Director of Special Education

Caliber Schools - Richmond, California - Full time

We are always looking for compassionate, exceptional educators and leaders to join our team. The Director of Special Education will work through Program Specialists and Education Specialists to ensure all Caliber students receiving Special Education support services meet their goals as outlined in their Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and otherwise. The Director of Special Education will lead through the four Caliber graduate profile pillars: Heart, Smart, Think, and Act. The Director of Special Education is data-driven, and will leverage both qualitative and quantitative data to ensure Caliber fulfills the commitments and promises to students and families as outlined in the Caliber Schools mission and vision. The Director of Special Education is a high-level manager, and will equitably support the development of all members of Special Education teams across the network.

The Director of Special Education reports to the Chief Schools Officer.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage Program Specialists
    • Coach on management strategies and responses
    • Provide feedback on program through data and compliance reporting
    • Support with Special Education content knowledge and skills
    • Build leadership and decision-making capacity
    • Collaborate and thought partner to support the effectiveness of school programs
  • Coordinate programs and services
    • Ensure school sites have resources to comprehensively deliver on IEPs
    • Monitor program compliance across schools
    • Create effective systems and communicate efficiently
  • Negotiate master contracts
  • Along with Chief Operations Officer, manage the budget in accordance with the needs of Caliber students
  • Support in resolving parent disputes
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of changes in Special Education programming and policies
  • Support school sites in recruiting and hiring Program and Education Specialists
  • Manage SELPA
  • Manage referral processes for Special Education designations
    • Maintain awareness of student data and record-keeping
    • Support schools in identifying aligned services

Values:

The Director of Special Education is someone who actively embodies the Caliber School values. This person:

  • Is committed to a culture of feedback, development and continuous improvement.
  • Validates and affirms the identities, strengths and passions of each person.
  • Believes in collective responsibility to work in service of and alongside our school communities.
  • Approaches situations and people with empathy and kindness.

Qualifications:

Experience:

  • Experience working in a school setting with individuals who receive Special Education services.
  • Experience managing teams across multiple locations
  • Experience with Special Education compliance and law
  • A proven track record of improving student achievement, with data documenting improved student outcomes
  • Demonstrated success developing school Special Education programs and building strong student culture
  • A proven track record of success in managing people and teams, coaching teachers to improve student outcomes, and building a positive and collaborative adult culture

Skills:

  • Communicates effectively with others by sharing ideas directly and respectfully while advocating for Special Education needs
  • Navigates interpersonal dynamics with teams, colleagues and stakeholders with ease
  • Builds strong relationships with an appetite for, and ability to, engage families and community members
  • Excels in cultural competency with at-risk students and families
  • Manages multiple priorities simultaneously to accomplish urgent and important tasks
  • Detail-oriented and highly organized with the ability to see the “big picture”
  • Highly collaborative and team-oriented
  • Data-driven with ability to interpret and organize data
  • Bilingual in Spanish, preferred

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Role

Special Education Teacher

Experience Level

Mid Level

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