Middle School Assistant Principal of Special Education

KIPP Philadelphia Public Schools

Posted: 2/10/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Education/Training

Primary domain: Education

City: Philadephia

Postal code: 19131

State: Pennsylvania

Country: United States

Organization Information:


Not Available



Mission statement:

Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students to pursue the paths they choose—college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.

Position Details:

Job Description:

KIPP is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools in educationally underserved communities.  Over 100,000 students attend one of the 242 KIPP schools that operate in 31 regions across the United States.  KIPP Philadelphia Schools Public Schools (KPPS) is a part of the national KIPP network and currently leads six schools serving approximately 2,400 students in North and West Philadelphia.

Our Mission
Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students to pursue the paths they choose—college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.

Position Overview
The Assistant Principal of Specialized Services (APSS) ensures that students receive appropriate, high quality specialized services in alignment with all local, state and federal regulations. The APSS establishes systems for documentation and communication that support schoolwide special education compliance and trains and supports case managers in implementing these systems. The APSS works closely with student culture and instructional leaders at the school to ensure appropriate, supportive, and legally compliant approaches and/or accommodations are being utilized with students.  The APSS participates on the school leadership team and reports directly to the school Principal.

Key Responsibilities

  • Ensure that the school is always operating in compliance with all local, state and federal laws governing special education
  • Ensure that IEPs, Section 504 Service Agreements, and other special education documents are written and implemented with fidelity across all settings  
  • Determine the programming and supports that best support the achievement and well-being of students with IEPs (including behavior support plans, intervention curricula, etc.), and ensure that the individuals implementing programming are properly trained
  • Develop or implement systems to identify students who qualify for special education services
  • Monitor and determine the appropriate response to progress monitoring results (including assessment results, student grades, etc.)
  • Co-manage case managers, ensuring they get the clarity and training necessary to implement compliance systems with fidelity
  • Provide ongoing communication with teachers and administrators that strengthens the support systems for students receiving special education services
  • Chair manifestation determinations meetings and write all required documents
  • Lead or support the SAP team
  • Work closely with the School Culture team and Social Worker in supporting students receiving special education services. 
  • Develop Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs)
  • Develop, implement, and monitor Positive Behavior Support Plans (PBSPs)
  • Manage relationships and communication with related service partners (Psychologist, Speech, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist) and therapeutic support staff (TSS, STS, BSC)
  • Manage relationships and communication with alternative  special education placement sites and manage student transitions back to school
  • Supports the development and execution of all assessments and supports for ELL students (if necessary)
  • Other duties as assigned by the principal



  • A deep commitment to the mission of KIPP and an unwavering belief in the potential of our students
  • Strong knowledge of local, state and federal special education regulations and compliance policies/procedures
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Ability to exercise excellent judgment in decision-making
  • Experience/comfort with holding adults accountable to implementing systems, procedures, approaches
  • Skilled communicator who is able to build rapport and relationships  (and able to navigate difficult conversations with) with colleagues, employees, students, and families
  • Experience and skill in implementing assessments and analyzing/presenting data
  • Familiar with best practices in working with students with a variety of disabilities
  • Demonstrated ability to drive student growth and achievement and to create a warm, inclusive, rigorous learning environment
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute positively to a school team

Required Credentials

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in Special Education preferred
  • 3 or more years working with special education students
  • Pennsylvania State Certification as Special Education Teacher or Supervisor of Special Education
  • Complete all required criminal and child abuse background checks:
  • PA State Police Clearance
  • PA Child Abuse Clearance
  • Cogent Federal Fingerprinting
  • ACT 168


    Not Specified


    Commensurate with Experience

    Posting Expiration Date:


    How to Apply:

    KIPP Philadelphia Schools is an equal opportunity employer.  Employees are selected on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state law. 

    To apply, visit http://kippphiladelphia.org/join-our-team/apply-now/ 


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