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Special Education Director

Western School of Science and Technology
Phoenix, AZ
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description

Western School of Science and Technology: A Challenge Foundation Academy exists to transform Maryvale by improving low-income west Phoenix students’ opportunities for advancement in the new, global, technological economy by providing needed preparation for the academic rigors of college graduation leading to career success.

Benefits

We believe that teachers are at the heart of carrying out the mission of Western and we have sought and will continue to seek to add to the list of benefits offered to our teachers and staff. 

  • Free employee medical insurance*

  • Free employee dental insurance*

  • Free employee vision insurance*

  • Free mental health supports dental 

  • Qualification for 3% employer-match safe harbor 401(k).

  • Bonuses awarded yearly based on performance and longevity 

  • $500 toward personalized professional development. 

  • School Laptop

  • All supplies and materials for your classroom/office will be provided by Western. Teachers are not expected to pay out of pocket for any needed items.

*50% of dependent medical, dental, and vision monthly premiums covered)

 

Requirements

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in education or a comparable field

  • Valid Special Education teacher certification

  • Valid Arizona IVP fingerprint clearance card

  • Excellent communication skills (written and spoken)

  • Passion for working with families living in low-income urban Phoenix communities

  • preferred: Bilingual: Spanish/English 

  • optional: Arizona Highly Qualified status (college degree, passed ADE-approved reading test)

  • optional: Master’s Degree 



 

General Statement of Responsibilities:

The Director of Special Education is responsible for implementing and maintaining grades 7-12 Special Education programs and services in conformance to school, state, and federal objectives and laws; planning, designing, and implementing all phases of service provided by the Special Education staff; serving as a resource to patrons, school personnel, and the Board.

 

Responsibilities and Duties:  

  • Provides leadership and vision to ensure continuous organizational development and improvement. 

  • Keeps abreast of community services and resources; develops partnerships with parents, businesses/organizations, and other agencies in order to build awareness, develop support, and share resources. 

  •  Collaborates effectively with School staff, families, special education teachers, and the community for the purpose of planning, developing, implementing, maintaining, and evaluating educational services and/or programs.  

  • Sets staffing levels for school special education programs for the purpose of providing services with fiscal efficiency.  

  • Directs and manages personnel, for the purpose of delivering services which conform to established guidelines.                                                               

  • Evaluates school Special Education programs and monitors the implementation of special education and compliance with regulations for the purpose of carrying out and achieving objectives within area of responsibility. 

  • Facilitates meetings and processes, for the purpose of implementing and maintaining Special Education programs and services of the school which achieve desired objectives.

  • Implements assigned programs and/or projects for the purpose of conforming to district and state curriculum and/or instructional objectives.  

  • Manages fiscal resources from school funds and special education grants, prepares budgets and directs spending, and monitors maintenance of effort, for the purpose of fiscal efficiency in providing required services.  

  • Prepares documentation and reports data for the purpose of providing written support, conveying information, and complying with Federal and State regulations. 

  • Communicates information on programs, services, and regulations to school personnel, parents, and the Board for the purpose of understanding the programs. 

  • Manages special education complaints, for the purpose of providing required services.

  • Coordinates with outside agencies to provide services to students and staff, for the purpose of offering appropriate services. 

  • Supervises the training of special education instructional assistants for the purpose of assuring well-trained personnel.  

  • Maintains a high level of knowledge regarding developing special education issues, changes in the laws and case law, and educational methods of educating students with disabilities, for the purpose of managing an excellent special education program. 

  • Incorporates policies and procedures in accordance with laws and regulations.

  • Ensures that all practices in the school are legal and ethical for each student/family so that each child has the opportunity to achieve at a high level and be prepared for post-secondary success.

(These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.)

 

Essential Duties: 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the tasks, duties, knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. This is illustrative only and is not a comprehensive listing of all duties and tasks performed by employees in this role. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

Language Skills

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Able to communicate effectively with students, staff and families.  

 

Reasoning Ability

Ability to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral , or diagram form. Ability to address problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. 

 

Physical & Work Environment:

The employee regularly works indoors. 

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate

The employee may be exposed to machinery, potential physical harm, all outdoor weather conditions, hazardous chemicals and infectious diseases. 

 

Physical Demands

  • Stand for long periods of time (frequently)

  • Speak clearly so listeners can understand.

  • Understand the speech of another person.

  • See details of objects that are less than a few feet away.

  • See details of objects that are more than a few feet away.

  • Focus on one source of sound and ignore others.

  • Use fingers to grasp, move, or assemble small objects.

  • See differences between colors, shades, and brightness.

  • Hold the arm and hand in one position or hold the hand steady while moving the arm.

  • Use one or two hands to grasp, move, or assemble objects.

  • Hear sounds and recognize the difference between them.

 

Terms of Employment:

Exempt status

Sick/Personal & Vacation Leave

Benefits per Board Policy
 

Veterans and Teach for America alum are encouraged to apply

Western: CFA is an equal opportunity employer.

Company Description
Western School of Science and Technology: A Challenge Foundation Academy exists to transform Maryvale by improving low-income west Phoenix students’ opportunities for advancement in the new, global, technological economy by providing needed preparation for the academic rigors of college graduation leading to career success.

Benefits
We believe that teachers are at the heart of carrying out the mission of Western and we have sought and will continue to seek to add to the list of benefits offered to our teachers.

Starting teacher salary for teachers of $50,000
Free employee medical insurance*
Free employee dental insurance*
Free employee vision insurance*
Free mental health supports dental
Qualification for 3% employer-match safe harbor 401(k).
Bonuses awarded yearly based on performance and longevity
$500 toward personalized professional development.
School Laptop
All supplies and materials for your classroom will be provided by Western. Teachers are not expected to pay out of pocket for any needed items.
*50% of dependent medical, dental, and vision monthly premiums covered.

Western School of Science and Technology

Western School of Science and Technology: A Challenge Foundation Academy exists to transform Maryvale by improving low-income west Phoenix students’ opportunities for advancement in the new, global, technological economy by providing needed preparation for the academic rigors of college graduation leading to career success.

Address

Phoenix, AZ
USA

Industry

Education

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