Special Education Instructional Coach

Special Education Instructional Coach

Under the direction of the Director of Special Education, the Special Education Instructional Coach is responsible for coaching and supporting our Education Specialists and paraprofessionals. The Special Education Instructional Coach works cooperatively with school leaders and staff in supporting students with disabilities, and will take initiative to improve the quality of education in the community. The Special Education Instructional Coach will embrace and encourage the acceptance of diversity while using effective people skills to communicate. A successful candidate will have the ability to command respect and work with students in a positive manner. Each staff member serves as a role model for our students in how to conduct themselves as respectful and responsible young adults. Finally, Alpha staff hold a deep belief that all students can succeed in college, and that it is the responsibility of staff to ensure that success.We are seeking passionate individuals who embody Alpha’s mission, vision and core beliefs: leaders who believe that all students can learn, that our scholars belong in college, and that student growth is a reflection of the teacher’s practice. We are looking for leaders who are reflective in their practice and are willing to engage in conversations around educational equity and inclusivity. We're committed to finding leaders who value and amplify the diverse experiences of our staff and scholars and their families, and who care deeply about addressing the inequities that exist in education.What you’ll do…Coaching and DevelopmentPlan, execute, and improve professional development and on-boarding for new/returning teachers and other SPED staff Conduct weekly observations and debrief meetings with 2 education specialists to meet goals and move along the professional growth rubric Conduct bi-weekly observations and debrief meetings with 10 education specialists and 2 Special Education Paraprofessionals to meet goals and move along the professional growth rubric Assist with planning and executing Special Education-specific Professional Development IEP Guidance and SupportParticipate in the development of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) which include annual goals and short-term objectives for exceptional students Provide feedback and coaching around IEP writing and meeting facilitation Manage difficult cases, and attend challenging IEPs as administrative designee Administration and ComplianceSupport in paperwork collection and organization Disseminate necessary information to school-site teams Assist in managing state and federal reporting mandates Coach and support teachers in keeping compliant records You possess…A valid clear, mild-moderate California SPED credential (preferred, but not required) Masters Degree in Education (Special Education, preferred) or equivalent degree, preferred Extensive knowledge of SPED laws and best practices 3-5+ years successful teaching experience CA teaching experience preferred; if not, able and willing to get quickly caught up on California SPED laws You stand out by being...Committed: You are committed to working with students in traditionally underserved communities. Collaborative: You are team-oriented and are able to implement school-wide systems effectively and consistently. Organized: You are self-motivated and reliable, with the ability to plan and execute on tasks Experienced: You have taught in an under-resourced community and have experience managing adults (highly preferred).  You also have proven experience managing difficult IEP cases Bilingual: Fluent in Spanish, highly preferred Diplomatic: Relationship builder with the flexibility and finesse to “manage by influence” Customer-Service Oriented: Customer service approach to education (teachers and parents) and stellar interpersonal and communication skills. Values Driven: Excellent integrity and demonstrate strong professional judgment and initiative CPR and First Aid Certification Join our team…To apply for this position, please submit a resume and cover letter online.Alpha Public Schools is a network of four high-performing public charter schools founded by a group of East San José mothers dedicated to helping transform their community. We have a strong growth mindset – as individuals, as an organization, and on behalf of our students and families. We want to be better tomorrow than we are today.As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or disability. We are strongly committed to hiring a diverse and multicultural staff and encourage applications from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.Salary is competitive and compensation includes a comprehensive benefits package.