High School Director of Student Services SY22-23

Washington Leadership Academy
Washington, OH
Sep 30, 2022
Oct 02, 2022
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Job Description

Washington Leadership Academy (WLA) is a world-class college prep high school in Washington D.C. that prepares students to thrive in the world and to change it for the better. WLA employs college prep academics, computer science instruction, and real world experiences to ensure that students achieve their full potential. WLA fosters a community of wellness where students and staff members feel like family. WLA is one of 10 schools in the nation to be recognized as a “Super School” and awarded a $10 million grant to redesign high school and empower young people.

Expectations of the role:

  • Mindsets
  • The work WLA is undertaking is very challenging, but we are tenacious in pursuit of our mission to prepare our kids to thrive in the world and change it for the better.
  • We are endeavoring to prepare ALL kids for both four-year college and computer science-related careers, including those with special education needs, significant behavioral needs, and varied backgrounds.
  • We are endeavoring to utilize restorative discipline practices even when it is hard because we know that restorative practices are best for kids.
  • We have a deep commitment to the inherent power of our young people and to school as a place where students are encouraged to grow and nurture that leadership and power.
  • We know that students are deserving of warmth and respect from adults at all times.
  • We know it is our responsibility to support all students to grow - acknowledging that students are younger humans without a fully-developed prefrontal cortex, and that we have to meet students where they are developmentally when it comes to growth.
  • We know that the learning environment is a collaboration between students and teachers, all of whom bring passion, experiences, and curiosity to the classroom.
  • We know that grades are the responsibility of both the teacher (for engaging students) and the student (for taking those opportunities to engage), and should be primarily a reflection of mastery rather than compliance.
  • We believe that equity, inclusion and empowerment must always be the center of our work and our culture, specifically around race, gender identity/sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.
  • Instruction
  • Supervise and utilize the The Engage + Danielson Rubrics, available here, are what will be used to measure teacher performance
  • Support teaching staff in student-led learning environment in accordance with the WLA Academic Vision, which includes:
  • Critical thinking
  • Student choice and agency
  • Mastery-based grading
  • Authentic, collaborative relationships
  • Identify and support implementation of a coherent, research-based curriculum
  • Teacher variation from the curriculum is allowed if it is carefully planned and there is thoughtful integration of the critical grade-level standards that students need to learn, and approved by the Instructional coach, VP and/or director
  • Lead special education and ELL staff in modifying curriculum for students with learning differences or language acquisition needs
  • Oversee and manage contracted instructional services (i.e- staffing agencies, related service contracts, etc.). Contracts must be approved in advance by the Principal.
  • Support in utilizing tech tools to differentiate instruction for students and leverage the capacity of the teachers
  • Review documents such as syllabi, lesson plans, assignments, rubrics, and other instructional materials and methods in a shared drive on a weekly or as needed basis for special education teachers and EL staff.
  • Provide professional development in appropriate scaffolds, differentiation, accommodations and/or modifications for students with disabilities and/or language acquisition needs
  • Oversee logistics and obtain necessary approvals for outside professional development for inclusion staff.

  • Assessment
  • Ensuring educational testing recommended through child study happens in a timely way meeting all mandated timelines.
  • Arranging for all psycho-educational and clinical evaluations. Contracts with outside vendors must be approved by the Executive Director.
  • Ensuring WIDA testing occurs annually and according to timelines.
  • Overseeing and ensuring accommodations for standardized assessments (i.e- PARCC, NWEA MAP, SAT, AP, etc.) as well as classroom and school assessments.
  • Ensuring inclusion teachers conduct assessments on progress towards IEP goals and report progress to parents.
  • Ensuring inclusion teachers conduct assessments on progress towards IEP goals and report progress to parents.

  • Outreach/ communication
  • Facilitate a strong supportive community, and student empowerment and ownership of their learning and educational experience through all of the following:
  • Facilitating strong relationships between students and with adults via methods that include but are not limited to:
  • Facilitating meaningful relationship development circles (examples)
  • Facilitating restorative conversations to repair harm and build relationship (examples)
  • Monitor and support to ensure teachers are communicating with parents on a biweekly with grade, behavior, and attendance updates and maintaining strong relationships with families such that WLA, families, and students are on the same team
  • Involving parents in the child study process.
  • Working to inform all parents about our inclusion program and the child study process. Updating information in the parent handbook as needed.
  • Ensuring IEP progress reports are issued to parents and translated into Spanish or family preferred language as needed.
  • Supporting parents in understanding the special education and evaluation process.
  • Providing information to parents on summer school programs. Coordinating the registration process.

  • Compliance
  • Being informed and current on SPED regulations and requirements. Meeting all required timelines and deadlines and submitting data and documentation as requested.
  • Facilitating MDT and IEP meetings. Keeping and filing meeting notes.
  • Ensure teachers and other service providers understand timelines and compliance requirements and are held accountable for meeting them.

  • Management
  • Oversee multiple departments (Special Education, ELL, Wellness and MTSS departments) to support overall student success.
  • Manage and supervise various staff members (Ex: teachers, coordinators and other related service providers)
  • Meet with direct supports on a weekly basis

  • Data Analysis
  • Evaluate academic achievement through detailed data analysis of student performance by departments
  • Develop and use a variety of assessment data to refine curricula, instructional practice and systems
  • Professionalism
  • Timeliness arriving to school, attending meetings, covering duty posts, and submitting deliverables
  • Collegiality, warmth, and respect of all team members and students
  • Diligence in updating and maintaining student grades in WLA's LMS (Canvas) and gradebook system (PowerTeacher Pro) on a routine basis and in accordance with WLA's gradebook closeout calendar (SY21-22 was 4 grades per week in Canvas, for example)
  • Can we add: Using WLA's LMS (Canvas) as the primary means of communicating lesson resources and activities to students

Reporting Relationships:
  • Managing Director of Academics
  • Director of Student Services will work closely with the Principal and Executive Director

Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s Degree or greater
  • Standard background check clearance
  • At least 2 years of teaching experience is preferred
  • At least 2 years of leadership experience in special education preferred

To apply:
  • Please submit an application and upload a resume here.
  • As part of the application, you may be asked to submit references, lesson plans, and/or performance tasks

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit, walk, and use his/her hands. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move heavy classroom materials or equipment. The specific vision abilities required by this job may include close vision.

Washington Leadership Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is a drug-free workplace. Salary is competitive and is commensurate with experience. WLA provides a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, and a retirement plan.

Washington Leadership Academy reserves the right to amend this job description at any time prior to or during employment.