Title of Position: SPECIAL EDUCATION MANAGER
Location: Sacramento County, CA
To apply please go to:
About the Position:
Visions In Education is seeking a highly skilled educator and leader to serve as our Special Education Manager. The Special Education Manager will serve as an educational leader and be responsible for assisting in leading, managing, coordinating and supervising the special education department and staff. Responsible for ensuring high quality instructional practices and programs, collaborative relationships, preparing students to be successful citizens, and college and career ready.
The Special Education Manager will serve as an instructional leader supporting the design, oversite, and implementation of high quality instructional programs and services for students. The Special Education Manager will report to the Special Education Program Administrator.
Professionals with experience working with technology and virtual tools are desired. In addition, previous administrative experience, educational experience serving Special Education students and knowledge of home school and independent study programs, charter schools, and non-site based instructional models is preferred.
This position will work from Visions main offices in Carmichael. In addition, may travel to surrounding counties.
About Visions In Education
Visions In Education is one of the most established TK-12 Public Charter Schools serving northern California. We provide educational options for those students and families seeking alternatives to the traditional public school setting. Visions In Education has successfully supported students and families for 20 years and is a growing, thriving organization.
We have built our organization based upon hiring the most qualified people and helping them acquire the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. Our students and families choose us as their school because we provide great teachers, systems and technology to achieve their educational goals.
Salary: $91,919 – $130,718 / year
Length of Work Year: 224 days (12 months)
Employment Type: Full Time
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS Under general direction of the Special Education Manager, serves as an educational manager and responsible for assisting in leading, managing, coordinating and supervising the special education department and staff. Responsible for ensuring high quality instructional practices and programs, collaborative relationships, preparing students to be successful citizens and preparing them for college and career.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES Any one position may not include all the duties listed nor do all the listed examples include all tasks that may be found in positions of this class.
- Serves as a member of the leadership team, providing input and feedback in program strategic planning and organizational change.
- Serves as an instructional leader supporting the design, oversite, and implementation of high quality instructional programs and services for students.
- Coordinates and supervises assigned staff within the department, as assigned.
- Monitors, reviews, and provides assistance and direction in implementation of laws and regulations related to Special Education as well as other laws impacting students.
- Participates in parent meetings and works with other stakeholder groups to get feedback and develop plans to improve programs and services.
- Develops and designs professional learning and development calendar for the department along with other members of the instructional team that focus on a variety of relevant areas.
- Ensures assigned staff receive high quality professional learning opportunities relevant to their work and professional growth.
- Interprets evaluation data and prepares statistical reports, records, and communication for purposes of program evaluation and improvement.
- Assists in the development and design of academic, behavioral, and social emotional supports to provide quality interventions and support to students who may need them utilizing an MTSS framework. ● Assists in the development of department goals, objectives, and policies and procedures; monitors the budgets of special education programs, services, and departments, as assigned.
- Plans programs and services, coordinates resources, and evaluates the ongoing effectiveness of special education programming and services the school provides.
- Supervises and oversees the establishment of contracts with Non-Public agencies and ensures high quality services are implemented and contractual obligations are fulfilled.
- Develops and monitors other budget areas, as assigned.
- Participates in ongoing professional development and training to maintain a high level of professional knowledge to support instructional practices for diverse learners.
- Serves as the administrative representative and designee at IEPs, as required.
- Develops and maintains effective communication systems and processes.
- Plans, coordinates and prioritizes work activities to meet established objectives and deadlines.
- Effectively leads collaborative problem solving teams to ensure outcomes are reached to support student success.
- Conducts student interventions, individualized educational plans (IEP’s), student study teams (SST’s) and discipline processes; ensures student documentation is accurate, complete, and conforms to established standards and procedures.
- Conducts teacher and other staff observations, ensuring methods, practices, and assigned work supports student success; models appropriate instruction and/or provides teacher training, if needed.
- Coordinates support staff (i.e. counselors, nurses, speech therapists, psychologists, etc.) as needed for students.
- Partners with Instruction and Human Resources to determine teacher and non-teaching staff recruitment needs, methods and staffing to support student achievement.
- Interviews, selects, motivates, supervises, evaluates, disciplines, and provides direction to teachers and non-teaching staff.
- Participate in Visions school management and planning meetings. Communicates the impact of Special Education law on decisions made by the school.
- Develops and maintains effective communication systems and processes.
- Communicates with and serves as the school’s liaison with appropriate district, county, state and federal agencies regarding the Special Education program.
- Prepares school, state and federal reports required for Special Education.
- Keeps informed on trends and changes in legislation applicable to Charter School and Special Education instruction and makes recommendations for change.
- May manage, coordinate or assist with special projects, special school programs or events.
- Attends and/or conducts staff meetings, in-service activities, workshops, conferences and other training.
- Maintains confidentiality.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
- Possession of a valid California teaching credential.
- Possession of a valid California administrative credential.
- Previous administrative experience, educational experience serving Special Education students and home school experience desirable.
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
- Knowledge of or ability to learn, interpret and apply Visions In Education’s objectives, policies, procedures, rules, regulations and operations.
- Knowledge of or ability to learn and use applicable sections of the California Education Code, Charter law, federal and state laws and mandates relating to Special Education programs and other pertinent laws.
- Knowledge of learning theories, human needs, curriculum development and evaluation, motivation theory, school finance, and budgeting.
- Knowledge of staffing, organization, selection, supervision and evaluation of personnel; ability to select, train, supervise and mentor personnel.
- Skill and ability to demonstrate, use and motivate others to the highest level of customer service.
- Skill and ability to think strategically while having the skills to handle day-to-day details and problems.
- Skill and ability to use logical, systematic thinking while managing multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment and subject to frequent interruptions.
- Knowledge and understanding of goal setting techniques including needs assessment and evaluation. ● Skill and ability to work with flexibility, efficiency, diplomacy and confidentiality.
- Skill and ability to define problems, collect information, establish facts, analyze and evaluate alternative solutions, problem solve and draw valid conclusions.
- Skill and ability to use self-restraint, professional judgment, independent decision making and develop strategies to deal with a variety of people, adversaries and advocates under varying situations and conditions.
- Skill and ability to use written and oral communication requiring clarity and diplomacy in communication with a broad and diverse audience.
- Effective communication skills initiating individual and group discussions, listening, facilitating interaction among group members and speaking in public.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective work relations with those contacted in the performance of required duties.
- Ability to work independently and in a team environment, and be held accountable for results.
- Ability to maintain a professional attitude and a strong customer service focus at all times, with a strong desire to succeed and solve problems.
- Ability to work confidentially.
- Knowledge, skill and ability to use a wide variety of office equipment including, but not limited to: personal computers, associated software programs (including Gmail, Google Docs, Windows, word-processing, desktop publishing, spreadsheets and database and web based applications), e-mail, Internet, copiers, faxes and phones.
- Possession of a valid California driver’s license, availability of a vehicle and evidence of vehicle insurance.
- Willingness and ability to travel locally and within the surrounding counties.
- Willingness to work irregular hours/days including evenings, weekends, holidays, and on-call for emergencies.
WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL ABILITIES The physical requirements below are necessary to perform the essential functions. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable a person with a disability to perform these functions.
- Work environment is a combination of an office setting with frequent travel. Requires willingness and ability to work effectively and move about in an office and travel on a frequent basis to local locations and to surrounding counties.
- Physical, mental and emotional stamina to work an eight-hour shift (and sometimes more hours) under sometimes-stressful conditions, with frequent distraction and interruptions and deal with angry/upset people in a calm and professional manner.
- Sufficient hand/eye coordination and manual dexterity to use a wide variety of office and computer equipment, to keyboard and write, file, and maintain records and reports.
- Sufficient hearing to conduct in-person and telephone conversations.
- Ability to speak in an understandable voice with sufficient volume to be heard in normal conversational distance, on the telephone and in addressing groups.
- Sufficient visual acuity to see and read small print.
- Ability to sit for extended periods of time, up to an eight-hour shift (with the exception of lunch and breaks).
- Sufficient mobility to bend, stoop, push/pull, lift, stand, and walk on an occasional basis to file, move equipment or supplies or take work from one location to another.
- Sufficient mobility to enter/exit a vehicle and drive to various locations locally and to surrounding counties.