POSITION: 504 Coordinator
REPORTS TO: Manager of District 504
POSITION TYPE: 11-month
COMPENSATION: $47,852 - $62,208
LOCATION: Houston, Texas
Across the nation, only half of all students from low-income communities graduate from high school and only 10% earn a college degree. Even though 85% of our students are economically disadvantaged, YES Prep provides evidence that different outcomes are possible. Eighty-seven (87%) of YES Prep alumni matriculate to college within one year and alumni like Eddie Zapata are earning their college degrees at five times the rate of their peers with similar socioeconomic backgrounds. How do we do this? Each of YES Prep’s 19 campuses serves 6th-12th graders like Monique Bowie. Students typically enter YES Prep one or more grade levels behind, but quickly find themselves on a different life trajectory. This is a result of transformative relationships with teachers and leaders, and access to excellent educational opportunities.
As the first minority-majority city, Houston’s schools cannot keep up with demand from students like Eddie and Monique. Houston is the 4th largest city (on track to become the 3rd), and this booming population translates into 2,000 families on YES Prep’s waitlist. YES Prep’s student enrollment is estimated to grow 31% between now and 2023 (from just over 13,000 students currently to 17,000).
YES Prep needs a dynamic 504 Coordinator with a diverse set of experiences, to make our mission a reality. As a YES Prep employee, you will achieve jaw-dropping results, create pathways to opportunity for our students, build transformative relationships, and eliminate educational inequities to advance social justice.
To put it simply, you will ensure accessibility for students serviced under Section 504.
When you join the YES Prep team, some of the exciting work and responsibilities will include:
Alongside the Manager of District 504, execute and implement the vision of the 504 programming, ensuring that ALL students have support through core programming, staff development, and data-driven decision making, leading to equitable access to an excellent education, with the goal of increasing college readiness and life readiness where appropriate in every grade level
Directly manage the 504 program at assigned campuses, including identifying students, conducting annual 504 meetings, completing compliance duties, and monitoring program implementation;
Implement the district’s policies and procedures related to Section 504 at assigned campuses
Monitoring campus-level compliance with Section 504 requirements, including but not limited to:
Child find responsibilities;
Written notice to parents, including notice of procedural safeguards, before any actions are taken regarding identification, evaluation, or placement under Section 504;
Team-based decision-making regarding evaluation and placement of students under Section 504;
Dissemination of Section 504 plans to appropriate staff;
Periodic re-evaluations of all students who are eligible under Section 504, at least every three years;
Manifestation determination requirements for disciplinary changes in placement under Section 504
Reporting Section 504 data for assigned campuses, including Section 504 referrals, plans, evaluation reports and related records, lists of eligible students, discipline records, etc.
Providing ongoing support and training to staff and parents about requirements under Section 504, staff responsibilities and related district policies and procedures
Implementing aspects of students’ 504 programming where appropriate
We seek staff with diverse backgrounds, talents, interests, and ideas. Certain traits consistently shine through for our most successful employees: passion for the mission, drive for results, care for students, resilience, and humility. Other traits needed and desired for this role are:
THE MUST HAVES
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
At least three years of school-based experience
Experience working with compliance for special populations
Belief in and commitment to the mission and core value of YES Prep Public Schools
Openness to giving and receiving frequent feedback
Demonstrated ability to work on a team
Ability to juggle multiple tasks and initiatives at once
Ability to maintain emotional control under stress
Frequent prolonged and irregular hours of duty, including evenings and weekends
Compensation – This position is an exempt, salaried position; salary offers commensurate with experience.
Health and Supplemental Insurance – A $0.00 medical option that includes $600 towards a Health Savings Account, in addition to a variety of supplemental benefits including Dental, Vision, Short and Long-Term Disability, Pet Insurance, Life, etc.
Paid Time Off – 12 days of Paid Time Off in addition to the system closures of our Academic Calendar
Paid Leave Programming – In the event you need to be out due to medical needs (including maternity and paternity leave), YES Prep offers up to 12 weeks of full paid leave
Professional Development - YES Prep values longevity and performance over time through our Commit to Five program. We invest in developing leaders through high-quality programs, effective coaching, and ongoing professional development.
Award Winning Culture – The strong cultures of our campuses and Home Office are just one of many reasons we were named Houston’s Best Place to work in 2018. We won the 2012 Broad Prize for Excellence in Urban Education and were a 2016 finalist as well.
WE ARE DEEPLY COMMITTED TO EQUITY & DIVERSITY
YES Prep strives to recruit a diverse team of leaders. We believe there is a transformative academic and social benefit for students when their teachers and leaders reflect a diversity of backgrounds. Ninety-seven percent (97%) of staff members agree that the organization provides a welcoming environment given their background and identity according to our latest system survey.
YES Prep is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood.
THE NEXT STEPS
If this sounds like your just right job, please apply here.
If you are not sure this opportunity is for you, are simply curious, or know someone who would be perfect, please reach out to our Talent Acquisition team to be connected to a recruiter at [email protected].