Director of Special Education

ESU 4, representing school districts in Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, and Richardson Counties, is accepting applications for a Director of Special Education at the ESU 4 in Auburn, NE. ESU 4 offers an outstanding salary and benefit package. For more information regarding this position, please contact Gregg Robke. View the complete job description.

Department: Special Education

Job Title: Director of Special Education


  • Education Level:
    • Masters Degree in Supervision of Special Education or Special Education and/or Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Administration/Special Education
  • Certification/Licensure:
    • Valid Nebraska Teachers Certificate with Administrative and Special Education Endorsement
    • Valid Nebraska Drivers License
  • Other Requirements:
    • Broad knowledge of Special Education Programs, problems, and services; knowledge of state and federal special education laws and initiatives

Reports to: ESU 4 Administrator

Evaluation: Performance of this position will be evaluated in accordance with the provisions of ESU 4 Board Policies and Procedures and as determined to be appropriate.

Essential Functions:

  • Serve as the educational leader of ESU 4’s special education programs.
  • Serve as a liaison among school districts, ESUs and the Nebraska Department of Education.
  • Maintain a collaborative working relationship with the Nebraska Department of Education.
  • Coordinate special education programs in accordance with Board policy, goals and objectives, rules and regulations, Department of Education rules and regulations, and Federal laws and regulations.
  • Work directly with ESU and district special education personnel to plan the proper placement and programming for students.
    • Including attendance at, and possible facilitation of, meetings for determining eligibility and program planning/placement.
  • Plan ESU-wide/onsite district professional development to enhance the knowledge of special education teachers, regular education teachers, administrators, para educators and parents as they work with children with disabilities.
    • Including collaboration with the Teaching And Learning Team, as well as special education directors from districts and ESUs in the support of professional development opportunities.
  • Collect and analyze ESU-wide and district data, including demographic, eligibility and LRE data, as well as attendance and survey data to assist with identifying trends, patterns and needs.
  • Develop long and short range plans as well as innovative special education programming; ESU-wide procedures in keeping with federal and state rules and regulations and programs which ensure an orderly operation of the special education programs in compliance with federal and state regulations.
  • Assist ESU-wide administration and staff in implementing district policies, procedures and programs. Confer with parents of students with disabilities. Interact with community agencies supporting collaboration in special education programming.
    • Including Federal grants (IDEA), SPEDFRS and other reimbursement requests, documentation and data submission for required Federal Indicators, as required by NDE.
    • Including regional grants such as the Planning Team Regional grant, PEaK (Promoting Engagement and Knowledge) project, and others offered and awarded by NDE.
  • Keep current by participating in local, state and national meetings. Provide information and training in special education initiatives and changes at the local, state and national level.
  • Recommend and assist with planning programs, services, facilities, and transportation which provide/support effective and efficient special education programs.
  • Comply with the procedures and guidelines of 92 NAC 51 (Rule 51) and IDEA in providing a free, appropriate public education for students with disabilities.
  • Maintain accurate records to document and administer special education programs.
    • Including annual contracts and monthly billing of programs to ESU 4 districts.
  • Supervise and evaluate ESU 4 special education staff in relationship to ESU 4 Board Policy.
  • Assesses the overall effect of the special education program provided by the ESU.
  • Assists in screening/interviewing personnel for special education assignments.
  • Review ESU 4 policies and procedures established to ensure the proper implementation of federal and state regulations.
  • Hold meetings of ESU 4 special education staff and providers for the provision of professional development, program improvement, special education requirements and student achievement.
  • Participate as a member of the ESU 4 Team.
  • Attend meetings of the ESU 4 Advisory Committee.
  • Schedule and act as chairman of the ESU 4 Special Education Staff Liaison Committee.
  • Assist the Administrator in planning content, budget, curriculum and philosophy of the program.
  • Ensure the mission and vision of ESU 4 are adequately reflected in the ESU 4 Special Education programs and operations.
  • Perform duties as assigned by the Administrator.

Work Environment: Mental Demands/Physical Demands/Environmental Factors:

  • Frequent sitting, driving, and standing
  • Frequent travel to area schools with home base at Educational Service Unit 4
  • Occasional prolonged and irregular hours
  • Occasional overnight travel to functions related to role and responsibility
  • Constant repetitive hand motions with prolonged use of a computer
  • Occasional walking, climbing stairs, bending/stooping, and/or reaching/pushing/pulling

Other Requirements (Intellectual, Sensory):

  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain working, collaborative relationships
  • Leadership skills which enable the delegation of a wide range of responsibilities
  • Strong decision making skills; attention to detail; ability to work independently; dependable; strong work ethic

Working Conditions:

  • Environment - Primary work area is inside an air-controlled environment

Salary and Contract:

  • Salary commensurate with education and experience
  • 225 day school year contract
  • Contract begins on or about Aug. 1, 2024
Application materials will be due by Dec. 15, 2023. Interviews will be conducted in January with a candidate selection by Feb. 1, 2024. Start date will be on or around Aug. 1, 2024. 

Please send a request for the application form. Any questions regarding this position and/or the application process can be directed to:

Gregg Robke, Administrator
Educational Service Unit 4 (ESU 4)
2301 Dahlke Ave.
Auburn, NE 68305