Special Education Director
About KIPP Delta Public Schools:
Founded in 2002, KIPP Delta Public Schools is a growing network of free, open-enrollment, public charter schools offering a choice to families and a college-preparatory education to children in the Arkansas Delta. It currently serves more than 1,200 students across four schools in Helena and Blytheville, Arkansas. By 2016, KIPP Delta expects to have launched three additional schools. The KIPP Delta team believes that "All of us WILL learn," and that through hard work, high expectations, and more time in the classroom with dedicated teachers, each of its students will be prepared for success in college & life. By providing outstanding educators and a strong culture of achievement, KIPP Delta Public Schools is helping all students climb the mountain to and through college.
KIPP Delta is committed to preparing students in underserved, high-poverty areas in the Arkansas Delta for success in college and life- a crucial focus since the Arkansas Delta region has one of the lowest high school graduation rates and the fewest college graduates in Arkansas. KIPP Delta plans to reverse this trend by doubling the number of college-ready graduates in the Delta, and is proving what’s possible as evidenced by a current 85% college or military persistence rate for its first four classes of graduating seniors.
The Director of Special Education is responsible for the leadership, administration, and supervision of the region’s Special education program and services, and will lead the development and implementation of KIPP Delta’s Special Education policies and procedures. S/he will work cooperatively with all instructional faculty and parents to provide an appropriate education program for students with disabilities.
The Director of Special Education is responsible for ensuring that all Special Education students make college-ready growth in all academic areas as measured by the NWEA MAP exam.
The Director of Special Education will report to the Chief Academic Officer.
Duties and Responsibilities:
These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.
Strategy and Implementation
• Develop and manage the Special Education strategy, implementation, plan, and calendar in order to coordinate Special Education services in all KIPP Delta Public Schools
• Facilitate the delivery of services among multiple external providers and act as the liaison among external partners working with Special Education students
• Represent KIPP Delta Public Schools at all local and regional Special Education meetings
• Formulate policies and procedures for new or existing programs and activities (e.g. inclusion model, pull out, etc.)
Compliance and Accountability
• Direct, monitor, and manage all KIPP Delta schools for compliance with state and federal laws; ensuring consistent, failsafe, and quality documentation from school to school
• Provide comprehensive, holistic reporting of student performance data to Chief Academic Officer and Executive Director
• Ensure that all records are effectively maintained and that timelines are consistently met for initial evaluations, annuals, and triennials
• Evaluate school level Special Education programs to ensure that objectives for student education are met
• Create an annual internal Special Education review process
• Create and refine Special Education forms as needed
• Lead due process cases and, when necessary, be present at contentious EP meetings
• Provide accurate and timely data to the Arkansas Department of Education
• Manage the operations of Special Education programs via school leaders and teaching faculty
• Hire and manage regional service providers, including but not limited to: RSP itinerant, Speech Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Counselor, etc.
• Support school level Special Education faculty
• Coach and collaborate with Special Education staff and general education teachers in each KIPP Delta Public School and provide instructional support that leads to dramatic academic gains for students
• Conduct regular observations and provide instructional feedback to teaching staff
• Secure and provide ongoing professional development and individual training to Special Education and general education teachers that includes research-based interventions, data analysis, and assessment modifications
• Conduct regular regional Special Education staff meetings
• Establish and communicate a division-wide philosophy of least restrictive environment for serving special needs students
• Guide the development and implementation of long-range and short-range plans for achieving Special Education goals and objectives in alignment with the school division’s strategic plan
• Monitor the development and implementation of all aspects of the Special Education program process
• Collaborate with school-based administrators and central office administrators regarding the discipline of students with disabilities
• Respond to concerns of parents, teachers, building and central office administrators, and community members
• Serve as the school division’s liaison in all matters concerning Special Education
• Maintain communication network with other Special Education Directors within the state
A candidate must possess:
A Bachelor’s degree
A demonstrated record of ensuring student achievement as a teacher and/or leader in a public school setting
At least three to five years experience working as a full-time Special Education teacher, preferably in Arkansas
Valid and current Arkansas Special Education Licensure
Experience with and strong knowledge of local and national Special Education laws and mandates
Experience working in an inclusive model classroom or experience as a case manager coordinating services for a group of students
Understanding of Response to Intervention (RtI) programs and experience in implementing RtI programs in schools
Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, high energy environment with a proven ability to meet multiple deadlines and tasks
Experience in meeting rigorous goals through the management and/or leadership of adults
Results-oriented, hands-on team player who is dedicated to getting the job done
The ability to receive and act upon adjusting feedback
Unwavering belief in and passion for the mission of KIPP Delta Public Schools
A commitment to continually developing the character strengths of grit, zest, optimism, self-control, social intelligence, gratitude, and curiosity in all students and one’s self
A candidate will ideally possess:
A master's degree in Special Education or related field
An administration degree or license
Four or more years teaching and leading in a low income community school
A deep understanding of and passion for KIPP's values in action
We are committed to hiring a diverse and multicultural team and encourage applications from traditionally under-represented backgrounds. Please visit our website at
. A cover letter is required.
As an equal opportunity employer, KIPP Delta does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, or any other basis made unlawful by applicable federal, state, or local laws or regulations.
KIPP Delta's salary schedule is available on our website, under "State Required Information."
KIPP Delta Public Schools - 7 months ago