Director of Student Support Services

Green Dot Public Schools Washington Published: May 24, 2018
Location
SeaTac, WA
Job Type
Category

Description

ABOUT GREEN DOT:

Green Dot Public Schools Washington (wa.greendot.org) is dedicated to transforming educational opportunities for students across Washington State as part of a larger solution for educational equity and access for all students. Green Dot Washington is part of the larger Green Dot Public School network  (www.greendot.org) which is the leading charter school operator in Los Angeles, one of the largest in the nation, and an important catalyst for education reform. Green Dot’s mission is to transform public education so that every student can graduate prepared for college, leadership, and life. We achieve this mission by running a high performing network of 23 secondary schools in academically underserved communities in Washington State, Los Angeles and Memphis. Our academic model is designed to create small, safe, high-performing learning environments that meet individual student needs. Learn more about our work in Los Angeles and Memphis here.

 

ABOUT GREEN DOT WASHINGTON:

Green Dot Public Schools is transforming education in Washington State with four schools serving students in Tacoma, Kent and Southeast Seattle:

  • Destiny Middle School in Tacoma’s Eastside neighborhood, opened as one of the first charter schools in Washington in August 2015 with a founding class of 6th graders and reached full build-out this year with grades 6-8.
  • Rainier Valley Leadership Academy Middle School serving the Southeast Seattle community opened its doors in the fall of 2017 with a founding class of 6th graders and will grow to serve grades 6-8 over the next two years.
  • Excel Public Charter School opened as a stand alone charter school in Kent, WA in 2015 and joined the Green Dot network in 2017. Excel currently serves students in grades 7-9 and will grow to include grades 7-12 over the next three years.
  • Rainier Valley Leadership Academy High School is preparing to launch with a founding class of 9th graders in the fall of 2018 and will serve the Southeast Seattle community in partnership with Rainier Valley Leadership Academy Middle School. RVLA High School will grow to serve students in grades 9-12 over the course of the next four years.

In order to support these efforts, Green Dot is building a Washington Home Office that will unparalleled coaching and support to its schools, develop relationships with community and family stakeholders, and grow strategic relationships with various statewide educational districts, agencies and nonprofit organizations. Green Dot Washington works in partnership with Green Dot’s national office in Los Angeles and Tennessee office in Memphis to provide supports to its schools.

Our national network employs more than 1,000 dedicated, mission-driven teachers, administrators and staff to serve more than 10,000 students. Our academic model is designed to create small, safe, high-performing learning environments that meet individual student needs. We take the time to learn each student’s needs, and work with parents, teachers and counselors to help all students succeed.

 

 

OPPORTUNITY:

The Student Services Program Administrator (SSPA) will serve as the Administrator for special programs within Green Dot Washington schools and the Washington Home Office.  He/she will partner with  Directors and School Administrators across Green Dot’s network and local districts to ensure programmatic and fiscal compliance. This is a 12-month position requiring work both during and after school hours.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Green Dot Home Office Support

  • Work collaboratively with the home office Academic Team on professional development and to provide appropriate program recommendations around student services programs.
  • Serve as a liaison between Green Dot and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) as it relates to student services best practices and compliance regarding the following programs: Special Education, Mckinney-Vento, Foster, TBIP, HIB, Section 504, Highly Capable
  • Collaborate with other charter organizations to drive policy as it relates to establishing a system of supports student services in Washington State.
  • Collaborate with other Green Dot Special Education administrators and directors to ensure fidelity to Green Dot’s model implementation in all program areas.
  • Build partnerships with local special education service providers for contracted services, as needed.
  • Interpret applicable laws, codes, policies and regulations as they apply to all student services programs pupils and processes.
  • Assist in the consistent updating of all policies and procedures for Green Dot that adheres to all mandates within the Individual with Disabilities Improvement Act, Washington Education Code, and OSPI policies and procedures.
  • Support Counselors in the implementation of best practices.

 

School Site Program Maintenance:

  • Collaborate/Consult with special education school teams to develop comprehensive special education programs that adhere to special education policies and provide access to all students.
  • Support schools in conceptualizing new ideas and approaches to special education and integrate them into a coherent program.
  • Coach Lead Teachers to ensure quality program implementation, successful IEP meetings, parent responsiveness, and school-based professional development.
  • Initiate cost-effective programs and services for all special education programs.
  • Analyze and make recommendations to school site administrators on budget(s) related to special education programs; anticipate revenue and expenditure needs and changes.
  • Serve as a resource for information regarding special education laws and regulations
  • Collaborate with school site administrators to implement a “Best Practice Approach” when developing special education programs.
  • Observe classrooms where student with disabilities are served and provide recommendations to administrators.
  • Collaborate with home office Academic Team to ensure quality professional development for school site personnel.

 

Compliance

  • Review specific compliance reports and make recommendations to school site leaders.
  • Provide monthly compliance reports for school leaders to use as a tool to monitor compliance at their school site.
  • Participate/consult in high priority IEP meetings, including those meetings that could possibly lead to more restrictive placements/settings.
  • Provide expertise and assistance regarding Code of Discipline for special education students; follow-up and attend (if requested) Discipline Review Board meetings of special education students to ensure a coordinated placement process.
  • Follow-up with special education placements, including implementation of related services, adaptive equipment, instructional materials and record keeping of services
  • Serve as a liaison between school site and other agencies.
  • Provide updates on special education procedures to maintain compliance.
  • Providetechnical support to assure compliance with special education regulations and Green Dot policies.
  • Coordinate, participate in, and complete all necessary documentation for Consolidated Program Reviews and WISM
  • Liaise with home office compliance team on the completion of federal reports (iGrants) and Safety Net Grant Applications
  • Manage contracts for outside providers
  • Ensure all school sites meet compliance requirements for all student services programs

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Valid Washington State Teaching License with an endorsement in Special Education (required)
  • Valid Washington State Administrative Credential or comparable out of state credential which is transferable to Washington, or working towards an Administrative Credential (strongly preferred)
  • Relevant Masters or equivalent degree (strongly preferred)
  • Strong Knowledge of the Disabilities Education Improvement Act, Base instruction, Response to Intervention Framework, Behavior Modification Strategies, and Education Code.
  • A passion for improving urban middle and high schools and driving education reform.
  • Experience working with students with disabilities as a teacher or in a related field
  • Minimum 5 years teaching experience in special education with a history of improving student achievement. Teaching experience in multiple Special Education settings is highly desirable
  • Experience working in an urban school setting.
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities.
  • Proven management and team building skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and writing skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills is a must
  • Excellent collaborative and organizational skills is a must
  • A strong ethical base and self-awareness

Green Dot Public Schools Washington is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strives for a balanced, productive workforce, which is diverse in terms of age, gender, and cultural identity. We do not base hiring or promotional decisions on factors other than performance and professional growth potential. Please note that we are unable to sponsor H-1B Visa applicants.

 

COMPENSATION:

Salary for this position is commensurate with experience. We also offer a comprehensive benefits plan as well as the opportunity to impact a growing, mission-driven organization that is committed to the success of all its students.

To Apply

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:
We require all candidates to complete an online application at https://greendot.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/WA.

Only applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted and we hire on a rolling basis. The start date for this role is July
2018 but is flexible for the right candidate.