Position Overview:

Summit Public Schools is seeking a Program Specialist who will play a critical role in empowering special education teachers and site administrators to ensure all students receive a free, appropriate and high quality public education in the least restrictive environment. This position 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 School’s most at-risk students. We are looking for a leader who will take initiative, enjoy the commitment to facilitating the development of others, and bring a strong desire to work collaboratively towards this endeavor.

Who we are:

Summit Public Schools is a leading charter management organization serving diverse communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington State with currently 11 schools serving over 2,400 students. Summit’s mission is to ensure that every student has the opportunity to not only attend, but succeed in, a four-year college or university. Driven by our unwavering commitment to our core values, Summit works every day to ensure our students are receiving a world-class education. We seek phenomenal individuals with the talents needed to transform children's lives, as well as those who are interested in working on the cutting edge of education. If you're excited by the prospect of transformative growth for yourself, as well as the students, schools, and communities we serve, Summit may be the place for you!

  • 99 percent of Summit students have been accepted to one or more four-year colleges, and its graduates are completing college at double the national average
  • Fast Company named Summit Public Schools a top 10 most innovative organization in education
  • Our two flagship schools, Summit Prep and Everest, are named among US News & World Report's Best High Schools of 2015, and also ranked among America's Most Challenging High Schools by the Washington Post

Summary of Responsibilities:

The Special Education Program Specialist primary responsibilities include:

  • 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)
  • 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, coordinates curricular resources, and evaluates effectiveness of programs for individuals with exceptional needs
  • Collaborate with Director of Special Education to develop and coordinate the delivery, and effectiveness of relevant professional development activities for specific special education staff
  • 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 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
  • Develop and/or coordinate effective inclusive practices in curriculum, instruction, and assessment

Key Qualities and Skills:

  • Knowledge of current laws and educational trends pertaining to individuals with disabilities
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to values-based compliance
  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively with parents and colleagues
  • Accomplished in strategic communication, orally as well as in writing
  • Demonstration of leadership ability, experience with providing honest, actionable, timely feedback, as well as conducting inservices.
  • Excellent ability to project manage in order to meet tight deadlines
  • Demonstrates flexibility, tenacity, resourcefulness, humility, and a growth mindset

Requirements:

  • This position requires possession of, or eligibility for 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
  • At least five years of teaching experience is recommended for individual applying for this position
  • Experience creating Individual Education Programs (“IEP”) along with the ability to evaluate an IEP for legal compliance is necessary
  • This position requires travel to multiple school sites per week, and, at times per day.
  • Applicants must meet health clearance, and pass the reference, background/criminal checks, per education code.  
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