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Special Education Director

Home Careers Special Education Director
Submitted: May 8
Closing: June 15


Arica Miller
Talent Recruitment Director

Phone: 612-642-1302


Location Hiawatha Academies
3500 E 28th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Categories Licensed
Health Insurance Included
Work Commitment Full-Time
To Apply

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Job Description

Special Education Director

Hiawatha Academies is a network of college-preparatory schools focused on closing the opportunity gap in Minneapolis. We seek to create a K-12 school experience for scholars that empowers them with knowledge, character, and leadership skills. At Hiawatha Academies, we are committed to making our city and our world a more inclusive, equitable, and just place.
Our equity vision: to honor the humanity of all people, we actively disrupt systemic inequity in pursuit of an equitable world. Hiawatha Academies permanently disrupts educational inequity by ensuring a great school for every child.

The Network Support Team seeks a dedicated Special Education Director and teammate to join our team

Job Description
The Special Education Director leads Hiawatha’s work to ensure Special Education (SPED) practices support high-quality services for students and reflect best practices.

They are responsible for codifying core instructional practices in K-12 special education instruction, including IEP goal development, progress monitoring, co-teaching, accommodations, and maintaining all phases of services provided by the Special Education staff. They will serve as a resource to students and families, school personnel, and network leaders, and maintain adequate staffing to ensure objectives of the programs and services are achieved within the budget.

The Special Education Director reports directly to the Senior Student Services Officer. The Special Education Director will work collaboratively with the Network Leadership Team, Network Academic Program Team, and campus-based leadership teams to create a school community where ALL Hiawatha Academies scholars are empowered with the knowledge, character, and leadership skills to graduate from college and serve the common good.

Strategy, Vision, and Leadership
Advise the network leadership team on school model and program development as it relates to special education best practices in instruction and resource allocation
Effectively communicate and present critical school data at select Board of Directors and committee meetings
Build coalitions and shared vision across the network to support intentional and equitable decisions on special education programming
Represent the organization externally, as necessary
Program Leadership
Manage and lead the network Special Education team including setting strategic priorities, ensuring high-quality school support, and strong programming for students with IEPs
Lead the setting of network-wide policies and practices for special education, including setting staff needs based on instructional model and student needs
Teaching and Learning
Oversee the adoption, implementation, and evaluation of aligned systems for IEP goal writing and progress monitoring.
Lead teacher and paraprofessional professional development, evaluate implementation, and analyze and address gaps
Support campus instructional leaders through shared observations, leadership team meetings, and other professional learning to deepen their understanding of special education specific instructional strategies
Develop a core instructional model, including curriculum and assessment, for resource room instruction that is grounded in Hiawatha’s academic approach
Establish and run a mentorship program for new special education teachers and promote the leadership and on-going development of veteran special education staff
Ensure network and school based data-driven analysis and action planning cycles drive results
Collaborate with MTSS team to develop an RTI system to ensure strong child find practices and to reduce bias in student identification
Lead through and develop staff on culturally relevant pedagogy and the ways in which equity should manifest in classrooms
Special Education Compliance and Resource Allocation
Manage the network’s special education compliance vision and systems, including identifying ways to streamline due process systems
Identify and approve external contractors working with Hiawatha to support special education programming
Manage all mandated MDE reporting, fiscal and compliance monitoring audits, and corrective action plans
Manage Special Education financial practices and spending, including managing the network Special Education budget
Serve as District Representative for complex IEP meetings
Lead the network’s Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)
Collaborate with Hiawatha’s School Psychologist to support early intervention and referral processes
Develop and maintain the network’s Total Special Education System (TSES) and other legally required documents
Perform other duties as required and assigned by the Senior Academic Officer and Senior Student Services Officer.

The Special Education Director must demonstrate knowledge of and support Hiawatha Academies’ mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior.

Hiawatha Employment Logistics
The Special Education Director is a member of the Network Support Team
The Special Education Director will set their individual schedule with the Senior Student Services Officer.
Regular weekly presence at Hiawatha campuses will be required; must provide their own transportation.


Skills & Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree
At least 5 years of work experience as a special education teacher and/or leader in a K-12 setting
Administrative License as Director of Special Education or the ability to obtain such license by June 30, 2024.
Explicit commitment to and experience providing equitable experiences and outcomes for Black and Indigenous students and students of color.
Knowledge of K-12 curricula, vertical standards alignment, assessments, and instructional practices with expertise developed in special education
Experience coaching and developing teachers and/or school leaders as instructional leaders
Knowledge of Special Education law and compliance
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to build trust with colleagues
Teaching licensure in special education or related service area such as special education by disability, school social worker, or school psychologist
Experience designing and delivering professional development scope and sequence to teachers and school leaders
Experience evaluating special education and instructional programs
Bilingual or multilingual (Spanish and/or Somali preferred)
Master’s degree in a relevant field
Salary for this position is competitive and based on prior experience. Hiawatha offers a collaborative and committed team of colleagues, and a comprehensive benefits plan including medical, dental, life, and retirement.

Anti-Discrimination Policy and Commitment to Diversity
We believe that diversity is strength, and we are committed to maintaining an inclusive, multicultural network. We are an equal-opportunity employer and welcome all qualified applicants.

Institution Description

Hiawatha Academies is a network of public charter schools in Minneapolis serving students from kindergarten to 12th grade. We create a K-12 school experience that empowers students with knowledge, character, and leadership skills.

By nurturing scholars’ character and leadership qualities, in addition to realizing their academic potential, Hiawatha Academies is developing young adults with rich lives, as contributing members of our society.

Application Instructions/Comments

Contact Arica Miller | Talent Recruitment Director ( with any questions.

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