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The Hope Academy

Providence, RI

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Job Title:

Director of Special Education




Head of Scool

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Position Supervised:

Special Education Staff including teachers, therapists, etc.

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Critical features of this job are described below.  They are subject to change at any time as duties, tasks and functions are assigned or re-assigned by the Superintendent.


The Hope Academy believes the dignity of each person is paramount.  We recognize that our school’s future strength rests firmly on our commitment to recognize, respect and uphold the dignity of all our students, their families and our faculty and staff.  To uphold this commitment, we expect all members of our school practice a willingness to recognize, respond to and teach about racism and other forms of injustice.



Creates an intentional culturally responsive learning environment inclusive of students from all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds, abilities and family structures.  Encourages a sense of belonging and positive school community for students with special needs and those suspected of possibly needing such services. Supports the staff to motive student learning by validating students as asset-based individuals. All administrators are expected to be aware of microaggressions and redirect to amplify affirmations.



  • Establish routines and consistency in:
    • IEP Development/Presentation/Data Collection/Progress Monitoring
    • Specialized student plans (i.e. sensory)
  • Facilitate all Evaluation Team Meetings and IEP meetings
  • Review and provide feedback to staff for all IEP related documents prior to presentation of IEP
  • Maintain compliance with RIDE OSCAS procedures, policies, reporting, the RI Regulations and all applicable Federal & State statutes
  • Implement and monitor FBA (Functional Behavior Assessment)/BIP (Behavior Intervention Plan) development and progress
  • Collaborate in the coordination of students with special needs participation in mandated state assessments including but not limited to:
    1. Training
    2. Monitor/Review
    3. Analyze and make program adjustments based on data
  • Coordinate all aspects of Rhode Island Alternate Assessment (RIAA) Program if needed
  • Supervise and evaluate all special education staff which includes but is not limited to individual meetings, regular observations and bi-weekly staff meetings
  • Collaborates with therapists to implement an integrated educational/ therapeutic model in order to limit services provided outside of the classroom
  • Knowledge of authentic assessment practices using strategies to mitigate stereotype threat in feedback, assessment, and progress monitoring.
  • Coordinate and supervise school-based therapists for school-related needs, i.e. IEP goals, delivery of services (how, when and where), program needs, etc.
  • Provide and/or identify professional development opportunities for special education staff and others to support students with special needs
  • Knowledgeable about external trends and opportunities around inclusion and new delivery models
  • Develop, coordinate and implement EYS (Extended School Year) programs to meet the needs of students
  • Develop and/or assist with the development of other initiatives that benefit students, specifically those with special needs
  • Review all progress reports and report cards for students with IEPs
  • Develop and ovesee allocation plans and budgets for IDEA funds
  • Assist in the development and management of school budgets
  • Reach out and maintain contact with families with an awareness and respect for each student and their families from all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds, abilities and family structures.
  • Implement and co-facilite the Special Education Advisory Board
  • Participate in all School Improvement Iniatives
  • Actively seeks and participates in ongoing professional development as offered by the school or independent study.
  • Assists in the evacuation of children during fire drills and other emergencies
  • Perform other duties as directed or required by the Head of School or Superintendent




  • Acknowledge racism and privilege
  • Talk about racism with students
  • When you see racism or other forms of inequities, you address it
  • Ability to work as a member of a team by actively listening to another’s point of view, sharing and being able to respectfully disagree.
  • Organizational skills including developing effective schedules for special education staff
  • Culturally influenced effective communication skills
  • Proficient technological skills for remote work and day-to-day tasks such as but not limited to Zoom, Google Classroom, MS Word, etc.  



  • Master’s degree in education or related field with valid certification from RIDE as a Director of Special Education Administrator, or the ability to obtain



  • Models the school’s values of respect, compassion, integrity, inclusivity and excellence in all actions and communications.
  • Accesses all Hope Acdemy student records only, as needed.
  • Uses and discloses PHI only as authorized, as necessary to carry out job duties.
  • Completes and maintains privacy and security training.
  • Reports suspected violations, including those of a colleague.   
  • Maintains professionalism in/outside of school.



  • Work environment and physical requirements consistent with those of a typical school environment. 
  • Ability to move about the classroom and building continuously throughout the workday.
  • Utilize the computer (20%) of the time and other office equipment.
  • Job Categories : Administrator > Director/Coordinator/Manager
    Administrator > Special Education Director
    Special Education > General Special Education
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