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ISD Superintendent Vacancy Announcement

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Description of Superintendent position

The State of Illinois
Office of the Governor
is seeking qualified candidates for the following vacancy:

Illinois School for the Deaf
Jacksonville, Illinois

The superintendent of the Illinois School for the Deaf (ISD) performs job duties for students whose primary disability is Deaf or hard of hearing and who may have secondary disabilities, ages birth to 22.

General responsibilities include:

  • Oversight of all school administration and operations, including educational, residential, transition and related programs.
  • Setting high standards and ensuring they are met when planning, organizing and directing staff in delivering high quality educational and residential programming to promote cognitive, physical and social growth of students in compliance with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) mandates and federal statutes.
  • Establishing and maintaining positive relationships with outside agencies, including the Department of Human Services (DHS), ISBE, state and local education agencies, the ISD Advisory Council, parent organizations, alumni association, service providers, national organizations and community service organizations.
  • Establishing fiscal oversight/control of school budgets including strategic and fiscal planning with the DHS Budget Division and other entities.
  • Establishing and maintaining a good, strong working relationship with the various unions represented on campus, including contract negotiations and interpreting collective bargaining rights.
  • Representing ISD, DHS and the state of Illinois at hearings, meetings and conferences and serve as liaison to advocates, community service agencies, parents and the general public on issues related to the education of students who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Ensure ongoing curriculum development.
  • Support and promote Career/Technical Education programs within the transition curriculum.
  • Establish good communication and effective working relationships with internal and external entities, the media, legislators, etc., following proper procedures and protocol for notification to DHS administration.
  • Ensure understanding of and adherence to ISD’s mission, key policies and compliance requirements.
  • Direct strategic planning activities utilizing members of the Advisory Council, advocacy groups, key staff and other stakeholders.
  • Ensure an effective staff complement, including the recruitment, training and development, performance management, support and retention of qualified staff.
  • Enforce ethics standards for all students, staff and employees of ISD.
  • Ensure the delivery of high quality programming by the principals, director of student life and other key administrators and staff.
  • Support staff in the continuous upgrade of curriculum, training and technical resources.
  • Promote programs and curriculum for all students who are Deaf or hard of hearing across the state.
  • Make use of, as well as ensure training and use by staff of data bases, including tests scores and their interpretation, graduation rates, transition outcomes, etc.

Candidate must have the following:

• Current and valid credentials from the Illinois State Board of Education.
• A superintendent endorsement.
• Degrees in both educational administration and deaf education.
• A minimum of fifteen (15) years of experience in either deaf education, the administration of deaf education, or a combination of the two.

Experience and Knowledge:

  • Candidate must have working knowledge of the Illinois School Code or the ability to acquire this knowledge as well as working knowledge of federal statues related to special education, IDEA, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
  • Candidate must possess effective communication skills, advanced abilities in signing, writing, speaking, listening as well as strong self management and interpersonal skills.
  • Candidate must be a child/student centered leader and understand behavior issues related to disabilities.
  • Candidate must possess knowledge and understanding of secondary disabilities.

This position is appointed by the Governor of Illinois and confirmed by the Illinois Senate. Also, this position is a 12 month position and the starting salary is negotiable.

If interested in applying for this position, please send the following to Kristine Smith, Director, Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services, 100 South Grand Avenue, East, 2nd floor, PO Box 19429, Springfield, Illinois 62794-9429 by March 15, 2016 . Information can also be sent electronically to: Kris.Smith@illinois.gov

  • Resume
  • Letter of Intent
  • Copies of relevant certificates and endorsements
  • Copies of relevant transcripts

Update: The ISD Superintendent Position

DHS did receive responses to the job announcement for ISD Superintendent. However, through communication with the applicants, it has been determined that at this point in time they have not satisfied the state criteria. Until such time, we are unable to move forward with filling of the position. It is our intention to re-post the position with the hope to receive further interested qualified parties. ISD and DHS have also determined that at this point in time, we will also be posting the job announcement for the Asst. Superintendent at ISD. We welcome the Deaf community’s involvement in distribution of both postings for this position.

Update on the ISD Supt Search

Got news from Kris Smith, DHS Director: Update on the ISD Supt Search

The Superintendent deadline for applications ended and we have some applications that we are reviewing and are reaching out to the candidates for clarifications on some of the information we received. Upon confirmation with them, we will be sending the information to Beth Purvis in the Governor’s office for her determination on next steps.

Will update more when we hear more from Kris.

Happy Holidays,

Susan Dramin-Weiss
ISDAA President

List of Superintendents

Take a sneak peek of list of Superintendents in menu of History on top of the ISDAA website (http://www.isdaa.org/list-of-superintendents/) from 1845 to now.

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2015 ISD Homecoming Schedule of Events


ISDAA President Susan Dramin-Weiss wants to share with you what’s going on during ISD Homecoming weekend.

Below is a schedule of events for the ISD Homecoming weekend.

Friday, October 9, 2015

  • Pre-Homecoming golf outing (10 am) Need more information about it, please contact Bob Dramin at CIDGA@aol.com
  • ISDAA Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony at Reichert Banquet Bar and Grill located at 1852 South Main Street in South Jacksonville. “Recognizing ISD’s USA Deaf Olympians”. Banquet tickets are now on sale and please contact Tonya Logsdon if you have any questions or concerns about the banquet or the event. Her email address is 5teqrose@gmail.com.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

  • High School volleyball games (11:30 am) vs. Lovejoy at Marshall Gym.
  • Homecoming Deli Luncheon (11 am to 1:30) at Thomas Officer Hall (Unit 1). Reservations along with a payment of $7.00 are required so that enough foods will be ordered to serve everyone! Please contact Elaine Cady at edl_cady@yahoo.com
  • High School football game (2 pm) vs. Minnesota Deaf.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

  • All you can eat Pancake and Sausage breakfast at Tiger Den

Other things that you need to know when you visit campus….

ISDAA Museum

ISDAA Museum will open on Friday from 10 am – 4 pm and Saturday from 9 am – 12 pm and 4 pm – 6 pm. The Museum is located on the third floors of Main Building. (Highly Recommended)


ISDAA will have booth during football game. Stop by and say hello.

We hope you and your families enjoy your weekend. Go ISD Tigers!

Remember please respect our beautiful campus by keeping it clean.