Senior Director of Special Education

Job Type

Full Time




District of Columbia
United States


In collaboration with key partners across Washington, D.C., Relay is designing an innovative model to drive outcomes for exceptional learners that includes both teacher and leader development, and a new approach to school partnership. The Senior Director of Special Education, Relay DC will play a lead role in designing and driving this unique initiative across DC schools for years to come. Working with Relay DC’s campus leaders, national leaders within Relay, and external stakeholders, this leader will set a vision for long-term model development, make decisions in service of that vision, and drive the team towards accountability for key outcomes. To be successful in this opportunity, this leader must bring knowledge of how to drive outcomes for exceptional learners at the school and system level, a desire to work with teachers, school leaders and systems leaders, an ability to be flexible and creative, and a deep passion for serving students with exceptional needs.


  • Architect a strategic plan that will drive the implementation of Relay’s Proposal to Impact Outcomes for PK-12 Exceptional Learners in Washington, D.C. for the next 3-6 years, including: Theory of Action/Implementation Model, Budget, Staffing Plan, Research/Data Plan, et al.
  • Collaborate with the Senior Dean, Academic Programs and shared services teams across Relay (e.g. Finance, Enrollment, et al,) to ensure that the strategic plan is designed for long-term health and can be sustained by Relay’s internal teams
  • Over the next 2-5 years, in collaboration with the Dean of Relay D.C. and the Senior Dean Academic Programs, hire, develop and support the team needed to implement the long-term plan
  • Lead implementation of Relay’s pilot program for school partnership in 8-10 DC schools in SY18-19 (charter and DCPS) including: professional development at school sites, school leader collaboration groups, data collection and analysis, et al.
  • Progress monitor and, adjust course as needed, to drive outcomes on stated goals for SY18-19 in pilot school partnership program
  • Collaborate with the Dean of Relay D.C. to cultivate and sustain relationships with key stakeholders across the following sectors: Charter Management Organizations, DC Public Schools, The Mayor’s Office, Funders, et al.


First and foremost, the Senior Director of Special Education, Relay DC must share Relay’s sense of urgency about the need to improve student achievement through phenomenal teacher and leader training.

Additionally, candidates for the position must have the following:

  • At least a Master’s degree in special education, with a preference for a terminal degree
  • Significant experience (ideally 3+ years) leading special education teachers to achieve ambitious outcomes
  • Significant experience (ideally 3+ years) as a special education systems leader (across multiple schools)
  • Significant experience (ideally 3+ years) leading teams to successful outcomes
  • Experience leading or collaborating with school leaders in service of impacting outcomes for all learners
  • Desire to set a vision, and intensely collaborate with stakeholders, for an ambitious, cutting edge project
  • Ability to work efficiently, intensely, and within an entrepreneurial environment
  • A demonstrated passion for urban education and closing the opportunity gap
  • Authorized to work in the United States

Relay Graduate School of Education provides equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees.


Relay offers a competitive salary and benefits package for full-time employees.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

Please apply on the careers page of our website.