2018-2019 Special Education Compliance Manager

Location: FirstLine Network


FirstLine Schools:  Special Education Compliance Manager

Creating and inspiring great open admissions public schools in New Orleans


About FirstLine Schools


In 1998, FirstLine Schools started the first charter school in New Orleans.  FirstLine now operates four K-8th grade schools and a high school.   Our mission is to create and inspire great open admissions public schools in New Orleans. We do this by:


  • Ensuring college and career readiness for all students, as demonstrated by achievement, aspiration, love of learning, and confidence

  • Providing a rich variety of education experiences to nurture our students’ character, health, and active citizenship

  • Developing the skillfulness of our team members

  • Building a sustainable organization that facilitates our long-term success


Our faculty is a diverse and talented group dedicated to our students’ success and to their own growth as teachers.  Our schools are led by leaders who hold themselves accountable for student achievement and teacher development.


Position Summary:


The Special Education  Compliance Manager will report directly to the Director of Student Support Services to provide direct support to school-based Special Education Coordinators; lead on all monitoring and corrective action requirements (IDEA, LDOE, SPLC, OPSB) for all schools; work with school administrators to improve school-wide practices and policies including systems development and fidelity of school-based folder/file reviews ; lead on internal audits and development of SPED Progress Reports for each school;  collaborate with related service providers to coordinate needed services; and ensure ESYP planning and program deadlines are met. This position will also coordinate with Network Grants Manager to ensure schools apply for relevant grants related to serving students with disabilities, as well as attend relevant state trainings and turn-key for SPED Coordinators and administrative school staff.


Position Responsibilities:


The responsibilities for this position will be, although not limited to, the following:



  • Develop and deliver trainings on SER reports

  • Develop compliance reports for 504 compliance in collaboration with the Network data team

  • Develop systems to monitor monthly IEP, 504 IAP, special education and 504 re-evaluation, and initial evaluation timeline compliance

  • Support testing coordination teams to ensure accommodations are properly accounted for in all internal and statewide systems

  • Lead on all monitoring and corrective active requirements (IDEA, LDOE, SPLC, OPSB) including leading school-based and network teams through self assessment and state mandated desk reviews in accordance with federal regulations

  • Conduct on-going reviews of special education files in colla boration with school based teams to drive compliance, results, and continuous improvement

  • Develop SPED Progress reports twice annually and collaborate with SPED Coordinators to develop goals and metrics to improve in necessary areas; provide support and accountability through on-going meetings with SPED Coordinators and Directors

  • Ensure ESYP eligibility process is followed and support on programmatic planning work as needed


Related Services

  • Consult with school-based Special Education Coordinators to determine need for full range of related services (internal and contracted) at the beginning of the year and on-going

  • Refine, provide training on and implement  systems for collecting information to inform ESYP planning

  • Ensure related service providers (internal and contracted) provide high quality, compliant services to all students in accordance with their IEPs


Funding Support

  • Support special education coordinators to ensure accountability for key state and Federal reporting deadlines (10/1, 2/1, etc.)

  • Coordinate with Network Grants Manager to ensure adequate funding to support existing and emerging high quality school based programming


IEP process and quality

  • Support school based Special Education Coordinators to train teachers and other staff members on creating high quality IEPs that drive learning, collaboration, and personal growth

  • Refine and implement a review process that incorporates a quality assessment rubric to drive compliance, results, and continuous improvement


Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s  degree or higher

  • Two years of experience in special education and/or Response to Intervention coordination role

  • Experience working across team of school based lead ers


Desired Qualities & Characteristics:

  • Believe in every student’s ability to achieve in a rigorous college or career prep curriculum

  • Achieve results based on agreed-upon expectations

  • Take personal responsibility for results of all students

  • Highly detail-oriented

  • Collaborate effectively with a range of stakeholders and build relationships across teams

  • Share a commitment to creating great schools in New Orleans

  • Model the FirstLine values of Service, Learning, Collaboration, Results and Fun

  • Strong verbal and written communication, relationship building and interpersonal skills

  • Desire for constant feedback and growth

  • Strong Excel skills

  • Experience using and managing records in SER and PowerSchool

  • Deep knowledge of federal and state special education regulations and policies

  • Ability to build and maintain systems for multiple end users and collaborators


Physical Requirements:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to sit, walk, stand, talk, and hear.

  • Light lifting of equipment may be required (up to 20 lbs.)


Special Education Compliance Manager reports to:   Director of Student Support Services


Employment is at-will and full time.


How to Apply : Please apply online via: http://www.firstlineschools.org/careers


Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. FirstLine Schools offers a comprehensive benefits package with a generous 403b plan.


FirstLine Schools provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.


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