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Director Student Services

Employer
Stride, Inc.
Location
Austin County, TX
Closing date
Apr 7, 2024

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Specialty
Student & Scholar Services
Position Type
Director
Hours
Full-time
Employment Type
Permanent
Organization Type
Provider
Job Description

K12, a Stride Company, believes in Education for ANY ONE. We provide families an online option for a high-quality, personalized education experience. Students can thrive, find their passion, and learn in an environment that encourages discovery at their own pace. In support of this, we are committed to creating and maintaining a culture of inclusion and diversity where our employees are passionate about serving students and families, treat one another and customers with respect, challenge each other to innovate and always strive to do better.

Passionate Educators are needed at the Stride K12 Texas Shared Services Team. We want you to be a part of our talented team!

The mission of Texas Shared Services is to provide an exemplary individualized and engaging educational experience for students by incorporating school and community/family partnerships coupled with a rigorous curriculum along with a data-driven and student-centered instructional model. Student success will be measured by valid and reliable assessment data, parent and student satisfaction, and continued institutional growth within the academic community. Join us!

The Director of Student Services is accountable for and drives all facets of the Texas Shared Student Services teams including, but not limited to, the following programs: Shared Special Education Department, and Shared Special Programs Department. The role operates in a manner that supports the philosophy, mission and school-wide plans for all Stride Texas schools. It helps prepare and oversee the department budgets and directly supervises a team of 4-8 leaders who manage large teams in a virtual environment.

This is a full-time position. Ability to work independently, typically 40+ hours per week is required. Ability to maintain a professional home office without distraction during workday, typically 9-5 (or 8-4) or as defined by the school.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS : Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.
  • Formulate policies and procedures for new or revised programs or activities, such as screening, placement, education, and training of students.
  • Continue to develop and direct processes and procedures for a large Special Programs Program including 504, ELL, GT, and compliance with the Special Education Department; Ensures cost savings procedures and oversite for related services; Works directly with all Special Programs Management to ensure the Texas schools continue to be compliant and all Special Programs students are served according to the Federal Laws.
  • Ensures that the Texas administrative team are informed and aware of all needed Federal updates and financial impacts on the school.
  • Interprets laws, rules, and regulations to students, parents, and staff; Directs the implementation of State and Federal legislation related to special education and special programs. Assists with the design and development of staff professional development programs.
  • Collaborates with Finance and the Executive Directors to prepare budget to provide financial support for programs; Responsible for the oversight of the Special Programs and Special Education budgets.
  • Prepares reports for federal, state, and local regulatory agencies; Involved in audits and oversees communication with external agencies. Oversees any legal requests and/or mediation.
  • Works collaboratively with other divisions, and departments to meet school goals; ensure alignment of programs, services, and operations; implement and maintain integrated student data; and improve efficiency and effectiveness of division operations, programs, and services.
  • Serves as main point of contact with district partners in regard to special education and special programs, and ensures customers are provided with high-quality customer service. Responsible for resolving any special education and special programs issues as they arise.
  • Ensure the special education and special programs departments are collaborating effectively with the academic team,
  • Responsible for the development and implementation of a high-quality communication plan across all of the Stride Texas schools, as well as the rest of the Texas Shared Services teams regarding special education and special programs.
  • Resolves all special education and special programs issues with minimal supervision
  • Develop and/or provide professional development for school leadership as needs arise.
  • Mentors and develops current leaders and potential leaders by developing a training plan and succession plan for both the special programs and special education departments.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Directly supervises 4-8 Full-time Equivalent (FTE) regular employees and/or contractors. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS :
  • Master's degree in special education
  • Ten (10) years teaching experience in the Special Education field
  • Five (5) years of leadership in the field including supervising and evaluating personnel
  • Understands philosophical, educational, fiscal, and legal aspects of public/charter education
  • Mastery of procedures, methods, techniques, and strategies related to the administration and operation of a K-12 school
  • Understands pupil services trends, strategies, and techniques
  • Ability to apply understanding of program and activity evaluation strategies and procedures
  • Ability to apply methods, procedures, and strategies of instructional leadership
  • Ability to interpret and apply rules and regulations relating to the instruction and curriculum of Special Education students under the federal regulations
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive, professional and effective working relationships with a wide variety of groups and individuals
  • Superior communication skills with demonstrated ability to prepare and present comprehensive, effective oral and written reports
  • Strong collaborative problem-solving skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft 365 (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint), general Web proficiency.
  • Ability to travel 25% of the time
  • Ability to clear required background check
  • Certificates and Licenses: Special Education certification, appropriate leadership credential.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS :
  • Experience leading large teams of 400+ employees
  • Experience leading in a virtual environment

WORK ENVIRONMENT : The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • This position is virtual. Residents of Texas strongly preferred. May consider residents of surrounding states (NM, OK, AR or LA).

Job Type
Regular

The above job is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as assigned by their supervisor. All employment is "at-will" as governed by the law of the state where the employee works. It is further understood that the "at-will" nature of employment is one aspect of employment that cannot be changed except in writing and signed by an authorized officer.

Stride, Inc. is a Federal Contractor, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and a Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected Veteran status age, or genetics, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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