Feb 05, 2020

Manager of Special Education (Troy, MI)

  • Connections Academy
Full time Administration - Director Teacher - Special Education

Job Description

Position Summary:

Working from the Lighthouse Connections Academy office located in Troy, Michigan, the Manager of Special Education will oversee all aspects of educational service delivery for students with special education needs. The Manager of Special Education will ensure that the school operates in compliance with all district, state, and federal regulations. The Manager of Special Education will collect, store, and update data and documentation in a manner that meets or exceeds all compliance expectations. The Manager will assure that special education teachers are providing a comprehensive special education program that includes specially designed instruction in the least restrictive environment and that all students’ records are accurate and up-to-date.

The Manager will manage the IEP process, communication with parents of students who have or who may be suspected of having disabilities, engagement with related service providers throughout the state, and compliant operations with special education law and procedures at all times. The Manager of Special Education will work in collaboration with the School Leader, school leadership team and Pearson Online and Blended Learning. Leadership tasks will include collaboration with state board of education representatives, authorizing district representatives, and colleagues at the corporate office and other Connections Academy schools.

The Manager of Special Education will also collaborate with school staff to ensure that state testing accommodations for students with IEPs and 504s are provided in an accurate and well planned manner. The Manager will provide excellent customer service to the district, school leaders, teachers, students, and families. The ideal candidate will demonstrate an ability to build strong relationships with these stakeholders and operate at a high level of integrity and accountability.


  • Master's Degree in Special Education or a related field
  • Degree in Special Education required
  • Administrative certificate preferred (in-process candidates will be considered)
  • Michigan Special Education teacher certificate required
  • Willing to travel occasionally for testing, marketing, and training
  • Minimum 5 years teaching experience in Special Education required
  • Experience leading/supporting a Special Education program or parts of a Special Education program
  • Minimum of 5 years administrative or team leadership experience preferred
  • Work onsite at Connections Academy office in Troy, Michigan
  • Demonstrated expertise in special education law and compliance
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Strong customer-focused approach
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a fast-paced environment
  • Technologically proficient (especially with Microsoft Office products and Google products); strength with Microsoft Excel required

Company Summary:

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 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.

Lighthouse Connections Academy (LCA) is a tuition-free virtual public charter school serving students in grades K-12 throughout Michigan. LCA is authorized by Oxford Community Schools and governed by an independent Board of Directors. The school contracts with Connections Education LLC to provide its educational program and other services. Connections Academy, a division of Connections Education, is accredited by AdvancED.





Level of Education

Master Degree

Experience Level

5+ to 7 Years

Citizenship Required


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