The Archdiocese of Philadelphia seeks an energetic, experienced, dynamic leader for the Director of Special Education. Through creativity and option thinking, this highly motivated individual will engage others, create oppotunities and advance the mission of Catholic Education. The successful candidate will participate in an organization driven by the virtues of excellence, integrity, innovation, enthusiasm, collaboration and respect.
The Director of Special Education for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will lead the execution of the "Strategic Goals for Special Education," as an administrator of the Office of Catholic Education, under the Faith in the Future Foundation. The Director will manage the full continuum of Special Education services in our schools. These recommendations include hiring essential, specialized personnel for the Special Education schools-speech and language therapists, physical therapist, behavioral specialists, etc. The Director will address deferred maintenance issues at the four schools of special education and will develop the technology infrastructure needed to meet the demand's of today's learning environments. This leader will need to forge relationships with college and community partners and support Director of Fundraising for Special Education. Further, there is the need to provide Special Education opportunities in the full Catholic school environment, specifically to add Resource Rooms for learning support in the regular education schools and provide professional development to enable teachers to meet special needs-inclusion via differentiated instruction.
There are 4 stand-alone schools of Special Education, 17 high schools and 104 elementary schools in the Archdiocese that are inclusive of students with special learning needs, whose Individualized Learning Plans can be accommodated with available resources at the schools. While private schools are exempt from compliance with Special Education statues, our schools strive to accommodate students in fidelity to our core purpose-equipping saints for life in this world and the next. All school programs are underwritten by tuition, grants and institutional advancement. Elementary schools are governed by parish and regional boards, while secondary schools have local governance subject to the constraints of the secondary system.
Master's Degree in Special Education or related field;
PA Certification in Special Education K-12;
Administrative leadership experience and certification preferred;
Demonstrated knowledge and success in obtaining government funding;
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written;
High degree of flexibility;
Strong knowledge and experience with Special Education instructional models;
Understanding of Special Education transition planning;
Knowledge of needs of vision and /or hearing impaired students, a plus.
Comprehensive understanding of IDEA, Section 504 and ADA laws and regulations; Child Find and Equitable Participation protocols; and Gifted and Talented identification and service.
The territory of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia includes the city and county of Philadelphia as well as surrounding suburban counties. It provides pastoral care for nearly 1.4 million Catholics in the region.
In addition to the administrative offices, it is composed of 216 parishes, 120 regional and parish catholic elementary schools, 17 high schools, 4 schools of special education and an ext...ensive social service ministry. The Archdiocese also features a seminary that educates and forms men for service in the Roman Catholic Priesthood. Through its central operation and various related entities, the Archdiocese employs approximately 12. 500 people.