Managing Director of Student Services

Caliber Public Schools - Richmond, California - Full time

About Caliber Public Schools

Caliber’s Mission is to achieve educational equity by shifting the experiences, expectations and outcomes for students in historically underserved communities. Our strengths-based educational program validates, affirms, respects and supports students, families and staff members to reach their full potential. Caliber graduates will be academically college ready; have emotional intelligence or ‘EQ’; be critical thinkers, and have the skills and desire to be changemakers in their communities and the world..

Caliber’s four graduate pillars--Heart, Smart, Think, Act--guide our work. Caliber teaches computer science as a core academic subject K-8th grade to directly challenge the inequitable presence of women and underrepresented minorities in the computer science industry. We are a community-based organization and celebrate the diversity of the communities we serve. Our parents are active partners; frequently engaging through school events, restorative practices, and academic support.

As we grow, we are looking for educators and leaders who want the opportunity to use their voice to build something new; to be a part of a team that's building something from the ground up. Our first school, Beta Academy in Richmond, CA, opened in 2014 and ChangeMakers Academy in Vallejo, CA opened in fall 2016. We plan to open additional schools in future years as we grow to nearly 4,000 seats K-12 in the Bay Area.

Caliber staff are committed to a culture of feedback, development and continuous improvement. They validate and affirm the identities, strengths and passions of each person. Staff know that it is everyone’s collective responsibility to work in service of and alongside our school communities. We approach situations and people with empathy and kindness.

Position Summary:

We are always looking for compassionate, exceptional educators and leaders to join our team. The Director of Student Services who will work through Program Specialists, Education Specialists and Mental Health team 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.

While this job description is comprehensive, due to the dynamic nature of the work it is not exhaustive. Your responsibilities may change based on school needs, additional opportunities that arise, or as aligned to individual development goals.

The Director of Student Services reports to the Chief Executive Officer. This role is required to be in person for the 21-22 school year.

Responsibilities:

Manage Program Specialists

  • Coach on management strategies and responses
  • Provide feedback on special education 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 special education programs and services

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

Provide Special Education Expertise and Oversee Special Education Programming

  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of changes in Special Education programming and policies
  • Manage SELPA
  • Manage referral processes for Special Education designations
  • Maintain awareness of student data and record-keeping
  • Support schools in identifying aligned services

Recruitment and Hiring

  • Support school sites in recruiting and hiring Program and Education Specialists
  • Support school sites in recruiting and hiring Clinicians and other mental health staff
  • Support the talent team in creating rigorous interview processes for student services roles

Mental Health and Student Services

  • Provide support and training to mental health staff including clinicians, psychologists, and the Directors of Mental Health
  • Oversee mental health and students services teams to ensure students needs are being met across campuses
  • Work with external contractors to support licensing for clinicians and other mental health staff

School Climate and Culture

  • Support in resolution of parent disputes
  • Support teams in creating a culture of acceptance for all students on our campuses

Other duties as assigned

Experience:

  • 3-5 years of 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

Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Valid California Education Specialist Instruction Credential preferred
  • PPS or other valid Clinical license preferred

Salary scales are based on years of experience and expertise. Scales are competitive with other charter school organizations and local districts.

More information about Caliber Public Schools can be found at www.caliberschools.org.

Caliber Public Schools provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

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Role

K12 School Operations

Experience Level

Mid Level

Caliber Public Schools

Caliber's mission is to shift the experiences, expectations, and outcomes for students in historically underserved communities. We provide students with a challenging and engaging education that equips them with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in colleges, careers, and communities.
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