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(CSS) Director, Special Programs
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(CSS) Director, Special Programs
Director, Special Programs INSPIRE THE FUTURE
K12 is a dynamic company on a mission to provide the most compelling, comprehensive, and effective K-12 education available. Our employees are a critical part of an organization that is providing powerful, new options for the way children can be educated. They have a passion for education and a drive to make a difference.
A passionate Director, Special Programs is needed at the K12 California supported schools. We want you to be a part of our talented team!
The mission of the K12 California supported schools is to provide an exemplary individualized and engaging educational experience for students by incorporating school and community/family partnerships coupled with a rigorous curriculum along with a data-driven and student-centered instructional model. Student success will be measured by valid and reliable assessment data, parent and student satisfaction, and continued institutional growth within the academic community. Join us!
The Director, Special Programs oversees all matters related to more than one special programs at assigned schools. The role is responsible for developing and implementing all policies and procedures and oversees all matters related to each school’s special programs including Special Education, Advanced Learners (ALP), English Language Learners (ELL), Response to Intervention (RTI), 504, Dyslexia, Gifted and Talented, and other student support programs.
The role also assists the Head of School and Administrative Team with developing and implementing general academic policies and procedures leading to the success of all students.
AS a Director, Special Programs, YOU WILL ...
- Develop, implement, and disseminate “best practices” for all special population programs including, Special Education, Advanced Learners (ALP), English Language Learners (ELL), Response to Intervention (RTI) and 504 and policies and procedures in collaboration with school leadership;
- Support the school’s administration and teachers in providing training on and implementation of special education program and services, ALP, ELL, RTI and 504;
- Support Academic Administrators in the implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI) and 504 programs;
- Create and maintains appropriate contacts with district(s), intermediate units, and state special education leaders to ensure continued compliance of special education programs and represent the school throughout the state in meetings and trainings related to the implementation of special programs;
- Develop contracts with service providers to provide related services to students and supports full implementation of the related services database to track related services to ensure all eligible students are receiving services and that the costs of those services are verified and are reported correctly;
- Oversee the development, compliance, maintenance, and implementation of all eligibility and reevaluation of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP);
- Ensure compliance of special programs including Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and compliance with all school, local, state, and federal reporting related to special education, ALP, ELL, RTI and 504;
- Collaborate with Resident Districts and local District personnel in the implementation of individualized education plans, related services, transition, and compliancy needs;
- Direct the Open Enrollment costing processes;
- Demonstrate knowledge of innovative and researched-based methodologies used to instruct students with disabilities in virtual environment;
- Support and engage learners’ families by responding to their concerns in a timely manner, through regular communication; Connects them to statewide/community resources; Maintains regular office hours and schedules appointments as needed to assist students and parents with additional concerns/questions;
- Participate as Local Education Agency (LEA)/District Representative on IEP Team Meetings;
- Work with the Test Coordinator to ensure that all students receive appropriate accommodations during state testing;
- Work with K12 and local enrollment teams to develop processes for ensuring timely identification and enrollment of students with special needs;
- Proactively communicate all changes in local, state and/or federal special education practices and laws to the Head of School and the administrative team;
- Ensure that special education students are integrated in all school activities and that general education and special education teachers and administrative staff work collaboratively to ensure academic success for all students;
- Collect data for internal studies of special education, ALP, ELL, RTI and 504.
- Attend conferences/workshops/trainings regarding students with disabilities and related special programs;
- Work directly with parents and students (both regular and special education) where necessary.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITES: Directly supervises 7 - 10 Full-time Equivalent (FTE) regular employees and/or contractors. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The above job is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as assigned by their supervisor. All employment is “at-will” as governed by the law of the state where the employee works. It is further understood that the “at-will” nature of employment is one aspect of employment that cannot be changed except in writing and signed by an authorized officer.
K12 is a Federal Contractor, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and a Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.
Minimum required Qualifications
- Master’s degree in Special Education or Education Administration AND
- Three (3) years of professional experience in Special Education AND
- Three (3) years of leadership experience OR
- Equivalent combination of education and experience
Certificates and Licenses: None required.
OTHER REQUIRED qualifications
- Strong interpersonal skills with both in-person and electronic communication platforms and a customer service orientation
- Able to read data and determine what steps are needed to assist students academically and behaviorally, and on an individual basis
- Able to apply adult instructional methods in the training and development of staff
- Communicates effectively both orally and in writing
- Demonstrates the use of good judgment in decision-making
- Understanding of applicable sections of the State Education Code and other pertinent regulations
- Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook as well as Internet research methods and report writing techniques; Utilizes computer software associated with curriculum and special education
- Ability to travel up to 25% of the time
- Ability to pass required background check
- Administrator, Mid-Management Administrator, Principal or Superintendent Certificationstrongly preferred.
- Familiar with federal and state special education laws and regulations
- Familiar with researched based special education curricula and methodologies
- Familiar with IEP and Special Education software applications
- Familiar with online learning programs
- Familiar with student management systems
- Project management experience