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Laradon Director, Special Education in Denver, Colorado

Laradon has been a leader in advocacy, education, and support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We are looking for talented and dedicated team members to carry our legacy forward. No matter what position you have at Laradon, you feel like part of the whole team. At Laradon, we want every employee to feel like a connected and valued member of our community, encouraged to reach out for the opportunities that inspire them and empowered to realize their greatest potential.

A Day in the Life of the Director, Laradon School

The Laradon School has been supporting young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for over 70 years. As an approved facility school we are currently supporting over 70 students from 17 different school districts throughout Colorado. By combining a therapeutic environment with Laradon’s highly trained licensed staff, Laradon is uniquely equipped to meet the individual learning and behavioral needs of all students. The Director will work closely with families and caregivers to ensure they feel heard and connected to their child’s school experience. The Laradon School is committed to ensuring students are positioned to live healthy independent lives now and in the future. As a member of the Leadership Team, this position is responsible for overseeing the planning, development, administration, financial viability, implementation, promotion and evaluation of program services. The scope of the position includes program development and implementation; staff recruitment, hiring, training and management; budget monitoring, fiscal management and control; risk management; strategic planning; and community involvement.

How you will make a difference as a Leader . . .

  • Exercise leadership and direction of day-to-day operations of Laradon School.

  • Lead transdisciplinary teams for integrated and collaborative behavioral health care and education.

  • Collect and analyze data to help staff improve effectiveness and efficiency of programs.

  • Participate in annual and long range planning processes to devise operating plans, objectives and themes, including program priorities, goals and strategies.

  • Develop or revise Laradon policies and procedures pertaining to programs while ensuring compliance with the general operating philosophy of Laradon as well as regulations and requirements.

  • Develop and manage program budgets totaling more than $6M + to ensure that all services are being provided within the established, Board-approved budget. This is done through managing revenue growth, exercising expense control and improving productivity. There is a need to exercise fiscal management and control to meet both short term and long term financial goals.

  • Maintain current regulatory expertise and ensure program compliance with agency and funders’ policies, procedures and program eligibility requirements. Ensure ongoing compliance with Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Child Care Licensing and Colorado Department of Education. These compliance standards should promote a culture that exceeds such standards.

  • Lead and mentor managers, empowering to be effective and influential in their respective disciplines. This includes performance leadership to ensure maximum effectiveness, providing informal reviews of performance management, oversight of best practices to recruit, develop, and train a diverse and high-performing workforce.

  • Build an organizational culture across all program settings that supports effective advancement of the goals of the Laradon School Program.

  • Act as a diplomatic change agent to introduce treatment interventions and program administrative processes that help students to achieve optimal outcomes.

  • Ensure staff complete ongoing agency-required trainings, and support staffs’ professional development through attendance at external trainings.

  • Create operating systems, processes and administrative workflows that achieve efficiencies and ensure accurate and timely results.

  • Direct all activities to obtain maximum community utilization of Laradon’s services through direct inter-agency and community contact, contracts, increased referral services and, when necessary, diversified programming.

  • Continuously evaluate the program, working with all stakeholders to refine program goals and future strategy for the services.

  • Leverage the expertise of Laradon’s programs as well as partner organizations to maximize Laradon’s impact statewide and nationally by participating in grants, professional development opportunities, legislative activities, policy development and research projects.

  • Keep informed of current trends, legislation and programs related to services through local, county, state and national meetings, workshops, seminars and literature all while understanding issues and trends affecting people with disabilities including disability rights and inclusion.

    Who you are . . .

    We know there’s no such thing as a “perfect" candidate - we’re all a work in progress and are growing new skills and capabilities all the time. We encourage you to apply for a position with Laradon even if you don’t meet 100% of the requirements. We believe in fostering an environment where there is a diversity of perspectives, in hopes that we can all thrive.

  • Experience : Minimum of 10 years’ experience in Special Education, Behavioral Health or a related field with 7 years of which was at a management or supervisory level to include significant experience in managing a large program. This will include organizational/program leadership experience in managing a large team. Additional experience with budgeting and finance, preferably in a non-profit setting. Master’s degree in Education, behavioral science or closely related field of study, or enrolled in a Master’s Program. A Colorado Department of Education Special Education Director’s License required.

  • Networking: Intellectual curiosity and the ability to build and possess a strong network of relationships including thought leaders, academic leaders, and other contacts in the IDD community within Colorado state and nationally.

  • Non-Profit: Experience working in a high-growth nonprofit organization.

  • Who shows up : Professional, proactive attitude and approach; a sense of humor is a must. You’ll need to be a realistic and resilient person to succeed in this role. A passion for treating students with empathy and patience, well-being considerate, and consistent in your approach is essential.

  • Detail Counts : Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including editing skills with meticulous attention to detail.

  • Change is constant: Experience managing and communicating organizational change.

  • Thinking outside the box : A strategic thinker who is able to analyze and problem solve situations of both technical and personal nature.

  • Promote Inclusion: Ability to manage a diverse group of individuals while promoting diversity and inclusion within the organization.

  • Management Philosophy : 10 years in prior leadership positions with comparable responsibility, including an accessible, direct, transparent, and collaborative working style that motivates and inspires staff and colleagues to work hard and well together, offers a clear sense of direction, and holds self and staff accountable.

  • Building Trust : Able to achieve goals and align interests through cooperation and collaboration with other groups and cross-functional teams, even where no direct reporting relationship exists.

  • What Counts : Having fun and enjoying bringing energy and humor to the workplace.

  • Do You Believe : Strong commitment to the Laradon’s mission, purpose, and values.

    What you need to know . . .

  • Safety Care : All employees are required to provide physical behavior support, which includes physical management (training provided upon hire).

  • Pre-Employment : Must be able to pass a pre-employment physical and drug screen, and Colorado and Federal Bureau of Investigation background check.

  • On Campus Environment : As Laradon is a small employer and employees work in a collaborative and team environment, our employees must be physically present in the office to perform different job functions. Additionally, as a service provider, our instructional methods under our services model require the work to be performed on campus.

  • Local Knowledge: Preference will be given to applicants familiar with CO rules and regulations. While out of state candidates will be considered, applicants must be serious about relocation to CO as this position is based in Denver, CO.

    What we offer you . . .

  • Compensatio n: Starting Salary Range $90k; actual compensation offered to candidate will be based upon work experience, education, certifications, and licensing.

  • Benefits: Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance, short term disability, flexible spending and dependent care accounts, 401(k) + 4% match, tuition and certification reimbursement.

  • Paid Time Off: 16 PTO Days annually + 10 paid Holidays

  • Start date : October/November 2021

  • The opportunity to work in a dynamic, supportive, and rewarding environment alongside other Laradon staff – one where everyone is truly appreciated.

  • CDC and CDPHE protocols to ensure the safety and welfare of all employees.

  • Reporting to the CEO, this position will be a member of Laradon’s Executive Leadership Team (“ELT”).

    Who we are…

    In order to provide excellent, culturally competent services to our adults, students, guests, and staff/employees, it is of the highest importance that our hiring practices reflect our values by offering an environment that celebrates diversity and embraces inclusion. All of our team members – regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, language, abilities/disabilities, veteran status, religion, citizenship, socioeconomic status, geographic region, or other defining characteristics – should feel a sense of belonging and value. We applaud everyone.

    Laradon Values...

    Integrity | Respect | Inclusion | Accountable | Empowerment

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