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Manager, Student Services Compliance

Breakthrough Public Schools
Cleveland, OH
Closing date
Apr 7, 2024

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Student & Scholar Services
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College / University
Breakthrough Public Schools is a nationally recognized network that was rated the best Charter Management Organization (CMO) in Ohio by the 2017 CREDO study at Stanford University. Breakthrough originated as a commitment to increase educational options for Cleveland families. In 2009, three of Cleveland’s top stand-alone public charter schools discovered the challenges of operating individually and decided that sharing administrative functions would help them operate more efficiently and enable them to serve many more students. As a result, they formed Breakthrough Public Schools in 2010 with the mission to develop a growing network of distinctive school options that prepare Cleveland area students for success in life. Breakthrough manages core administrative responsibilities for the six elementary and six middle schools in its network and has recently embarked upon a strategy to coordinate its academic initiatives as well to bring national best practices to all of the 3,500 students within the network. The Breakthrough Public Schools network remains committed to setting its scholars on an early pathway to lifelong success in school, college, and career.

The Opportunity

The Manager of Student Services: Compliance will work to ensure the successful ongoing implementation, and assessment of special education compliance by assisting with the development and implementation of IEPs, as well as coordination and monitoring of evaluation timelines, case conference committee meetings, and supplementary/related services. With the leadership of the Director of Student Services: Compliance, the Manager of SS: Compliance plays a central role in managing compliance across all of our schools. This is done by actively monitoring student records for compliance with federal, state, county, and district mandates.

This is a permanent, year-round position with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2024. This position is required to be on-site at their assigned campus from Tuesday to Thursday and can work remotely most Mondays and Fridays.


Key responsibilities of the Manager of SS: Compliance include, but are not limited to:
  • Monitors timeliness for initial, annual, and re-evaluation IEPs, providing support and guidance to IEP teams as needed to ensure compliance due dates are met;
  • Establish and communicate clear deadlines to all stakeholders for Individual Education Program (IEP) development, Annual Reviews, Evaluations, Re-Evaluations, Manifestations, and other required team meetings;
  • Build capacity within the school building to produce grade-appropriate and student-focused special education services through the development of the Individualized Education Program;
  • Attends and facilitates all required team meetings, including IEP and MDR meetings conducted at the building level;
  • Generate and submit EMIS forms promptly for each initial and/or annual IEP review, amendments, and manifestation determination as appropriate
  • Develop and distribute IEP snapshots for Lead Intervention Specialists to share with school staff
  • Electronic and manual monitoring of student sped records to ensure they are maintained at both central and building levels for compliance with federal, state, and district mandates


Experience, Education, and Licensure
  • 3-5 years of highly effective teaching experience demonstrating a strong track record of student performance gains with students with IEPs; urban setting strongly preferred
  • Ideally including 2+ years of school leadership experience (e.g. coaching).

Bachelor of Arts or Sciences degree in Special Education or related that yields a licensure

A valid Ohio Teaching License with Special Education endorsement OR Transfer a Special Education Teaching License from another state to Ohio

  • Demonstrated ability to write compliant IEPs
  • Strong understanding of federal and state special education rules, regulations, and practices (Article 7 and IDEA)
  • Broad knowledge of the theories, principles, practices, and methodology of special education
  • Strong understanding of special education policies, procedures, and programs
  • Ability to be creative in developing alternatives to meet special education needs at each school
  • A track record of developing and maintaining strong working relationships with and among a diverse group of staff
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills
  • Close attention to detail coupled with the ability to exercise good judgment;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and interpersonal skills
  • Proactive nature; able to anticipate conflicts before they arise
  • Ability to work well independently as well as collaboratively
  • Ability to execute meetings, calls, and emails with professionalism, courtesy, and accuracy;
  • Personal qualities of maturity, humility, strong work ethic, sense of humor, diligence, and “roll-up-my-sleeves” attitude
  • Ability to effectively allocate and prioritize time to several tasks to ensure completion of all;
  • Belief in the Breakthrough mission, vision, and values

Compensation and Benefits

The base salary range for this position is $55,000-$67,500. Additionally, Breakthrough offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision, life, and disability coverage. Employees are also eligible to participate in the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio (STRS) or the School Employees Retirement System of Ohio (SERS).

Breakthrough Public Schools provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Any person who knowingly makes a false statement is guilty of falsification under section 2921.13 of the Revised Code, which is a misdemeanor of the first degree.

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