Director of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) - New Orleans - job 677248


Date: 04/08/2021

City: New Orleans, Louisiana

Employment type: Full-time

Company Description

KIPP New Orleans Schools is a non-profit network of 13 college-preparatory, public charter schools educating 6,200 elementary, middle, and high school students. For over 15 years, we have a proven track record of preparing students for success in college and beyond.

Our schools are part of the free New Orleans public school system and enrollment is open to all students.  As part of the national Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) network of 242 schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia, we are committed to partnering with the community to ensure that all children have the knowledge, skills and character they need to achieve their dreams while making the world a better place.  We believe that great teachers and school leaders, a supportive learning environment, and an emphasis on both academics and character are the foundation for student success, and we strive to provide these for every child.

KIPP New Orleans strives to be an increasingly more anti-racist organization, and we seek to intentionally uplift Black and Brown lives.  We recognize the importance of an inclusive environment and believe in providing programming that acknowledges racial injustices, biases and our own identities. 

At KIPP New Orleans Schools, teachers, students, and families are all united around the same goal: building academically excellent schools & creating unlimited opportunities for every student in New Orleans.  We believe that an excellent college-preparatory education will set students up for success in whatever life path they choose.

Job Description

At KIPP New Orleans Schools, we expect our Director of MTSS —as a member of the KNOS Student Support Team—to comprehensively lead all aspects of Tier 2 and Tier 3 intervention programming for KIPP New Orleans Schools. The Director of MTSS does this by developing and leading a high performing team of interventionists who provide services that accelerate student learning. This role requires setting standards for excellent intervention delivery, data analysis and comprehensive student problem solving.  KNOS is committed to executing healthy, robust student support systems and the Director of MTSS is critical to establishing a strategy for intervention, training and supporting staff in execution of interventions, and leading processes to identify students with disabilities. The Director of MTSS will manage the School Psychologist Lead and will report to the Managing Director of Student Support Services. 



Lead Intervention Team

●        Work in collaboration with School Leaders, School Leader Coaches, Academics team and key stakeholders to develop comprehensive vision & plan for intervention.

●        Provide intensive support and development to the Dean of MTSS for each campus.

●        Survey school leadership teams to determine academic and behavior tiers already in place at each school.

●        Collaborate with regional team and schools to outline three collective tiers of academic interventions and select and secure evidence-based curriculum resources for Tier 2 and 3 academic interventions.

●        Collaborate with regional teams and schools to determine three collective tiers of behavioral and socio-emotional interventions and the tools and training necessary to implement them. 

●        Coordinate training to school-based staff so that they implement and progress monitor Tier 2 and 3 interventions.

●        Develop a KNOS MTSS practice manual, outlining roles and responsibilities of the school-based Dean of MTSS, SBLC team members, screening tools and standard documentation forms.

Drive Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) Programing

●        Conduct analysis on trends in student performance in the areas of academics and behavior outcomes.

●        Provide development to Deans of MTSS on analyzing universal screening results, trends in student performance and how to group students based on screening results.

●        Identify evidence-based interventions aligned to targeted academic and social-emotional gaps in student performance.

●        Drive systematic implementation of interventions across KNOS region of schools.

●        Conduct regular assessment on the fidelity of intervention implementation.

●        Establish a vision for School Building Level Committees and refine SBLC structures, systems and documentation.

●        Ensure all schools are regularly holding effective SBLC team meetings.

●        Provide feedback regarding data-based problem solving and progress monitoring.

●        Ensure MTSS referrals for Special Education evaluation are strong and compliant with Bulletin 1508.

●        Roll up intervention data analysis and share with School Leaders, SL Coaches and MD of Student Services.

Student Identification & Evaluation

●      Manage the Lead School Psychologist who provides consultation, and professional development to KNOS School Psychologists and School Psych interns.

●      Develop and implement evaluation tracking systems to ensure timely and accurate completion of Bulletin 1508-compliant evaluations.

●      Work with KNOS team members to make accurate enrollment and budget forecasts.

●      Determine division of labor and school assignments

●      Ensure consistent approach to the evaluation process, including for gifted, and support compliance with Bulletin 1508 and IDEA.

●      Manage testing materials, including materials inventory and ordering.

●      Ensure collaboration among School Psychologists and between School Psychologists and school-based teams.


Manage Section 504 Program

●      Coordinate and monitor KNOS compliance with Section 504 identification and requirements.

●      Provide ongoing training to school-based staff regarding Section 504 and the implementation of Section 504 procedures

●      Implement Section 504 procedures, forms, and templates to ensure consistency across schools.



●      Work with school leaders and team to develop staffing models and support hiring of student support personnel.

●      Develop external partnerships with stakeholders and community resources who advance the work of student support services in our schools.

●      Communicate effectively with all stakeholders and build relationships.

Model high expectations, inclusive language and belief in the ability of all students to be successful at KIPP.


In addition to the expectations listed above, you will bring the following to our schools and students:

●        Initiative & Persistence – Expect personal performance and team performance to be nothing short of the best. Has the drive and actions to set challenging goals and reach a high standard of performance despite barriers.

●        Strategic thinking & Vision – Able to see and communicate the big picture in an inspiring way to peers, internal and external stakeholders.

●        Developing Others – The ability to set clear expectations and to hold others accountable for performance.

●        Collaboration – Seeks to establish positive, collaborative relationships and values all voices and appreciates the strengths of others.

●        Work ethic – Possesses a strong willingness to work hard and produce significant output.

●        Organization – Plans, organizes, and schedules in an efficient, productive manner to focus on key priorities.

●        Analytical – Determines opportunities and trends through comprehensive analysis of current student performance trends. 

●        Constant Learning – Often solicits feedback and reacts calmly to criticism or negative feedback.


Qualified candidates for the Director of MTSS role will possess a growth mindset – that is, the belief that all students can make progress – and a history propelling the success of students with different learning needs.  Attention to detail, ability to analyze data, provide feedback to staff, advocate for all students, and build systems are essential.  In addition, qualified candidates will demonstrate experience successfully managing a team of adults.  Preference will be given to candidates with previous Special Education teaching experience, and/or certification in School Psychology.   

Additional Information

Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. Additionally, KIPP New Orleans Schools offers a comprehensive benefits package including health coverage and retirement.

● Healthcare (including  vision, dental, and short-term disability) provided for employees

● 403(b) retirement plan with up to a 5% salary match

● On-going professional development opportunities:

○ Mentor programs for new teachers

○ School-based PD over the summer, including 3-5 regional PD days

○ 3-4 regional PD days during the year for all KIPP New Orleans teachers

○ Ongoing coaching and school-based PD throughout the year

● Generous time off:

○ 104 PTO hours that equal 13 days a year

○ 29 holidays a year including Mardi Gras, Juneteenth, Thanksgiving, and Winter Break

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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