Associate Director, Social Emotional Learning

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Competitive salary commensurate with experience




San Jose
United States


The Associate Director of Social Emotional Learning will directly manage a team of 8-12 service providers (school psychologists, behavior intervention specialists, and/or social workers) in the 2018-19 school year. This position requires managerial experience as well as experience interacting effectively with senior leadership, school-level administrators, and parents and families.

Based in San Jose, CA and reporting to the Senior Director of Achievement, the Associate Director of Social Emotional Learning will be a key strategic leader, and a critical contributor to the realization of the vision for Integrated Special Education and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support within Rocketship. The Associate Director of Social Emotional Learning will manage Rocketship’s Bay Area team of school psychologists, social workers and behavior specialists, support the execution of the vision for psychological services within Rocketship, support schools in the execution of compliant practices related to the identification and evaluation of students with disabilities, and support the implementation of high quality behavioral and social-emotional interventions in schools. Additionally, the Associate Director of Social Emotional Learning will play a critical role in overseeing and coordinating Rocketship’s Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS) framework for academic, social-emotional, and behavioral components. 


  • Develop and lead a high performing team of school psychologists, social workers, and behavior intervention specialists toward supporting schools and school leaders in ensuring exceptional outcomes for students with unique learning and behavioral needs; model and sustain a culture of high performance and service orientation among team members; 
  • Attract, hire, train and motivate a team of highly skilled and driven individuals who execute at the highest level of excellence and consistent with the culture and mission of the organization; oversee training and support for all Rocketship school psychologists; 
  • Implement and manage Rocketship’s vision and approach to psychological services, serving always as a model of meaningful inclusion and contributing to Rocketship Education’s standing as a continued leader in the field for effective, efficient and high-quality services for students with special needs; 
  • Create, evaluate, enforce and maintain policies, systems and procedures that meet the highest standards of compliance; stay abreast of current special education policies and best practices for all regions and demographics; ensure all internal special education policies and procedures related to psychological services meet and exceed federal, state, local authorizers, and SELPA guidelines and recommendations; 
  • Design and execute staff professional development opportunities related to psychological services (pre-referral practices, Section 504 plans, behavioral and social-emotional interventions, crisis response, etc.) for a range of audiences (school leaders, special education teachers, general education teachers, etc.); design and lead regular team meetings and routines, inspiring and supporting school psychologists to support the vision for psychological services in Rocketship schools; facilitate learning and sharing of best practices related to psychological services across Rocketship’s regional special education teams 
  • Identify and secure resources that support the mental health needs of Rocketeers ; manage relationships with external stakeholders providing mental health services in Rocketship schools 
  • Support the consistent implementation of evidence-based behavior and social-emotional interventions in Rocketship schools; create user-friendly resources that support school leaders in the implementation of these interventions; design and implement professional development opportunities to build school leader capacity to implement a multi-tiered system of behavioral supports in Rocketship schools in a manner that deeply partners with Rocketship’s School Management team to ensure alignment between school-wide culture and behavior supports and supplemental behavior interventions. 
  • Maintain a close working relationship with other members of the Network Support Team (NeST—Rocketship’s centralized office that operates in support of its schools and regions), school directors, and all school staff (teachers, school leaders, support staff, etc.) to ensure exchange of best practices, coordination of efforts, and general support for the Integrated Special Education department; 
  • Ensure the Integrated Psychological Services Team is viewed as positive supports to the organization’s mission that are fully aligned with Rocketship’s Core Characteristics (Innovation, Pursuit of Excellence, Authenticity, Community, and Tenacity), and not as bureaucratic obstacles to serving the needs of the students.


Master’s degree in School Psychology, Special Education, Social Work, Educational Leadership or related field 

5+ years experience as School Psychologist, Program Specialist, School Social Worker, Special Education Administrator, or similar position 

Experience implementing a Multi-Tiered Systems of Support framework for intervention delivery 

Management and leadership experience 

Experience with program design and evaluation 

Experience working with elementary-age students in a school setting 

Experience working with students with a range of disabilities (learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, autism, etc.) 

Excellent written and oral communication skills 

Embrace the mission of Rocketship Public Schools and its inclusive model for special education services. 

Thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment 

Ability to be flexible and adaptive in a work environment that is still evolving 


Our comprehensive benefits package includes excellent health and welfare benefits, 403b retirement plan, flexible spending account (FSA), cell phone reimbursement and paid time off.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree