20/21- Student Support Services Coordinator (Special Education) / Special Education Coordinator / Lead Education Specialist

20/21- Student Support Services Coordinator (Special Education) / Special Education Coordinator / Lead Education Specialist

REPORTS TO: Site Principal & Director of Special Education Position SummaryEducation for Change is looking for dynamic and visionary instructional leaders with a Special Education background who will engage students, staff, and families to ensure high student achievement. The Student Support Services Coordinator collaborates closely with the principal and the Student Support Services department to ensure the quality of the special education instructional program at the site and to act as a resource in the areas of teacher support, federal accountability, creating a collaborative, results-oriented professional learning community, analyzing and responding to student data, responding to the effectiveness of interventions and instructional practices, and support to students with disabilities. In addition, the Student Support Services Coordinator assists with training for site staff in instructional support methods for students with disabilities and special education compliance. S/he should know how to successfully work in an urban K-12 school with a high English Learner and low-income population, including students who have experienced trauma. S/he is a skilled education specialist who is able to plan, provide, and supervise instruction that accelerates student learning. S/he will be able to manage a leadership role while maintaining some direct service and case management responsibilities. S/he will engage community partners and families in serving the whole child and ensuring ALL children achieve at high levels prepared to succeed in any setting. About Education for Change Public SchoolsFounded in 2005, Education for Change (EFC) is a charter management organization that was created as a partnership between Oakland Unified School District and the education reform community in order to leverage the flexibilities in charter law to facilitate greater innovation and to address the underperformance of our most vulnerable student populations. EFC is Oakland’s largest charter operator, serving over 3,000 students in the Fruitvale and Elmhurst neighborhoods of East Oakland. Our ApproachEFC is committed to serving ALL students, regardless of need. Our approach addresses the diverse needs of our students by offering a myriad of program designs to meet individual needs. We offer inclusion, resource instruction, combined programs that include both inclusive and small group instruction, and specialized programs for students with autism, those in need of emotional support, and students with more moderate needs. Utilizing a Multi-Tiered System of Supports, our multidisciplinary team works collaboratively to analyze and problem solve around student and staff needs. We employ a whole child approach that not only meets the basic needs of our students, but also takes into consideration their socio-emotional, academic and behavioral needs. Essential Duties and ResponsibilitiesLeadership·       Collaborate with other Student Support Services Coordinators and school site leaders to ensure alignment across school sites in systems and implementation of programs·       Iterate and implement EFCPS network wide Student Support Services systems·       Evaluate and analyze complex problems, issues, concerns and recommend appropriate alternative solutions to make effective and timely decisions·       Create a culture where the staff works as a dedicated professional team·       Other duties as assigned Student Support Services Leadership- Special Education and Multi-Tiered System of Supports·       Serve as Student Support Services Coordinator, acting as a liaison between student support services staff and school site leadership. Represent student support staff and act as a voice for students with diverse learning needs. Advocate for student support services staff needs. Involve student support staff in decision making appropriate to the situation including school site planning, committees, etc.·       Lead the Coordination of Services Team (COST) to oversee the referral of students requiring support (academic, speech/language, and social-emotional/behavioral), timely implementation of interventions, the progress monitoring of students receiving interventions, and the evaluation of intervention effectiveness·       Ensure there is a Student Study Team (SST) process in place and that a multi-disciplinary team considers, plans, and assesses general education interventions and supports for individual students experiencing academic, speech/language, and/or social emotional/behavioral difficulties. Ensure parent participation in SST meetings and meeting documentation/record keeping·       Assist in designing, coordinating and monitoring implementation of research-based interventions aligned to a multi-tiered intervention framework. Facilitate effective integration of educational, clinical, and behavioral program components·       Collaborate with principal and home office student support services leadership to lead, manage, and evaluate the effectiveness of special education program and use data as the driver for PD, teacher support, and programmatic shifts·       Lead the Learning Lab Team:·       Provide direction, coaching and support for education specialists, speech and language pathologists, clinicians, paraeducators, and other service providers·       Develop agendas and facilitate weekly Learning Lab team meetings·       Create Learning Lab procedures and resources·       Collaborate with Learning Lab Team to coordinate special education services:·       Support with scheduling of services, ensure schedules meet required minutes;·       Ensure all service providers have rooms to serve students;·       Coordinate space/time for collaboration between various service providers·       Ensure appropriate testing accommodations for all statewide testing, assessments related to IEPs, and teacher-made assessments·       Ensure parent engagement and understanding throughout the IEP process·       Attend complex IEP meetings·       Serve as Administrative Designee at IEP meetings as needed·       Case manage Section 504 plans·       Other duties as assigned Case Management/Direct Instruction·       Manage and coordinate services for complex, high needs special education cases·       Maintain accurate student records and ensure compliance with all state and federal laws, local board policies, and administrative guidelines·       Ensure educational benefit by writing compliant, data-driven IEPs·       Facilitate IEP meetings and ensure collaborative stakeholder engagement·       Establish a culture of high expectations that includes the shared belief that ALL children can achieve at high levels and are prepared to succeed in any setting·       Demonstrate respect and understanding of students and families from diverse backgrounds·       Assist in the creation of a learning environment that is conducive of all learning styles and preferences·       Communicate regularly and exchange information with families; provide resources and strategies for families to support their student’s success·       Collaborate with general education teachers to ensure work is accessible to all students per IEPs and utilizing best practices in inclusion and universal design for learning·       Plan, implement, and/or supervise specialized academic instruction·       Analyze student data and monitor progress towards goals; adjust supports and services as needed·       Direct and supervise paraprofessionals as needed·       Administer, under supervision, first aid and assistance to medically fragile children (e.g. toileting, diapering, etc.) as needed·       Participate in and/or coordinates a variety of meetings (e.g. Professional Learning Community, IEP, Grade Level)·       Actively seek and participate in professional development opportunities to remain current with federal and state special education guidelines·       Transport students, as necessary·       Attend mandatory new hire professional development·       Other duties as assigned Required Qualifications:·       Must be detail oriented, collaborative, have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and possess outstanding organization skills·       Minimum of 2-3 years of teaching experience·       Valid California Educational Specialist Credential authorizing service to students with Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe disabilities·       Knowledge of curriculum and administrative practices·       Must possess a growth mindset and be able to use feedback to refine practice·       Successful experience working in a collaborative environment·       Experience working with diverse communities Desired Qualifications:·       Experience as a teacher leader, instructional coach, or site leader·       Spanish Bilingual·       Experience integrating technology as a teaching tool·       Strong data analysis skill·       Experience working with English Language Learners·       Training in conflict resolution and mediation Compensation & BenefitsEFCPS offers a highly competitive salary and benefits package. For details, go to www.efcps.org/careers. EFC covers 80-90% of Medical/Dental/Vision plan coverage. Participation in STRS. Application ProcessApply online at http://efcps.org/careers/join-our-team/ EFC Core Values·       Connected- We continually work to build trusting relationships among students, families, staff, and the Oakland community at large. We are an all-hands-on-deck network driven by empathy. We value our collective identity and the individual identities of our community members and scholars such that we have a sense of collective ownership and responsibility for each other and for our scholars·       Inclusive- We proactively disrupt predictable patterns of opportunity, power, privilege, and performance. We create an inclusive environment where multiple perspectives are not only valued but sought, where people from all backgrounds feel seen and heard and can thrive, and where we all feel a deep sense of accountability to our mission·       Interdependent- Our success at every level is dependent on our individual and collective sustainability. To that end, we are transparent, creative, and collaborative problem-solvers who seek to build trusting relationships. We are curious and are open to new ideas while also putting systems in place to ensure continuity so that our employees can stay, grow, thrive, and help make good on our promise to our students and families·       Learners- We support each other to develop and grow so that we can leverage our collective power, intelligence, and passion on behalf of our students. We lean on home-grown leaders who are rooted in our community. Individuals feel known and are provided opportunities to maximize their potential in alignment with their passions and goals