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Pearson Special Populations Department Lead in Jefferson City, Missouri

Special Populations Department Lead


Company Summary :

At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always reexamining the way people learn best, whether it’s one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe. We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology—and each other to surpass these boundaries—we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world’s innovations, personal and global, large and small.

Pearson’s Online & Blended Learning K-12 group provides high-quality, highly accountable online education solutions to schools, school districts and students in grades K-12. It serves families and schools with a variety of digital learning and online school solutions including Connections Academy, International Connections Academy, and Pearson Connexus. In 2017, it will deliver online learning to over 400,000 students in the U.S. and 48 countries. The group, formerly known as Connections Education, is based in Columbia, Maryland and has been named a “Top Workplace” by the Baltimore Sun for three consecutive years and a “Best Place to Work” by Baltimore magazine. Recognized for its outstanding curriculum, high-quality teachers, and leadership, Pearson Online & Blended Learning is committed to expanding quality education through technology, and helping students achieve both academic and personal success.


Position Summary :

Working from a home office, the Department Lead will work as a member of the Special Populations Consulting team which supports and oversees implementation of Exceptional Student Services programs in Connections Academy Schools. The department lead will facilitate implementation of services by supporting special education, English Learner, Section 504, and gifted & talented teachers, consultants, managers and senior managers assigned to a portfolio of CA partner schools. The department lead will mentor and train educators in CA schools and ensure that the schools operate in compliance with all state and federal regulations, and that data is being collected, stored, and updated in a manner that meets all compliance expectations. The department lead will ensure that the schools are providing appropriate programs in the least restrictive environment for all students with special needs. This position will report to the Director of Special Populations Consulting.

Primary Responsibilities :

  • Support Special Education Managers in Connections Academy Schools to ensure they are implementing services to maintain compliance and provide services as appropriate to all students.

General Responsibilities :

  • Support Special Education managers across Connections Academy supported schools in the implementation of federal and state-specific Special Education requirements;

  • Develop and implement collaborative relationships with school leaders;

  • Mentor a cadre of Special Education directors in Connections Academy schools;

  • Oversee compliance with Special Education requirements and timelines in Connections Academy schools;

  • Provide reports and risk assessments to executive management

  • For new schools-assist in hiring school-based Special Education managers/senior managers and identify standardized processes, state-specific forms, and protocols for all Special Education procedures;

  • For the new schools-oversee establishment of a database of private providers, community agencies, mental health clinics, etc.;

  • Collaborate with members of school teams concerning all facets of programming for students with special needs, from pre-referral intervention to transition and dismissal;

  • Support schools in the implementation of specially designed instruction;

  • Develop a strong working knowledge of Connections Academy’s curricular options and support schools in the implementation of instruction, supplementary instructional support programs, and how they can be differentiated and used to meet specific student needs;

  • Stay current on legislative updates and collate findings to determine the effect of new legislation on service delivery and operations;

  • Work with stakeholders across the organization to provide guidance on Special Education compliance matters;

  • Introduce new ways of supporting special needs students in a virtual environment;

  • Support schools in Assistive Technology decisions; and,

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Pearson Online & Blended Learning is focused on providing a flexible work environment to its employees, including the ability to work from home on a regular basis in most positions. We believe that flexibility in work/life balance is a critical part of our culture and employee satisfaction, and we are proud to provide to our employees the ability to work from anywhere, anytime. In exchange, we require that employees have the appropriate means to work remotely, including adherence to our work at home policies regarding home office setup, including but not limited to privacy of records, technology standards, equipment standards and expectations.

The following equipment will be provided to you by the company as a full-time employee:

  • Laptop and phone

  • Headset

The following equipment will need to be provided by you, as the employee, when working from home:

  • 2nd monitor (required)

  • Mouse (required)

  • Keyboard (required)


  • Masters’ Degree in special education or related education field;

  • Special Education Supervisor certification highly desirable;

  • Three years of experience leading and supervising Special Education teachers;

  • Experience with virtual education;

  • Strong knowledge and experience with the implementation of Special Education instructional models;

  • Experience providing professional development

  • Ability to compile and interpret data;

  • Expertise in special education and Special Education law and compliance;

  • Understanding special education transition planning;

  • Willingness to obtain certification in other states as requested;

  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written;

  • High degree of flexibility;

  • Technologically proficient (especially with Microsoft Office and Google suite products);

  • Experience in policy (IDEA) and/or administration with special education;

  • A strong customer-focused approach, and;

  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a fast-paced environment;

  • Periodic travel;

Key Capabilities:

  • Customer Centric – Acts with a strong customer mindset (both internal and external) and is a visible advocate for the customer. Builds strong relationships with customers and uses those to improve their experience and outcomes.

  • Delivering Financial Results – A strong track record of delivering against budgets and commitments.

  • Communications - A great communicator who engages teams and stakeholders with thoughtful delivery and messages that resonate.

  • Building a strong team - Creates strong morale and inclusive spirit within the team, Proactively addresses team performance and communication challenges and blends new people into teams when needed. Has a track record of hiring and quickly and effectively onboarding great talent. Demonstrated success in developing and promoting talent.

  • Works well in a matrix - Models collaboration, solves problems with peers, builds trust and support.

  • Takes personal responsibility – Can be relied on to complete tasks timely and well, demonstrates “ownership” regardless of the outcome, proactive in exploring and exploiting new opportunities.


  • High level of integrity and transparency;

  • High degree of flexibility;

  • Positive attitude;

  • Evidence of a strong work ethic, and;

  • Demonstrated team player.

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: US-RE-Remote

Work Locations: US-Remote Remote

Job: Learning Delivery

Organization: North America Connections

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Nov 29, 2019

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1915472

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.