JOB SUMMARY: Serves as administrator in charge in the absence of the principal; represents the principal at designated meetings and instructional programs.
- Creates, maintains, and facilitates school improvement initiatives outlined in the school improvement plan.
- Assists the Principal in supervision and evaluation of educators and related service professionals in the Learning Academy in Springfield.
- Assists the Director of Behavioral Health and Principal in oversight of the Hope Therapeutic Day Academy.
- Ensures continuous updates of the Student Information System (SIS).
- Assists Principal in acquiring substitute teaching staff.
- Plays an active role in the quality assurance of the Learning Academy in Springfield including observations, feedback, and documentation.
- In conjunction with the Principal, ensures appropriate alternate assessments/testing are completed for each student.
- In conjunction with the Director of Outreach, ensures appropriate admission and placement of students.
- Researches learning opportunities and leading-edge prospects to bring to the Learning Academy to best equip our students for their independence.
- In coordination with the Principal, provides appropriate discipline to teachers and LTAs.
- Assess the implementation and efficacy of curriculum in classrooms.
- Assists Principal in meeting coverage including but not limited to rounds, best placement, referral review, etc.
- Assists in the supervision of the Hope Vocational Academy.
- Assists the Principal in the process of accreditation.
- Assumes responsibility as a mandated reporter concerning incidents of alleged abuse or neglect of individuals served by Hope, as outlined in our agency’s policies and procedures.
- Performs all other duties as required or assigned.
Work is performed in indoor settings in a typical office climate.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Demonstrates success in working with multiple stakeholder groups on issues of consensus building, policy formation, and system and network development.
- Knowledge of autism resources and services. Superior communication skills and professional demeanor. Ability to elicit cooperation and maintain productive working relationships with internal and external contacts.
- Excellent presentation skills with ability to represent organizations at high level meetings and governmental agencies. Understanding of concepts, practices, and procedures of non-profit, social service, educational and health care sectors.
- Knowledge and experience in implementing current educational best practices, instructional models, including use of ongoing assessments and the ability to analyze data, utilize results, develop programs to enhance instruction and student achievement.
- Knowledge of Special Education regulations.
- Ability to work as part of a team of educators, clinicians, and medical professionals to ensure the best quality of education for each child.
TRAINING, ACADEMIC AND EXPERIENTIAL REQUIREMENTS
- A valid Type 75 State of Illinois Administrative Certificate with the General Administrative Endorsement.
- A minimum of 5 years teaching experience.
- Expertise in the implementation of programs and services for diverse learners. These programs include IEP process, professional development, curriculum development, and Student Information System (SIS).
- Ability and experience in providing appropriate feedback to professionals as necessary to guide best practices.
- Knowledge in the provision of clinical services for diverse learners.
- Experience with organizing information, analyzing, and documentation of data.