KIPP New Orleans Schools

New Orleans, LA

Type: Leadership & Support Staff
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Start Date: Immediate
Subject: Special Education
Grade:  

Organization: KIPP New Orleans Schools
Preferred Locations:

Contact: Erin Marrero
Email: emarrero@kippneworleans.org

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Managing Director of Student Services

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KIPP New Orleans Schools

New Orleans, LA

Type: Leadership & Support Staff
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Start Date: Immediate
Subject: Special Education
Grade:  

Organization: KIPP New Orleans Schools
Preferred Locations:

Contact: Erin Marrero
Email: emarrero@kippneworleans.org

About KIPP New Orleans Schools

KIPP New Orleans Schools is a non-profit network of 12 college-preparatory, public charter schools educating 5500 elementary, middle, and high school students. We have a track record of preparing students for success in college and life for over a decade, and our goal is to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and character strengths they need to pursue a life filled with choices.  

Our schools are part of the free New Orleans public school system and enrollment is open to all students.  As part of the national Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) network of 242 schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia, we are committed to partnering with the community to ensure that all children have the knowledge, skills and character they need to achieve their dreams while making the world a better place.  We believe that great teachers and school leaders, a supportive learning environment, and an emphasis on both academics and character are the foundation for student success, and we strive to provide these for every child.

At KIPP New Orleans Schools, teachers, students, and families are all united around the same goal: college and a choice-filled life. We believe that an excellent college-preparatory education will set students up for success in whatever life path they choose. Through collective hard work and commitment, KIPP students complete college at a rate that is above the national average for all students and four times higher than that of students from similar economic backgrounds.

Student Support Team Vision:
The KIPP New Orleans Student Support Team provides multi-disciplinary interventions, services and support so that all students are on a path to college and career readiness, in pursuit of leading happy, healthy and independent lives.  We extend the mission of KIPP New Orleans Schools by ensuring that we fulfill our commitment to be a high-quality choice for every family and our commitment to ensuring every child has a school-experience and future they deserve.

Position Overview:

The Managing Director of Student Services is responsible for ensuring compliance with state and federal guidelines pertaining to special education by assisting with the coordination and monitoring of evaluation timelines, IEP Team meetings, implementation if IEPs & 504s, and supplementary/related services.
 
The Managing Director of Student Services will work closely with DSS, Finance Team and Data Team to ensure clean IEP Records, aligned financial projections and data systems to collect and report frequent compliance data to schools and senior leaders.
 
The Managing Director of Student Services will work in collaboration with OPSB Hearing Office to support KNOS Student Support Families as well as manage student support contracts and external partnerships.  


Special Knowledge/Skills
  • Experience with and strong knowledge of national and local laws regarding special education
    • SPED knowledge and ability to navigate the financial complexities 
  • Utilizing data-based decision making within a tiered service delivery model
  • Strong communication skills, especially experience communicating with school leaders, advocating for students, and building partnerships with families  
    • Can act as an authority to school leaders 
  • Demonstrated strong organizational and time management skills
  • Close attention to detail coupled with the ability to exercise good judgment
  • Experience in setting ambitious goals, collecting and analyzing ongoing academic progress
    • Responsible for academic outcomes of special programs and populations
  • Experience with and strong knowledge of national and local laws regarding special education and continuum of services
  • Knowledge of curriculum and instruction especially researched based interventions, assessment accommodations and modifications. 
    • Content knowledge of interventions
      • How intervention works and what they do
      • Ability to develop deans to execute on school level
  • Balance the school support teams and broaden school realities
  • Responsible for tier 2 & 3 interventions
  • Strategic thinker
Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations in conjunction with other network special education positions
  • Develop systems and monitor the preparation, execution and clean-up of 10/1 & 2/1 SER Records & MFP Count
  • Conduct & report regular compliance audits to ensure the implementation of IEPs, behavior support plans, and the delivery of accommodations and modifications in the general education classroom
  • Collaborate with Finance Team to communicate 2/1 Tiered Projections and adjustments throughout the year
  • Establish and manage contracts and invoices for all KNOS Student Support partnerships
  • Collaborate with Data Team to ensure 100% IEP records & evaluations are uploaded & archived on KNOS Regional Drive
  • Consult with KNOS schools on complex cases, including those with legal representation, as needed
  • Support KNOS schools to prepare and execute OPSB & LDOE Compliance Audits
  • Serve as KNOS representative for ALL Student Support Parent Complaints, Resolution, Due process & Disciplinary/Expulsion Hearings
  • Communicates new developments in special education law to KNOS Team & Family.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Student Support Team
  • Lead & organize annual ESY Programming for all KNOS School
  • Develop Special Education Instructional Strategy and Implementation Plan across all KIPP New Orleans Schools.
  • Support DSS Team to ensure high quality and urgent instruction through schedule audits, lesson plan review and data analysis
  • Collaborate with KNOS Academics Team to plan and deliver aligned high-quality progression development for DSS &Sped Teachers focusing on: Unit Unpacking and Internalization, Identifying Key Standards, Developing Daily Lesson Plans, WAGS, Exemplars and modified Exit Tickets
  • Lead DSS Team to ensure all students with IEPs receive accommodations, modifications and complete all KNOS Assessments 
  • Collect and analyze KNOS Assessment data and identify school specific trends and action plans to support increased improvements
  • Collaborate with KNOS Coaching & Development to ensure ALL DSS Team is aligned to vision for Real-Time Coaching & Support
  • Provide School Leaders & Deans of Student Support weekly, quarterly and annual Sped Academic data to drive school-based decisions

Qualifications:
  • At least five years of experience working in the field of Special Education and achieving strong results
  • Master’s Degree in Special Education or a related field (preferred)
  • Strong understanding of federal and state special education rules, regulations, and practices
  • Experience driving results as a team leader/manager
    • A proven track record of success in a Special Education instructional role, with experience coaching and developing others. 
    • Outstanding leadership and management skills, particularly as it relates to building teams, developing systems, goal setting, and holding people accountable.
  • The flexibility needed to accommodate the breadth and depth of responsibilities and priorities.
Compensation:
Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience.  Additionally, KIPP New Orleans Schools offers a comprehensive benefits package.