Director of Diverse Learners (Special Education)

Summit Public Schools - Redwood City, California - Full time

Director of Diverse Learners (Special Education)

The Director(s) of Diverse Learners collaborate to serve as experts on special education for all faculty at Summit Public Schools.

The Director of Diverse Learners is responsible for researching, developing, and implementing an outstanding competency-based curriculum for Summit’s schools and conducting professional development opportunities for faculty. Additionally, the Director of Diverse Learners develops and maintains systems for documenting and using diverse learner data, ensuring that all schools are providing exceptional, compliant services to students with IEPs and their families.

The ideal candidate has deep experience in special education, cultural competency, excellent communication skills both written and verbal, superb attention to detail when completing large-scale tasks, and is devoted to providing a high-quality, consistent anti-bias antiracist experience for students, families, and members of the Summit Schools faculty.

This position will require travel to Summit Public Schools throughout the Bay Area, CA and Seattle-Tacoma area, WA.

Who We Are:

What if all students graduated high school with the knowledge, skills and habits they need to lead a fulfilled life? This is the question that guides our mission at Summit Public Schools.

Summit is a leading network of public schools that prepare a diverse student population for success in a four-year college and to be thoughtful, contributing members of society. We operate 14 schools serving over 4,500 students in the Bay Area and Washington state. 100% of Summit graduates are college ready and Summit graduates complete college at double the national average.

We need exceptional, diverse, and mission-aligned teachers to join our team to help prepare our students for a fulfilled life. Join us!

What You’ll Do:

Strategy and Program Implementation

  • Lead the development, implementation, and communication of a vision and strategy for the diverse learner program across the organization.
  • Leverage deep knowledge of Summit’s instructional design to ensure that personalization meets the needs of all students in alignment with IDEA.
  • Lead the development of anti-biased antiracist diverse learner policies and procedures to ensure all students’ needs are met.
  • Develop diverse learner program budget, including federal, state, and local grants that informs individualized school budgets based on school-specific population and needs.
  • Act as a strategic partner for general and diverse learner teams, as well as the greater community - including professional development, consultancies, meeting facilitation, etc.
  • Design, scale, and evaluate continuous improvement innovations based in data and aligned to organizational mission and vision.
  • Serve as an advocate for students and families of students with IEPs.

People Management

  • Recruit, hire, manage and develop a team of highly skilled Program Specialists who support site-based teachers of diverse learners.
  • Facilitate the delivery of services among multiple external providers by researching, evaluating and selecting the highest-quality providers and acting as the liaison among external partners working with Summit students with IEPs.
  • Partner with site administrators to recruit, hire, develop, and retain effective teachers of diverse learners.
  • Facilitate restorative conflict resolution strategies with IEP teams to resolve disputes related to diverse learner needs and services.

Capacity Building

  • Develop vision, strategic plan, and implementation of evidence based practices for specially designed instruction to maintain high quality across all Summit sites.
  • Design, plan, and implement professional development for teachers and program specialists differentiated to meet a range of professional learning needs.
  • Design, plan, and implement diverse learner new employee orientation and onboarding experiences.
  • Identify trends in practices and collaborate with stakeholders to develop and implement targeted professional development based in data and aligned to organizational mission and vision.

Values-based Compliance

  • Research and leverage deep knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, and policies that impact diverse learners.
  • Audit and assess current diverse learner programs against federal, state and local requirements to develop, manage and evaluate continuous improvement.
  • Monitor, evaluate, and provide strategic partnership to Executive Directors on appropriate staff-to-student ratio for diverse learners.
  • Effectively collaborate with local SELPA(s) in accordance with Summit’s organizational values and standards in addition to the responsibilities and practices of Charter SELPA partners.
  • Represent the interests of Summit Public Schools by ensuring Summit’s public commitment to high ethical standards and practices.
  • Ensure the overall accuracy of data in all information systems related to students with IEPs.

Other duties as assigned to ensure overall diverse learner program effectiveness.

What You Need:

Key Qualities and Skills

  • Commitment to uphold Summit’s values, belief that all children deserve a rigorous and equitable education that prepares them for college and for life.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Master’s Degree in Special Education or in a related field is required.
  • A Teaching Credential in California or another US state is required, as is prior teaching experience.
  • An Administrative Credential in California, Washington, or another US State is required.
  • 8+ years of specialized experience related to this position’s responsibilities; this can be defined as managing instruction, legal, fiscal, and behavioral aspects of special education programs; or designing special education programming and delivery systems.
  • Proficiency in Google Platforms, including Google Drive, Google Sheets, Google Docs, and Google Slides.
  • Clear health and background check.

Who You Are:

About You

  • You maintain high expectations for all students and believe all students can find success in school, college, and life.
  • You thrive while collaborating and are excited to work with your colleagues. You find positivity in share successes.
  • You’re deeply dedicated to social justice and feel motivated by the challenge and impact of working in a heterogeneous community and closing the achievement gap.
  • You share our vision to reimagine what schools should be and are excited to make an impact on the public education landscape.
  • You are positive and resilient in the face of big challenges.
  • You possess strong people management skills, with the ability to motivate, inspire, develop, and collaborate with a diverse group of teachers, leaders, staff members, and community members.
  • You have an ability to apply honest, actionable, and timely feedback that results in improved performance.
  • You are empathetic and culturally competent. You’re open to having hard conversations.
  • You thrive in innovative environments and are comfortable with the ambiguity that can come with a dynamic and progressive workplace.
  • You’re committed to continuous improvement, see feedback as a positive, and have a growth mindset.

What You Get:

In addition to joining a highly motivated team and engaging in meaningful work, you’ll have access to a comprehensive suite of benefits including a retirement plan, unlimited “take what you need” PTO policy, 11 paid holidays, and 3 weeks of organization-wide closures during the year. You and your dependents will have access to multiple health, dental, and vision plans at 25% cost (we cover the other 75%) and employee life and disability insurance at no cost. Our compensation policy strives to be equitable and transparent. The salary for this position starts at $125,310 and goes up to $164,899 commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Summit is an equal opportunity employer. We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are directly intertwined with education. We are ALL better when we are able to bring our whole selves to work and honor each other’s voices across identities, cultural backgrounds, and life experiences. We welcome and encourage applications from individuals who are members of historically marginalized communities. Spanish language proficiency is a plus.

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Special Education Teacher

Experience Level

Mid Level

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