Manager, Special Education and English Language Learners

  • New York, NY, USA
  • Full-time
  • Hiring Start Time: Immediate Start (Home Office)
  • HO Team: Uncommon-Wide Operations

Company Description

Uncommon Schools is a non-profit network of 55 outstanding public charter schools in grades K-12 across New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Our mission is to start and manage outstanding urban public charter schools that close the achievement gap and prepare students from low-income backgrounds for success in college and beyond. We are accomplishing that mission every day, with a college graduation rate that is well above the national average and thousands of stories of our students and alumni achieving their dreams.

Job Description

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Data Analysis

  • Collect and analyze student achievement data using multiple measures to identify trends, areas of strength and areas for improvement.
  • Analyze student work to identify both student and teacher areas of support.
  • Track progress of training for each teacher on caseload.
  • Make programmatic decisions based on opportunities presented in the data, and inspire others to meet change needs.
  • 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 SpEd and ELL data to predict staffing needs and costs on an ongoing basis throughout the year

Regional Communication and Management

  • Lead communication with the Central Office SpEd Team and Regional SpEd Team
  • Co-plan cross-regional SpEd team meetings and professional development
  • Ensure seamless communication between the Home Office Special Education Team and other Home Office teams such as Data &IT, Data Analytics, and Curriculum and Assessment

Grant Development, Progress Monitoring and Reporting

  • Partner with the Development Team to identify funding opportunities for Special Education and English Language Learners
  • Co-author grant proposals in collaboration with the Development Team
  • Serve as a project manager on grants to ensure Uncommon is meeting outcomes and producing work products in accordance with the terms of the grants


  • Serve as Uncommon’s specialist all new SPED/ELL laws and regulations in each of three states and six regions, including staying updated on new case law
  • Partner with Regional Special Education Directors to support preparation for charter renewals and state reviews


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong supervisory and leadership skills.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.
  • Strong time management skills; ability to multitask and meet timelines;
  • Ability to maintain a calm, professional demeanor in the face of results-oriented demands and external pressures;
  • Ability to research and quickly develop knowledge of state law regarding ELL and SPED students in Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and work independently as a leader and as part of a team.
  • Superior Excel skills
  • Ability to manage a budget.

Education Requirements:

  • Requires a bachelor’s degree. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Experience in a k-12 education

Experience Requirements:

  • 5+ years of experience working in k-12 education
  • Proficiency in reading and writing Individualized Education Plans
  • Proficiency in reading and interpreting ACCESS Data

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer

Travel Requirements:

  • Flexibility to travel to other Uncommon regions 1-4 times per year

Additional Information

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 Schools 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.

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