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Regional Director of Special Programs - Greater Houston (Immediate Opening)

School Year: 2022-2023
Location: Greater Houston Regional Office
Region: Greater Houston, TX
Category: Headquarters
Job Type: Full-Time


 Regional Director of Special Programs



Role Mission: The Regional Director of Special Programs ensures IDEA Public Schools in their region meets the needs of all its students through special program instruction defined by quality individualized student plan creation, and when applicable, through related services. The Regional Director of Special Programs is responsible for ensuring the intersection of compliance requirements, streamlined support structures, and increasing student achievement.  The Regional Director of Special Programs will manage and coach all regional special programs leads to ensure all students with individualized plans are achieving their goals and objectives and becoming successful learners. This person will also build collaborative business partnerships between national and regional support personnel to ensure IDEA’s special programming has the impact that it is intended to achieve.

Compensation: Salaries for people entering this role typically fall between $86,700 and $106,600, commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications. This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on individual and organizational performance and goal attainment.  


1. Coach and Manage Regional Special Programs Regional Leads so that 100% of Special Programs Compliance and Instruction (Special Education, 504, EL and CSI) are implemented

  • Manage and coach regional leads through proactive and responsive management and coaching
  • Norm regional leads on clear criteria and operating mechanisms for management and execution for implementation of all Special Programs
  • Create and manage systems of accountability to ensure regional leads own all implementation
  • Partner and lead vision with regional leadership teams (VP, ED) on all special programs iniatives?

2. Maintain Federal Compliance Standards

  • Ensures 100% of Special Programs timelines are met for all students in the region
  • Collaborate with national Special Programs team to submit all TEA/LDOE required documentation for all schools in the region
  • Oversee Special Education student records compliance through operating mechanisms with the regional Special Education clerks
  • Works collaboratively with the Director of Special Education Programming to ensure effective instructional support is part of every student’s IEP 

3. Coach and Manage all direct reports so 80% of all direct reports meet 4 out of 5 goals

  • Identify high leverage coaching knowledge and skills for all regional leads and align coaching, management, and accountability
  • Collaboratively identify the highest leverage inputs and outputs regional leaders can use consistently to drive attainment of their goals
  • Coach coaches to consistently identify their highest leverage and prioritized actions in alignment with their goals

4. Coordinate region-wide contract services

  • Determine the need for various related service contracts needed for students in the region and vet potential service providers
  •  Oversees the onboarding and training of all contract service personnel working in schools in the region


Supervisory Responsibilities:  Regional Special Programs Coach(es), Lead LSSP, Lead SLP



  • Education:   Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s Degree preferred
  • Experience:   
    • At least 2 years of successful teacher experience required  
    • Proven success with Special Education student achievement  
    • ELA content knowledge a plus  
    • Direct Instruction Decoding program knowledge preferred  
  • Certification: valid in-state teaching certificate required; special education teaching certificate preferred


Knowledge and Skills: 

  • Strong regional business partnerships required  
  • Strong instructional coaching required (ELA preferred)  

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: At IDEA we recognize that racism, bias, and privilege exist in society. We are committed to an organizational culture that promotes awareness, kindness, and inclusivity for our students and staff, and supports their path to positively impact our broader society. We are committed to recognizing the impact of racism and privilege, and commit as an organization to have equitable practices, policies, and structures.

Visit to learn about IDEA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Anti-Racist and Anti-Bias commitment.


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