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Alliance College-Ready Public Schools

Director of Special Education

Employment type
Full Time
about 2 months ago
Los Angeles

Alliance College-Ready Public Schools is the largest nonprofit charter school organization in Los Angeles, serving nearly 13,000 low-income scholars across 25 free public middle and high schools on 28 campuses. In our 14th school year, Alliance has a proven record of success: though our scholars come to Alliance on average four grade-levels behind in reading, 95% of Alliance graduates have been accepted to college—including 77% to a four-year university in 2017. We strive to truly change the life trajectories of our scholars and communities, with a goal of 75% of Alliance graduates completing a four-year college degree. We also value our people, illustrated by being in the top 10% of Gallup’s global Best Place to Work survey.

At Alliance, you can expect to be part of an innovative organization made up of talented people from diverse backgrounds and experiences. We want strong collaborators, skilled communicators, and avid problem solvers who are comfortable in a culture of continuous learning and who are excited to implement fresh ideas and unique solutions in service of our scholars and families. Now is the time to join us and make long-lasting change across Los Angeles.

We believe that all of our students, including our most vulnerable, can achieve at a high level. The Director of Special Education is charged with ensuring that our schools are able to provide our students with disabilities with the supports they need to achieve their full potential. As a member of Alliance’s academic division, the Director of Special Education will report directly to the Vice President of Student Support and lead the Special Education work across Alliance schools. The ideal candidate will have experience as a teacher, school, and systems leader serving students with disabilities, and deep expertise in Special Education programming and services. The ideal candidate for this position will be an experienced project manager with strong strategic thinking and communication skills, and a drive toward strong performance results.


  • Strengthen Alliance’s approach to serving students with disabilities, including expansion of the continuum of services and quality of supports available
  • Oversee the quality of Special Education programming, trainings, and designated instructional services across the network as well as partnerships with related service providers
  • Provide consultation, support, and technical assistance to Area Superintendents, site principals, and other staff on all educational, program, and legal matters relating to students with disabilities
  • Ensure accurate and timely compliance to LAUSD, state, and federal regulations
  • Manage and develop the Alliance Home Office Special Education team
  • Collaborate with key Home Office teams to ensure aligned supports and services to schools
  • As needed, serve as the charter representative on legal and due process proceedings involving Special Education and external meetings related to Special Education


  • Commitment to Alliance’s core beliefs and educational philosophy
  • Knowledge of urban school environments and school culture
  • Deep knowledge of exemplary teaching and a proven track record of raising student achievement

Alliance is an equal opportunity employer.

  • Expertise in effective and innovative programming and services for students with disabilities including systems and models, curriculum, assessment, and instructional strategies
  • Knowledge of federal and state Special Education regulations and effective systems to monitor network- wide compliance
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to work effectively in a multi-layered organization and build strong relationships with teachers, coaches, school leaders and other home office and school-based colleagues
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office and Google-based applications
  • Entrepreneurial spirit to thrive in a fast-paced and achievement-oriented environment
  • Willingness to go above and beyond to contribute to the success of a dynamic team committed to a new future for urban education


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • At least three (3) years of secondary teaching experience, preferably in high-need schools or with high- need populations
  • At least two (2) years of leadership and management experience at the school and district level supervising Special Education services

Alliance is committed to being a Best Place to Work, where employees find meaning and joy in their work every day, within a culture of collaboration, support, and excellence. Alliance offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience, as well as an employer-sponsored 403b plan annual contribution equal to 5% of regular earnings, and comprehensive health benefits packages, including dental and vision. Alliance covers 100% monthly premiums for individual employees or up to $900/month toward family plan premiums.

To apply

Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter at www.laalliance.org/careers. Please note that only candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted.