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Director of Student Services (21-22)

Central Office | Oakland, CA | Full Time

Job Description

THE ORGANIZATION

Lighthouse Community Public Schools

Social justice movements come in all shapes and sizes.  Here at Lighthouse Community Public Schools, we are engaged in an educational movement that goes beyond our classrooms, working to disrupt educational inequities by providing our students and families exceptional educational opportunities every day. Grounded in our core values of community, integrity, agency, love, and social justice rooted in EL Education Model, LCPS is a leader in fostering innovative schools achieving exceptional student outcomes where each child is at the center of their own learning. Our mission is to prepare diverse students for college, a career of their choice, and to be lifelong changemakers.

Founded in 2002, LCPS operates a high-achieving K-12 public charter school, and our K-8 sister site, Lodestar, that opened in Fall 2016; serving nearly 1,300 students in East Oakland. Lighthouse is a beacon for public education and our graduates fulfill the promise of a better, brighter Oakland. 95% of our graduates, almost all of whom are first-generation college students, are accepted into four-year colleges. We were named the Hart Vision Charter School of the Year in 2013, and the #1 high school for closing achievement gaps for low-income Latino students in 2016. If the work we do here at LCPS appeals to your values regarding quality education for all then please join our movement!  Learn more at www.lighthousecharter.org 


THE OPPORTUNITY

Director of Student Services (21-22)

Competencies and Qualifications

LCPS is seeking a dedicated and equity-focused Director of Student Services who exhibits an exceptional commitment to all young people. The Director of Student Services oversees the planning, development, organization, management, direction, and implementation of all aspects of all Student Services programs for LCPS and our schools, including: Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS); crisis management, including services for homeless and foster youth; compliance, program, and staffing for students with 504 plans; attendance; and mental health and wellness programs. The Director should possess strong knowledge and experience of MTSS as well as demonstrate strong skills in leadership, management and shared decision-making, and the ability to achieve results and to inspire the achievement of our teachers and leaders in administering effective and compliant intervention programs that eliminate disproportionality where it exists and ensure access and achievement for all students.

This is an exciting opportunity for an inspiring, innovative, committed, and equity-focused organizational and instructional leader who is energized to lead within a Family of Schools and is passionate about transformational growth for the students, families, and staff you will serve and our Oakland community.


CORE COMPETENCIES

As a strategic and visionary leader for equity:

  • Ensure an exceptional education for all students by monitoring and developing the social-emotional learning program and by facilitating data-driven and equity-focused teams.

  • Lead and facilitate teams, professional learning, coaching, and mentoring for a range of stakeholders on topics related to student services and social-emotional learning.

  • Highly skilled at managing complex cases and in Educational Code.

  • Provide oversight and program monitoring to ensure we are fulfilling our commitments to all students.

  • Bring an equity lens and awareness to the management of complex cases, data-analysis, and conversations regarding disproportionality and be willing to lean in to interrupting inequitable outcomes.

  • Innovate and problem solve by exhibiting persistence, creativity, flexibility, motivation to make a change, and the ability to imagine new approaches and opportunities for impact.

  • Model the way as a leader for equity through skilled and culturally aware collaboration, communication, and relationship-building.

  • Embody LCPS’ core values of community, integrity, love, social justice, and agency.

  • Bring passion to the LCPS’ growth as a dependable, organized, solutions-oriented, and optimistic transformational leader committed to our community.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Oversight and implementation of Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) Vision and Structures, including:

    • Collaborating with school leaders, teachers and other staff and partners to identify and assess student needs, identify students not making adequate progress and ensure appropriate interventions.

    • Monitoring the efficacy of supports, services, interventions, and resource and staffing allocations to ensure they are based on need and resulting in increased access and outcomes for students.

    • Considering the interaction between discipline processes and tiered supports and early interventions

    • Providing professional development in tiered systems of support for socio-emotional, behavioral and academic programs.

  • Management of Student Services, Crises, Compliance, and Complaints

    • Serving as lead for responding to serious student and family crises and complaints

    • Supporting principals and other site admin in managing and navigating student and family issues as they arise

    • Coordinating services for youth experiencing housing instability and foster youth

    • Guiding, directing, and participating in serious discipline processes, including student suspensions and expulsions

    • Overseeing attendance systems across sites with a focus on ensuring disproportionality is addressed

    • Overseeing 504 compliance through guidance to school site administrators

  • Student Mental Health & Wellness: 

    • Oversight of counseling programs and supports from both internal and external partners

  • Team Management & Facilitation

    • Seating, convening, and facilitating various teams to support student services. May include: MTSS and Attendance teams, and other teams as need is identified.

    • Leading and coordinating professional development for teams as appropriate to support use of data and best practice in service of all students.

  • Compliance & Fiscal Stewardship

    • Providing leadership and vision to ensure compliance in matters relating to student discipline, alternative education, child welfare and attendance, guidance services, and school safety.  

    • Monitoring and ensuring LCPS compliance with ADA, OCR, CRDC and federal and state regulations and ensures that all practices in the district are legal and ethical for each student/family so that each child has the opportunity to achieve at a high level and be prepared for post-secondary success

    • Managing and monitoring of budget and fiscal resources related to student services programming, including from state/federal grants, for the purpose of ensuring that LCPS and program resources are efficiently and effectively utilized and to improve student achievement for all students 

  • External Partner & Community Stakeholder Communication & Management

    • Managing external partnerships and contractors providing services (e.g. counseling) for students 

    • Engaging in external community outreach and engagement in partnership with family engagement team, as needed, including support for enrollment processes

  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • At least 5-7 years of successful pupil services, and/or school or district leadership experience required

  • Experience working in urban education serving students of color from low-income backgrounds

  • MA in education or related field, required; administrative credential, preferred

  • Appropriate CA credential (Pupil Services or Administrative credential, e.g.)

  • 2+ years of supervisory & management experience

  • Knowledge and experience of overseeing compliance with Educational Code, MTSS and effective intervention and acceleration systems, and other populations of students disproportionality under-achieving and/or under-resourced or accessed.

  • Experience working in Oakland schools preferred; charter school experience, a plus,

  • EL Education or Linked Learning experience, a plus.

  • Spanish fluency, preferred,


SUPERVISION

This position reports to the Chief Academic Officer (CAO). 


TIME COMMITMENT 

This position is a full-time salaried exempt 12-month position that follows the 220-day school year and summer schedule. Includes approximately 5 weeks of paid holidays/breaks during the school year in addition to 10 days of vacation time during the summer. Start date is July 1, 2021 with some paid time in the spring to provide opportunities to engage with stakeholders and work with the leadership team prior to fully coming onboard as negotiated with CAO.

COMPENSATION

Commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package and generous time off and vacation policies.

TO APPLY

People of color and bilingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  

Interested candidates should submit:

  • Resume

  • Cover letter describing your interest in this position and why you are an optimal fit

  • 4-5 references with Name, Email, Phone Number and Title/nature of working relationship

Application submission screening and initial phone interviews will be completed on a rolling basis.  In-person interviews and performance tasks will take place on-site.   

Lighthouse Community Public School is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity at all levels.