Special Education Manager (Immediate)

The Primary School - East Palo Alto, CA


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The Special Education Manager (SPED manager) will be part of our Integrated Supports team, helping insure that all children at The Primary School receive the assessment and interventions they need to be successful in school. In addition to traditional SPED responsibilities, the SPED manager will have a key role in rethinking how we utilize our unique model (e.g., supporting children prior to entering school, leveraging the health care system, partnering with parents) to meet the needs of each student.

Case management of children with complex needs

  • Case manage students with IEPs at the Primary School (~20% of the population):
    • Attend IEP meetings.
    • Track service minutes and design/deliver progress reports 3 times per year.
    • Organize IEP document management system (paper and electronic).
    • Communicate and coordinate with district and medical partners.
    • Communicate changes to parents, support parents in advocating for their students.  

Provide direct support to children, families, and teachers

  • Provide direct intervention supports to children with special needs
  • Partner with families to build effective home practices
  • Observe, model supports in the classroom, and coach teachers on inclusion practices

Manage and coordinate SPED team

  • Manage Special Education team:
    • Work with academic, behavioral, speech, and occupational therapy experts to set and manage against goals
    • Build capacity through professional development, ongoing classroom modeling, and coaching.
    • Create and manage assignments.
  • Oversee development of SPED staffing planning
  • Support recruitment of new team members (e.g., creating job descriptions, designing interviews, and hiring)

Partner and cross-team engagement

  • Support in the design of Success Plan Process that identifies students who may need further evaluation and integrated supports.
  • Partner with the Regional Center and the District on services and transitions from IFSPs to IEPs to ISPs.
  • Identify and coordinate additional internal and external specialists to support children in school.
  • Work with specialists to develop and lead training for teachers, coaches, and staff to support special needs.
    • Support parent coaches in promoting parent advocacy for parents who have students with identified needs.
    • Work with team to design community events and parent sessions.
  • Interface with our health care team on developmental/medical needs.
  • Other responsibilities related to growing our Special Education practices at the Primary School.


  • A strong commitment to supporting the highest need students in succeeding at school.
  • A background working with young children (PreK and early elementary), English Language Learners, and supporting both schools and families.
  • A passion to innovate on traditional RTI and Special Education systems, reimaging how coordinating systems of care and interventions can change trajectories for children.
  • Management experience, and experience leading trainings and professional development.
  • At least 4 years working in a Special Education environment, with a strong knowledge of IEPs, IFSPs, service plans, and interventions that drive change.
  • A drive to work in a high energy start-up environment.
  • A plus if you are bilingual (Spanish speaking) and have worked with a diverse population of kids and families.
  • A flexible mindset and desire to jump in across programming wherever support is needed.


Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent health benefits, 401k retirement plan, flexible spending account (FSA), dependent care FSA, and generous paid time off, including a competitive paid parental leave benefit.


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Job Details

Category: Educators/Classroom

Type: FT

Location: East Palo Alto, CA

Salary: Competitive Salary

Posted On: February 4th, 2019

Agency Details

Website: https://www.theprimaryschool.org/

We are excited to grow our instructional team for the immediate 2018-2019 school year and 2019-2020.  We look forward to reading your application!


The Primary School is expanding the boundaries of traditional education. Our holistic model weaves together education, health, and family support services to ensure underserved children have the system of care they need to lead meaningful and emotionally, mentally, and physically healthy lives. We received seed funding by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a major national philanthropy.

Our approach has three defining characteristics:

  • We start early. We start working with parents and enroll children into our program as early as birth to reach them at their most critical stage in development.
  • We work with - not around - families. We know that parents and caregivers are the most important people in a child’s life. We partner with them to enhance the education and health of their children.
  • We integrate multiple systems to serve the whole child. Our unique model unites health care and education, building a multi-disciplinary team and holistic system of care around a child’s full needs.

In 2016, we opened our flagship school in East Palo Alto, California, with our first class of four-year-olds. We have grown to serve nearly  250 children and their families. In the fall, we will have classes for children in Pre-K3 (3 year-olds), Pre-K4 (4 year-olds), Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade. We will continue to open a new grade every year through eighth grade.

Our ultimate goal is to create a game-changing system of care for children that can be replicated across the country. To that end, we are building a model that can be effectively implemented in diverse communities and sustained on public funding. In 2019, we plan to both expand our student and family population in East Palo Alto and pursue opening our next site in the Bay Area. It’s an exciting time to join the team!