Friendship Public Charter School

Director of Special Education

Vacancy for School Year
Friendship Public Charter School


Friendship Public Charter School operates a thriving network of college preparatory public charter schools. Headquartered in Washington, DC. Friendship serves over 4,800 students in preschool to grade 12 and guides a growing network of alumni to college completion annually. Nearly 70% of students are deemed “at-risk” due to family poverty, homelessness or other complex risk factors and 100% of students are deemed eligible for free and reduced lunch due to community poverty. 98% are African American or Latino.  The mission of Friendship Public Charter School (FPCS) is to prepare students to become ethical, literate, well-rounded and self-sufficient citizens by providing a world-class education that motivates students to reach high academic standards, to enjoy learning, to achieve success, and to contribute actively to their communities


  • Provides necessary special education data to Chief Academic Officer, school administrators, teachers, and select school support staff;
  • Responsible for Friendship’s Special Education Performance Report from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education; including compliance and student progress for the LEA.
  • Interprets and disseminates information regarding state/federal rules and regulations.
  • Ensure program compliance;
  • Oversees tracking systems maintained by special education coordinators (Grades, cognitive potential, standardized test scores, and testing accommodations);
  • Collects data reported by clinicians and evaluate potential participation in Medicaid billing;
  • Monitors performance of and supports special education coordinators, teachers/case managers and related service providers;
  • Promotes integrated service delivery in inclusion classes and resource settings;
  • Develops strategies to enhance special education performance on standardized tests;
  • Establishes, monitors, and supervises procedures for, screening, evaluations, eligibility, reevaluations, and IEP implementation in accordance with Washington D.C. special education regulations;
  • Monitors the development and implementation of special education services in schools; 
  • Assists school administrators with hiring and placement of special education staff;
  • Manages appropriate federal and state grants;
  • Serves as representative on the DC Special Education Cooperative;
  • Monitors and coordinates services in private day or residential placements; 
  • Assesses and identifies special education program needs related to equipment, materials, personnel and curriculum;
  • Supports the Special Education Advisory Committee to enhance programs for students with disabilities;
  • Prepares reports and makes recommendations to the Chief Academic Officer and Senior Director of Student Support Services regarding instructional programming for all aspects of Special Education and Student Services, including the Special Education Annual Plan;
  • Monitors the timely provision of all related services; 
  • Coordinates and oversees mandated special education programs for children with special needs including the conducting and/or assisting in due process hearings, mediations and resolution meetings;
  • Plans and oversees and provide guidance for all special education placements in other SELPAs, county programs or other restrictive settings;
  • Assists in the recruitment and selection and assignment of special education personnel;
  • Supervises and evaluate special education staff including behavior intervention specialists;
  • Plans and collaborates with outside mental/health agencies that provides direct student services;
  • Observes the instructional program by regular visits to special education classes and by conferring with principals, teachers and other staff and administrators;
  • Provides overall direction and coordination efforts for the implementation of appropriate instructional programs in Special Education;
  • Provides leadership related to special education issues impacting the district and represent the district at appropriate meetings and hearings;
  • Plans and coordinates the recruitment and selection and assignment of special education personnel;
  • Plans and coordinates efforts for the implementation of appropriate instructional programs in Special Education;
  • Provides leadership to ensure understanding of and promote the educational program objectives of the district;
  • Works with principals and teaching staff to effect horizontal and vertical continuity and articulation of the instructional program throughout the district;
  • Plans and coordinates the development, implementation, and evaluation of curriculum and the instructional program;
  • Plans and coordinates or facilitates the collection, interpretation, and use of data to inform decision making;
  • Develops policies and procedures to govern the delivery of special education and related services including staff assignments;
  • In coordination with Academics, oversees implementation and use of standards-based curriculum and instructional materials for students in special education; and
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Masters in Special Education or a related field (PhD preferred). 
  • Certified in Special Education and/or School Leadership 
  • Must have 5+ years of successful experience as a public-school administrator and/or special education Coordinator/Case Manager with an expertise in Special Education in an urban district. 
  • Must have a demonstrated commitment to improving educational opportunities for students with special needs in an urban district.
  • Must have 5+ years of successful experience as a public-school administrator and teacher with an expertise in Special Education in an urban district. 
  • Must have an in-depth knowledge of the laws and regulations that govern special education and a proven ability to manage a multi-million-dollar budget and multiple service providers.


FPCS’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, veteran status, status as a special disabled veteran, or any other protected criteria as established by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to recruitment and hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, transfer, layoff, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment. Employment decisions at FPCS are based solely upon relevant criteria, including an individual’s capabilities, qualifications, training, experience and suitability.


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