ABOUT ALLIANCE COLLEGE-READY PUBLIC SCHOOLS:
Alliance College-Ready Public Schools is the largest nonprofit charter organization in Los Angeles, serving 12,000 low-income students across 27 free, public charter high schools and middle schools. Alliance schools significantly outperform traditional public schools across almost every measure; for example, 90% of Alliance students graduate high school in four years and 95% of Alliance graduates have been accepted to college. We are committed to hiring the most dedicated, qualified, and talented teachers, school leaders, and staff to join our team and serve our students.
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY:
The Special Education Coordinator is an integral part of the school’s instructional leadership team and responsible for overseeing programs that provide educational assistance to children with mental, psychological, learning, behavioral or physical disabilities. With specialized expertise in the instruction of students with special learning needs within or outside the mainstream classroom, the Coordinator collaborates with the site administrator and teachers to ensure that the needs of all students are met. The Coordinator works under the direction of the school site principal and Director of Special Education to develop a comprehensive suite of resources and processes for the identification, placement, and support of students across the spectrum of academic ability. In addition, the Special Education Coordinator will maintain and monitor special education data for the school site.
- Maintain and develop knowledge of current Special Education regulations and best practices
- Provide professional development, consultation and resources to special education teachers regarding placement, curriculum, and procedures.
- Analyze assessment results to drive instruction and IEP development
- Schedule and facilitate IEP meetings in a collaborative and professional manner and translate meetings when necessary
- Support general education teachers and administrators in implementation of appropriate strategies to meet the needs of students with IEPs
- Create and maintain Special Education documentation as required by federal, state, district, and CMO regulations (e.g. LAUSD SELPA).
- Develop and assist with appropriate behavior management techniques for students with behavioral needs
- Mentor and Coach Education Specialists at assigned school site.
- Manage school’s caseload and/or provide guidance to education specialists at the site on the development of Individual Education Programs and Individual Transition Plans in accordance with federal, state and district standards
- Manage and maintain 100% compliance of school’s IEP caseload in district’s data management program (i.e. Welligent, SEIS)
- Ensure IEP timeline compliance of caseload
- Complete monthly Alliance internal reporting documents for assigned site (e.g. 200 and 300 report)
- Manage relationships with outside vendors to ensure students receive all individually prearranged IEPs services (i.e. Occupational Therapy, Language and Speech, etc.)
- Develop positive relationships with parents and families in order to engage them in the IEP process and keep them updated of student progress
- Influence the Response to intervention (RTI) and Student Success Team (SST) process
- Manage and/or assist with the development of 504 plans at assigned site
- Other duties/projects as assigned by school administrator and/or the Alliance Director of Special Education
Oversee Special Education Data Systems
- Analyze Alliance achievement data to identify special education programs and service needs.
- Assist with IEP data for LAUSD SELPA.
- Maintain and monitor caseload compliance in Welligent/SEIS.
- Update special education student’s information data systems.
- Track and monitor grades, and other achievement data for students in the special education program
- Assist with other duties as assigned.
Generally, any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and skills for successful performance would be qualifying. A typical method of demonstrating these requirements would be:
Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Special Education or related field.
- 3+ years of experience working with students with special needs.
- 1+ years of experience coaching and observing teachers (Leadership role – Department Chair, Mentor Teacher, etc.).
LICENSES OR CERTIFICATES:
- Valid California Education Specialist Credential is required.
- Administrative Credential preferred
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
- Knowledge and ability to communicate federal and state laws and procedures, codes, regulations and requirements pertaining to areas of assigned responsibility for special education.
- Special Education law, legal issues, curriculum development, and instructional strategies
- Ability to interpret and apply policies and procedures.
- Principles, practices, methods, and techniques applicable to Special Education and SELPAs
- Knowledge of methods to collect, assembles and analyzes data, prepare reports, and monitor progress.
- Knowledge of principles, practices, methods and strategies applicable to special education curriculum development and strategies for implementation.
- Establish effective working relationships with staff, district personnel, other agencies and the public.
- Ability to observe individuals and environments; facilitate and participate in-group processes; prepare written documents; address large and small groups; make provide feedback, recommendations and implementing remediation strategies.
- Ability to deliver engaging, meaningful, and actionable professional development to teachers.
- Excellent skills in time management and multi-tasking.
Alliance College-Ready Public Schools prides itself in offering its employees a competitive salary and a rich group benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision coverage for the employee and her/his eligible dependents. Retirement benefits are also offered and include a generous employer match/contribution.
Alliance College-Ready Public Schools are free public charter schools which do not discriminate against any student, parent, community member, or employee on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.
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