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Associate Director of Special Education (Boston)
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POSITION


The Associate Director of Special Education will work to ensure that students who are at-risk for academic underperformance due to academic, emotional, and/or physical challenges can succeed in the rigorous academic programs within Uncommon Schools. The Associate Director of Special Education is a full-time or part time employee of Uncommon Schools; she/he is hired, supervised, evaluated by the Director of Special Education, in consultation with Uncommon’s network-based Associate Chief Operating Officer and Associate Managing Directors.





ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES


1. Responsible for ensuring that Uncommon’s schools provide the academic, emotional, and physical services for students who require additional support to thrive within the schools’ core academic programs, in conjunction with the schools’ instructional leaders.


2. Support with the coordination of summer and academic year staff professional development in the areas of special education, English language learner instruction, and at-risk student services, including:



  • Supporting with the coaching of school-based Special Education Coordinators, Learning Specialists, providers of related services (e.g., occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, social workers, counselors, etc.), and English language learner instructors.

  • Planning logistics for Professional Development.




3. Provide support to the school-based Special Education Coordinators in the following areas:

  • Identifying students’ needs for Special Education, English language learner instruction, and at-risk student services.

  • Monitoring accuracy of the lists of students reported to the state by through SEMS and working with the Network Director of Special Projects on data for PowerSchool and Edwin Analytics.

  • Designing differentiated instruction and administering rigorous, standards-based assessments to best serve students in need of Special Education, English language learner instruction, and at-risk student services.

  • Ensuring that all general education teachers know of, understand, and implement all classroom accommodations and modifications required by IEPs, 504 plans, and for English language learners and at-risk students as appropriate.

  • Monitoring compliance on IEP and ELL timelines for paperwork and assessment.




4. Work with the Director of Special Education regarding the sharing of best practices across Uncommon Schools, support of Special Education staff, and management of school-based crisis cases (e.g. formal complaints to the state, legal matters, and complex cases).


5. Coordinate, in collaboration with the Uncommon Schools Recruitment Team, the recruitment of full-time and part-time staff in the areas of Special Education, English language learner instruction, and at-risk student services.





ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS


Reports to the Director of Special Education. Works closely with Uncommon’s network-based Associate Chief Operating Officer and Associate Managing Directors, Principals, and school-based Special Education Coordinators and Teachers. Works with outside consultants/vendors.





QUALIFICATIONS


1. Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:



  • Passionate belief in the mission of Uncommon Schools;

  • Experience with providing services under and training in the IDEA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1974 and Title II of the ADA Act of 1990;

  • Demonstrated ability to develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with Special Education Coordinators, Special Education Teachers, providers of related services (e.g., occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, social workers, counselors, etc.), and English language learner instructors, as well as maintaining them over time;

  • Ability to handle complaints, settle disputes, and resolve grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiate with others;

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with demonstrated ability to speak and write clearly and persuasively;

  • Ability to comfortably present to and work effectively with a wide range of constituents;

  • Excellent organization, time management, and follow-up skills;

  • High sense of urgency;

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully handle multiple projects concurrently;

  • Ability to work independently;

  • Ability to constantly evaluate the effectiveness of Special Education services in Uncommon’s schools.




2. Minimum educational level:

  • Bachelor’s degree;

  • Special Education certification (preferred but not required).





3. Experience required:

  • Experience as teacher or coordinator of Special Education services preferred but not required.










COMPENSATION

We offer a generous compensation package. All staff members are equipped with the tools needed to succeed, including a dedicated work space, laptop computer, email, high-speed internet access, and all necessary supplies.





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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