Director of Student Services: Accountability & Compliance (2022-2023)

$70,000 - $100,000 yearly
  • STRIVE Prep
  • Denver, CO, USA
  • May 09, 2022
Full time Education

Job Description

Position: Director of Student Services: Accountability & Compliance 

Reports to: Senior Director of Student Services

Location: STRIVE Prep- Central Office (Denver, CO)

Salary: $70,000- $100,000

 

STRIVE Prep is a Denver-based community of public charter schools that challenges every student to strive for college and thrive throughout life by helping them to discover and develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to succeed in college and beyond. We encourage you to read our 2020 Impact Report and learn more about what a career at STRIVE Prep is like here

 

We seek dedicated educators that live STRIVE Prep’s core values of achievement, justice, & perseverance every day and are commitment to growing as an anti-racist educator

 

OVERVIEW OF ROLE

Our Directors of Student Services: Accountability and Compliance (DSS:A&C) is a strong advocate and expert in serving diverse learners. The DSS:A&C directly supports, manages and evaluates IEP Managers at all campuses in the network ranging from elementary through high school. The successful candidate will use experience, knowledge, and expertise to support IEP Managers in the development of legally defensible IEPs. The DSS:A&C is responsible for ensuring that IEPs meet compliance standards as outlined by our LEA and enforced through IDEA.  The DSS:A&C serves as a champion in this work and an expert in leadership and execution of team goals that yield successful results. The DSS:A&C provides professional development to school teams regarding the implementation of IEPs, FBA/BIPs,  consultation on individual student IEP cases, and serves as a collaborative problem-solver. 

 

Our ideal candidate is:

  • Able to lead in environments of change: You consistently bring focus and prioritization to any work you do which provides a strong foundation for moving the work forward concurrently with organizational change and growth. You are judicious yet tenacious in planning and executing, and this level of critical thinking enables you to navigate environments that at times may feel ambiguous. 
  • Driven by a mission to disrupt barriers facing historically disadvantaged students: You do the work you do, every day, with a deep conviction to address the systemic educational barriers that many students in our city have faced since they entered the school system. Because of this conviction, you are a tireless advocate for every student and lead with the belief that every student can achieve. 
  • A systems builder and thinker: You have experience in developing systems necessary to push work forward. You can break big picture ideas into the necessary parts and construct the systems needed to drive toward big-picture goals. You also recognize that effective systems include multiple inputs and as a result, ensure you collaborate with a variety of stakeholders who bring diverse perspectives and experiences as part of your strategic planning.
  • In love with all things special education & case management: You wouldn’t flinch if a co-worker asked you to give a summary of special education. Problem-solving teams and data-driven decisions are a core component to your work and you hold a deep conviction for the significance and nuances of special education. You recognize high quality IEPs to be the anchor for driving towards outcomes for students and the significance of transition programming for high school students with disabilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS 

 

Management 

  • Support IEP Managers with following all district, state, and federal guidelines related to the development of IEPs 
  • Maintain confidentiality with regards to student with disabilities as required by law
  • Ensure that IEP Managers meet all timelines as outlined in Enrich and within LEA guidelines 
  • Ensure that IEP Managers follow all federal and state requirements when conducting IEP meetings
  • Comply with policies established by federal and state law, State Board of Education, and local board policy in the areas of assessment, placement, and planning for students with disabilities
  • Remain current on special education law, policies and procedures
  • Create structures for communication and collaboration around IEP data gathering that is responsive to each campus needs and the body of work of each IEP manager 

 

Collaboration 

  • Work collaboratively with parents, students, Special Education teachers,  school community personnel to support IEP Managers  in the development of  individual educational plans (IEP) with clear and measurable goals and objectives that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards. 
  • Ensure that there is collaboration and effective communication between the IEP Managers and  Special Education Teachers on current progress monitoring measures and present levels of performance. 
  • Manage the collaboration between IEP Managers and all members of the IEP team to develop legally defensible and comprehensive Individualized Education Plans  
  • Aid IEP Managers in supporting Special Education and General Education teachers with the implementation of services and accommodations outlined in the Individualized Education Plans 
  • Verify that IEP Managers are consistently and regularly communicating with their IEP teams  in pre- meetings, prior to, and after the IEP meetings. 
  • Collaborate with members of Student Services Central team to ensure that processes within the development of the IEP are executed effectively 
  • Collaborate with the DSS:IN to ensure Center based and 18-21 case managers are utilizing the same framework and matrix that IEP managers use in an effort to create consistency across the network.  match the effectiveness of the centers and 18-21 workflows

 Program Support

  • Lead and participate in appropriate professional development activities as required by the needs of the schools or required by LEA 
  • Facilitate and/or  participate in IEP meetings that require central involvement/ DPS  
  • Monitor implementation of the Individualized Education Plans as needed
  • Effectively communicate with supervisors, colleagues, students and parents as well as maintaining positive and effective relationships 
  • Maintain accountability measures to ensure 100% compliance with Mild/Moderate IEPs 
  • Serve as a resource to campus administration on the implementation of special education services within the IEP
  • Develop, implement and update guidance structures within the accountability and compliance department 
  • Analyze department data and implement best practices towards improvement 
  • Create monthly department newsletter 
  • Send weekly data reports to IEP Managers and campus teams 
  • Hold weekly Department meetings
  • Effectively communicate any updates of district and state regulations and policies on Special Education eligibility and the IEP process to IEP managers and in turn schools
  • Consistently seek feedback and input from SpEd teachers and DSS:IN to assess and meet development needs and provide the resources and  development opportunities outside of STRIVE Prep for domains within the A & C department. 
  • Participate in required professional development and meetings, and follow all year-end 
  • procedures related to job assignment 
  • Effectively communicate with supervisors, colleagues, students and parents as well as maintaining positive and effective relationships 
  • Serve as a resource to campus administration on the implementation of special education services within the IEP 
  • Support District and Accountability & Compliance department goals (addition)
  • Manage Gifted & Talented programming, advanced learning plans, and talent pool 

Coaching & Professional Development 

  • Lead & facilitate differentiated professional development for IEP Managers during STRIVE Prep’s summer training and throughout the year
  • Train IEP Managers on Special Education and IEP processes.
  • Provide weekly coaching to IEP Managers using using scientific, effective and research based coaching techniques 
  • Formally evaluate IEP Managers’ performance mid year and end of year 
  • Provide real- time coaching and descriptive feedback during observations 
  • Provide professional development to school teams around the implementation of Individualized Education Plans and / or accountability and compliance topics 
  • Work collaboratively with Principals to ensure SpEd teachers and Center Directors are being provided resources that offer high quality, differentiated development in relationship to the accountability and compliance department.

 

Implementation & Improvement 

  • Conduct monthly walkthroughs using an IEP implementation rubric at all STRIVE Prep campuses to ensure effective implementation of services , accommodations, and Behavior Plans  as outlined in the Individualized Education Plans 
  • Conduct weekly and/or monthly IEP audits with IEP Managers 
  • Hold Quarterly data analysis meetings with Student Services Central Team 

 

Additional Duties)

  • Active participation in the network and school-level activities and/or events.
  • Frequent travel (50-75% of the workweek) is required across the network to school campuses.
  • Support schools throughout the year on campus (including potentially working directly with students)
  • Serve as a member of the academic team to ensure our instructional priorities are aligned with Student Services. 
  • Conduct walkthroughs through all STRIVE Prep classrooms to support the network in building a strong Tier 1 instruction as well as ensure all teacher’s capacity to implement accommodations 
  • Collaborate with all DSS on topics, projects,  and work flows that will generate a team environment where departments can multi-functionally work to achieve the  collective goal of improved student outcomes (e.g., Section 504, Intervention and SPED programming). 
  • Identify trends in student and teacher performance data in order to inform continuous improvement of PD and school support.
  • Support with the hiring and retention of special education teachers

REQUIREMENTS

  • Graduate Level Education in related field 
  • 5+ years of  Special Education teaching experience and a current Special Education License
  • Proven Leadership experience (managing teams)
  • Independent travel in the Denver metro area 
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills

 

 

PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS

  • Masters in Special Education or related field from accredited university
  • Speaks Spanish 
  • Is English Language Acquisition certified
  • Demonstrated success working with scholars from historically marginalized communities

 

TOTAL REWARDS

Employee retention is a top priority at STRIVE Prep. Therefore we offer competitive compensation and benefits including the following:

 

  • Excellent Healthcare Plan: 100% of employee-only monthly premium paid by STRIVE Prep. 
  • Celebrated for Multilingual Abilities: We value our multilingual staff and the impact they have on our students and community. Therefore, staff that speak a language spoken by our families are eligible to receive an additional $2,000 to their base salary. 
  • Time Off To Refresh: Industry high 6+ weeks of annual vacation/PTO. Hard work is rewarded with ample time to refresh. 
    • Based on hire date, employees are eligible for up to 8 days of PTO 
    • All employees receive 2 floating religious holidays
    • All employees receive summer vacation based on work location and position
  • Community: Opportunity to work with passionate, mission-driven colleagues who are invested in your personal and professional growth. Join one of our Affinity Groups to build connections with staff across the network who share common identities. 
  • Career Support: Access to our Talent Team to support internal movement. We want you to grow your career at STRIVE!
  • Family & Well Being Focus: Parental and medical leave of 6 weeks paid and 6 weeks unpaid for a total of 12 weeks.
  • Mental Health Assistance: We value the wellness of our students and staff. That’s why we offer access to mental health support through our Employee Assistance Program with Optum. 
  • Resources and Development For Success: Equipment provided: laptop, Weekly coaching sessions 
  • Retirement Planning: Participation in the Colorado PERA retirement program, including a PERA 401k option.
  • For more information, you can view our compensation and benefits FAQ here

 

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY AND DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION

STRIVE Prep is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. STRIVE Prep works to make a college preparatory education for all students in our community the norm, rather than the exception. To achieve this we are committed to building and sustaining a diverse team by maintaining hiring and recruiting processes that are free from bias. 

 

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