Job Title: Manager, Special Education Accountability
Office: Office of Teaching and Learning
Date Posted: 4/20/2021
Salary Range: 1-5 / $92,748 - $104,655
NTE Date: N/A
The Office of Social Emotional Academic Development works with the Chancellor to ensure coherence in the educational experience for our students, families, and schools. Our goal is to initiate change and lead DC Public Schools into the highest performing school district in the nation. We are currently in the process of creating our next strategic plan. After engaging with over 3,000 internal and external stakeholders to help shape the future of DCPS, our draft strategic priorities include:
- Promote Equity: Define, understand, and promote equity to close achievement gaps and interrupt institutional bias.
- Empower Our People: Recruit, develop, and retain a talented, caring, and diverse team.
- Educate the Whole Child: Provide rigorous, joyful and inclusive academic and social emotional experiences for all students.
- Ensure Excellent Schools: Increase the number of high quality schools across the district by defining blended autonomies for schools and creating opportunities for innovation.
- Engage Families: Deepen partnerships with families and community.
The mission of the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) is to deliver high-quality instructional resources, enhance classroom practice and scale effective programs to increase DCPS student achievement and prepare all students for success in college, career, and (see application details) spans four core competency areas:
- Professional learning;
- Enrichments and interventions; and
- Formative assessment.
Team members support school-based staff in implementing DCPS's existing academic programs while simultaneously working to rethink and redesign school programming, academic and curricular resources and educator professional development.
The Division of Specialized Instruction (DSI) works to provide a high quality continuum of services in an inclusive environment so every student with disabilities is prepared for success in college, career, and life. The division works with schools to design, implement, and monitor programs and supports for students with disabilities.
The Manager, Special Education Accountability is responsible for leveraging deep expertise in IDEA, DCMR, and the DC Special Education Enhancement Act of 2014 to ensure that schools are accountable for their special education programming. The Manager, Special Education Accountability will collaborate with instructional superintendents and local school leaders to ensure they have the data, context, skill, and mindset to execute on multiple competing and complex special education priorities, including but not limited to: child find obligations, middle and high school transition requirements, compliance metrics, and complex family engagement. The position includes and is not limited to the development and implementation of adult professional learning using a variety of platforms to ensure that DCPS develops local school capacity to meet the needs of all students with disabilities and responds timely and accurately with each component of their education in collaboration with an instructional team. This position is a safety-sensitive position. As a result, throughout employment this position will be subject to the Employee Mandatory Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy.
The Manager, Special Education Accountability will report to the Director, Monitoring & School Support.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
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, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.
- Applies deep expertise in IDEA, DCMR, DC Special Education Enhancement Act of 2014, and other relevant policies and processes to develop neighborhood school capacity to serve each child with a disability.
- Utilizes adult facilitation and coaching expertise in special education law and policy to improve the experience of families of students with disabilities and school staff who serve students with disabilities across the full continuum of services.
- Collaborates with school leaders to assesses the school's special education family engagement, compliance, and accountability needs, including leadership and instructional staff; and assists in the development of professional development opportunities to ensure those needs bridge the gap between compliance and instruction.
- Produces, presents, and reflects on a range of adult professional learning experiences with multiple teams.
- Helps manage the analysis and presentation of data and progress of data-driven initiatives for senior management team and external audiences; communicates progress to key stakeholder groups; and incorporates their input.
- Anticipates, identifies, and resolves complex obstacles to success of overall program as well as specific projects.
- Interviews and surveys other colleagues and management teams to determine opportunities for improvement; researches specific issues; and develops detailed recommendations and implementation plans to resolve.
- Builds relationships and liaises with various internal departments to drive collaboration and project success; and interacts with and responds effectively to urgent requests from multiple internal and external DCPS stakeholders.
- Identifies and systematizes successful operational and project management methods across the department; and develops and strengthens resources for program evaluation and support.
- Stays closely aware of progress of projects, high-level initiatives, and emerging issues across DCPS organization; and pro-actively helps to adjust program approach based on changes in direction, priorities, and resources.
- Stays aware of innovations, developments in policy, and research; and advises DCPS Senior Management Team on proposed legislation, policies, procedures, and directives affecting the specific department and projects assigned.
- Bachelor's degree and four to six years of related work experience.
- Master's degree preferred.
- Deep expertise in IDEA and special education obligations on both a federal and local level.
- Deep expertise in complex, courageous conversations with multiple stakeholders in challenging situations.
- Dynamic presentation skills and experience with collaboration across multiple teams.
- STUDENTS FIRST: We recognize students as whole children and put their needs first in everything we do.
- COURAGE: We have the audacity to learn from our successes and failures, to try new things, and to lead the nation as a proof point of PK-12 success.
- EQUITY: We work proactively to eliminate opportunity gaps by interrupting institutional bias and investing in effective strategies to ensure every student succeeds.
- EXCELLENCE: We work with integrity and hold ourselves accountable for exemplary outcomes, service, and interactions.
- TEAMWORK: We recognize that our greatest asset is our collective vision and ability to work collaboratively and authentically.
- JOY: We enjoy our collective work and will enthusiastically celebrate our success and each other.