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Job: Executive Director

Title Executive Director
Location Walpole, MA
Start Date 2020-04-01
Job Information

League School

The League School is seeking an ambitious leader with deep experience in Special Education, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and school administration for its next Executive Director. He or she will join an established and greatly respected residential and day school with the opportunity to scale its reputation and its service to the regional community and beyond.

About the Position

This search is to replace the current Executive Director, Frank A. Gagliardi, Ed.D, who plans to retire in the Spring of 2020. Dr. Gagliardi has been providing strategic leadership and oversight to League School for the past eleven years. A true expert in the field, he came to his present role with 30 years of leadership experience in Special Education. As he transitions out, Dr. Gagliardi plans to support the acclimation and onboarding of the incoming Executive Director as appropriate, for a limited amount of time.

In the first three months, the Executive Director will be responsible for conducting a comprehensive assessment of the organization and presenting recommendations to the Board of Directors for new goal setting and achievement.

Beyond managing operations, the Executive Director will take on the School’s strategic priorities including:

  • Joining and contributing to the planning committee exploring possibilities for the Moose Hill Property
  • Assessing and leading planning for the expansion of the Pathfinder program
  • Improving consistency of communication across teams, programs and tiers of staff
  • Partnering with the Board of Directors, Development Department and Admissions Coodinator to become an advocate and external spokesperson on behalf of the School
  • Working towards establishing League as a leader in the field, differentiated by its demonstrated success and use of the SCERTS Model
  • Collaborating with Head of Development, Board of Directors and community members to generate strategic and philanthropic support and create a network of potential/active donors

The Executive Director will shape the future of League School. He or she will develop, articulate and drive the overall vision for long-term organizational growth, culture and impact. This is a unique opportunity for an ambitious leader to join an established and highly effective specialized education institution and scale its reputation in the field and service to the regional community.

Key Responsibilities

  • Report regularly to the Board of Directors on all pertinent matters. Inform and make recommendations to the Board, as appropriate.
  • Hire and supervise department directors; monitor the recruitment, hiring, training, supervision and dismissal of all staff. Establish staff organizational structure, position descriptions and performance standards.
  • Maintain all League School facilities.
  • Provide direction to the Chief Financial Officer to develop and monitor all program budgets, rate-setting work for establishment of appropriate tuition and tuition billing.
  • Provide direction to the Principal in planning and implementing curricula, individual student service plans and services for families.
  • Keep informed of current research and development relevant to the work of the organization, including the
  • general status of private special education schools in the state and the nation, especially those serving a similar population, and the more specific developments in the field of education and treatment of children and young adults with ASD and other developmental disabilities.
  • Maintain liaison with government and private agencies whose policies and actions may affect the operation of the organization and keep informed of relevant new legislation, regulations, judicial decisions and administrative rulings; ensure compliance with all regulations.
  • Collaborate with the Head of Development as appropriate, seek out information on funding sources beyond the regular tuition income and drive applications, where appropriate.
  • Maintain a presence onsite, in classrooms, and at residences at varying hours throughout the day, evening and weekends.

Key Qualifications


  • Authentic commitment to the League School mission and model, as well as the ability to persuasively communicate a case for support
  • Ability to craft, articulate and drive a strategy and vision for the school
  • 10+/- years’ experience in Special Education/school leadership, with a record of job continuity
  • Significant volunteer and/or board management and development experience
  • Appreciation for fundraising and aptitude to drive philanthropic strategies/priorities
  • Capacity to navigate and drive tactical property management, acquisition and expansion
  • Experience in an external relations/representation role; ability to develop and sustain multiple “external” professional networks
  • Relevant financial and personnel management experience
  • Demonstrated ability to negotiate significant change in a highly regulated environment
  • Commitment to continuing innovative use of technology and social media
  • Innovative, proactive, and resourceful
  • Collaborative, honest and ethical


  • Wide-ranging experience with autism and related fields
  • Knowledge of Massachusetts special education environment
  • Experience with management/oversight of education programming
  • Extensive financial and personnel management/contract experience
  • Public relations experience
  • MBA, PhD/EdD, credentials in Special Ed, Education Administration

Please email your resume in confidence to:

Bill Weber


Development Guild DDI

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Posted: 10-23-19