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Job: Director of Special Education

Title Director of Special Education
Location Concord, MA
Start Date 2019-10-14
Job Information

The Guild For Human Services

Supervises: Education Managers (3) and, by extension, academic staff of The Guild School (approximately 14 teachers and their teaching assistants)
Reporting to the Chief Education Officer and working alongside the Director of Related Services, the Director of Special Education is responsible for the development, implementation, and progress monitoring of The Guild’s IEP and curriculum services for approximately 80-85 students who are diagnosed with intellectual disabilities (ID), autism, behavioral challenges, and mental health disorders. S/he is responsible for directing the work of three (3) Education Managers, 14 Teachers, and associated paraprofessional staff as well as working collaboratively with other Guild Divisions to build and sustain superior programming for Guild students.

Job Responsibilities:
• Supervise education managers in the daily operations of the school setting, including regular individual and group supervision as well as oral and written performance evaluations
• Coordinate academic evaluations and assessment for students attending The Guild School
• Support the development of the IEP and related documents and develop related systems to support these tasks
• Function as team meeting chair and act as a liaison to districts for progress review and other team meetings
• Assist in hiring teachers, teaching assistants and educational team members
• Participate in team teaching, unit planning, curriculum planning and assist the Director of Related Services in coordinating integrated therapy
• Coordinate and develop professional development for the education staff in conjunction with Director of Related Services
• Assist in developing parent relationships to the school and scheduling parent events
• Coordinate functional community experiences for students in conjunction with the Director of related services
• Work to create a unique Guild curriculum, combining evidenced based practices for the best outcome for Guild students
• Manage scheduling, vacation requests and payroll processing in the absence of the education managers
• Provide milieu support to the school in the area of crisis management, problem solving, classroom coverage and assistance
• Advanced degree in special education, school administration or related field
• Valid Massachusetts’ special education administrator certification or the ability to obtain such licensure within six months
• Ten (10) years of experience within special education, preferably in settings with students diagnosed with ID, autism, and concomitant disorders
• Five (5) years of supervisory experience in an educational environment
• Ability to build strong teams to meet performance goals
• Professional oral and written communication skills in English, including academic report writing
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and data management environments
• Knowledge of Massachusetts regulatory standards governing the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and DESE licensed programs
• Must be able to implement crisis intervention techniques as necessary, including Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (via certification through CPI)

Contact Person: Peggy Kilpatrick HR Recruiter 781-893-6000 ext.5126

Posted: 10-1-19