Job Opening: Newark Public Schools - Executive Director, Special Education
Executive Director, Special Education
This is a historic time for Newark Public Schools (NPS). With the appointment of a new superintendent and a significant level of national attention and investment, Newark has an incredible opportunity to transform the school system into one that ensures that all Newark students graduate with the reading, writing, critical thinking, analytic, and quantitative skills to succeed in the college or career of their choice. In NPS, all means all including students who fall behind or have been considered "hard to serve" for a host of reasons. Superintendent Cami Anderson is leading this groundbreaking work, and she seeks a talented and committed leadership team to partner with her in moving the district towards its goal.
Newark Public Schools represents 74 schools serving 39,440 students, of whom 82% qualify for free or reduced price lunch and 92% are students of color. Within the district, there is a sizable number of students who do not meet or exceed state standards, and just over half of those who attend high school graduate with a diploma. Roughly 8.5% of the district's students require support from the Office of Special Education.
Newark Public Schools seeks an Executive Director of Special Education to develop the district's capacity to effectively meet the needs of all NPS students. The Executive Director will be responsible for the day to day operations of the district's special education team including: inspiring the team of professionals in the district office and those working onsite at schools implement the highest level of service for all students, teachers and families in need of support; ensuring that the district is meeting all of its state and federal compliance requirements; and leading district-wide efforts to institute a culture of high academic expectations and achievement results for all students. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with expertise in special needs services to have a lasting impact on Newark's students and families.
Superintendent Anderson and her leadership staff are deeply committed to ensuring that every school has an excellent leader, every classroom has the highest quality teacher, and every child has access to the necessary resources and supports to succeed. Specifically, the responsibilities of the Executive Director of Special Education will be to accomplish the following:
· Ensure that special needs students are provided with the highest quality supports, with the goal of increasing the numbers of students able to reintegrate into the traditional learning environment.
· Serve as an advocate and represent the needs of special education students in all major district decisions.
· Collaborate with Human Resources to identify the qualifications and skillsets needed of special education professionals and recruit, train, support and retain the most talented special education educators, advocates, aides and specialists.
· Lead the Special Education office staff in implementing a vision with a clear focus on providing strategic support for schools and students while ensuring compliance with all state and federal requirements related to special needs students.
· Evaluate and improve existing special education programs by disseminating knowledge and best practices across the district.
· Lead the selection and implementation of academic assessments appropriate for students with special needs; drive data-based special education program improvements.
· Build innovative programs that improve early supports, enabling differentiated and integrated learning and accelerating student achievement for all kinds of learners.
· Work with the Chief Academic Officer and Chief Talent Management Officer to create district-wide professional development programs, ensuring a robust, systemic approach to meeting the needs of special education students.
· Oversee the support of district- and school-based teams in their understanding of learning and behavior disabilities and their manifestations in the classroom through staff coaching, site-based workshops, and district-wide professional development.
· Develop and lead strategic partnerships with key community and philanthropic partners that serve the interests of the district's special needs students.
· Assess the distribution of Special Education supports, ensuring that the allocation is even, efficient and provides the best resources to efficiently and effectively meet the needs of Newark's students, families and schools.
· Strategically manage and allocate resources (including money, people, time, etc.). Ensure that resources are aligned to students' needs and are used effectively and efficiently.
The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a track record of the following:
â Passionate belief that all students can achieve at high levels.
â Prioritizing and aligning people, time, and resources to the most important issues.
â Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, including ability to:
â Work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders at all levels, including but not limited to district personnel, students, families, communities, and/or advocacy groups.
â Skillfully navigate existing political structures/systems.
â Deep knowledge of services for students with special needs, including but not limited to:
â Master's degree in education or related field required.
To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Ned Levy, Deputy Chief of Staff, at talent@... or call us at 973.733.7595 for more information.
Compensation is competitive and based on experience. Newark Public Schools offers a comprehensive benefits package to all its employees.
Newark Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information about NPS, please visit our website at www.nps.k12.nj.us