- FTE: 0.8 FTE
- Posted 4/27/22
Location: River Grove is a public charter school serving students in grades K-6, located in the beautiful Wilder Forest. Our incredible campus setting, on 73 acres of wooded and lake property, is utilized on a daily basis to provide a unique learning program that emphasizes the outdoors and place-based learning. Project-based learning is incorporated in each classroom.
Salary Range- $80.000-$105,000
The primary function of the Executive Director of Student Services is to support the accomplishment of the River Grove’s mission by providing leadership for special populations. The Executive Director of Student Services is responsible for helping with the development, implementation, administration, supervision, maintenance, monitoring and evaluation of special education and other related services to students. The Executive Director of Student Services will ensure policies and procedures, set forth by the school are in compliance with federal and state laws, rules and regulations. In addition, a key function is to work under the direction of the River Grove School Director on projects and initiatives of the school related to curriculum and achievement of all students and the accomplishment of River Grove’s World’s Best Workforce and Charter Authorizer Goals. This will include working with the River Grove Teaching team on curriculum design, implementation and evaluation.
ESSENTIAL JOB ELEMENTS:
● Develop, plan, monitor, and evaluate special education program
● Direct, interpret, coordinate, negotiate, and respond to legal questions, complaints and situations.
● Schedules and supervises Paraprofessional and Special Education support staff
● Provides on-going mentorship and support for Special Education Teachers/Case Managers
● Recruit, hire, and evaluate designated personnel.
● Coordinate school-wide training for special education and general education personnel throughout the school year as requested.
● Oversee completion of reports for the special education department for state and federal reporting.
● Attend IEP meetings to mediate and facilitate decision -making for students with IEP’s as requested.
● Lead the Special Education Advisory Committee.
● Participate in the budget needs for special education programs within the district.
● Oversee services for suspensions/expulsions for students with disabilities
● Develop and maintain positive parent and community relations.
● Other duties as assigned.
● Oversees and monitors 504 plans
● Programs and monitores ESL Plans
● Supervises the implementation of nursing services
● Facilitates and monitors homebound services
● Successful work experience as a special education or charter school administrator
● Effective communication and interpersonal skills
● Knowledge of special education laws and best practices for special education students.
● Independent thinking, problem solving, interpretation, facilitation skills, and crisis management within school, federal, state policies, procedures and laws
● Judgment to meet varying conditions and to resolve situations where procedures, laws, or guidelines are not applicable
● Knowledge and understanding of effective instructional practices
● Advanced mediation skills
● Valid Minnesota Director of Special Education Licensure
● Work in the Outdoors: River Grove teachers and students frequently spend the majority of their days in our outdoor setting (weather permitting), enjoying our amazing campus.
● Professional Development: River Grove provides professional development for new staff depending on needs and interest, but always including best practices of teachers in building a safe and inviting climate for learning.
● Travel: Teachers are provided opportunities to participate in training provided in the Twin Cities, across the U.S.
● Career Track and Advancement: Many opportunities are available to River Grove staff, depending on their interests, efforts, and expertise.
● Be a part of something new!: River Grove is just 5 years old and still forming new traditions and experiences for its staff and students.
This position requires vocal communication, hearing, climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, standing, walking, sitting, pushing, pulling, use of hands to grasp and feel, and vision abilities including close, distance, and adjusting focus. Lifting/moving required frequently up to 25 pounds and occasionally up to 40 pounds or more. Work occasionally requires exposure to bloodborne pathogens and is generally in a moderately noisy location. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.