Program Specialist, Special Education
Company: KIPP Public Schools Northern California
Posted on: November 19, 2022
Position SummaryAs Program Specialist, you will be an integral
member of the Special Education leadership team, working under the
supervision of the Associate Director of Special Education to
provide sound educational programs for students with disabilities,
and to support the programming & development of the Special
Education programs of 3-5 schools in the region. The Program
Specialist is a consultant to school staff and to parents in
helping to implement the individualized education plans for
students as developed by IEP teams.As Program Specialist, you will
be responsible for the following three key areas:
- Education specialist and paraeducator support and
- School-based special education program implementation
- IEP quality and complianceResponsibilities include, but are not
limited to:Personnel Development
- Education Specialists: Collaborate with school site
administrators to observe, mentor and assist Education Specialists
in IEP development and implementation of high-quality instructional
practices. Provide opportunities and feedback to increase case
management skills including IEP development and compliance, student
progress evaluation and collaboration with service providers and
general education teachers. Program Specialists support Education
Specialists, during regular one on one meetings and ongoing
- Provide excellent case management for students on their
- Develop compliant and effective IEPs
- Develop programs for students with complex needs
- Develop, update, implement, and progress monitor behavior
- Facilitate IEP meetings efficiently and confidently
- Schedule and deliver appropriate services to achieve goals
- Support general education staff in providing accommodations and
- Effectively support paraeducator development in support of
students on their caseload
- Grow as a case manager in areas of teaching and learning, case
management and stakeholder engagement using the KIPP case manager
- Teacher Credentialing & Mentoring: When assigned, act as mentor
for education specialists participating in credentialing programs,
such as intern credential, teacher induction, and KIPP Teacher
Residency. The responsibilities of a mentor may include:
instructional observations and coaching, case management
observations and coaching, mentor professional development, regular
one-on-one meetings, and collaboration with education specialist
school site managers.
- Paraeducators: Support IEP teams in implementing KIPP's
paraeducator referral guidelines & process. Participate in hiring
and training paraeducators. Support Education Specialists to
develop and document support including the development of fade
plans when appropriate.
- Professional Development: Provide research-based staff
development for special education and general education staff and
administrators to assure compliance with special education
- IEP Program Development: Assist Education Specialists in
planning and implementing individualized education plans for
students with disabilities. Serve as a resource and liaison to IEP
teams regarding placement and programming considerations.
Participates as a member of IEP teams, as appropriate. Provide case
management for non-public school (NPS) students.
- Consultation: Provide technical expertise and consultation
services to school instructional staff and administrators regarding
student learning and adjustment problems, and organizational
systems for meeting individual student needs. Recommend appropriate
remediation, educational placement, or referral.
- MTSS: Consult in the development of school-based Multi-Tiered
System of Supports, as appropriate.
- Team Member: Maintain relationships with school leaders,
assistant principals, special education team members, and regional
support office staff.Program Oversight
- Provide support to LEAs & school teams to ensure Compliance,
Quality Control, and Positive Parent relationships, including:
- Compliance: Ensure compliance with state and federal
regulations, state and SELPA reporting requirements, and KIPP
Public Schools Northern California policies and procedures.
Maintain knowledge of current laws and regulations pertaining to
individuals with exceptional needs.
- Quality Control: Monitor student achievement and progress
toward individualized education plan goals. Consults with school
leaders in evaluating Special Education instructional program
effectiveness. Work with other management personnel to develop
and/or change District policies and procedures for maintenance of
complaints, high-quality instructional programs, and effective
support services in Special Education.
- Parent Relationships: Facilitate the development of positive
relationships with students, parents, and school personnel.
Advocate for students with special needs and their families.
Address concerns from students, parents, and staffPerform other
duties as assigned.Desired Characteristics and Mindsets
- Results-oriented team player who is dedicated to getting the
- Excellent organizational, planning, and implementation
- Ability to manage the ambiguity and multiple priorities
inherent in an entrepreneurial environment.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate and work well with others
and to build relationships with multiple constituencies.
- A deep passion for social justice and equity for all children;
belief that all students can achieve at the highest levels,
regardless of demography.
- Unquestioned integrity and commitment to KIPP Public Schools
Northern California' mission and values.Qualifications
- Clear California Special Education teaching credential to teach
children with moderate to severe and/or mild to moderate
disabilities; or Related Service Provider License.
- 5+ years of successful special education experience;
- Experience in personnel management, including instructional
coaching and leading team meetings is preferred;
- Master's Degree with emphasis on specialized training in
special education curriculum and instruction is preferred;
- Knowledge of special education laws and regulations; general
education curriculum; alternative dispute methods and techniques;
disabilities and appropriate curriculum; behavior management
- Demonstrated success teaching students from educationally
underserved areas.Physical, Mental and Environmental
DemandsPhysical: Ability to navigate office and school campuses,
and hold meetings in different spaces. Traditionally, much of the
day involves sitting. Ability to access and utilize technology.
Occasional lifting/carrying of equipment 1-20 lbs. Driving to
different locations throughout Northern California.Mental: Stress
of deadlines and normal work standards, ability to analyze problems
and generate alternatives, work with interruptions, concentrate for
long periods of time, read, calculate, perform routine math
problems, memorize and recall objects and people.Environmental:
Office and/or classroom environments subject to constant
interruptions and distractions. Occasional classroom/school
environment and travel. In an emergency context (e.g., pandemic),
work may be conducted virtually fully or partially for extended
periods of time or longer, and the expectation is that the
individual will establish a productive, remote work environment
(e.g., ability to stay connected through different technology
means). It may require remote work as current public health
guidelines warrant. Adhere to KIPP's health and safety guidelines
as outlined by the CDC, CDE, and public health agencies'
recommendations.ClassificationFull-time, exempt position based on
the regional support office calendar and time off calendar.About
KIPP Public Schools Northern CaliforniaWe are a thriving nonprofit
network of 18 free, public charter schools open to all students. At
KIPP, we believe all children should grow up free to create the
future they want for themselves and that schools can and should be
a critical factor in making that vision a reality. Together with
families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent
schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to
pursue the paths they choose-college, career, and beyond-so they
can lead fulfillinglives and build a more just world.Our student
community consists of over 7,000 elementary, middle, and high
school students in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, San
Lorenzo, San Jose, Redwood City, and Stockton. 79% qualify for free
or reduced price lunch, 23% are multilingual language learners, and
10% have special needs. We strive to cultivate a representative
team of teachers and leaders that reflect ourstudents'
diversity.How to ApplyPlease submit a cover letter and resume by
clicking apply on this page.Compensation and BenefitsWe are
dedicated to you and your family's well-being! KIPP offers a
competitive salary as well as a comprehensive benefits package
including medical, dental, vision, and transportation benefits.How
to ApplyPlease submit a cover letter and resume by clicking apply
on this page.Questions? Email
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