Director of Special Education

The Director of Special Education serves as the special education expert for all faculty at Summit Public Schools.

The Director of Special Education is responsible for researching, developing, and implementing an outstanding competency-based for curriculum for Summit’s Bay Area schools and conducting professional development opportunities for faculty. Additionally, the Director of Special Education will develop and maintain systems for documenting and using special education data, ensuring that all schools are providing exceptional, compliant special education services to students and families.

The ideal candidate has deep experience in special education, excellent communication skills both written and verbal, superb attention to detail when completing large-scale rote tasks, and is devoted to providing a high-quality, consistent experience for students, families, and members of the Summit Schools faculty.

This position will require travel to Summit Public Schools throughout the Bay Area, CA.

Who We Are:

What if all students graduated high school with not only content knowledge, but the habits and skills to successfully navigate college and career, with a sense of purpose to anchor them? This is the question at the core of Summit Public Schools. Summit is a public school system serving heterogeneous communities in the Bay Area and Washington State and operate 11 schools serving over 3,600 students.

We share our personalized approach to teaching and learning for free through Summit Learning, with more than 330 partner schools across the country. Summit Learning forms the foundation on which Summit’s successful schools were built, with our schools consistently ranking among the best in the nation.

Are you looking for the opportunity to lead change? Do you want to help reimagine what schools should be? We put students in the driver’s seat and empower them with the skills and habits they need to be successful in college and life. We need diverse, driven, and dynamic talent to join our growing team to help realize our educational vision.

What You’ll Do:

Strategic Vision & Programming

  • Oversee academic programming for students with IEPs
  • Ensure the Summit Learning approach meets the needs of all students
  • Serve as an advocate for students and families of students with IEPs
  • Provide leadership in the development of special education policies and procedures to ensure all students’ needs are met
  • Act as a special education resource for regular and special education staff, as well as the greater community

People Management

  • Manage, support, coach and develop a team of highly skilled Program Specialists who support site-based Special Education teachers
  • Support team members in partnering closely with families, school leaders, members of the home office team and external stakeholders
  • Recruit, hire and supervise service providers including but not limited to speech and language pathologists, school psychologists, occupational therapists and mental health counselors.
  • Facilitate and plan for litigious IEPs
  • Develop professional development for education specialists and program specialists
  • Develop and monitor the Special Education budget including local, state and federal grants

Values-based Compliance

  • Has knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, and policies related to special education
  • Serves as Summit’s special education leader for education and program specialists with responsibility for the operation and program in accordance with applicable regulations in one or more Summit programs
  • Maintains control of and accounts for the individual needs, whereabouts, and safety of the special education students we serve
  • Works within prescribed staff-to-child ratio with special education students
  • Effectively collaborate with local SELPA’s in accordance with Summit’s organizational values and standards in addition to the responsibilities and practices of Charter SELPA partners
  • Maintains the integrity and protects the reputation of Summit Public Schools by ensuring Summit’s public commitment to high ethical standards and practices

What Qualifications You Need:

Key Qualities and Skills

  • Commitment to uphold Summit’s values, belief that all children deserve a rigorous and equitable education that prepares them for college and for life.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Master’s Degree in Special Education or in a related field is required.
  • A Teaching Credential in California or another US state is required, as is prior teaching experience.
  • An Administrative Credential in California or another US State is required.
  • 8+ years of specialized experience related to this position’s responsibilities; this can be defined as managing instruction, legal, fiscal, and behavioral aspects of special education programs; or designing special education programming and delivery systems.
  • Proficiency in Google Platforms, including Google Drive, Google Sheets, Google Docs, and Google Slides.
  • Clear health and background check.

Who You Are:

About You  

  • You maintain high expectations for all students and believe all students can find success in school, college, and life.
  • You thrive while collaborating and are excited to work with your colleagues. You find positivity in share successes.
  • You’re deeply dedicated to social justice and feel motivated by the challenge and impact of working in a heterogeneous community and closing the achievement gap.
  • You share our vision to reimagine what schools should be and are excited to make an impact on the public education landscape.
  • You are positive and resilient in the face of big challenges.
  • You possess strong people management skills, with the ability to motivate, inspire, develop, and collaborate with a diverse group of teachers, leaders, staff members, and community members.
  • You have an ability to apply honest, actionable, and timely feedback that results in improved performance.
  • You are empathetic and culturally competent. You’re open to having hard conversations.
  • You thrive in innovative environments and are comfortable with the ambiguity that can come with a dynamic and progressive workplace.
  • You’re committed to continuous improvement, see feedback as a positive, and have a growth mindset.

What You Get:

Summit offers competitive salaries and benefit options for full-time employees, including covering 75% of the health, dental and vision plan costs. We fully cover life and disability insurance. We have a “take what you need” PTO policy, 11 paid holidays and 3 week-long organizational closures during the year.

We strive to recruit a diverse team. Summit Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, parenthood, citizenship status, creed, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Summit will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Spanish language proficiency is a plus.

 

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