Director, Speech Language and Communication Services

Cleveland Metropolitan School District | Cleveland, OH, United States

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Posted Date 2/11/2022

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Administration or As AssignedLocation: Administration or As AssignedReports To: Executive Director, Integrated HealthFLSA Status: ExemptSalary Band: 15Compensation: $ 73,440. - $ 102,816.INTRODUCTION: CONTEXT AND MISSIONThe Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) serves approximately 37,000 students in 100+ schools. Over the past several years, the Greater Cleveland community has united behind the collective goal of ensuring every child in Cleveland attends a high-quality school and every neighborhood has a multitude of great schools from which families can choose. The Cleveland Plan defines CMSD’s approach to the reinvention of public education and holds our community accountable for the success of Cleveland’s schoolchildren.The Cleveland Plan is supported by Ohio House Bill 525, which provides much-needed flexibility and autonomy for the district and its schools. Our schools have autonomy over human and financial resources in exchange for accountability for performance. The Principal has primary responsibility and accountability for establishing his or her school as a high-quality, high-expectations academic center with a focus on personalized instruction, professional support for teachers, and school-wide practices that lead to measurable results.The Cleveland Metropolitan School District has developed standards of excellence that the district applies to all parts of the organization inclusive of schools, principals, school leadership teams, networks, and central office. Alignment between Standards of Excellence (SoE) and the district’s Theory of Action helps ensure that principals are able to focus on scholar achievement and that central office supports are timely and effective.Our Vision for Learning in a Post-Pandemic World:In our pursuit of a more fair, just, and good system of education, we want each of our learners, both each of our scholars and each of their educators, to be individually and collectively presented with academically / intellectually complex tasks that are worthy of their productive struggle and allow them authentic opportunities to demonstrate their work and their learning of academic content and transferable skills in a joyful and adventurous environmentTHE OPPORTUNITYThe Cleveland Metropolitan School District is making substantial investments in ensuring the physical, mental, and social-emotional health and wellness of Cleveland’s children, so that they can come to school happy, healthy, and ready to learn. To that end, CMSD is seeking a dedicated, responsive, and knowledgeable Director to co-lead the work of the Office of Speech, Language, and Communication Services within the Department of Integrated Health. As a team, the Directors of Speech, Language, and Communication Services will lead from the perspective of an integrated service delivery model, maximizing services and supports for schools and students through collaboration with Special Education and Integrated Health personnel and teams. The Director serves as an expert in the field and advocates for the important role of the Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and Audiologist as providers of educational services in a school-based setting. The Director will serve as a coach and provider of professional development to SLPs and Audiologists and will also play a supervisory role. The Director also will have a voice in shaping the long-term direction of the Office of Speech, Language, and Communication Services in support of the District’s Integrated Health initiative.


  • In collaboration with other Directors, and with guidance from the Executive Director, set clear goals, procedures, and expectations for the work of Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) and Audiologists. This includes but is not limited to:
  • Set expectations for the varied responsibilities of school-based employees: conducting and writing evaluations, completing Individualized Education Plans, serving on Student Support Teams, providing direct and consultative services, and other duties.
  • Hold employees accountable for execution of services and compliance tasks, including ETR team facilitation, timely evaluations, and Medicaid reporting.
  • Set expectations for the use of testing protocols; set standards for quality of Evaluation Team Reports and Individualized Education Plans.
  • Supervise and evaluate school-based SLPs and Audiologists, using the Teacher Development and Evaluation System (TDES) specifically adapted for these disciplines.
  • Provide professional development and coaching to SLPs and Audiologists on a variety of topics related to the TDES, including integrated service delivery, changes to state and federal policies and procedures, and best practices.
  • Recruit, hire, and maintain highly qualified and effective employees.
  • Maintain regular in-person and email communication with SLPs and Audiologists to keep them updated on expectations and changes within the field and within the District.
  • Collaborate with the Union Conference Committee of the Cleveland Teachers’ Union to advocate for SLPs and Audiologists, ensure equity in assignments, and resolve issues.
  • Manage support staff in the Office of Speech, Language, and Communication Services, to ensure that administrative tasks are completed smoothly and in a timely manner.
  • Collaborate with other managers and directors within the Integrated Health and Special Education departments; prioritize actions that support the District’s efforts to move toward equitable and inclusive practices for all students.
  • Make decisions that impact the Office of Speech, Language, and Communication Services, with support and guidance from the Executive Director and in collaboration with other Directors.
  • Under the supervision of the Executive Director, and in partnership with the Integrated Health Taskforce and Say Yes Cleveland, seek out and maintain partnerships with agencies, hospitals, and services across the city of Cleveland.
  • Demonstrate flexibility in adjusting practices and procedures in order to ensure equity of access to care for all students.
  • Respond promptly to requests and concerns about speech and language/audiology services from parents, caregivers, and schools.
  • Implement and direct the implementation of District and/or Board of Education policies and procedures within the purview of Speech, Language, and Communication Services.
  • Perform other related duties as required.


  • Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, or related field required
  • Ohio licensure as a Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist required
  • At least five years of clinical or school-based experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist required
  • Administrative licensure from state of Ohio preferred
  • At least two years of leadership and/or professional development experience preferred
  • Must become a credentialed evaluator through the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) within sixty days of start date
  • Preferred characteristics:
    • A strong commitment to the students in CMSD and a personal sense of accountability around the ultimate success of the CMSD transformation
    • Deep knowledge of the issues and dynamics of inequity in education and passion for CMSD’s mission
    • Proven experience working collaboratively in a team-oriented environment and a willingness to navigate the complex dynamics of distributed leadership
    • Knowledge of the roles, responsibilities, standards, and ethics of speech-language pathologists and audiologists; ability to discern and explain the differences between clinical/medical and educational practice
    • Ability to provide objective feedback and coaching on employees’ job performance with a spirit of professional development
    • Knowledge of laws relevant to special education (IDEIA, Ohio Operating Standards, FERPA/HIPAA)
    • Proficiency in the use of technology to conduct evaluations, review and respond to data, conduct meetings, and write reports
    • Results driven, with excellent planning and organizing skills
    • Exceptional communication and presentation skills, both verbal and written
    • Excellent interpersonal skills, including experience leveraging staff and developing talent
    • Successful with overcoming significant barriers to meet goals in a fast-paced and changeable environment
    • Able to critically assess challenges and identify flexible, effective solutions
    • Ability to perform multifaceted tasks with minimum supervision


  • Expected moving, walking, and standing consistent with an office environment and occasionally lifting up to 15 pounds
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk and sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms
  • The employee is frequently required to talk and/or hear.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to a normal office environment
  • Local travel may be required for training/meetings
  • Travel to schools will be required; must have reliable transportation


CMSD offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience. We offer a comprehensive benefits plan, including dental and vision plans, life insurance, flexible spending account options, generous vacation time, professional development, and contributions to the STRS/SERS retirement system. We also offer an inclusive environment where the staff is encouraged to bring their whole selves to work every day.


To Apply

Please submit your resume and application using Workday, our online human capital management system. Please note that an offer of employment will be subject to the successful completion of an FBI/BCI background check and drug screen.

EEO Statement

We believe that equity and inclusion at CMSD is an essential call to action, a catalyst to ensure value and appreciation among all our employees, so we may be fair and welcoming now and in the future. CMSD provides equal opportunities for employment, retention and advancement of all personnel by administering all terms and conditions of employment regardless of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, sex, disability or genetic information, age, citizenship status, military status, sexual orientation or expression, socio-economic status, title, other dimensions of identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.

The District’s Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Discriminatory Harassment, and Sexual Harassment and the District’s Title IX grievance procedures, including information on how to report or file a complaint of discrimination, how to report or file a formal complaint of sexual harassment, and how the District will respond, may be accessed on the District’s Civil Rights Notices webpage, available at The District’s Title IX Coordinator / Director of Equal Employment Opportunity may be reached at:

1111 Superior Avenue East, Suite 1800

Cleveland, Ohio 44114



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