The Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Job title: Special Education Supervisor for Secondary Schools
Current holder: TBD
Reports to: Superintendent of Secondary Schools and Special Education
Location: 6th Floor - Pastoral Center
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and its entities is a Roman Catholic religious organization and that all employees are expected to respect and conduct themselves in accordance with the values, teachings, and morals of the Roman Catholic Church.
The Special Education Supervisor for Secondary Schools reports to the Superintendent of Secondary Schools and Schools of Special Education and is directly responsible for serving all students as a missionary disciple. The individual will lead the execution of the "Strategic Goals for Special Education," as an administrator of the Office of Catholic Education. The Supervisor will manage the full continuum of Special Education services in our high schools. These include providing professional development to faculty and staff, coaching individual faculty and staff, reviewing IEPS and Evaluation Reports, designing resource room supports for accommodations and modifications, writing individual student plans when asked, participate in hiring when asked for essential, specialized personnel for the High Schools and related services. The Supervisor will oversee each High School's Special Education plan and services while working to expand the technology infrastructure needed to meet the demands of today's learning environments. This leader will need to forge relationships with college and community partners, and advocate for students and families. Further, there is the need to provide accommodations and modifications for students with mild-moderate disabilities in the full Catholic high school environment, specifically to add resource rooms for learning support in the regular education schools and provide professional development to enable teachers to meet special learning needs- via differentiated instruction with accommodations and modifications.
There are 15 Secondary Schools in the Archdiocese that are inclusive of students with special learning needs, whose individualized learning plans can be accommodated with available and enhanced resources with a customized approach at the respective schools. The Secondary Schools have local governance subject to the constraints of the Secondary System.
Duties and Responsibilities
Evaluate staffing, program needs, materials, and technology at the present Archdiocesan High Schools and make recommendations to increase capacity to serve students with mild-moderate learning disabilities with accommodations and modifications.
Make site visits monthly and meet quarterly with principals and assistant principals of High schools.
Work with principals to interpret the results of psycho-educational evaluations, IEPs and 504 plans; and monitor student progress.
Manage compliance with special education laws, requirements, and timelines for non-public schools.
Coordinate and collaborate with members of school teams concerning all facets of programming for students with disabilities, including pre-referral intervention and transition or dismissal.
Support high schools with technology and assistive technology decisions.
Provide recommendations regarding enrollment growth for High Schools.
Provide consultation and support for expansion of learning support programs to general education schools.
Develop guidelines and policies for learning support programs and resource rooms at all the high schools to provide accommodations and modifications.
Consult with County Intermediate Units regarding Equitable Participation for delivery of student services along with IDEA, 504, and ADA.
Study current information related to special education laws, programs, and student resources.
Support schools in implementation of specially designed instruction.
Plan, implement, and evaluate professional development for teachers.
Remain informed of current information related to enrichment programs and student resources.
Master's Degree in Special Education or related educational field.
Pennsylvania Certification in Special Education, K-12; PA special education supervisory certification preferred
Administrative leadership experience and certification preferred.
Demonstrated knowledge and success in obtaining government funding.
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
High degree of flexibility.
Strong knowledge and experience with special education instructional models.
Understanding of special education transition planning.
Comprehensive understanding of IDEA, ESSA, Section 504 and ADA laws and regulations; Child Find & Equitable Participation protocols; identification and services for students.
3 years of Administrative experience.
Twelve-month, full-time position; evenings and weekends as required.
A valid driver's license and willingness to travel is also expected as a part of the position.
Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
The majority of this job will be spent indoors in a climate-controlled environment.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tool or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; talk or hear.
Must be able to carry and lift items weighing up to 15 pounds.
Must be a practicing Catholic as verified by the pastor of the parish in which the applicant is registered.
The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.
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