Director of Student Services and Special Education
Central Office | Oakland, CA | Full Time
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 bey 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
LCPS is seeking a dedicated and equity-focused Director of Special Education and Student Services who exhibits an exceptional commitment to all young people. The Director of Special Education and 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 IEPs and 504 plans; attendance; and mental health and wellness programs. The Director is also responsible for managing external partnerships and contractors that provide services for students and families and liaising with our SELPA. The Director should possess strong knowledge and experience of current Special Education laws 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 special education and 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.
DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SERVICES & SPECIAL EDUCATION
CORE RESPONSIBILITIES AND OUTCOMES
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 academic 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.
The interaction between discipline processes and tiered supports
Providing professional development in tiered systems of support for socio-emotional, behavioral and academic programs.
Management of Student Services, Crises and Complaints
Serving as lead for responding to serious student and family crises and complaints and supports principals and other site admin in managing and navigating student and family issues as they arise
Coordinating services for Homeless and foster youth
Guiding, directing, and participating in serious discipline processes, including student suspensions and expulsions.
Oversight of attendance systems across sites with a focus on ensuring disproportionality is addressed
504 Compliance and coordination of programs and services
Oversight of the Special Education Program Model including:
Ensuring continuous improvement and coordination of Special Education services and compliance for Students with IEPs
Providing training for special education staff regarding new legal mandates, best practices, etc.
Reviewing caseloads with school leadership and district staff on a regular basis to ensure consistency, compliance, and maximization of resources throughout our schools.
Overseeing the supervision, evaluation, hiring and training of certificated (school psychologist and teachers) and classified staff (paraeducators) in coordination with site administrators and CAO.
Serving as an administrator at complex IEP meetings as needed
Team Management & Facilitation
Seating, convening, and facilitating various teams to support student services and special education programs. May include: MTSS, Special Education, 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.
Student Mental Health & Wellness:
Oversight of counseling programs and supports from both internal and external partners
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 IDEA, 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.
Management 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 (special education, counseling, etc.) for students and liaise with SELPA
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
At least 5-7 years of successful Special Education teaching, pupil services, and/or instructional 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 either in Special Education or Pupil Services, required
Supervisory & management experience, including coaching and evaluation of teachers, paraeducators, and other staff
Knowledge and experience of overseeing compliance with Special Education laws, 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,
This position reports to: Chief Academic Officer (CAO).
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, 2020 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.
Commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package and generous time off and vacation policies.
People of color and bilingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Interested candidates should submit:
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.