Assistant Director of Specialized Services (Low Incidence)

Mastery Charter Schools - Philadelphia, PA3.4

Full-timeEstimated: $59,000 - $78,000 a year
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Mastery Schools is seeking an Assistant Director of Specialized Services – Low Incidence (ADSS) to support Mastery Charter Schools’ Philadelphia campuses in implementing and coordinating classrooms and initiatives that support our Low Incidence student population. The ADSS will play a pivotal role in ensuring an effective connection exists between programs developed by the central office academic and specialized services teams and their implementation at schools. In addition, the ADSS will ensure that actionable data and information flows efficiently and quickly between schools and central office functions. The ADSS will have a variety of ongoing, individual projects including coordination, information gathering and dissemination, and project management. The ADSS will report directly to the Deputy Chief of Specialized Services.

About Mastery:
We believe neighborhood schools matter, all students deserve access to a great education, and the people in our building can grow and develop sustainably to make the biggest impact possible in this work. If you haven’t seen our new website, you should learn more about us here: http://www.masterycharter.org/

For the quick synopsis: Mastery Charter Schools is a non-profit network of 25 schools serving more than 13,500 students in Philadelphia and Camden. Sixteen of our schools are turnarounds of previously struggling district neighborhood schools and charter schools. Mastery is the largest turnaround school operator in the nation and has been lauded by President Obama and the US Department of Education for our ability to dramatically boost academic achievement in historically low-performing schools.

We are organized around a common vision: “Mastery schools are joyful, authentic communities where students learn how to think critically and act independently so they are truly prepared for post-secondary success.” Mastery’s work is rooted in an unwavering belief that their students can achieve at the highest levels. To fulfill this vision, we recognize that we must attend to the whole child –personal as well as academic skills matter and schools must match high expectations for students with high levels of support.

Mastery Charter Schools is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications from people of all backgrounds. Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. Mastery offers a full benefits program and opportunities for professional growth.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Coordinate central office to school communication, develop efficient systems that provide LI classrooms with support, LI related information, data, and proven strategies- all in support of LI student outcomes and the inclusion of LI students and their families in school services, systems, policy, and overall school community
Coordinate school to central office communication, developing efficient systems to collect feedback on network supports and strategy
Support APSSs in developing LI teachers to ensure their classrooms are inclusive and results driven
Develop systems to ensure functional central office departments are informed of federal and state LI policy and their implications on how LEAs serve the LI student population
Collect, analyze, and share out LI data from multiple Mastery campuses
Maintaining accurate files and documents related to LI as required by federal and state policy
Research, purchase and/or develop classroom resources, curriculum and equipment specifically for LI classrooms and the needs of students
Coordinate, develop and present professional development for LI staff throughout the year as well as onboarding training at the beginning of the year
Support schools in and develop IEPs and PBSPs for LI students
Support schools in administering the PASA for LI students across the network
Manage a variety of projects at the school and network level, as needed
Other duties as may be required to ensure central office supports are effective and our schools and students are successful

Qualifications:
Demonstrated expertise in subject area
Classroom teaching experience in an urban school setting
Documented experience using data-driven instruction to achieve significant student gains
Ability to coach and effectively communicate with teachers and instructional leaders
Ability to write instructional and compliance manuals and other supplemental documents
Training in ABA, TEACCH, Structured Teaching
Experience writing and developing IEPs, PBSPs, and evaluating FBAs
Well-versed in therapy needs (communication and physical)
Ability to research and communicate federal and state policy that hold implications on how LEAs serve LI students and their families.
Strong listening and communication skills: ADSS will provide school facing, family and community facing workshops –all intended to inform participants and the network on best practice, policy, and values of all stakeholders

Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s degree preferred
5+ years teaching experience in the Special Education field is preferred
Experience working with school leaders and presenting workshops in the content area is a plus, but not required

Physical Requirements:
Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required such as traveling to network campuses and maneuvering in office space-reaching file cabinets, filing, faxing, coping, typing, mailing, and making phone calls; Must be able to sit for up to four (4) hours looking at a computer monitor, using a keyboard and mouse and typing.

Other Requirements:
Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle for travel when necessary, preferred.