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Program Specialist
Prentice Administration Team

Position: Program Specialist

Reports To: Assistant Head of School

FLSA Status:   Full-time Exempt 

Position Summary: Under the direction of the Assistant Head of School, develops, coordinates and assists in implementing and supervising programs for students in grades 1-8.  The Program Specialist works closely with the Assistant Head of School to ensure instructional programs are being implemented consistently and with fidelity; supports teachers in meeting student needs; assumes a leadership and supervisory role with teachers and other program staff.  This role will also collaborate closely with the Assistant Head of School in managing the Nonpublic School (NPS) student caseload.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Lead alongside the Head of School and the Assistant Head of School in the implementation of specialized programs and curriculum, observations in classrooms of both teaching and student learning, evaluations of education plans and instructional delivery, etc. Submits reports and recommendations in these areas as requested. 
  • Assists in the mentoring, supervision, and training of faculty and staff in teaching methods, accommodations, and the student study team meetings (SST).
  • Support teachers with classroom management, student accommodations, instructional differentiation, and progress monitoring.
  • Assist in collecting, analyzing, and reporting student progress through report cards and FACTS Parent Portal; help teachers maintain consistent and effective communication with parents.
  • Collaborate with the Assistant Head of School in upholding schoolwide student behavioral expectations and implementing the schoolwide positive reinforcement system across all grade levels. 
  • Collaborate in managing nonpublic student IEPs, updating goals and objectives with regard to relevant timelines and communicating with school district personnel.
  • In conjunction with the administration, communicate with parents when students are struggling behaviorally or academically, or assist teachers in communicating with parents when there is a greater student concern.
  • Actively engage in the accreditation process with CAIS (California Association of Independent Schools) and WASC and the annual NPS (nonpublic school) certification process through the CDE.
  • Exhibit knowledge and application of Common Core State Standards within lesson plans and work in conjunction with the Assistant Head of School for the selection of instructional materials.
  • Actively promote and embrace technology training sessions and demonstrate a proactive attitude toward technology adoption and utilization in curriculum delivery and every day operations. 
  • Assists the administration in planning budget requirements for programs.
  • Assists in the ongoing development and evaluation of the curriculum and ensures access to core curriculum materials for teachers. Coordinates curricular resources and makes them available for personnel who are in need of resources.
  • Participates in IEP team meetings and in the identification of student needs, as appropriate.
  • Assists all pertinent personnel in developing instructional objectives and techniques to reach student learning objectives.
  • Assists pertinent personnel in the development and implementation of transition services for students.
  • Collaborate on the creation and maintenance of behavioral contracts to address areas of concern.
  • Maintain professional communication with all stakeholders while recognizing the confidential nature of specific topics.
  • Demonstrate regular and predictable attendance, reporting absences immediately.
  • Comply with all Prentice policies and standards as set forth by the Staff Handbook or as communicated by the administration.
  • Have working knowledge of contents of the Parent and Student Handbook and enforce all policies.
  • Present a professional appearance both in dress and demeanor as outlined in the Staff Handbook.
  • Assume supervision duty as assigned. Supervise students while engaging in Prentice sponsored activities, events and field trips as assigned.
  • Participate in all scheduled faculty meetings and Prentice professional development sessions.
  • Participate in activities and committees that will enhance the Prentice School environment.
  • Participate in parent conferences, open house, science fair, holiday program, parent meetings, back-to-school picnic, and other school activities (outlined in the Master Event Calendar).
  • Other duties as assigned by the Head of School or Assistant Head of School.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:

  • Special education eligibility criteria, assessment, and IEP process 
  • Basic needs and limitations of students with exceptional needs; appropriate accommodations and modifications for students with language-based learning disabilities and ADHD
  • Regular education curriculum and programs
  • Special education curriculum and other available resources
  • Interpersonal communication skills and organization skills
  • Conflict resolution, mediation strategies
  • Must be highly organized with proven ability to prioritize responsibilities, handle multiple deadlines and be proactive and productive in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Possesses excellent project management skills with an affinity for consistently producing high-quality work with impeccable attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently on self-directed projects and to collaborate in a team environment.
  • Possesses a positive attitude, strong interpersonal skills, leadership qualities and a flexible team-oriented approach to working with others with an intellectual curiosity and professional drive.
  • Uses Google applications and Microsoft Office Tools such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe Suite, as well as internet and email programs proficiently.
  • Ability to present professional appearance both in dress and demeanor, maintain poise and exercise diplomacy in contacts with various stakeholders.
  • Must maintain an organized and clean office environment.

EDUCATION:

Required - Education Specialist Credential, California

Preferred -  Master’s Degree from an accredited institution of higher learning including specialized training in special education curriculum and instruction and/or administrative services credential

EXPERIENCE:

Required - Five year’s practical school experience as a special education teacher 

Preferred - Experience as a department chair; administrative experience; prior experience as a program specialist or equivalent

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:

Valid California Driver’s license

Valid California Education Specialist Credential or Pupil Personnel Services Credential

Valid California Administrative Services Credential (or eligible)

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Frequent standing, sitting, walking, bending, stooping, twisting, fine hand manipulation (typing/mousing), reaching, simple grasping (answering phone) and occasional lifting, pushing, pulling or carrying objects of up to 20 lbs. Ability to perform student restraint if required.  

To apply for this position, please send a resume with cover letter to dgreen@prentice.org.

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