High School MI Center Director (SMART, 2022-2023)

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High School MI Center Director (SMART, 2022-2023)

Posted date
May 23, 2022
School level

Denver, CO

Employment Type

Position: MI Center Director

Reports to: Principal and Director of Student Services: Intensive Needs

Location: STRIVE Prep SMART High School (Denver, CO)

Salary: $50,000-$69,000 based on years of experience and education. This role is eligible for a $2,000 addition to base salary for passing a language proficiency test for an approved language as well as a relocation bonus. You may also receive an additional $3,000 increase to base pay  for having one of the following licenses, SPED Education Generalist (5.02, 5.03, 5.04, 5.05, 5.08, 5.09).  You can see an estimate of your salary offer by visiting the calculator on our website. 

Status: Full time, exempt, in-person position

Start Date: August 1, 2022 for new hire orientation

STRIVE Prep is a Denver-based community of public charter schools that challenges every student to strive for college and thrive throughout life by helping them to discover and develop the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to succeed in college and beyond. We encourage you to read our 2021 Impact Report and learn more about what a career at STRIVE Prep is like here. 

We seek dedicated educators that live STRIVE Prep’s core values of achievement, justice, & perseverance every day and are committed to growing as an anti-racist educator.  


An unwavering commitment to anti-racist work including engaging in ongoing diversity, equity, & inclusion development.  
Bachelor’s Degree 
Colorado Teaching License with a Special Education endorsement
Experience working in a school setting with students with varied disabilities
Speaks Spanish and has experience working with bilingual students (Strongly preferred) 
Demonstrated success working with students of color (Strongly preferred) 


Case Management:

Create, review and implement Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) for a partial caseload, including scholars with emotional or behavioral needs.
Effectively progress monitor student achievement and gather evidence in order to deliver individualized instruction and supports that are aligned to students’ goals.
Establish systems and routines in order to create a safe, purposeful, and welcoming classroom environment.
Analyze student assessment data and use it to determine next steps.
Communicate regularly and often with families to both solicit their input and share student social and academic progress.


Lead a student advisory at the beginning and end of each school day, and serve as the main point of contact and advocate for students in an advisory of approximately 15 students.
Establish systems and routines in order to create a safe, purposeful, and welcoming classroom environment focused on learning...
Communicate regularly and often with families to both solicit their input and share student social and academic progress.
Provide supervision of students during before and after school activities (arrival, dismissal, breakfast, lunch, and break).
Participate in family and community events, including twice-annual parent conferences and at least one student enrollment event or activity.
Own the success and achievement of all scholars in the school.

Leadership and Coaching:

Build and manage a campus team of Special Educators that work together, collaborate, and problem-solve challenges.
Create and implement systems and structures that increase the efficiency, effectiveness, and cohesion of your team.
Coach and evaluate Special Education teachers on their instructional and case management processes.
Ensure compliance with IDEA by attending IEP meetings quarterly, consulting on cases as needed, reviewing completed IEPs, monitoring discipline data, and consulting with STRIVE’s Central Special Education Support and DPS Support Partner as needed.
Provide more intensive guidance and support to new Special Education teachers and onboard any mid-year hires.
Collaborate and communicate consistently with Central Support, school administrators, teachers, and district providers to ensure students with IEPs receive meaningful and legally required programming.
Participate in the Campus Instructional Leadership Team to act as the voice of the Special Education department and continuously drive the Special Education vision at the campus level.
Work with Special Education team and Central Support to assess gaps and needs and then deliver whole-school and Special Education-specific professional development needs to address those gaps.
Take on case management of any mid-year transfers and any Initial IEPs that are required throughout the year.
Participate in professional development throughout the school year.

Additional Duties

Other duties as assigned 


For most of our positions, we hire on a rolling basis. Therefore, we recommend that you submit your application as soon as you are able. Most processes include a 30 minute phone interview with a member of our Talent Team then a 1-2 hour final interview over Zoom unless otherwise noted by your interviewer. You can read more about our process as well as get tips on preparing for an interview here!  


Employee retention is a top priority at STRIVE Prep. Therefore we offer competitive compensation and benefits including the following:

Excellent Healthcare Plan: 100% of employee-only monthly premium paid by STRIVE Prep. 
Recognition for Years of Service: All STRIVE Prep employees will receive an additional $3,000 in their base salary after the 3rd year, 5th year, and 7th year of service at STRIVE Prep.  
Celebrated for Multilingual Abilities: We value our multilingual staff and the impact they have on our students and community. Therefore, staff that speak a language spoken by our families are eligible to receive an additional $2,000 to their base salary. 
Time Off To Refresh: Industry high 8+ weeks of annual vacation/PTO. Hard work is rewarded with ample time to refresh. 
Based on hire date, employees are eligible for up to 8 days of PTO 
All employees receive 2 floating religious holidays
All employees receive summer vacation based on work location and position
Community: Opportunity to work with passionate, mission-driven colleagues who are invested in your personal and professional growth. Join one of our Affinity Groups to build connections with staff across the network who share common identities. 
Career Support: Access to our Talent Team to support internal movement. We want you to grow your career at STRIVE!
Family & Well Being Focus: Parental and medical leave of 6 weeks paid and 6 weeks unpaid for a total of 12 weeks.
Mental Health Assistance: We value the wellness of our students and staff. That’s why we offer access to mental health support through our Employee Assistance Program with Optum. 
Resources and Development For Success: Equipment provided: laptop, Weekly coaching sessions 
Retirement Planning: Participation in the Colorado PERA retirement program, including a PERA 401k option.
For more information, you can view our compensation and benefits FAQ here. 


STRIVE Prep is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. STRIVE Prep works to make a college preparatory education for all students in our community the norm, rather than the exception. To achieve this we are committed to building and sustaining a diverse team by maintaining hiring and recruiting processes that are free from bias. 

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