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Director of Scholar Support (Special Education)

Achievement Prep Public Charter Schools
Washington, DC
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description: DIRECTOR OF SCHOLAR SUPPORTWho We AreAchievement Prep is an award-winning college-preparatory public charter school network committed to historically underserved communities of Southeast Washington, DC. Our flagship middle school, which opened in 2008, serves approximately 500 scholars in 4th – 8th grade. Opening in 2013, our elementary school, serves approximately 350 scholars in K – 3rd grade. It also includes an early childhood partnership with AppleTree Institute, which serves approximately 160 preK3 and preK4 scholars. Our mission is to prepare students to excel as high-achieving scholars and leaders in high school, college and beyond. What You Will DoThe Director of Scholar Support (DSS) is responsible for the administration and supervision of the network’s special education (scholar support) program and services. S/he serves as a leader in the implementation of Achievement Prep’s scholar support policies and procedures and works cooperatively with all instructional leaders, campus-based Scholar Support Coordinators, staff and families to provide an appropriate education program for scholars with disabilities (Star Scholars). The Director of Scholar Support is responsible for ensuring that all Star Scholars make college-ready growth in all academic areas as measured by internal and external assessments. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, you will: Strategic LeadershipDevelop and manage the Scholar Support program, implementation plan, and calendar in order to coordinate scholar support services across the entire networkEstablish, communicate, and monitor a network-wide philosophy of least restrictive environment for serving Star ScholarsGuide the development and implementation of long-range and short-range plans for achieving scholar support goals and objectives in alignment with the network’s strategic planMonitor the development and implementation of all aspects of the scholar support program process to be implemented at campusesEnsure Scholar Support Teachers (SST) develop and implement IEPs and 504 plans that are aligned to scholar needs and meeting determinationsCollaborate with school-based and network office leaders regarding the discipline of Star ScholarsRespond to concerns of parents, teachers, building and Network office leaders, and community membersServe as the network’s liaison in all matters concerning scholar supportManage all grants related to special educationFacilitate the delivery of services to Star Scholars among multiple external providersDevelop RFPs, hire, and manage contracts for tutors, legal counsel, and related service providersWork with Network Academic team to select resources and materials for scholar support programmingRepresent Achievement Prep at all local and regional special education meetings, obligations and other commitmentsFormulate policies and procedures for new or existing programs and activities (i.e. inclusion model, pull out, etc.)Conduct regular network-wide scholar support leadership meetings and professional developmentSupport all school-level scholar support staff, as needed and requested by campus leadershipCoach, develop, and manage the campus-based Case Managers and Behavior Support Therapists Compliance & AccountabilityServe as LEA point of contact for state compliance, DC CATS, QLIK, SLED, and MedicaidDirect, monitor, and manage all Achievement Prep schools for compliance with state and federal laws; ensuring consistent, failsafe, and quality documentation from school to schoolProvide comprehensive, holistic reporting of scholar performance data in internal and external systemsEnsure all records are effectively maintained and timelines are consistently met for initial evaluations, annuals, and triennialsEvaluate school level scholar support programs to ensure that objectives for scholars’ education are metOversee any change in placement request with the Office of State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and participate in all meetings regarding the sameWork with network and campus based teams around enrollment of Star Scholars and submit monthly reports of enrollment of Star Scholars Ensure scholars with IEPs are updated in state databases and student information systemsCreate an annual internal scholar support review processCreate and refine scholar support forms as neededServe as direct point of contact for SPED legal counselLead due process cases and, when necessary, be present at contentious IEP meetingsEnsure network-wide adherence to state and federal regulations as it pertains to special education services and/or supportsCoordinate Part C to B (early childhood to kindergarten transition)Provide accurate and timely data to OSSE and the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board (PCSB)Oversee, monitor, and case manage non-public placements of Achievement Prep scholars “Wind In The Sails” Support for SchoolsBe on campus from at least 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM dailyProvide leadership to all staff and scholars in establishing a positive, structured, and achievement-oriented school culture Participate regularly in projects and initiatives that integrate Network Office staff into schoolsSupport “all-hands-on-deck” times for schools: beginning of school year, standardized testing, etc.Maintain a culture centered on our ethos and core values of Determination, Respect, Enthusiasm, Accountability, and MasteryExhibit an unwavering commitment to high academic achievement and character development in our scholarsReceive continuous feedback from peers and school leaders on your practice and be expected to give the sameManage time, tasks, deadlines and responsibilities in a fast-paced environment and hold others accountable for the same Be willing to take on additional responsibilities as necessary to fulfill Achievement Prep’s mission for our scholars You Must HaveBachelor’s degreeSpecial education certification OR Bachelor’s degree in special education3+ years of experience in special education leadership: case management, SPED coordinator, SPED director3+ years serving children with disabilities children in historically underserved communitiesIn-depth knowledge of District of Columbia special education laws and regulations It Would Be Nice for Your to HaveMaster’s degree in special education or educational leadership Who You AreYou know and understand the power of education and have seen, first hand, that power manifested either in your life or in the lives of others. You are committed to serving historically underserved communities knowing that your work is part of a larger ecosystem committed to change. You believe in a quality public education for all and are determined to serve every child that comes your way. You are unapologetically mission driven and will do whatever it takes to advance the work and ensure scholar achievement. You are excited about not just the work, but doing the work at Achievement Prep. You are familiar with our community and are not afraid of or by all the beauty and challenges that come with living in impoverished communities. You value and respect everyone and demonstrate that respect in words and actions. You know while there are no excuses in this work, the scholars we serve require a leader who will ensure differentiation for all yet keep excellence the bar that is maintained at all times. You know you are the driver of special education services for Star Scholars and your leadership is critical to improving scholar achievement. You are well versed in the ins and outs of special education in the District of Columbia and use that knowledge to best serve our Star Scholars and their families. You know culture and instruction are inextricably linked, with the establishment of a strong culture taking precedence in order to promote an environment that is 100% conducive to learning. You know that deficits (present in adults and/or scholars) are representative of skill gaps until clear evidence proves otherwise, and therefore individuals deserve to be developed to meet their potential. You believe in our families and know it is your job to ensure they are fully educated and informed about their rights and the rights of their scholar. You respect timelines and know that meeting the same are not optional or to be taken for granted. You are open to feedback, eager to grow, and bring your best to everything you do. You know the work isn’t easy and don’t expect for it to be. The grind of our mission ignites you. You are not only capable of performing but thrive in circumstances involving ambiguity and nuance. You look for or create the joy in your day-to-day and want to work with others who do, too. What We Value100% Scholars: You prioritize what’s best for scholars first.Results Without Excuses: You set, track and achieve ambitious goals; and you own the mistakes.Sweat the Small Stuff: You pay attention to the smallest details to ensure smooth, predictable, and effective outcomes.Community Matters – Mightily: You show care and respect for others – even when the work is taxing.Unapologetically Mission-Driven: You have a “whatever it takes” mentality in achieving the mission. Many Minds, One Mission: You value and partner with parents and the community for the good of scholars. What You GetDevelopment: Ongoing weekly or bi-weekly coaching and development from direct supervisorRegular internal professional development tailored to the requirements of the position and staff needsOpportunities to participate in external professional development that increases effectiveness in the roleCompensation & Benefits: Achievement Prep offers highly competitive compensation and benefitsMedical, vision, dental benefitsFlexible spending accounts for transit, dependent care, and medical expenses401k with automatic immediate employer matching up to 4%It Pays to Stay: Upon completion of 2 full school years of service, employees become eligible for annual loyalty incentivesGifts and Achievemen

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