Senior Director of Strategy & Operations for Special Education (SPED)

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Senior Director of Strategy & Operations for Special Education (SPED)

Posted date
August 22, 2019

New York City, NY

Flexible Location
Employment Type

Location for this role is flexible: NYC, Newark, Camden, Boston, Troy, or Rochester, NY

General Summary

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The Special Education (SPED) Leader will lead a team of six regional directors who will work collaboratively to ensure that all students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), 504 plans and English Language Learners (ELLs) thrive academically, socially, and emotionally during their k-12 school experience and in their post-secondary lives. The SPED Leader will manage each regional SPED director to draft a long-range plan that provides students the opportunity to learn in a least restrictive environment providing supplemental services, integrated co-teaching, and self-contained according to each student’s needs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Execute on a vision for how regional team and schools support SPED and ELL students to meet ambitious achievement and persistence goals
Develop long and short-range ELL and SPED plans/programs and annual budget for the purpose of ensuring that each region’s resources are effectively utilized, and to improve student achievement for all students
Develop a human capital strategy and pipeline that will ensure Uncommon has a strong pool of certified SPED and ELL teachers, with content expertise, year over year
Establish a vision and strategy for the professional development of SPED and ELL Teachers and leaders, as well as General Education Teachers who teach SPED and ELL students, including coaching and professional development
Develop systems to track and monitor progress of students with special needs in order to accurately communicate the progress with key stakeholders (students, staff, and families)
Secure and distribute exemplary curriculum for self-contained, modified classes for k-12 I
In coordination with outside council, provide risk management analysis
Ensure schools have access to the systems, support and training needed to execute on district and state compliance requirements for SPED and ELL students
Promote the integration of career research and work-based learning opportunities into CTE and academic courses
Promote the use of technology for career planning and research
Design a rigorous high school program for overage, under credited high school students. This includes a pathway to a high school diploma and a non-traditional, post-secondary program
Develop clear and informative school quality reporting metrics to share reports regularly with appropriate stakeholders that will generate discussions for data driven decisions about curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices that improve student achievement


Preferred Qualifications

Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Superior interpersonal skills
Ability to research and quickly develop knowledge of state law with regard to ELL and SPED students in Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York
A self-starter who possess strong analytical and problem-solving skills
Strong long-range strategic planning and budget development skills
Demonstrated ability to organize and work independently as a leader and as part of a team
Strong relationship builder who will form bonds with regional directors, school leaders, SPED coordinators, Executive Team and local advocacy groups

Education & Experience Required

Requires a bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree preferred.
Experience in a K-12 education as a senior leader
Deep familiarity with the Instructional and Operational Components of Special Education and English Language Learners
Budget development and financial management experience
Experience in leading change management in a large organization
Travel between Uncommon's regions is required

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