The Learning Community, a vibrant public charter school, seeks a creative, energetic Director of Special Education (⅔ Director, ⅓ Coach) interested in being part of a close-knit and collaborative school community. Our team enjoys autonomy, collaboration, leadership, and opportunities for growth. All candidates must have certification. Spanish language skills are a plus.
The Learning Community, an innovative urban K-8 charter school with 84% of students that qualify for free or reduced-price lunch/the proxy for poverty rate, 37% English Language Learners and high student achievement, is a warm and welcoming school that believes deeply in the voices of teachers, students, and families. We offer a highly competitive compensation and benefits package. BIPOC candidates and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We strive to have a team that reflects the racial diversity of our students and families. It is important to us that our students can see themselves in the adults that surround them each day. The Learning Community is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT AS A TEAM MEMBER?
Warm and Professional Work Environment: We have an upbeat, proactive and supportive atmosphere. Open communication systems ensure every person has a chance to voice concerns and ideas about all aspects of the school. We are known for responding quickly to the needs of both students and colleagues. We have among the best family engagement in the state, and strong support from our community.
Excellent Compensation: We offer highly competitive salaries and health insurance benefits for full-time team members.
Shared Commitment to Educational Equity: Through their commitment to our families and our school’s mission, every team member creates and supports an environment for exploration, leadership and learning for both students and themselves. We believe that education is a fundamental right and existing inequities should not be a barrier to success.
Support Services: An extensive system supports student social, emotional, behavioral, and physical health needs. We follow through on the promise that no single student will keep themselves or others from learning. Every classroom teacher is supported by a team of professionals.
Professional Development: Teachers receive job embedded professional development and a variety of innovative options for growth, learning and sharing what they know. These include a two-week summer institute, professional development days throughout the school year, working with external consultants and attending professional development workshops.
● Reports to & collaborates with Director of Teaching & Learning.
● Oversight of all state reporting and compliance for Special Education.
● Directs and monitors the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and 504 accommodation processes.
● Provides strong leadership in the oversight of the day-to-day operations of the Special Education team, including observation of professional practice.
● Supervises and evaluates the performance of assigned personnel.
● Provides direct coaching to the special education teachers.
● Understands the role of an MTSS framework & leads the team based MTSS process.
● Coordinates with Special Education staff on the selection of curriculum for students who receive services to ensure alignment with progress monitoring, academic curriculum, and growth measurements.
● Develops and monitors the overall vision for Special Education in collaboration with all stakeholders including administration, parents, certified staff.
● Coordinates and facilitates meetings for Special Education staff.
● Analyzes research, and interprets assessment results, to make recommendations for sound assessment instruments to be used in the identification of special education students and to assist in progress monitoring services & programming.
● Establishes clear lines of communication at all levels and has a proactive approach to communication with staff and families.
● Investigates and resolves formal complaints for students with disabilities.
● Attends all Board meetings and prepares reports deemed necessary for the head of school and/or the Board.
● Maintains and respects the confidentiality of staff and student information.
● Performs other related duties as required and assigned.
● Stays current with research-based practices for student interventions and state/federal laws & guidelines.
● Demonstrates reflective practices and a willingness to improve their own performance as an administrator.
● Demonstrates an understanding of/believes in the role of coaching special education teachers.
● Understands the role of formative & summative assessment data in planning for instruction for all students.
● Understands the role of content standards in curriculum & instruction.
● Maintains high expectations & positive regard for all students.
● Collaborates with team members to create and maintain inclusive, supportive and responsive learning environments.
● Demonstrates an understanding and/or willingness to learn about and act on social issues that affect students (race, class, ability status, etc.).
Your cover letter should include 1) your beliefs about the purpose of education and b) how your professional dispositions and practices are aligned with your beliefs.