Effectively immediately, the Human Resources Department is accepting online applications for the position of Director of Student Services.  The Director of Student Services provides leadership and direction to the Student Services Department to meet students’ needs. This is a full-time, 12-month position, and reports to the Superintendent.  The annual salary range for this position is $120,000-$133,500, based on experience, and includes excellent benefits.  

Application Process
To be considered for the position, submit online application, cover letter, resume at www.sspps.org.   The district will begin reviewing applications on Thursday, January 27, with interviews tentatively planned for the week of January 31.  Although the ideal start date is March 1, 2022, the district may consider a July 1, 2022, start date for the right candidate.

Confidential inquires regarding the position may be made to ntuescher@sspps.org.

Job Summary
This position provides leadership and direction to the district’s Student Services Department and related activities to meet the needs of all students and adhere to legal requirements.

Predominate Job Functions

  • Develop, organize, coordinate, implement and evaluate areas related to district’s Student Services Department including:  special education, homebound services, home school students, health services, Section 504 services, and nonpublic school programs.
  • Align overall district leadership, coordination, and employee supervision involved in the creation and implementation of professional development processes in all student services programs.
  • Provide leadership and guidance to the district and its programs for the implementation of laws for all student services activities.
  • Implement district vision, mission, goals, and strategic initiatives.
  • Develop, coordinate, and implement student services program budgets and programs and curriculum development to carry out the departmental functions.
  • Make employment recommendations to the School Board and provide appropriate employee development, coaching, supervision, and evaluation.
  • Coordinate student attendance reporting, organize and coordinate tuition payments for student residents and non-residents attending alternate programs.
  • Prepare agendas, presentations and materials for the Superintendent and School Board.
  • Answer questions and respond to questions from the community, employees, parents, and students to increase understanding of district student services.   
  • Direct the preparation of reports to establish the district’s claims for categorical aids, grants, third-party billing, and additional funding resources or compliance issues.
  • Develop and maintain a close working relationship with cooperative agencies and consortiums associated with student services.
  • Attend meetings and conferences to stay abreast of educational theories and improvements to evolve district student services provisions.
  • Serve on Superintendent’s lead team.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of state and national standards.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of educational improvement models effective for s students in need of special services.
  • Thorough knowledge of theories, programs and services including laws governing special education.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the use of technology for instructional change.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of learning theory and practice, national and state standards, federal law (e.g. ESSA, IDEA), and classroom-based and standardized assessments of student learning.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of technology use for instructional and organizational purposes to monitor Special Services data.
  • Managerial and administrative skills including planning, budgeting, problem solving, conflict resolution, organization and leadership.
  • Proficient communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Skilled in technology use as it applies to classroom and operational activities.
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with students, employees, parents, and community.
  • Experience working in diverse communities.
  • Ability to understand and follow laws and district policy.
  • Demonstrated prompt, regular and reliable attendance.


  • Director of Special Education licensure, or eligible for Minnesota licensure.
  • Minimum of 1-3 years of experience as a special education director, assistant director, or coordinator.

Physical Requirements 
Regularly required to sit, stand, walk, talk, hear, operate a computer and other office equipment, reach with hands and arms, and must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.  Vision abilities required include close vision.

South St. Paul Schools is an equal opportunity employe and supports an inclusive work environment.  The district is also compliant with the federal mandatory testing requirement for those persons not fully vaccinated.