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Director of Special Populations in Houston, TX at BakerRipley

Date Posted: 10/18/2018

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Job Description

BakerRipley provides an integrated holistic education system for families and their children ages six months through eighth grade. The Choices in Education division oversees the early childhood education programs and the BakerRipley Schools, including three community-based elementary schools, one middle school, and a “New Neighbor” school for refugee children – all of which reside within our community centers. Our holistic approach to educating the entire family allows us to create a stronger and more positive impact in the community. Both children and their parents gain access to education and broader community resources to prepare them for a successful degree and/or career. 

To direct Choices in Education’s (CiE) special populations program to ensure provision of needed services for special needs students (inclusive but not limited to: 504 and Special Education). Work to provide individualized programs to meet the needs of all special needs students and ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal requirements.


  • Direct and manage CiE special population’s services and programs to meet students’ needs
  • Supervise and monitor the admission, review, and dismissal process division wide
  • Ensure that student progress is evaluated on a regular, systematic basis, and the findings, including student achievement data and district assessments, are used to make the special populations programs more effective
  • Participate in committee meetings to ensure the appropriate placement and development of individual education plans for students according to local, state and federal requirements and policies
  • Establish and maintain effective oral and written communication within the division inclusive of the management team and staff, including the development and implementation of written program policies and procedures and documentation of work efforts
  • Assists division management team to ensure the program meets the needs of the community by developing systems that facilitate operations and establish short and long-range goals in conjunction with program evaluation tools such as the Self-Assessment, PIR and Community Needs Assessments
  • Communicate and promote high expectations for special programs
  • Ensure that students are receiving TEKS instruction, or when appropriate, the general curriculum is modified or changed to meet the individual student needs. Direct/evaluate the district Special Education program, dyslexia program, and 504 program.
  • Encourage and support the development of innovative instructional programs, helping teachers to pilot such efforts when appropriate
  • Assists CiE division with the overall financial planning in the area of special programs including planning, preparation, monitoring and reporting of all budgetary aspects of the program
  • Provide leadership in the formulation and implementation of contracts for eligible special population students receiving services outside of CiE
  • Oversees the management of all CiE centers and schools to ensure program compliance with local, state and federal regulations and standards, including Board Policies and other contractual agreements
  • Ensures site based management and staff implements and integrate policies, procedures and standards established by the CiE division and external funding policies and procedures
  • Manage and standardize the special education (504, Special Education) referral/assessment process
  • Monitor compliance of needed modifications for all special population students
  • Ensures adequate staffing of all CiE sites and adheres to BakerRipley approved personnel procedures for supervising, disciplining, hiring and terminating of staff
  • Develops and implements plans for staff development to ensure best operation in the area of special populations and compliance with all regulations
  • Supervise and evaluate job performance of CiE special program staff to ensure effectiveness
  • Participate in the recruitment, selection, and training of personnel and make sound recommendations relative to personnel placement, assignment, retention, discipline and dismissal
  • Prepare for and participate in parent/school mediations, resolution sessions, and due process hearings
  • Communicate with staff, parents and community on the division’s mission and special population’s policies and programs
  • Serve as an agency liaison to community agencies providing services to students and notify parents and students of available services
  • Assures all facilities comply with Federal, State and local regulations specifically related to students with special needs
  • Serve as resource person in the design and equipping of physical facilities for special population students
  • Oversee the SHARS Medicaid billing program
  • Perform other duties as requested


Job Requirements


  • Master’s Degree in education or related field required


  • Three years’ experience as a special education teacher required
  • Minimum 5-10 years of progressively more responsible management experience


  • Mid-Management Certificate or Principal Standard Certificate, preferred
  • Valid Texas teaching certificate, preferred
  • Valid Texas driver’s license, good driving record and reliable transportation


  • Ability to interpret policy, procedures and data
  • Ability to manage budget and personnel
  • Ability to coordinate federal and state programs
  • Direct experience in managing government-funded programs in highly desirable
  • Ability to plan, organize, allocate and control substantial financial, human and physical resources
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to travel throughout the city
  • Ability to read, analyzes, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, staff, customers, and the general public
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables
  • Knowledge of laws, programs and funds relating to special education
  • Ability to travel throughout the city for work-related business
  • Ability to travel out of the city and state periodically for work-related professional development or conferences


  • Proficient in MS Office Products.


  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred but not required.