Compliance Officer (Special Education)

The School District of Philadelphia
Published
August 5, 2019
Location
Philadelphia, PA
Job Type

Description

Job Summary

Ensures compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and state regulations pertaining to the education of students with disabilities. Participates in the development, implementation and enforcement of an effective compliance program to better serve student outcome. Provides oversight to ensure efficient operations. Generates periodic reports and provides feedback when requested by senior management and external stakeholders. Assists in the implementation of action plans and programmatic activities that address compliance issues.

Essential Functions

  • Monitors compliance of the educational services and supports provided for students with special needs in the Office of Specialized Services; audits the key administrative and fiscal programs and ensures adherence to all guidelines, legal mandates and policies governing equal access to educational opportunities for all students.
  • Informs and advises senior management of the conditions and status of services provided by the Office of Specialized Services; designs and implements systems used to gather, analyze, and evaluate compliance information at both the school and central office levels.
  • Develops an effective system of action plans in response to the assessment of compliance risk; corrects deficiencies, identifies the cause of compliance exceptions and develops corrective actions.
  • Develops risk management strategies and processes.
  • Assists with implementing regulatory changes into business operations in a timely and cost-effective manner.
  • Provides recommendations for training and retraining; devises a schedule for maintaining high levels of compliance.
  • Coordinates rollout and training of new or updated policies and directives to ensure all employees are educated on the latest regulations and processes when required.
  • Researches local ordinances and stays up-to-date in legal matters pertaining to compliance and auditing.
  • Reads and interprets new local and national laws to discern where they apply to the Office of Specialized Services compliance activities; identifies potential compliance issues and makes recommendations.
  • Develops and maintains a positive rapport with various offices in the District to create opportunities for collaboration such as the Office of Federal Programs and the Office of General Counsel. 

Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Four years of full-time, paid, professional administrative experience in a large organization that has involved working with issues related to educational mandates and equity and has involved collecting and analyzing data and addressing compliance issues. 

OR

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Six years of full-time, paid, professional administrative experience in a large organization that has involved working with issues related to educational mandates and equity and has involved collecting and analyzing data and addressing compliance issues.
  • All work experience related to the position must be included on the resume. 

Demonstrated Knowledge Of

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  • the current theories and practices designed to promote equity for all students.
  • federal, state, and local regulations and policies that govern the education of students with disabilities.
  • research methods and data analysis.
  • strategies to implement programmatic activities designed to address compliance issues. 

Demonstrated Ability To

  • manage several complex projects simultaneously.
  • meet multiple deadlines in a fast-paced and demanding work environment.
  • analyze and resolve complex problems.
  • interpret, apply, and explain policies, procedures, regulations and legislative mandates.
  • maintain necessary records and files, compile information and prepare reports.
  • train various levels of personnel.
  • communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • establish and maintain effective working relationships. 

Disclaimer 

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

Company Description

For forward-thinking administrators and educators, opportunities abound in The School District of Philadelphia. The School District of Philadelphia is committed to transforming the education opportunities it offers the city’s 200,000 school-aged children. Located in a historic and culturally rich setting, we are a racially and ethnically diverse community committed to education. The District seeks leaders who have a passion for working with students, schools, and communities and who are committed to ensuring all students achieve. Serving a population as diverse as ours requires creativity, commitment, and vision. Will you join us?

Our Mission
The mission of The School District of Philadelphia is to provide a high-quality education that prepares, ensures, and empowers all students to achieve their full intellectual and social potential in order to become lifelong learners and productive members of society.

Our Vision
The School District of Philadelphia will deliver on the right of every child in Philadelphia to an excellent public school education and ensure all children graduate from high school ready to succeed.

The key word in this vision is “right.” The District exists to deliver on the civil right of every child to a strong, lifelong foundation.
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