Special Education Manager

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date


Application Deadline



United States


The Special Education Manager supports teachers, administrators, and staff in ensuring that AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School and AppleTree@ programs (collectively “AppleTree”) provides optimal support to all children. The Special Education Manager develops knowledge of all stakeholders of the inclusion setting in order to best support students with disabilities. The Special Education Manager ensures high quality specialized instruction and optimal compliance within special education law. This is a supervisory position.

Ensures instructional quality for special education program

  • Develops knowledge of AppleTree’s Every Child Ready core curriculum
  • Ensures all AppleTree stakeholders have a consistent and robust understanding of the inclusion model; develops trainings and resources to achieve this end
  • Supervises the Special Education Instructional Coach to ensure that adequate coaching and professional development is created in support of special education teachers
  • Supervises Special Education Coordinators to ensure all MDT, IEP, 504 timelines are met; COS data is collected; provides regular training, modeling, coaching and feedback to Special Education Coordinators
  • Oversees the work of related-service personnel contractors, including recruiting, hiring, onboarding, training and development, evaluations, and retention decisions
  • Monitors service delivery in inclusion classes and resource settings, as designated by the IEP
  • Ensures IEPs are curriculum-based, relevant for the individual student, and complete
  • Reviews and analyzes progress reports and current performance measures  
  • Ensures cooperative relationships with general education staff; advocates for best practices in special education with school leaders
  • Facilitates communication and co-planning among service providers, regular education teachers, and special education teachers
  • Develops an effective and viable transition program for students with IEPs
  • Identifies topics and provides training to build capacity of special education staff
  • Provides training and technical assistance to principals and instructional staff on IDEA, inclusion, and meeting the needs of diverse learners in the least restrictive environment

Ensures compliance with federal and local regulations

  • Ensures all staff abide by IDEA and local regulations
  • Ensures parents receive all notifications and evaluation reports in advance of the MDT meetings; ensures parents are welcomed as participating partners in all meetings
  • Ensures timely receipt of reports and evaluations by all stakeholders
  • Handles due process actions in collaboration with a technical assistance expert
  • Manages the development, refinement, and/or documentation of AppleTree special education policies as needed or required, for the purpose of assuring program consistency and compliance with state and federal rules in all locations
  • Maintains a high level of knowledge regarding developing special education issues in early childhood education
  • Develops policies, procedures, and protocols to support students, teachers, and principals with regard to special education, specifically related to the inclusion model
  • Establishes and updates school and LEA tracking systems that include student information related to IEPs, services, service hours, evaluations, MDT referral of students, and the timeline in which evaluations were complete
  • Provides training and technical assistance to Special Education Coordinators for all aspects of case management, including goal writing, progress reports, annual reviews, and parent communication
  • Maintains calendar of annual, triennial review, 30 day review and initial eligibility/IEP meetings to ensure timelines are met
  • Ensures collaboration with @school personnel as required for special education programming
  • Assumes coordinating responsibilities at select campuses

Manages reporting, finances and contractors

  • Ensures maintenance of accurate special education records and monitors the documentation of special education services provided as required by law, AppleTree policies, and administrative regulations
  • Acts as primary point of contact and coordinates outside agencies that provide services to students
  • Ensures that services provided by contract personnel are of high quality and align with IEPs
  • Ensures accuracy of invoices submitted by outside agencies, and timely payment of all invoices
  • Directs the Medicaid Administrative Claiming process and direct billing of Medicaid-eligible special education services provided by AppleTree for the purpose of gaining fiscal resources

Upholds professional responsibilities

  • Supports a high-performing school culture
  • Maintains strict confidentiality with regard to all aspects of student information
  • Participates in all professional development for instructional staff
  • Seeks out professional development opportunities for oneself
  • Demonstrates professionalism in all interactions and duties
  • Maintains cooperative, respectful and supportive relationships with colleagues
  • Allocates time and resources effectively


The Special Education Manager must be committed to ensuring the best possible educational outcomes for all students. A commitment to data-driven instruction, academic and personal excellence, and the school’s unique vision is required for all candidates.

Candidates must have a master’s degree in special education, early childhood special education, bilingual special education, or a closely related field, three or more years of successful professional teaching experience, and two or more years of non-classroom based leadership or coaching experience. Candidates must also demonstrate a deep understanding of developmentally appropriate instruction for young children, as well as Response to Intervention. Candidates must demonstrate the leadership experience, organizational skills and communication abilities to effectively lead AppleTree’s early intervention efforts. A solution-focused, collaborative work style is a must.


Salary commensurate with education and experience.  Compensation includes excellent health benefits. Excellent opportunities for growth.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply


Please go to our website www.appletreeinstitute.org/careers and apply. No emailed resumes or phone calls, please. If you have any questions, please email talent@appletreeinstitute.org