Applicants with Disabilities:  For assistance with any phase of the Department process, please notify the Director of Human Resources at (573) 751-9619.  Reasonable attempts will be made to accommodate special needs.

TTY/TDD users:  Relay Missouri service (800) 735-2966.






The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, or disability in its programs and activities. Inquiries related to Department employment practices may be directed to the Jefferson State Office Building, Human Resources Director, 8th floor, 205 Jefferson Street, P.O. Box 480, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102-0480; telephone number (573) 751-9619 or TYY (800) 735-2966.