Director Of Special Education, KIPP Philadelphia Schools

Posted by KIPP Philadelphia Schools on April 24, 2017

Programmatic Leadership

  • Consult with School-based Special Education Coordinators to develop, monitor, and evaluate the effectiveness of special education programs and other student supports (Early Intervention, 504, ELL, etc.) including weekly check-ins and coaching.
  • Analyze student achievement data across multiple metrics and lead/consult on programmatic design decisions to enhance student outcomes.
  • Consult with schools on high-need student cases that involve special placement decisions or unique logistical issues (i.e. transportation, medical services, homebound instruction, etc.).
  • Co-lead all cases involving lawyer or parent advocate involvement in collaboration with school personnel.
  • Facilitate monthly evening community of practice meetings for Special Education Coordinators.
  • Serve as central point of contact for external and internal questions related to Student Supports (including services, discipline, etc.).
  • Serve as Network Restraint Trainer for all required staff members.
  • Design and deliver Special Education Professional Development during Regional Development Days and/or through school-based PDs.
  • Work with schools to implement the pre-referral process (e.g. SAP, RTII, Child Find) and support implementation of a multi-tiered support system (MTSS).

Operational/Compliance Leadership

  • Manage regional Special Education and 504 documentation system including a regional transition to a new web-based program for the 17-18 school year.
  • Create and implement systems of tracking and reporting that allow schools to measure effectiveness of Special Education program.
  • Monitor compliance of all Special Education, 504, and ELL files and evaluations through regular file audits and assistance with obtaining paperwork from prior schools.
  • Work with recruitment team to support hiring of all related services staff.
  • Negotiate and monitor region-wide contracts with service provider vendors and independent contractors to ensure schools utilize cost-effective services.
  • Manage region-wide Access Billing process (Medicaid) in conjunction with regional Operations team.
  • Create Special Education Budgeting Recommendations and consult with Special Education Coordinators, School Leaders and the Managing Director of Finance.
  • Work with schools to meet all requirements for cyclical monitoring by the Bureau of Special Education or for charter renewals.
  • Work with regional Operations team to ensure valid data for all state and local reporting.


  • Degree in Special Education required
  • Master’s Degree requiredMinimum three years Special Education Leadership experience required
  • Experience with management and/or coaching of professional staff
  • Knowledge of national, state, and local special education statute and law required
  • (Preferred) PA State Certification in Special Education
  • (Preferred) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Special Education Supervisory certificate or Commonwealth of
  • Pennsylvania Administrative certificate for K-12
  • Skills and Characteristics
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to exercise excellent judgment in decision-making; facilitate various size working groups, work collaboratively, and supervise people
  • Ability to gather and analyze data, compile information, and prepare reports
  • Flexible and able to multi-task within an ambiguous, fast-moving, entrepreneurial environment, while also driving toward clarity and solutions
  • Highly organized
  • Proficient with web-based Special Education documentation systems (e.g. Easy IEP)
  • Demonstrate resourcefulness in setting priorities and guiding investment in people and systems
  • Uphold the KPS core values of respect, integrity, directness, grit, joy and commitment to the mission and vision of KPS

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