May 29, 2019

Director of Special Education

  • KIPP Texas
  • Houston, TX, USA
Full-time Education

Job Description

JOB TITLE: Director of Special Education

For more than 15 years, KIPP Austin, KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth, KIPP Houston, and KIPP San Antonio have put thousands of KIPPsters on the path to and through college. Last year, we collectively educated over 25,000 students in more than 50 schools, covering a geographic area of over 400 miles. Our regions have a long history of informal collaboration, with teachers and staff members sharing ideas, curricula, professional development, facilities, finances, end-of-year field trips, and more. As of the 2018-2019 school year, all KIPP schools in Texas join forces as KIPP Texas Public Schools, a state-wide network of schools dedicated to supporting students to and through college!

KIPP Texas- Houston Public Schools Student Support Services (S3) exists to prevent, respond to, and minimize the barriers to learning that KIPP Texas - Houston students may experience. The Director of Special Education coordinates and facilitates effective planning and implementation of support programs in the areas of special education and response to intervention. He/she will work cooperatively with regional and school leaders, instructional faculty and parents to provide an appropriate educational program for our KIPPsters.  This position furthers the mission of KIPP Texas - Houston as it helps ensure that all students have the tools they need to learn.
The Director of Special Education will:
Program Development and Supervision

  • Coordinate the development and ongoing refinement of a long-term plan for the Special Education and Response to Intervention programs
  • Ensure that KTX-Houston programming achieves and maintains excellent student outcomes across all KTX-Houston schools as the region continues to grow
  • Participate in development of annual budget for presentation and justification to senior leaders; monitor expenditures for accuracy and conformance to budget and operating plan
  • Ensure delivery of high-quality special education and intervention services by hiring, developing, and monitoring internal staff members as well as evaluating outside service providers and leading the annual process for selecting providers  
  • Provide direction/clarification to school staff on non-routine special-education matters

Maintain Federal and State Compliance in the Student Support Services Department

  • Routinely evaluate the KIPP Texas - Houston Special Education and RtI programs to ensure that objectives for student education are met
  • Ensure compliance with, and prepare reports for, all state, federal, and local agencies

Manage the operations of KIPP Texas - Houston’s Special Education programs

  • Work collaboratively with school leaders, administrators, and teaching faculty to ensure that the Special Education program is working effectively
  • Manage regional special education and related services faculty
  • Coordinate and supervise the provision of contract services
  • Plan, direct, and evaluate work of contractors
  • Maintain and update policies and procedures and operating guidelines for new and existing special education programs or activities
  • Manage, respond, and support faculty regarding compliance

Support Special Education and general education faculty

  • Prepare and coordinate meaningful professional development for general and special education faculty members
  • Work with school leaders on recruitment, selection, and evaluation of special education faculty
  • Participate in ARD (Admission, Review, Dismissal) meetings to develop individualized plans that support special education students, as needed

Provide regional oversight of Response to Intervention

  • Monitors school-level fidelity and effectiveness of RtI programs
  • Provides professional development to school-based teams as well as consultative support

Forge, cultivate and maintain healthy relationships with multiple KIPP Texas - Houston teams

  • Demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills
  • Maintains an articulate, professional demeanor with strong self-confidence and initiative
  • Exercises excellent judgment in decision-making
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing priorities
  • Experience in leading and collaborating with high-performing teams and managing a staff, while providing constructive and instructive feedback to team members  
  • Responsiveness; Follow-up and follow-through with students, families, and faculty members is essential   

Education and Knowledge:

  • Master’s degree in Special Education  or related discipline from an accredited institution, plus a minimum of 5 years of Special Education experience, two of which are supervisory in nature
  • Valid teaching and/or administrative certification or valid related-services credentials
  • Knowledge of educational law, specializing in special education and related laws


  • Ability to synthesize knowledge and present it to stakeholders, including parents, students, and administrators, in a comprehensive manner
  • Ability to work both on broad-based strategy and everyday details
  • Ability to interpret policy, procedures, and data
  • Independent, self-starter with a strong focus on student development  
  • Proven written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational and planning skills
  • Possession of a passionate and loving attitude toward all children
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
  • Proficiency using computers, printers, copy machines, and fax machines
  • Reliable transportation is needed to travel between campuses

Compensation and Benefits
Salary is based on years of experience, degree of education, and level of expertise. A competitive benefits package is also offered.

KIPP is a non-profit network of 200 college-preparatory, public charter schools educating elementary, middle, and high school students. We believe that all students will learn and achieve at high levels if given the opportunity. Our mission is to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and character strengths they need to seize those opportunities. Great education transforms lives.
KIPP provides equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees.
As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.

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