The Special Education Coordinator at Parker provides educational, instructional, and programmatic leadership for special education in a middle/high school committed to knowing every student well and Essential School principles. Reporting directly to the Principal, the Coordinator works collaboratively with academic program leaders, the faculty, and families to deliver inclusionary special education services for students.Key skills and capacities include: strong interpersonal skills; excellent oral and written communication skills; comfort with ambiguity, conflict, and iterative change; team-oriented approach; honoring student voice; deep knowledge base about student learning needs and creative pathways for student success; handle and balance multiple demands at the same time. Valid Massachusetts Administrator of Special Education licensure by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Leading a Team
- Supervise and evaluate all special education and related services staff as required.
- Provide support and mentorship to newly-hired and veteran special education educators and provide individualized professional development as needed.
- Coordinate schedules and services provided by school psychologists, special education staff, adjunct special education staff.
- Attend regularly scheduled academic leadership team meetings to ensure collaboration and consistency with other program leaders and initiatives.
Developing and Refining Programs
- Provide oversight and implementation of all special education programming for students at Parker.
- Contribute to adult learning and embedded professional development for all staff.
- Provide full leadership and oversight of all extended school year programming.
- Work collaboratively with sending district staff as indicated through analysis of individual cases/needs.
- Evaluate individual programs for effectiveness using data and feedback.
Program Delivery and Oversight
- Oversee case management services for all special education students, including identification, placement, follow-up, and individualized educational plan development and review.
- Assume leadership role in due process sessions including mandated mediations and hearings
- Provide thorough and timely reporting to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as required.
- Monitor the student record system related to special education
- In coordination with business manager and principal, prepare budget recommendations and oversee management and use of special education grants
- Perform tasks and assume any additional duties deemed necessary by the principal
Physical Demands/Work Environment : The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the Special Education Coordinator to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this position, the Special Education Coordinator is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, talk, and hear. The Special Education Coordinator is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The Special Education Coordinator must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision and distance vision. The demand of extended work days (attending evening events, early morning meetings, etc.) requires a high level of physical endurance.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: One year at-will with annual appointment per the principal.
EVALUATION: Evaluated by the principal annually.
Valid Massachusetts Administrator of Special Education licensure by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Please send letter of interest to Todd Sumner, Principal