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Director of Student Services

Employer
Cohasset School District
Location
Cohasset, MA
Closing date
May 25, 2024

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Specialty
Student & Scholar Services
Position Type
Director
Hours
Full-time
Employment Type
Permanent
Organization Type
College / University
District Overview

Cohasset is a small, coastal town located 20 miles south of Boston. Boasting two beaches, a state park, and several woodland preserves, Cohasset is a place where residents are "out and about" enjoying everything the town has to offer. It is a community in every sense of the word with both adults and children active in the many recreational, athletic, artistic and volunteer opportunities that are available. Neighbors are known to one another, and helping hands are everywhere one turns.

Parents of school aged children are supportive of the district and greatly value high-quality education. To that end, parents give generously of their time and resources to support both their students and the schools. The students are earnest about their academics, engaged in multiple-dimensions of school life, and many participate in community-based programs or activities as well. Educators at all levels are known for their commitment to teaching and for creating student-centered learning opportunities.

The Director of Student Services will join a vibrant and supportive administrative team and district staff that places a high priority on collaboration, creativity, flexibility, and commitment to the goals of the District and to our students, families and staff. We are eager to find the next member of our leadership team who collaborates with other educators to create the conditions necessary so that every child experiences the true joy of learning, the pride in achievement and growth, areas of passion, and an authentic sense of belonging in their school.

for the Director of Student Services:

The Director of Student Services is a critical and impactful position within the Cohasset Public Schools (CPS) and the administrative leadership team. CPS embraces the idea that all students learn differently and we strive to identify and provide the optimal learning environments and approaches for all of our students. Our district believes that we are only as strong as our most vulnerable learners, and we are fervent in our mission to continually improve in all areas - including student services. Above all things, the successful candidate must possess a genuine desire to engage with all families with empathy, open-mindedness, and a sincere desire to work collaboratively to realize an unparalleled learning experience for the student.

The Director of Student Services reports directly to the Superintendent and is responsible for the overall quality of Cohasset's special education program. The Director of Student Services is expected to provide a vision for the schools in the area of special education; serve as a resource for administrators, teachers, staff; provide leadership for the special education faculty and staff, work with the Central Office Personnel to develop collaborative special and regular education initiatives and professional development opportunities; and oversee the management of the school system's special education budget.

The specific responsibilities and qualifications of the Director of Student Services

We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the position. We would encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our qualifications or do not have experience in all of the responsibilities described below.

Responsibilities:

●Administer all procedures related to 603 CMR 28.00 (state), PL94-142 (federal), and PL93- 112 (federal; Office of Civil Rights) regulations ●Assist school personnel in developing pre-referral strategies and identifying and evaluating special needs students ●Assist school principals in coordinating special education in their schools, coordinating home-hospital programs for eligible students ●Make decisions on the appropriate placement and transportation needs of special needs students within or outside the school system ●Develop, supervise and manage early childhood, elementary and secondary special education programs ●Manage Out-of-District caseload ●Provide support and guidance for inclusive classrooms district wide ●Oversee cohesive and productive district-wide and school-based Teams ●Supervise the assessment, annual review, and three-year reevaluation process of special needs students within and outside the school system ●Work with the school Principals, the Superintendent, and the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment to implement special education programs ●Help to organize and implement professional development plans Pre-K through 12 working with the school Principals, Superintendent, and Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment to plan and implement mandated professional development activities ●Monitor the progress of special needs students and work collaboratively with the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment regarding relevant regular education issues ●Coordinate school-based support activities and monitor the work of the Team Chairs ●Assist with hiring and supervision of faculty and staff related to special education ●Work closely with guidance, nurses, and other key personnel ●Maintain a registry for special needs students and other appropriate records in the central office and implement the student records regulations (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974) ●Collaborate with Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) regarding special education programming and initiatives district wide ●Participate in job-like groups at the local, regional and state levels ●Offer technical assistance to mandated reporters for alleged child abuse-physical, emotional and/or sexual ●Serve as one of the District's Title IX Coordinator ●Serve as the District's Title II and Title VI Coordinator ●Perform required state and federal reporting including IDEA, 504, McKinney Vento, ELE ●Supervise and evaluate Special Education Team Chairs, Special Education Related Service Providers and School Psychologists ●Assist Principals in the supervision and evaluation of special education teachers ●Assist PK-2 Principal in providing early intervention to pre-school students ●Build and maintain effective relationships with families through strong communication ●Engage in on-going education around special education instruction ●Maintain current in special education law ●Oversee and continually strengthen the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) process through collaboration with staff and families ●Performs other duties as requested by the Superintendent

Qualifications:

●Demonstrated commitment to educational equity with personal values of inclusion and an authentic sense of belonging within the essential role of public schools ●Commitment to upholding personal professional values and nurturing relationships with a positive attitude, honesty and respect ●Demonstrated professionalism, with a strong work ethic, adaptable, dependable, and responsible ●Experience in and demonstrated skills as an effective communicator, impactful collaborator and creative problem-solver, including working with both staff and families

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