Summary

Saint Paul Public Schools is hiring a Speech Language Pathologist Program Manager. The role is a 12-month position and will have a start date in August 2024.Why Saint Paul Public Schools?-Meaningful work with amazing students-Diverse and supportive school communities-Instructional Coaching and Mentoring Program-District provided curriculum for academic and social-emotional learning-Comprehensive benefits packages-Opportunity to lead in a dynamic school district

Description

Position Summary –

Under the leadership of the Assistant Director of Special Education or Special Education Supervisor, the Program Manager: Speech Language Pathologist is responsible for providing leadership to speech language pathologists serving students with disabilities from birth to age 22. The Program Manager: Speech Language Pathologists is responsible for the recruitment, hiring, and assignment of speech language pathologists (SLP) across the district, and will also provide ongoing SLP supervision including support for problem solving, best practices for service delivery, engaging families in decision making, and special education due process and compliance.

License(s) required: Speech Language Pathology issued by Minnesota Department of Education or can obtain one by August 30, 2024.

Minimum Qualifications –

  • Master's degree in Communication Disorders or a related field.
  • Three years experience in a position requiring school program/project coordination, team leadership or related activities.
  • A valid license in the area of Speech-Language Pathology issued by the Minnesota Department of Education.

Preferred Qualifications –

  • Five years of experience providing special education services.
  • Two years of special education leadership experience (e.g., lead teacher, coach or related informal leadership experience)
  • Direct experience working with families
  • Direct experience working with community organizations
  • Administrator licensure (e.g., Director of Special Education, Principal licensure), or willingness to obtain
  • Valid Minnesota driver's license without restrictions
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence from American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA)

General Information –

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential job functions satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary job functions herein described. Since every duty associated with this position may not be described herein, employees may be required to perform duties not specifically spelled out in the job description, but which may be reasonably considered to be incidental in the performing of their duties just as though they were actually written out in this job description.

Reporting Relationship –

Report to the Assistant Director of Special Education or Special Education Supervisor

Responsibilities

The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following fundamental duties:

  • Oversee speech language pathologists (SLPs) across the district.
  • Analyze data to determine staffing allocations.
  • Develop a system for frequent monitoring of service provider workloads; make adjustments to assignments to ensure consistent workload across service providers
  • Manage the recruitment, hiring, and retention of SLPs.
  • Assist administration in implementing Teacher Development and Education including staff observations, guidance for Professional Learning Communities and Individual Growth and Development Plans.
  • Serve as liaison between universities and the SPPS Office of Specialized Services and Department of Human Resources to coordinate SLP practicum and internship opportunities and other efforts to address workforce shortages.
  • Provide leadership in planning and providing professional development aligned to the district strategic plan, special education goals, and SLP best practices.
  • Provide technical assistance and support to SLPs regarding service provision and due process.
  • Provide ongoing staff supervision including support for problem solving, engaging families in decision making, and special education due process and compliance.
  • Assist with managing assigned department/team budgets.
  • Plan and facilitate effective team meetings and staff meetings.
  • Analyze data to inform decision making.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Commitment to racial and gender equity for all students and families.
  • Knowledge of national, state and local laws, rules, and standards in special education.
  • Knowledge of service delivery models effective for students receiving special education services.
  • Knowledge of communication theories, best practices, and service delivery models.
  • Knowledge of the use of technology for organizational purposes to monitor special education data, including staffing analysis, service minute review.
  • Knowledge of the operations of a large urban school district and the role of special education in such a district.
  • Excellent communication skills (oral, written, and listening).
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills.
  • Ability to establish successful working relationships with district, community, and school staff.
  • Ability to interact effectively with persons representing diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Ability to assess and prioritize multiple tasks, projects, and demands and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to respond quickly to a variety of requests and to remain calm in difficult situations.
  • Ability to analyze and report data trends for a variety of audiences.

PAY, BENEFITS & WORK SCHEDULE
This is a 12-month position working 40 hours per week.
Salary and benefits are in accordance with the ASAP negotiated labor agreement. The salary schedule can be found on the Labor Agreements page – https://resources.finalsite.net/images/v1701741724/sppsorg/rq2z5ijphymyjuuo6smb/C_ASAP_21-23_FINAL.pdf.

Benefits are available to new employees after 30 days of active employment. Benefits include medical insurance, life insurance, sick leave, pension plan, tax-free retirement account, and flexible spending account. Some employee groups also receive vacation, dental insurance and disability insurance. A summary of benefits can be found on the Benefits Summaries page.

HOW TO APPLY
To be considered further, please apply for this position and attach a resume and cover letter to this application or your online application (spps.org/careers). JOB ID 1019323

The Human Resource Department will review your application materials and contact you regarding the next steps.

To attach additional documents to your online application, click on the "Additional Attachments" link from the applicant homepage and upload your documents as attachments. Valid file extensions for attaching a document include .doc, .txt, .rtf, and .pdf.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
Essential functions are job duties that the individual holding the position must be able to perform unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation through the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and the Americans with Disability Amendments Act (ADAAA). The essential functions are typical duties as outlined under Responsibilities.

Regular and reliable attendance.

May be exposed to various cleaning products.

Other Information:

Transcript – Unofficial transcripts are accepted at the time of hire. You must submit official transcripts within 30 days of your start date. Formal credential evaluation is required for post-secondary education completed outside of the United States.

Veteran's Preference – If you are an eligible veteran applying for a job where veteran's preference applies and wish to claim Veterans Preference you must submit a legible copy of your DD214 to the Human Resource Department with your employment application. If your claim is approved, five or ten additional points will be added to your final passing score.

Criminal Background Investigation and Reference Checks – Reference checks and a criminal background investigation will be completed as a condition of hire for all new employees and for former employees who have not been employed by the District for more than six months.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Saint Paul Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and supports an inclusive workplace environment.

Equity Statement:

SPPS is committed to an equitable workforce where all employees represent this commitment through equitable practices in their job position.

 

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance