Special Education Program Specialist
The Special Education Program Specialist plays a critical role in empowering Special Education teachers and site administrators to ensure that all Summit Public Schools are providing exceptional special education services to students and families.
The Program Specialist provides regional expertise, coaching, and modeling to develop highly effective classroom teachers, confident and compliant case-managers, and powerful influences in the lives of some of Summit Public Schools’ most at-risk students.
The ideal candidate is an experienced educator, specifically within the field of Special Education. The ideal candidate takes initiative, possesses excellent communication skills, thrives in a collaborative environment, and has a passion for facilitating personal and professional development experiences.
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:
Collaboration & Training
- Observe, consult with, and assist Education Specialists in planning, organizing and instructing students as well as developing IEPs.
- Assist site level administrators in supporting, training, and coaching special education teachers.
- Serve as a knowledgeable professional in the Individual Education Program (IEP) planning process.
- Act as LEA representative in IEP meetings.
- Act as induction coach or Support Provider (for Interns).
- Collaborate with Director of Special Education to develop and coordinate the delivery, and effectiveness of relevant professional development activities for specific special education staff.
Case Management & Programming
- Provide IEP case-management (ensure implementation of IEP, monitors progress on goals, designs IEP and facilitate meeting) for students in special education at each site (cap at 5 students per site).
- Provide direct service to individuals with exceptional needs on the bases of consultancy and intervention.
- Coordinate and develop plans for incoming students including Transition IEPs, students in private schools placements and transfer students who require interim IEPs.
- Plan program, coordinate curricular resources, and evaluate the effectiveness of programs for individuals with exceptional needs.
- Develop, implement, and revise behavior programs for identified students in accordance with best practice methodologies and procedures; provides ongoing monitoring of behavior programs, including individuals and group instruction.
- Develop and/or coordinate effective inclusive practices in curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
Data Management & Compliance
- Has knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, and policies related to special education.
- Develop data collection systems, monitor data collection and provide programmatic recommendations based upon results.
- Oversee referral for special education including responding to parent requests in accordance with legal requirements.
- Advise and consult with site level administration in determining appropriate offers of FAPE and 504 plans.
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 in one of the following: Education Specialist credential in Special Education; Speech and Language; or Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Psychology, Counseling, or Social Work.
- 5+ years teaching experience is required.
- Experience creating Individual Education Programs (IEPs), along with the ability to evaluate an IEP for legal compliance, is required.
- Proficiency in Google Platforms, including Google Drive, Google Sheets, Google Docs, and Google Slides.
- Clear health and background check.
Who You Are:
- 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.