Special Education Coordinator (Multiple Locations) 2014-2015 School Year
Special Education Coordinator (Multiple Locations)
2014-2015 School Year
Role: The Special Education Coordinator is responsible for ensuring the Special Education Program at UP Academy is compliant with state and federal Special Education laws. The Special Education Coordinator will report to the Principal of UP Academy, and work closely with Unlocking Potentials Director of Special Education.
Collaborate with the Principal, Leadership Team, teachers and related service providers, to manage activities relating to compliance with all state and federal special education regulations and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, including, but not limited to:
o Managing the IEP process;
o Facilitating IEP meetings;
o Coordinating progress reports from teachers and service providers;
o Managing required reports; and
o Maintaining all records;
Provide expertise and assistance regarding the implementation of state and federal Special Education laws for students with disabilities;
Collaborate with the Principal and Leadership Team in providing FAPE, LRE, and specialized instruction and services for students with disabilities, and differentiated instruction for all students;
Collaborate with the Principal and Leadership Team in regards to:
o provide a respectful and engaging school environment for ALL students,
o ensure that students with disabilities participate in the general education environment;
o ensure that student schedules are aligned to specific learning needs; and
o provide and/or arrange professional development, and support for special education teachers and related service providers;
Coordinate and support the continuum of settings and array of services for students with disabilities and students placed-at-risk;
Manage the Special Education Dashboard Database and other network-driven information databases;
Serve as liaison to and coordinate the work of outside agencies providing services to students in Unlocking Potential schools;
Engage families as partners in planning, problem solving, and provide assistance with school assignments;
Provide support to special education teachers regarding research-based and effective instructional and social-emotional-behavioral practices;
Consult with and support special education teachers and related service providers in their responsibilities to chair annual reviews and develop IEPs for these students;
Participate in dispute resolution meetings, hearings and mediation settlement meetings as needed; and
Manage Medicaid reimbursement.
Perform other duties related to this job description as required by the school Principals or other immediate supervisor
o The Coordinator may be asked to perform other duties, so long as said duties do not interfere with abovementioned responsibilities. The Coordinator is expected to prioritize abovementioned responsibilities over duties.
o Additional duties are assigned at the discretion of the Coordinators immediate supervisor and should be limited to either school-wide duties (break monitor, bathroom monitor, homeroom coverage, etc) or duties directly related to servicing students to improve student achievement (DEAR group, Wilson group).
Certification in the field of special education OR a related field including school psychology;
Experience with Special Education processes (IEP meetings, documentation, initial referrals);
A passionate belief in UP Academys mission, values, and educational model;
An eagerness to set ambitious, challenging, and tangible goals, and a relentless drive to achieve them;
An ability to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment and a capacity to remain calm and focused when faced with unexpected challenges;
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including strong public speaking skills;
A sense of humility in the face of success;
Bachelors degree is required; and
Current authorization to work in the United States A candidate must have such authorization by his or her first day of employment.
We offer a competitive compensation package including comprehensive health benefits.
If you are interested in applying for this position, please visit http://www.upeducationnetwork.org/careers and formally apply for this position through our on-line application system.
UP Education Network is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employees or qualified job applicants on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any other status or condition protected by applicable law. This policy extends to, but is not limited to, recruitment, selection, compensation, benefits, promotion, training and termination.
UP Education Network is a nonprofit school management organization whose mission is to rapidly transform chronically underperforming district schools into extraordinary schools that sustain high achievement over time. Our turnaround schools ensure that students acquire the knowledge, skills, and strength of character necessary to succeed on the path to college and to achieve their full potential. UP Education Network currently operates four schools, UP Academy Charter School of Boston (grades 6-8), UP Academy Leonard Middle School (grades 6-8), UP Academy Charter School of Dorchester (grades K1-5), and UP Academy Oliver (grade 6). Across our network, we will serve more than 2500 students in Boston and Lawrence in fall 2014.
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