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Special Education Program Specialist (22-23SY)

Central Office | Oakland, CA | Full Time

Job Description

The Organization

Lighthouse Community Public Schools

At Lighthouse Community Public Schools we are engaged in an educational movement that goes beyond our classrooms working to disrupt 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 the Expeditionary Learning 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 two high-achieving K-12 public charter schools--Lighthouse and Lodestar--serving nearly 1,500 students in East Oakland. Lighthouse is a beacon for public education and our graduates fulfill the promise of a better, brighter Oakland. 

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 The Opportunity

LCPS Special Education Program Specialist Pool (22-23SY)

Lighthouse Community Charter School is looking for a Special Education Program Specialist who is relentlessly committed to ensuring that traditionally underserved students achieve our mission of completing college and securing the career of choice. Lighthouse staff believe that this important mission is not only attainable; it is essential to transforming our Oakland community. The Special Education Program Specialist will be an integral part of the LCPS Special Education team  which ensures all students receive necessary academic, behavioral, and socio-emotional supports to thrive in alignment with the Lighthouse Mission, Theory of Change, Graduate Profile, and Instructional Stances.


As a strategic and visionary leader for equity:

  • Ensure an exceptional education for all students, in particular students with disabilities, by monitoring and developing the academic program and by facilitating data-driven and equity-focused teams.

  • Enable others to act by partnering with school site leaders to develop education specialists and student support aides resulting in retention of a diverse, highly effective team and increased student outcomes.

  • Lead and facilitate teams, professional learning, coaching, and mentoring for a range of stakeholders on topics related to special education and multi-tiered systems of support

  • Highly skilled at complex special education cases and well-versed in IDEA and Educational Code.

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

  • 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 special education program’s growth as a dependable, organized, solutions-oriented, and optimistic transformational leader committed to our community.


Essential Responsibilities:

Support the Special Education Model & Program:

  • Support a portfolio of schools to implement a strong, inclusive, equity-focused special education program that leads to academic, behavioral, and social-emotional achievement outcomes for ALL students

  • Use data-driven approaches to develop, monitor, and improve the instructional program and ensure student growth and achievement

Support Complex Cases:

  • Support complex cases by providing guidance and recommendations, offering consultation with the team, attending and facilitating staffing meetings, participating in IEP meetings, and/or facilitating IEPs 

  • Apply conflict resolution strategies with parents or other stakeholders to resolve disputes related to a student’s IEP, demonstrating knowledge of current IDEA and LCPS policy and procedures

Oversight of High Quality IEP Development & Implementation:

  • Provide ongoing monitoring, semi-annual caseload reviews, and feedback with education specialists regarding individualized education plans (IEPs) and IEP meetings, in order to ensure they are anchored in educational benefit and are IDEA compliant 

  • Consult and assist school based teams with designing an appropriate offer of a free and appropriate education in the least restrictive environment, including supporting with non-public school and residential treatment center placement

  • Ensures a continuum of supports are provided in meeting the needs of students requiring behavior interventions, including the use of evidence-based pre-referral  interventions, and the development of the BIP, if needed

  • Collaborate with school-site leaders to support the implementation of IEPs and behavior intervention plans (BIPs)

  • Remain up to date with special education research, law, and best practices

Design & Delivery of Professional Development: 

  • Design and deliver professional development aligned to organization-wide and department specific goals

  • Support the development of education specialists, in particular new hires

Build a High Quality Special Education Team

  • Assists in recruiting and screening of special education staff, in conjunction with the Director of Special Education

  • Support in designing coaching and professional development structures for related service providers

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of, and support, LCPS mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior

  • Perform other related duties as required and assigned


  • Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree with emphasis in special education highly preferred

  • Appropriate CA credential either in Special Education or Pupil Services, required

  • 5+ years of special education experience, including school psychologist, speech and language pathologist, or education specialist

  • 2+ years of leadership and/or coaching experience required (e.g. leading professional development, participating on the leadership team, mentoring new teachers, etc.)

  • Extensive knowledge and experience with special education law and best practices and serving students with disabilities

  • Knowledge of El Dorado Charter SELPA and SEIS, preferred

  • Spanish fluency, preferred



This position reports to the Director of Special Education. 



This position is a full-time salaried exempt 12-month position that follows the 233-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, 2022.



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:

  • 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 Schools is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity at all levels.