DEPUTY CHIEF, SPECIAL SERVICES

Camden City Board of Education | Camden, NJ

  

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CountyCamden
Posted Date 11/03/2022
Expiration Date12/15/2022
Description


DEPUTY CHIEF, SPECIAL SERVICES

In our District, we put students first. Our vision: all Camden students will attend a high quality school where they are valued, challenged, and prepared for college and careers that positively impact their community and the world. High quality schools have a great teacher in every classroom, are housed in safe, clean buildings equipped to meet the needs of 21st century learners, with the support of an efficient and effective Central Office. All this is possible only with the right team members in place, working together with partners and the community to provide all students the academic, social, and emotional supports needed to succeed in school and beyond. Read more here.

ROLE OVERVIEW

The Office of Special Services will support the vision for Camden City School District by cultivating tailored support to schools to ensure that students who require accommodations, including students with disabilities and English Language Learners, have access to the same high quality instruction as their peers. The Deputy Chief, Special Services (“Deputy Chief”) will work closely with the Chief Schools Officer of and other senior district officials to ensure that students receive outstanding academic and non-instructional support and services in their schools. The Deputy Chief will oversee a department team focused on providing outstanding support to schools to ensure they have the training, professional development and resources they need to provide strong instruction to Camden’s special education students and English Language Learners and deliver outstanding health services to meet the needs of Camden’s students and families.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Hold a valid New Jersey Administrative Certificate in accordance with the requirements of N.J.S.A. 18A:27-1 et seq., and N.J.A.C. Title 6 Chapter 11, with a School Administrator endorsement (N.J.A.C 6:11-9.3 and 9.5)
  • Masters Degree from an accredited college/university
  • At least 3-5 years as a building based principal and/or prior experience coaching and leading building based leadership teams
  • At least three (3) years of experience successfully managing large teams of adults towards achieving ambitious outcomes
  • At least three (3) years of central administration experience in an urban setting, preferred
  • Valid Teacher of Students with Disabilities certificate within the state of New Jersey (or the equivalent license from another state)
  • At least 5 years of successful special education and/or bilingual education teaching experience in a K-12 setting with demonstrated student achievement gains, preferably in urban low-income schools
  • In-depth knowledge, experience and understanding of federal rules and regulations governing special education and/or bilingual education
  • knowledge, experience, and understanding of New Jersey state laws and local policies governing special education and/or bilingual education
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in the areas of personnel management, school administration and supervision of instructional programs and administrative staff
  • Strong leadership, oral and written communication skills
  • A valid driver’s license as well as current insurance and vehicle with valid registration
  • Required criminal history background check, physical, and proof of U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status

ROLE & RESPONSIBILITIES

Major responsibilities of the role include, but are not limited to:

  • Provides hands-on management of Special Services department team members, including providing regular feedback, coaching and direct support to ensure all team members are operating at a high level
  • Ensures that all Special Services department staff provide responsive, courteous and helpful customer service to the schools, students and other stakeholders they serve
  • Sets goals, vision, and strategy for special education and health services
  • Serves as the district’s internal and external spokesperson and representative on all matters related to special education, health services and bilingual education by informing stakeholders on the progress of key initiatives and gathering input on how to best address challenges
  • Collaborates with and communicates closely with other senior leadership team members as part of the district team responsible for setting the district’s special services vision and strategy
  • Crafts a comprehensive data strategy that enables district leaders and Principals to have regular access to clear and understandable student and school performance data for special education students to drive decision-making about instruction, curriculum, supports and interventions
  • Leads the district’s special education instructional vision through high-quality differentiated instruction for students across the mild to moderate to severe spectrum, including maximizing opportunities for inclusion of students in mainstreamed classrooms in the least restrictive educational environment
  • Supports the evaluation of special education across the district by personally conducting observations, post-conferences and providing instructional staff with concrete and actionable feedback to develop their instructional skills
  • Ensures the district’s approach to special education are in full compliance with federal and state law and district policies, including providing each special education student with the education and support services outlined in their individualized education plan (IEP)
  • Sets, implements, and monitors policies for the assessment, classification, and placement of students for special education services to ensure accurate decisions are made in the best interests of students and families
  • Ensures students’ socio-emotional and non-academic needs are met by deploying social workers, psychologists, and other Child Study team members to schools strategically so that students receive timely and high-quality support, services, and interventions
  • Designs, delivers, and monitors the quality of professional development provided to special education education staff across the district
  • Collaborates closely with staff colleagues to ensure tight alignment on providing strong instructional support to schools
  • Supports the Department of Talent and Labor Relationsteam and Principals in interviewing and hiring effective special education, bilingual/ESL and nursing staff for schools
  • Monitors the district’s approach to health services to ensure that school nurses and other district-provided medical support are meeting the needs of students and families
  • Allocates nursing staff across the district strategically and efficiently to ensure adequate coverage and to deploy nurses to schools where they are needed the most
  • Works closely with Special Services department staff to ensure their team priorities are well-aligned with the vision for the department and the Superintendent’s strategic plan

Any other duties assigned by the Superintendent, including but not limited to:

  • Supporting the Department of Talent and Labor Relations and Principals in interviewing and hiring effective instructional staff
  • Senior administrative tasks, including budgetary management, participation in annual audit processes, etc

CORE COMPETENCIES

An ideal candidate for this role will demonstrate the following and/or have experiences with:

Belief in the State Superintendent’s vision for transforming the Camden City School District and commitment to the success of all Camden students and specifically to raising the academic achievement of children in high-poverty communities

Demonstrated track record of success in:

  • Leading strategic educational initiatives
  • Coalition and relationship building across a diverse group of stakeholders
  • Leading significant cross-functional initiatives in diverse and complex organizational settings
  • Thriving in an achievement-oriented and fast-paced environment
  • Learning quickly and taking initiative
  • Setting vision and strategy for urban school districts poised for change
  • Managing towards outcomes and ambitious goals despite significant obstacles
  • Candor: comfort with leading difficult conversations with adults, guided by making decisions that are in the best interest of students and families
  • Coaching school leaders to manage their own teams effectively, including developing skills such as delivering critical feedback effectively, facilitating difficult conversations well, and setting and monitoring ambitious school-wide goals
  • A “roll up your sleeves” mentality and willingness to do whatever it takes to achieve positive outcomes for students
  • Ability to build and cultivate relationships with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Excellent analytical skills, including significant experience working with qualitative and quantitative teacher and school leader performance data
  • Ability to prioritize spending time on direct and instructional leadership when faced with competing priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to develop a vision and inspire others to achieve shared goals
  • Creative and outside-the-box thinking
  • Desire to grow professionally and seek out new opportunities to learn
  • Integrity and clarity in all communications and interactions
  • Outstanding interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Flexible, optimistic approach; committed to overcoming challenges; comfortable with change and ambiguity
  • Willingness to go above and beyond to contribute to the success of a new future for education in Camden
  • Fluency in all Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and web browsers and searches

CORE VALUES

We are seeking individuals who will exemplify the District’s core values:

Respect and Humility

We serve our community by recognizing the strengths, experiences, and perspectives of others. We humbly recognize our own limitations and incorporate lessons we gain from our reflective practice.

Evidence-based

We use evidence to inform decisions and to ensure that we are accountable to our students and families.

Communication & Collaboration

We communicate openly and work collaboratively, recognizing that getting to the best possible decisions requires input from others. Honest communications build trust and establish a community that assumes best intentions.

Solutions-oriented

With respect for the complexity of this work and the history that precedes us, we focus on persistence, resourcefulness, and inclusiveness to drive toward solutions.

REPORTS TO & EVALUATED BY

  • Chief Schools Officer

SUPERVISES

  • Special Education Supervisors
  • Other Special Services support staff
  • (Note: direct reports may be subject to change as the central office structure continues to evolve)

SALARY, EMPLOYMENT PERIOD, AND UNION AFFILIATION

Salary Range:

  • Competitive based on qualifications and previous experience

Employment Period

  • Twelve-month, non- tenureable position

Union Affiliation

  • Non-affiliated

(Pending availability of funds and Superintendent’s approval)

CAMDEN CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER




County
Camden
Type of Job (K-12 or Higher Ed.)
K-12

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