Director of Special Education and English Language Learners, Brooklyn
- New York, NY, USA
- Hiring Start Time: Immediate Start (SY 20-21)
Uncommon Schools is a nonprofit network of high-performing charter public schools that are closing the academic achievement gap and preparing students from historically underserved communities for success in college and beyond. Uncommon currently manages 55 schools serving more than 20,000 students in six cities: Boston, Camden, New York City, Newark, Rochester, and Troy. Uncommon graduates persist in and graduate from college at rates far higher than their peers. We believe that every child deserves an outstanding education, and we are committed to working beyond the walls of our schools to achieve that goal through our professional development workshops, books, and district partnerships.
The primary responsibility of the Director of Special Education and English Language Learners is to ensure that all of Uncommon’s Brooklyn campuses are both effective at delivering the best possible education for students with special needs and English language learners and compliant with all state and federal regulations regarding special education.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Data Analysis, Budgeting and Strategic Planning:
- Collect, analyze, and present student achievement data using multiple measures to identify trends, areas of strength and areas for improvement.
- Analyze student work and behavioral interventions to identify both student, teacher, and support staff areas of support.
- Track progress of training for each special education coordinator on caseload.
- Make programmatic decisions based on opportunities presented in the data.
- Collaborate with the Data & IT Team to create or procure a data platform to house enrollment data, IEP data, staffing data and progress monitoring information.
· Examine historical special education and English language learner data to predict staffing needs and costs on an ongoing basis throughout the year and year over year.
· Execute strategic planning to accommodate the growth of Uncommon’s special education and English language learner student population and staff.
· Build out structures to support the most rigorous and appropriate post-secondary educational outcomes for students with disabilities and English language learners.
Regional and School-based Management and Development:
- Manage and develop a team of 2-3 associate directors for special education and English language learners and related services.
· Train, support, and coach Regional and school-based administrators in the areas of special education, English language learner instruction, and at-risk student services.
· Train, support, and coach general education teachers in the areas of special education, English language learner instruction, and at-risk student services.
· Provide direct management to a group of school-based special education coordinators.
· Oversee professional development of school-based special education teachers and English New Language Teachers.
· Coordinate, in collaboration with the Uncommon Schools Content Development and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Teams, the development of content related to instruction for special education and
· 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.
External Stakeholder Engagement:
- Maintain Uncommon’s relationship with each of Brooklyn’s three external NYC DOE Committees on Special Education (CSEs) and Charter School Office and Uncommon’s relationship with our authorizer, SUNY, on special education and English language learner matters.
- Maintain Uncommon’s relationship with the NYC DOE Office of Related Services and our 30 related service provider agencies for speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy, vision, hearing and paraprofessional services.
- Represent Uncommon at meetings and conferences with large national organizations and funders.
- Serve as the region’s primary liaison with outside counsel for legal matters regarding special education and English language learners.
- Maintain SESIS, Uncommon’s external special education database monitored by the Committee on Special Education.
Compliance and Risk Management:
· Ensures that students receive the instruction and services required by IDEA, Section 504 or the Rehabilitation Act of 1974 and Title II of the ADA Act of 1990.
· Provide regional and school-based support to special education coordinators in the following areas:
o Conducting “Child Find” activities in accordance with State and Federal law.
o Identifying incoming students’ needs for special education, English language learner instruction, and at-risk student services as indicated by family questionnaire responses.
o Reviewing the results of intake assessments of new students to identify students in need of special education, English language learner instruction, and at-risk student services.
o Pre-referral and referral processes for special education, English language learner instruction, and at-risk student services.
o Coordinating classroom observations and testing (i.e. psycho-educational) as needed.
o Providing information to and from CSEs as needed.
o Participating in the development and maintenance of IEPs by the CSEs.
o Implementing IEPs, including managing the provision of direct services by the CSE.
o Ensuring that all general education teachers know, understand, and implement all classroom accommodations and modifications required by IEPs.
o Providing special education, English language learner instruction, and at-risk student services.
· Bachelor’s Degree
· Master’s Degree (preferred)
· NY Special Education Certification
· ELL Certification (preferred)
· Experience in K-12 education
· 7+ years of experience working in K-12 education
· Proficiency in reading and writing Individualized Education Plans
· Proficiency in reading and interpreting English language learner testing data
· Knowledge of SESIS (preferred)
· Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer
· Travel within the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Newark, NJ required
Uncommon Schools offers salaries commensurate with experience and a very generous benefits and vacation package. All staff members receive extensive professional development, and are equipped with a laptop computer and all necessary supplies.
Uncommon believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization that enables our students and staff to thrive. We are committed to building a talented team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. At the same time, we work to ensure an inclusive community through creating a space for meaningful dialogue about issues of race and identity for our staff and students. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.