Georgia Cyber Academy
Starting Salary: $75,000.00
SUMMARY: Special Education Director provides leadership and oversight for Special Education Program compliance, operations, services, academic curriculum and supports, assistive technology, data and reports, and the personnel associated with these areas and functions of the school’s Special Education Program. Additionally, they provide guidance and compliance oversight in assisting school-based personnel in improving the quality of teaching and learning for special education and LIFE students.
- Demonstrates knowledge of innovative and researched-based methodologies used to instruct students with disabilities in a virtual environment;
- Develops, disseminates, and guides “best practices” for special education and the LIFE program in collaboration with school leadership;
- Formulates policies and procedures for new or revised programs or activities, such as screening, placement, education, and compliance training of special education and LIFE students in collaboration with school leadership;
- Supports Directors and Assistant Directors in implementing Special Education programs and services;
- Evaluates special education programs to ensure that program objectives are met;
- Directs the implementation of state and federal legislation related to special education;
- Implements policies established by IDEA federal law, state law, State Board of Education, SCSC, and GCA Board policies in collaboration with school leadership;
- Ensures compliance of special education programs including Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA);
- Prepares reports for federal, state, and local regulatory agencies;
- Ensures compliance with all school, local, state, and federal reporting related to special education and the LIFE program;
- Collects data for internal studies of special education and LIFE program;
- Coordinates with other departments to implement and maintain integrated student data of special education and LIFE programs;
- Creates monthly special education and LIFE board report;
- Creates bi-annual special education and LIFE academic data report;
- Creates reports as requested;
- Prepares and coordinates for all monitoring visits and audits related to special education and the LIFE programs;
- Oversees the development, compliance, maintenance, and implementation of all eligibility and reevaluation of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP);
- Collaborates with district personnel in the implementation of individualized education plans, related services, transition, and compliancy needs;
- Participates as Local Education Agency (LEA) district representative at IEP team meetings;
- Develops contracts with service providers to provide related services to students and supports full implementation of GCA’s related services database to track related services in order to ensure all eligible students are receiving services and that the costs of those services are verified and are reported correctly;
- Supports and engages learners’ families by responding to their concerns in a timely manner, through regular communication in compliance with GCA rules and expectations;
- Connects learners’ families to statewide/community resources;
- Maintains regular office hours and schedules appointments as needed to assist students and parents with additional concerns/questions;
- Ensures that special education students are integrated in all school activities;
- Ensures that general education and special education teachers and administrative staff work collaboratively to ensure academic success for all students;
- Works directly with parents and students (both regular and special education) where necessary;
- Recruits, recommends for hire, and evaluates special education department staff;
- Coordinates and facilitates staff meetings for special education department staff
- Coordinates with CIA Department trainings for SE and LIFE instructional staff;
- Assists with the design and development of special education professional development programs;
- Supports the school’s administration in providing training on and implementation of special education program and services school-wide;
- Attends all trainings and professional development as directed and required;
- Attends professional conferences as directed and required;
- Participates in state-wide testing implementation as directed and required;
- Works collaboratively with other divisions and departments to meet school goals; ensure alignment of programs, services, and operations; and to improve efficiency and effectiveness of division operations, programs, and services;
- Collaborates with the Instructional Support Services Director on Response to Intervention (RTI) Tier 3 students recommended for SE evaluation and 504 program;
- Collaborates with the Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Director on special education academic program instructional implementation, SE student transition program, Advanced and Gifted Program IDEA compliance, and GAA Assessment administration;
- Collaborates with the Chief Financial Officer to prepare budget to provide financial support for programs;
- Writes, directs, implements, and coordinates grants as requested;
- Collaborates with the Superintendent/Head of School on all special education budgets, program needs, compliance reports/items, staffing needs, and department plans;
- Implements all Superintendent directives and GCA Board policies;
- Collaborates with the Executive Director, Superintendent/Head of School, and legal contractors on investigating, answering any special education claims, and addressing any special education findings;
- Works with Human Resources to fill all departmental vacancies in an expeditious manner within budget constraints;
- Creates and maintains appropriate contacts with district(s), intermediate units, and state special education leaders in order to ensure continued compliance of special education programs and positively represent the school throughout the state in discussions, communications, meetings, and trainings related to the implementation of special programs; and
- Supports GCA’s philosophy, mission, vision, strategic plan, and school-wide plan.
- Portray Georgia Cyber Academy and all personnel that work for the school in a positive and professional manner to its stakeholders, the public, other entities, and all other educational organizations, schools, departments, and oversight bodies.
OTHER DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities and/or duties required; other duties may be assigned.
- Advanced proficiency with various computer-based software (SIS, LMS, Virtual Classroom Platform, Virtual Conferencing Tools, Related Service Platform, Data Dashboards, Virtual Curriculum, etc.)
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
- Proficiency with Google for Education Tools including gmail
- Highly developed computer and technology skills
- Demonstrates skills in data gathering and analysis, project planning and evaluation
- Allocates time and resources effectively
- Respects confidentiality
- Must understand data driven instructional decision-making
- Knowledge of legal issues and requirements related to IDEA and Special Education rules, regulations, and law
- Strong knowledge and skill in problem-solving processes
- Strong knowledge of SE testing, evaluation, and assessment
- Deep understanding of SE instruction in reading/literacy, math, and behavior interventions
- Ability to develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate program goals and initiatives
- Excellent organizational and leadership skills
- Excellent communication skills both written and verbal with demonstrated ability to prepare and present comprehensive, effective oral and written reports
- Must be able to communicate positively, professionally, and effectively with students, staff, and community
- Demonstrated understanding of philosophical, educational, fiscal, and legal aspects of public/charter education
- Mastery of procedures, methods, techniques, and strategies related to the administration and operation of a K-12 school
- Ability to apply understanding of pupil services trends, strategies, and techniques
- Ability to apply understanding of program and activity evaluation strategies and procedures
- Ability to apply methods, procedures, and strategies of instructional leadership
- Ability to interpret and apply rules and regulations relating to the instruction and curriculum of special education students under the federal regulations and guidelines
- Ability to establish and maintain positive, professional, and effective working relationships with a wide variety of groups and individuals
Supervisory Responsibilities: Under the guidance of the Superintendent/Head of School, this position could directly supervise 30-200 Full-time Equivalent (FTE) employees and/or contractors, e.g. Special Education assistant directors, administrative positions, coordinators, managers, supervisors, specialists, liaisons, support staff, related service providers and staff, LIFE program support positions, compliance, records, and enrollment personnel. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies, procedures, practices, and all applicable laws, rules, and regulations. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies.
- Adaptability/Flexibility: Adapts to change, is open to new ideas, takes on new responsibilities, handles pressure, and adjusts plans to meet changing needs.
- Integrity/Ethics: Deals with others in a straightforward and honest manner, is accountable for actions, maintains confidentiality, supports company values, and conveys good news and bad.
- Teamwork: Meets all team deadlines and responsibilities, listens to others and values opinions, helps team leader to meet goals, welcomes newcomers, and promotes a team atmosphere.
MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
- Master’s degree AND
- Five (5) years teaching experience in the Special Education field WITH
- Three (3) years of leadership in the field including supervising and evaluating personnel OR
Equivalent combination of education and experience
- Ability to pass required background check
- Valid Georgia Teaching Certificate
- Ability to travel 30% of time including meetings and professional development
- Previous special education experience in Georgia.
- Previous special education experience in a virtual environment.
- Working knowledge of Canvas.
- Working knowledge of Infinite Campus.
- Working knowledge of Jigsaw (online classroom delivery tool)
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- This is a blended office-based position requiring at least 3 days per week in office with some ability to work from home. During critical situations and work periods in office requirements may exceed 3 days per week.
- Travel up to 30% of the time including meetings and professional development
The above job is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as assigned by their supervisor. All employment is “at-will” as governed by the law of the state where the employee works. It is further understood that the “at-will” nature of employment is one aspect of employment that cannot be changed except in writing and signed by an authorized officer.
Job Types: Full-time, Contract