Managing Director of Special Education

KIPP Philadelphia Public Schools, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Date PostedFebruary 08, 2019
IndustryK-12: Charter Schools
Job StatusFull-time
SalaryNot Specified
Description:

KIPP Philadelphia Schools (KPPS) is a network of free, public, open-enrollment schools for historically underserved students in Philadelphia, PA. Our mission is to develop the character, knowledge, and skills of our students so they will succeed in college, giving them the freedom to shape their futures and positively affect their communities. KPPS's vision is to achieve its mission at critical mass – a cluster of schools in Philadelphia – thereby reinvigorating public education in this city through the performance of its students and the leadership of its educators. KPPS currently operates six schools, and plans to expand to ten schools within the next five years, enrolling 4,400 students each year.

Position Overview
The Managing Director of Special Education (MDSE) sets the vision for special education and intervention programming and policy across all six KIPP Philly schools, ensuring that students with special needs have access to appropriate, high quality supports and resources. The MDSE ensures that school leaders and Assistant Principals of Student Support have the training, tools, and coaching they need to drive student growth and development while operating in compliance with all local, state and federal regulations. The MDSE will directly manage the Director of Special Education, will provide close and intensive support to school-based APs of Student Support and Compliance Managers, and will report directly to the Chief Academic Officer.



Key Responsibilities
Program Design

  • Set the vision of K-12 special education programming and accompanying systems across the region, including, but not limited to:
    • Response to Intervention processes
    • Tier 2 and Tier 3 curriculum
    • On-site emotional support programming
    • Off-site placement partnerships and protocols
    • Staffing models
  • Ensure systems and processes are in place to ensure KPPS is always operating in compliance with local, state, and federal law

Training & Direct Support
  • Work closely with the Director of Student Support to
    • train Assistant Principals of Student Support, Compliance Managers and Principals on core approaches, programming, and compliance protocols
    • to design and facilitate monthly professional development sessions for APs
    • to design and facilitate teacher-facing professional development sessions as needed
  • Observe and provide feedback to School Leadership teams on a regular basis
  • Conduct special education classroom walkthroughs on a regular basis as a means of gathering data and norming with school-based leaders
  • Manage and coach the Director of Special Education



Key Qualifications
  • A deep commitment to the mission of KIPP and an unwavering belief in the potential of our students
  • 2+ years of experience as an Assistant Principal of Special Education (or like role)
  • 2+ years of experience in a regional/district-level special education supervisory role
  • Track record of success in driving strong special education models, programming and/or effectively supporting special education staff to drive strong student outcomes
  • Experience using data to drive/support a tiered service delivery model (RTI)
  • Deep knowledge of intervention curricula and assessment
  • Deep knowledge of special education law in PA
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to exercise excellent judgment in decision-making
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Flexible and able to multi-task within a fast-moving, entrepreneurial environment, while also driving towards clarity, simplicity and solutions.


Compensation
Salary is competitive with other charter management organizations and is commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits package included.
To Apply
KIPP Philadelphia Schools is an equal opportunity employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state law.


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