Vice President, Student Support

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Vice President, Student Support

Posted date
February 7, 2018

Los Angeles, CA

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Alliance College-Ready Public Schools is the largest nonprofit charter organization in Los Angeles, serving 12,500 low-income students across 28 free, public charter high schools and middle schools. We’re a well-established charter network with a proven record of success in preparing our students for college. In the next phase of our evolution, we must strive to ensure that our students are set up for success in college and beyond. Now is the time to join us in working for long-lasting change for our scholars.


Join our team at Alliance and you can expect to be part of an inclusive and innovative organization deeply committed to preparing Los Angeles students for long-term success. We want talented people from diverse backgrounds and experiences who are motivated to unleash our scholars’ potential. We want strong collaborators, skilled communicators and avid problem solvers who are comfortable in a culture of continuous learning and who are excited to implement fresh


At Alliance, we believe that all of our students, including our most vulnerable, can achieve at a high level. The VP, Student Support, is charged with ensuring that our schools are able to meet students where they are and provide them with supports they need to achieve their full potential. As a member of Alliance’s academic division, the VP, Student Services, will report directly to the Chief Academic Officer and manage the division’s Special Education and English Language Learner teams. The ideal candidate will be a seasoned educator, with extensive experience as a teacher, school and systems leader designing and executing intervention and special programming for struggling students, including those who receive Special Education and English Language services. The VP, Student Support, must be a seasoned and innovative project manager with strong quantitative, strategic thinking, and communication skills and a proven ability to navigate complex, cross-functional issues and drive strong performance results.

The student support work will include designing a network-wide intervention and support services strategy and model, managing the day-to-day implementation of support services across the network, and using data to monitor and drive the performance of our most vulnerable students. The VP, Student Support, is ultimately accountable for ensuring that our schools are providing the academic, emotional and physical services necessary for all students to thrive within the school’s core academic program.


Support Services:

Design and lead the implementation of a network-wide, flexible intervention system and model that a diverse set of middle and high schools can opt into
Oversee the quality of Special Education and English Language programs, trainings and designated instructional services across the network
Provide consultation, support and technical assistance to Area Superintendents and site principals, and other staff on all educational, program and legal matters relating to student intervention services
Ensure accurate and timely compliance to LAUSD, state and federal regulations
Manage and develop the Director of Special Education and the Director of English Language Learners and their teams
As needed, serve as the charter representative on legal and due process proceedings involving Special Education and external meetings related to Special Education and English Language Learners


Education, Experience, and Skills

Valid and active California Teaching Credential.
Deep knowledge of exemplary teaching, with at least four years secondary teaching experience, preferably in high-need schools or with high-need populations, and a proven track record of raising student achievement.
Significant leadership and management experience at the school or district level overseeing Special Education and/or English Language Learner support services across multiple schools.
Expertise in effective and innovative student intervention systems and models, curriculum, assessment and instructional strategies for students not meeting grade-level expectations.
Knowledge of federal and state Special Education and/or EL regulations and effective systems to monitor network wide compliance.
Proven track record of effective leadership and ability to navigate complex issues and drive strong performance results is required.
Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders. Ability to effectively coach and mentor staff members, peers, and executive level officers.
Experience developing an engaged, diverse and effective team that delivers work of the highest quality and meets goals.
Superior oral and written communication skills with an ability to articulate a clear and compelling vision and lead others to implement it.
Proven track record of developing and implementing effective systems and processes at scale.
Comfort in and enthusiasm for using large amounts of data to drive decisions at the team, division, and organization levels.
Fluency with Excel, Word, PowerPoint and other business software (e.g., project management software).
Fit with Alliance Organizational Culture

Belief in Alliance’s mission that the charter movement must embrace and serve all students, especially those who struggle the most.
Ability to learn quickly and effectively function in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
Willingness to go above and beyond to contribute to the success of a dynamic team.
Flexible, optimistic approach, and comfort with change and ambiguity.
Commitment to the success of all Alliance students and specifically to raising the academic achievement of children in high-poverty communities.


Alliance is committed to a being a Best Place to Work, where employees find meaning and joy in their work every day, within a culture of collaboration, support, and excellence. Alliance is proud to offer the following benefits to Home Office employees:

Competitive salaries commensurate with experience.
A personalized health benefits package, built from a choice of medical, dental and vision coverage plans with a fully covered monthly premium for an individual employee (up to $750/month).
An employer-sponsored 403b plan annual contribution equal to 5% of your regular earnings, beginning immediately upon your start date.
Paid time off benefits that include an annual accrual of 15 vacation days and 10 sick days, in addition to 11 paid holidays and paid time off between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Employer-paid monthly parking benefit or the option of receiving a reimbursement for using public transportation or a stipend for walking or cycling to work.