Site Director, 18+ Program - Rio Grande Valley (Immediate Opening)

Weslaco, TX, United States
Nov 21, 2020
Position at IDEA Public Schools

About IDEA Public Schools :  


At IDEA Public Schools, we believe in college for ALL and we are committed to ensuring that   all   our students graduate from college. IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States sending 100% of our students to college. 50% of our students graduate from college in 6 years - that's 8 times the national rate for students in our communities!  

IDEA was founded in 2000 as a single school with 150 students in the Rio Grande Valley. When interest exceeded building capacity, to meet the demands, IDEA's co-founders committed to serving more students in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and beyond. We now serve  over 65,000  students across Texas and Louisiana. Be on the lookout for IDEA schools opening near you-with continued growth in our current regions an d new launches in  Tampa Bay , FL  (2021) ,  and  Jacksonville, FL (2022) !  


When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of our IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality.  


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About the Rio Grande Valley:


Since 2000, IDEA Public Schools has grown from a school of 150 students in Donna, TX, to the fastest- growing family of tuition-free, public charter schools in the United States. In the Rio Grande Valley, we are a nucleus of four counties (Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy Counties) that work as one unit to support our children academically and holistically. 


RGV is home to a population of just over 1.3 million residents. Children across the region truly benefit from IDEA's mission of college for all, as only 1 out of 17 students currently graduate college ready. Our mission holds true as we have over 5,000 IDEA alumni that currently attend, or have graduated from, 300 colleges and universities across the country.  


Join our passionate team of changemakers in south Texas as we prepare to expand our home region to 55 schools, serving over 38,000 students in 2022. 

Role Mission:

The Site Director of the 18+ Program will oversee all 18+ programming for the Rio Grande Valley to maximize meaningful transition experiences which are aligned to real life. The Site Director of the 18+ program will also be responsible to ensure 100% of young adults with disabilities in the program matriculate to a post-secondary option of their choice; which also fits their individual transition strengths and areas of interest. He/She will build strong collaborative partnerships with community stakeholders, including South Texas College, Work Force Solutions, Vocational Rehabilitation, community-based learning locations, and job-site environments. He/She will also manage and coach all 18+ site staff as they support students served through this innovative transition programming to ensure the transition model is being implemented to its full potential.


As part of being the site director of THRIVE at IDEA Toros College Preparatory, the Site Director will collaborate closely with IDEA Toros Lead Team and principal. The Site Director will participate in various campus operating mechanisms, such as weekly tactical meetings and strategy meetings to ensure seamless communication and to maximize opportunities for staff and student integration. The Site Director will collaborate with IDEA Toros principal to promote culture and integration so that in practice, THRIVE and IDEA Toros function as a single site.



Ensure successful implementation of transitional experiences so 100% of enrolled young adults meet 90% of their annual IEP goals
  • Create collaborative business partnerships with Special Education Team (teacher(s), LSSP, SLP, OT, College Counselor, etc.) from previous campus to align on transition plan and IEP goals
  • Build capacity and manage expectations around operating mechanisms between site staff and outside community stakeholders to maintain fidelity of individual student needs/goals
  • Coach and develop site staff to read, analyze and respond to IEP data tracking to prioritize the highest leverage next action steps
  • Observe and coach site staff to holding highly effective data conversations with young adults, parents, and community stakeholders to increase young adult IEP, transition, and post-secondary outcomes


Coach, develop, and manage 18+ site staff so that 100% of Transitional Plans are implemented with fidelity
  • Support site staff as they norm on and execute clear criteria for success for implementation of all 18+ programming through proactive and responsive training mechanisms
  • Align to and oversee systems of accountability to ensure site staff ownership of all implementation criteria
  • Ensure site staff are collaborating regularly with outside stakeholders (WFS, VR, STC, job-sites) to discuss individual transition plans and create action plans to keep the young adult on track
  • Collaborate and communicate with young adults and their guardians regularly to track any interest or plan changes


90% of young adults who graduate from 18+ program will secure a job and/or enroll in a post-secondary program of their choice, which is also aligned to their strengths and interests
  • Offer meaningful job-site opportunities by partnering with community businesses, which are aligned to student(s) interests and abilities
  • Young adults in the 18+ program will obtain at least 2 industry-based certifications through our partnership with South Texas College
  • Partner with community business, which allow students to practice the skills gained through South Texas College industry-based trainings
  • Train and allow young adults to regularly access and practice the utilization public transportation
  • Create and maintain strong partnerships with Work Force Solutions and Vocational Rehabilitation for alignment of services during the program and post-graduation

Maintain balanced budget for 18+ program

  • Meet 100% enrollment target by Day 1, and ensure average ADA of 97.5%
  • Accurately document, report, and receive reimbursement for 100% of SHARs-related services provided to students
  • Partner with Transportation team to develop and operate transportation options that deliver students to the 18+ site and work sites on time, at minimal cost, using as many Job Coaches and other site employees as possible
  • Hire, schedule, and support site staff such that a minimal number of individuals are required to complete all work, and partner with IDEA Toros Assistant Principal of Operations and other staff to minimize need for additional 18+ Site staff
  • Ensure at least 90% of all 18+ participants meet all completion requirements for at least 2 industry certificates, and at least 90% meet all completion requirements for General Employability Skills, as determined by the Texas Education Agency

90% of site staff are retained from August to August.

  • Ensure 100% of site staff are coached towards mastery and rated on the 8 Super-Power GET rows using corresponding teacher pathways
  • Support quality control mechanisms that will inform strategic planning and response to site staff needs such as Pulse Checks, Informal Observations and Business Partnerships with internal departments
  • Create and facilitate high leverage professional development sessions aimed at building knowledge and skills necessary for site staff to successful learn and grow with IDEA
  • Build capacity and manage expectations around operating mechanisms which will increase communication and alignment between site staff, community stakeholders, and guardians


Live values of IDEA
  • Believes and is committed to our mission: that all students are capable of getting to and through college
  • Is driven by outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them
  • Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change
  • Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization
  • Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes
  • Embodies IDEA's core values


  • Bachelor's Degree required, Master's preferred
  • 2+ years teaching experience, Special Education field
  • Special Education Certification through TEA
  • 2+ years experience in coaching/managing individuals or teams
  • Completed Principal Certification Program preferred

Salaries for this role typically start between $69,700 - $85,000, commensurate with relevant qualifications and experience. This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on individual and organizational goal attainment.

IDEA Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the organization's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact IDEA Human Resources at (956) 377-8000.

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