Assistant Director of Exceptional Student Services
BASIS.ed is seeking an experienced special educator and administrator to serve as the BASIS.ed Assistant Director of Exceptional Student Services (ESS).
Under the supervision of the Director of Exceptional Student Services, the Assistant Director is responsible for supporting school leaders and school-level special programs staff to assist with the smooth and compliant implementation of programs to support students eligible for special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or related aids and services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act within BASIS Charter Schools in Arizona, Louisiana, and Washington DC. The Assistant Director of ESS will provide technical assistance and training to school-level special programs staff to maintain compliance with regulatory and statutory requirements and to implement oversight agency guidance, where appropriate. Responsibilities include regular audits of student documents to evaluate current levels of compliance within each of the schools, training and ongoing coaching of school staff on proper documentation practices and effective specialized instruction and implementation of various supports and services, and assisting schools with team meetings and parent communication, when appropriate. The ideal candidate will have experience monitoring special education compliance in schools and providing professional development to large and small adult learner audiences. This team member will interact with various departments and all levels of management in the interest of achieving Compliance department strategic objectives to aid schools in smooth and compliant operations, while embodying BASIS.ed philosophy and its value proposition.
Essential Job Functions
- Designs and facilitates professional development for school-level special programs staff
- Assists schools with training regular education staff on effective implementation of program supports and services within the general education environment
- Monitors the delivery of effective instruction in special education classrooms and provides ongoing coaching of special programs staff to ensure proper implementation of specially designed instruction and program supports
- Monitors and supports implementation of special education, English Learner, and 504 program guidelines and services
- Assists with placement of students referred to private schools
- Assists with contracts reviews for special services vendors and others, as appropriate.
- Consults with school leaders in determining staffing and resources needed and supports school leaders in the selection of special programs staff and teachers, as appropriate
- Prepares and submits reports and records as required by state and federal government agencies
- Assists with monitoring the IDEA grant and sped funding, including monitoring budgets and tracking expenditures and monitoring maintenance of effort
- Oversees documentation compliance through performing regular audits of schools’ evaluation reports, IEPs, and 504 plans and training school staff to perform self audits
- System administrator for eIEP-Pro
- Evaluates and analyzes existing special programs policies, procedures, and practices to identify any gaps and recommends improvements that will support compliant practices in schools to the Director of ESS
- Assists schools with parent communication and facilitates team meetings when appropriate to ensure compliance with state and federal requirements
- Prepares regular reports for the Director of ESS
- Performs other duties as assigned
- Knowledge of general terminology for compliance and education industries, as well as general knowledge of compliance requirements in public schools
- Knowledge of policy and procedure language and adoption and implementation strategies
- General knowledge of school operations
- Knowledge of principles and practices of effective project management
- Knowledge of special education and the principles of specially designed instruction
- Extensive and proven knowledge of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
- Knowledge of English Learner requirements in Arizona
- Knowledge of data management systems
- Knowledge of federal grants and state education funding/school finance
Skills & Abilities
- Highly effective written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to read and interpret statutes, regulations, and agency guidance
- Ability to review documents for spelling, grammar, organization, consistency, format, and adherence to department standards
- Ability to use independent judgement and make sound decisions while meeting time sensitive deadlines
- Well organized, detail-oriented, able to manage multiple competing tasks, efficient and able to work independently and think critically and strategically
- Ability to build and maintain effective relationships through strong interpersonal skills
- Strong analytical and research skills
- Ability to perform complex analysis and provide insights and recommendations to business and/or compliance partners
- Ability to communicate professionally across all levels of the organization
- Ability to maintain confidentiality of student, employee, and company information
- Ability to manipulate and interpret large data sets
- Proven ability to provide effective professional development to large and small audiences of adult learners
- Proficiency in SharePoint and Microsoft applications
- 2+ years teaching special education or providing related services
- 2+ years administering special education programs and overseeing special education compliance, with preference given to those with district/network level special education administrator experience
- 2+ years documenting policies and procedures
- e-IEP Pro experience
- PowerSchool experience
- Preferred: experience working directly with regulatory agencies on special education compliance
- Preferred: 2+ years of experience with IDEA Basic grant processes
Education & Certification
- Bachelor’s degree in special education or related field, Master’s degree preferred
- Current special education certification preferred or combination of special education experience and other valid educator or service provider certification
- Valid Identity Verified Prints (IVP) Fingerprint Clearance Card
Benefits and Salary:
- Salary for this position is competitive and dependent on education and experience
- BASIS.ed offers a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to:
- Employer paid medical and dental insurance
- Vision insurance
- Ability to add dependents
- 401k with partial match that grows over time
BASIS Charter Schools embrace subject expertise and passion in the classroom!
Our teachers are part of one of the nation’s most collaborative and professional learning communities. All of our schools use the acclaimed BASIS Charter School Curriculum. At the same time, our teachers are given the autonomy and academic freedom to teach in the manner that suits them. They choose how best to create dynamic lessons that foster student enthusiasm for new ideas and high-level learning. They help guide students to reach their greatest potential while preparing them for the demands of higher education, a rewarding career, and global citizenship. BASIS Charter School teachers spend their time teaching engaged students and teaming up with fellow educators -- creating an intellectual, inspiring, supportive, and Collegial school community.
Reasonable Accommodations Statement
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act and applicable state law, BASIS* does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, gender identity or expression, or any other classification protected by law in any of its business activities, including its educational programs and activities which comply fully with the requirements of state and federal law and Title IX.
*As used in this policy, the term "BASIS" refers to: BASIS Educational Group, LLC, BASIS Schools, Inc., BTX Schools, Inc., BDC, A Public School, Inc., BBR Schools, Inc., and all affiliated entities.