Nevada Connections Academy Manager of Special Education in Charleston, South Carolina
At Connections Academy, helping students maximize their potential and meet the highest performance standards through a uniquely individualized learning program is at the core of our mission. Connections Academy was founded in 2001 to deliver high-quality, highly accountable online education to students in grades K-12. Hallmarks of Connections Academy-supported online schools include personalized learning, an award-winning curriculum and Education Management System (EMS), dedicated state-certified teachers, and a supportive school community. Parents of enrolled students consistently share their satisfaction with Connections Academy: 92% “would recommend the schools to other families” and 95% say the curriculum is “high quality.” In 2017, Connections Academy-supported public schools serve students in 27 states, while the private online school, International Connections Academy meets the online school needs of students worldwide. Recognized for its outstanding curriculum and leadership, Connections Academy is committed to expanding quality education through technology, and helping students achieve both academic and personal success. Connections Academy is part of the global learning company, Pearson, and its Online & Blended Learning group. For more information, visit www.ConnectionsAcademy.com.
Lowcountry Connections Academy: Working from your home office in South Carolina, the Manager of Special Education will oversee all aspects of educational service delivery for students with special education needs. The Manager of Special Education will ensure that the school operates in compliance with all district, state, and federal regulations. The Manager of Special Education will collect, store, and update data and documentation in a manner that meets or exceeds all compliance expectations. The Manager will assure that special education teachers are providing a comprehensive special education program that includes specially designed instruction in the least restrictive environment and that all students’ records are accurate and up-todate.
The Manager of Special Education will manage the IEP process, communication with parents of students who have or who may be suspected of having disabilities, engagement with related service providers throughout the state, and compliant operations with special education law and procedures, at all times. The Manager of Special Education will work in collaboration with the School Leader, school leadership team and Pearson Online and Blended Learning. Leadership tasks will include collaboration with state board of education representatives, authorizing district representatives, and colleagues at the corporate office and other Connections Academy schools.
The Manager of Special Education will also collaborate with school staff to ensure that state testing accommodations for students with IEPs, 504s and EL students are provided in an accurate and well planned manner. The Manager will provide excellent customer service to the district, school leaders, teachers, students, and families. The ideal candidate will demonstrate an ability to build strong relationships with these stakeholders and operate at a high level of integrity and accountability.
Primary Responsibilities: The Manager of Special Education will ensure that the school is providing appropriate programs in the least restrictive environment for all students with special needs, including EL, 504 and Special Education. This will include management of the IEP process, communication with parents of students who have or who may have disabilities, engagement with related service providers throughout the state, and compliant operations with special education law and procedures at all times.
Demonstrate a high level of integrity with transparency and accountability;
Collaborate, serve, and engage with the school leadership team, Pearson Online and Blended Learning (POBL) and authorizing district leaders;
Actively participate in all school functions and activities, including state testing, marketing events, and field trips (traveling as requested);
Supervise, manage and evaluate a team of special education teachers;
Communicate with the School Leader about the special education team;
Ensure compliance with federal and state special education processes and timelines;
Remain compliant and conduct all tasks related to state reporting, meeting state timelines;
Remain current and knowledgeable about federal and state special education statutes, regulations, and policies;
Conduct IEP team meetings within state mandated timelines for all students with disabilities, including meeting timelines for newly enrolled students;
Implement Connections Academy special education and 504 procedures and protocols;
Assist with supporting the Connections Academy Mission Statement, school goals and School Improvement Plan;
Implement procedures for placement, evaluation, assignment and re-evaluation of students with regard to the special education services program;
Oversee and/or implement all aspects of Child Find referrals, IEP development, diagnostic assessments, and annual/tri-annual reviews;
Implement and maintain a documentation system within the school’s IEP system and Connexus Learning Management System that captures and organizes all special education data;
Conduct school-based special education related meetings;
Coordinate the delivery of IEP mandated academic and related services including contracted services;
Oversee the development, tracking, dissemination and proper implementation of IEP-mandated accommodations for students with disabilities during state testing events;
Collaborate with Pearson Online and Blended Learning staff and the local school team concerning all facets of programming for students with special needs, from identification to transition and dismissal;
Work directly with parents, as needed, to answer questions and ensure that all school actions are in compliance, and in the interest of maximizing student learning in the Least Restrictive Environment;
Oversee the instructional programming for students with exceptionalities, ensuring students make quantifiable progress on IEP goals and through their assigned curriculum;
Develop a good working knowledge of Connections Academy’s curricular options, and how they can be adapted and implemented to meet specific student needs;
Provide oversight of all aspects of Section 504 including: conducting meetings for new and returning students, developing and implementing 504 plans and ensuring accuracy of state testing accommodations;
Provide oversight of all aspects of English Language Learners, including: developing and implementing an EL program and ensuring accuracy of state testing accommodations;
Plan, implement, and evaluate staff professional development activities, and;
Perform other duties as assigned by the School Leader and Pearson Online and Blended Learning.
Master's Degree in Special Education or a related field;
Degree in Special Education required;
Administrative certificate preferred (in-process candidates will be considered);
South Carolina Special Education teacher certificate required;
Willing to travel occasionally for testing, marketing, and training;
Minimum 5 years teaching experience in Special Education required; E
Experience leading/supporting a Special Education program or parts of a Special Education program;
Minimum of 5 years administrative or team leadership experience preferred;
Work onsite at Connections Academy office in South Carolina (as requested); Approved candidate may work from home (within South Carolina) if outside of mileage travel zone with frequent required travel to the office, field trips, state testing, etc. as needed and upon request;
Demonstrated expertise in special education law and compliance;
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written;
Strong customer-focused approach;
Demonstrated ability to work well in a fast-paced environment;
Technologically proficient (especially with Microsoft Office products and Google products); strength with Microsoft Excel required.
Customer Centric – Acts with a strong customer mindset (both internal and external) and is a visible advocate for the customer. Builds strong relationships with customers and uses those to improve their experience and outcomes.
Delivering Financial Results – A strong track record of delivering against budgets and commitments.
Communications - A great communicator who engages teams and stakeholders with thoughtful delivery and messages that resonate.
Building a strong team - Creates strong morale and inclusive spirit within team; Proactively addresses team performance and communication challenges and blends new people into teams when needed; Has a track record of hiring and quickly and effectively onboarding great talent; Demonstrated success developing and promoting talent.
Works well in a matrix - Models collaboration, solves problems with peers, builds trust and support.
Takes personal responsibility – Can be relied on to complete tasks timely and well, demonstrates “ownership” regardless of the outcome, proactive in exploring and exploiting new opportunities.
High level of integrity and transparency;
High degree of flexibility, excellent attention to detail, and superb organization skills;
Evidence of a strong work ethic, and;
Demonstrated team player;
Willingness to travel for marketing events, field trips, and state testing;
Ability to work remotely during state testing and at other times, if necessary;
Ability to work extended hours