The Executive Director of Learning Support Services interprets the philosophy and practices of the Learning Support Services program to administrators, staff and the public at large. Instills a focus on prevention efforts that support wellness as well as a system that identifies student needs and services. Assists in the selection and use of screening tools and strategies that help identify student needs. Implements and sustains a cross-disciplinary approach to the provision of programs that support students’ social-emotional, health, and other needs so that multiple schoolprofessionals are prepared to assist with needed services.
The duties of the Executive Director of Learning Support Services include, but are not limited to, the following:
Interprets the philosophy and practices of the Learning Support Services program to administrators, staff and the public at large. Instills a focus on prevention efforts that support wellness as well as a system that identifies student needs and services.
Supervises the District’s Lead Social Worker, Coordinator of Health Services and School Nurses, Family Intervention Services coordinator, Homebound team, School Psychologist leaders, and other appropriate Learning Support Services staff assigned. Assists in developing job descriptions for these positions, hiring, evaluating, and training these staff members. Ensures that these leaders have appropriate training and experience.
Provides support to district-wide initiatives associated with each of the LSS professional groups, including among others, as assigned, attendance initiatives, initiatives that support students with homelessness, nursing services, health promotion activities, family therapy, family group services, selection of homebound service providers, provision of psychological services, provision of appropriate evaluation services for students with suspected or confirmed disabilities, and others as appropriate.
Provides direct clinical supervision of a wide variety of services available in the LSS department, including as appropriate risk assessments, family therapy, individual evaluations, direct student counseling, etc.
Provides direct leadership and supervision to LSS professional groups, as assigned and appropriate. Interviews, hires, evaluates, and assigns these staff members to appropriate schools or settings. Evaluates the needs for additional staffing in this area and works with contractors or part-time staff as needed.
Ensures the development of appropriate crisis response strategies for the District. Supervises the District's crisis response team in provision of school-level responses. Works closely with other departments and all schools and Principals. Supervises the development of appropriate strategies for suicide, behavior threat, and other risk assessments and follow-up. Ensures training is provided to appropriate staff.
Serves as the liaison with local mental health agencies and organizations that support mental health needs of students. Works with any agencies, including the Columbia Area Mental Health Center, that may provide school-based mental health services.
Interprets and formulates pertinent policies and procedures in response to legislation and provides related advice to administrators, employees and staff; recommends new or revised policies and/or procedures as warranted.
Richland School District Two is located in Richland County in Columbia, South Carolina, the state’s capital. With over 28,000 students and average yearly growth of 400, it is one of the largest and fastest-growing public school districts in South Carolina. Our district leads the state in the number of National Board Certified Teachers with the educators who have earned this distinction.
Richland School District Two is the fifth largest school district in the state. We serve more than 28,000 pre-K through 12th grade students in forty-one schools and centers: twenty elementary schools, seven middle schools, five high schools, four magnet centers, one child development center, one alternative school, and the Richland Two Institute of Innovation, or R2i2. A district of choice, where every school is an excellent choice, Richland Two offers 37 magnet programs catering to the individual interests and needs of our learners. The district also has an adult, continuing and technology education center and a Charter School.
Richland Two’s beliefs are captured in the Four Squares of Success. These four squares of Learning, Character, Community and, Joy are at the heart of our goals, objecti...ves, and strategies. Our district strives to be the premier school district — a learning and working environment where all partners are committed to creating, sustaining, and investing in a culture and environment of excellence and where all are afforded the opportunity to maximize their gifts and talents as they pursue their pathways to purpose. We invite you to join our Richland Two team, where we work every day to develop global citizens of tomorrow!