Title Education Director
Location Swansea MA
Start Date 2020-05-01
Job Information

Justice Resource Institute Swansea Wood School

Our program is seeking a highly organized and professional candidate to serve as the Education Director. The ideal candidate will have experience working with adolescents, familiarity with Special Education law, DESE regulations, writing IEP’s, facilitating meetings, writing curriculum, and differentiating instruction. The Education Director is also a member of the Administrative Team that will oversee program management, training, and development. The candidate would also be required to be on-call at different times throughout the year.

Program Description:
Swansea Wood School (SWS) is a private 766 approved therapeutic boarding school for adolescent students ages 12-22 with cognitive, emotional and behavioral difficulties. Swansea Wood School provides a complete, high-quality educational experience for each student within a safe, therapeutic environment.

The SWS offers:
● A trauma-informed milieu that includes specialized training for all staff, and where all interventions are individually chosen and developmentally based.
● A full academic instruction schedule on campus, five days a week, in an extended school year. All curricula used are based on the national Common Core standards.
● Leisure activities, sports, and outings as well as on-site activities support positive identity building as well as social engagement.
● Highly skilled direct care staff twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, as well as teachers, nurses, clinicians, & counselors
● On-site nursing coverage, 7-days a week to assist students diagnosed with significant mental illness and behavioral issues.
● A small, predictable, and welcoming setting where all students, especially those who may have experienced disruptive and unstable placements in the past, can begin to achieve their long-term goals.
SWS’s students who are coping with moderate to severe mental illness, complex trauma, and are functioning within the mild to moderately disabled cognitive levels need to have a flexible approach to learning and life experiences. At the SWS, we utilize the Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency (ARC) framework, a treatment approach that focuses on building positive, healthy relationships, learning and practicing self-regulation skills, and identifying strengths. The SWS offers caring, highly skilled direct-care staff around the clock, as well as teachers, nurses, & clinicians.

Job Description:
Our program is seeking a highly organized and professional candidate to serve as the Director of Education. The ideal candidate will have experience working with adolescents, familiarity with Special Education law, DESE regulations, writing IEP’s, facilitating meetings, writing curriculum, differentiating instruction, and the implementation of the schools Anti-Bullying and Anti-Hazing programs and policies. The Director of Education is responsible for the supervision and evaluation of five teachers, two vocational instructors and one job coach. The Director of Education is also a member of the Administrative Team that will oversee program management, training, and development. The candidate would also be required to be on-call at different times throughout the year.

JRI is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to building and maintaining a diverse
community. Persons from diverse backgrounds including women, communities of color, the LGBTQ
community and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Requirements:
Qualified candidates must have a Massachusetts Special Education Administrator license or all of the following: License as a special educator, a minimum of a master’s degree in special education or related field, and a minimum of one year of administrative experience. Experience working with adolescents in an alternative school setting or treatment program is preferred but not required.

Justice Resource Institute offers a competitive salary, a full benefit package, tuition reimbursement, and excellent professional development and training.
Please direct all resumes and inquires to
Contact Person:  Maribeth Balzano August
Posted: 2-19-2020

email mbalzanoaugust@jri.org