Director of Intervention & Scholar Programming - IDEA Public Charter School #2021-2608

Location US-DC-Washington
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Director of Intervention & Scholar Programming

As Director of Intervention & Scholar Programming for IDEA Public Charter School, you will ensure we thoughtfully create individualized support and transition plans for each of our 316 scholars. We challenge, motivate, and strengthen the intellect of all our students, whether they are pursuing paths to college or the workforce.


IDEA’s student support team is a foundational pillar that aids scholars’ access to special education, clinical services, and cultural reinforcement elements to ensure they are fully supported in all capacities to be successful in their educational journey. Goals for the team include preventing scholars from falling through the cracks; ensuring scholars’ supports are in place and are being monitored; tracking scholar success based on team interventions (data-driven RTI model); and creating and monitoring high-leverage interventions to support at-risk scholars.


In this role, you will monitor data, track progress, celebrate achievements, identify gaps, and intervene to improve our practices. Managing a total team of 14, including three direct reports, you will strategize, analyze, and work alongside your team to implement and guide new strategies and interventions to improve scholar performance, particularly for our marginalized scholar populations. You will ensure that every student has a customized plan for success after high school, leveraging best practices to meet individual needs while maintaining regulatory compliance.


With many scholars attending classes virtually, we are being creative with how to build support avenues and how to keep scholars engaged with learning. You will help us continue that work with our current scholars and our alumni so that we can remain a cornerstone for our community of continuous learners. In addition to rigorous core academics, IDEA offers robust career and technical education pathways including child development, computer science, and construction technology. IDEA scholars participate in a variety of extracurricular activities including beekeeping, cooking, gardening, Model United Nations, National Honor Society, peer mentoring, spoken word, student government, and more.



  • Manage and develop systems and structures that directly provide support to IDEA’s marginalized scholar populations (i.e., students with disabilities, 504, ELL, truant/at-risk).
  • Design and implement high yield RTI interventions that directly support IDEA’s special populations to ensure improvement in academic achievement.
  • Analyze various scholar data points to ensure effective monitoring and alignment of targeted interventions for in-person and virtual engagement.
  • Secure grants to increase funding streams for student support programming.
  • Provide leadership in developing comprehensive program plans as well as implementing and evaluating the planned programs for Tier II and Tier III scholars and interventions.
  • Implement and support the targeted school goals as they align with PMF measurements.
  • Assist in the establishment and monitoring of culture goals and objectives for the school. Provide leadership in planning, implementing, and evaluating cultural programs.
  • Conduct quarterly reviews of IDEA’s specialized programs, support services, and teams to ensure quality control.
  • Develop cycles of professional development for IDEA’s school community to enhance scholar support.
  • Stay informed of state and federal laws and procedures for programs for students with special needs and disabilities as well as students in need of intervention.
  • Direct the development and management of student discipline programs, implementing the Well-Managed Schools



  • School leadership experience in a high-need, high-performing school, including either a valid SLLA or other leadership certification and/or at least 3 years of administrative leadership preferred.
  • Five years of teaching experience in a high-need, high-performing school, preferably with evidence of impact on student learning in that setting.
  • Knowledge of special education laws and policies in Washington, D.C. preferred.



  • Coach. You are an excellent mentor with proven experience coaching and developing staff at all professional levels. You have a naturally collaborative style and understand that it takes combined expertise to create student success.
  • Data-driven. You have the ability, curiosity, and interest to extract data from a variety of sources to produce meaningful reports. You go beyond simply providing numbers, you suggest how to apply the data to produce the desired results.
  • Innovative. You manage to find order through ambiguity. You easily shape answers to questions where no template exists and you do whatever it takes to get the job done. You care profoundly about our scholars and are willing to implement creative solutions to ensure all students and staff are well supported for success.
  • Process-oriented. You enjoy creating and implementing processes and procedures that uphold rigorous standards. You thrive on efficiency, always looking for ways to improve.
  • Service-focused. You understand that your role is primarily to help your staff meet their goals. You listen carefully to their needs and develop appropriate solutions to help them become more effective, more productive, and more capable.


What’s Attractive to the Right Candidate?

  • It is a different day every day. You will have the chance to really affect the scholars who need it most, who are underserved in many respects. You will take pride seeing the growth and success of the scholars.
  • We are a growth model school with a school-wide evaluation system and a belief in continuous learning for everyone, a practice in place for both our scholars and our staff. We work as a team to achieve success together.
  • The school administration works hard to ensure all staff feel appreciated. In a recent survey, teachers reported feeling well-communicated with, cared for, and supported. They expressed satisfaction with the considerations being made for the safety and well-being of scholars and staff during this time of uncertainty.
  • We have high expectations. Our families rely on us to connect them with community services and we are dedicated to ensuring scholars have all the supports available to succeed. We know we can always do more, and our families deserve our full effort.
  • Enrollment rates have been steadily on the rise, due to our strong reputation.


To Apply

Simply email your resume to Aileen Hedden at with “IDEA Director of Intervention & Scholar Programming – #2021-2608 SA” as the subject of the email. Please include your resume as a Word or PDF attachment to the email and paste your cover letter in the body of your email.


Please note: our practice is to not disclose the salary ranges our clients would consider. Any salary information included in this posting was estimated without our input.


Job responsibilities are similar to the following positions: Director of Student Services, Special Education Coordinator, Special Education Compliance and Academic Intervention, Assistant Principal, Administrator for Instruction and Student Support, Director of Special Education


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