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Assistant Education Director

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Address:
Watertown, MA
Posting Date:
06/08/2020
Closing Date:
06/08/2025

Assistant Education Director

Program: Secondary Program

Schedule: Full-time, 40 hours/week

 

Perkins School for the Blind, located near Boston, was the first school for the blind chartered in the United States in 1829. For over 180 years, Perkins School for the Blind has provided quality educational and residential services to students who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind, empowering them to reach their maximum potential. Perkins School for the Blind embraces diversity in ability, thought, culture and belief. We provide equal education and employment opportunities and value the unique talents and contributions of all of our students and staff. 

Summary

Under the general direction of the Education Director, the Assistant Education Director (AED) will assist in the design and implementation of educational services for students who are blind, visually impaired and those who have multiple disabilities.  As a member of a collaborative administrative team, the AED will:  facilitate and assist staff training and communication, carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with school policies and applicable laws.  Interview, hire, and train employees.  Address complaints and resolve problems. Conduct observations and performance appraisals.  Reward as well as implement disciplinary protocols as needed. Represent the program in campus projects and committees.  Perform other related duties and tasks as assigned by Education Director.

Responsibilities include:

Leadership:

    1. Present as strong advocate for Perkins Secondary Program, students and staff.
    2. Collaborate with program staff, students and parents to develop and provide focused vision on the direction of the program in both the short and long term.
    3. Work with upper administration on identifying educational and program needs.
    4. Identify professional development needs and opportunities and participate in staff recognition.
    5. Develop and provide innovative, progressive and data-informed educational programming and interventions for a diverse student and staff group, including accessing efficient, current technology.

Case Management:

  1. Collaboratively lead a multi-disciplinary team in the development of IEPs and implementation of programming for students who are visually impaired and multiply impaired.
  2. Coordinate team meetings and triennial evaluations.
  3. Compile and prepare quarterly progress reports for assigned students.
  4. Coordinate the team in the implementation of IEP goals related to academic, independent living, vocational, social, and recreational skills.
  5. Maintain communication with students, parents, staff and other school departments.
  6. Assist the Local Education Authority (LEA) in developing individual education plans (IEPs), and oversee the implementation of programs.
  7. Plan and conduct ISPs, individualized transition plans (ITPs), Service Plan Reviews and Case Reviews.
  8. Work with the residential team and Health Services to coordinate programs for assigned students.

Scheduling:

  1. Work with case managers and teachers to plan class groups and adjust students’ schedules as necessary.
  2. Develop and continually update student and staff schedules.
  3. Coordinate block scheduling review.

Supervision:

  1. Manage and supervise employees in the Educational Programs
  2. Observe classes and service delivery and hold regular supervision meetings for assigned staff.
  3. Ensure staff is compliant with all regulations required by licensing authorities.
  4. Coordinate and provide trainings and in-services to staff.
  5. Provide feedback to encourage professional growth and student success.
  6. Regularly review professional development plans.
  7. Provide support and guidance to ensure staff views their work load as manageable and view Perkins as a positive place to work.
  8. Assist staff in developing professional development plans.

Compliance Management:

  1. Ensure program is compliant with all regulations promulgated by licensing authorities.
  2. Assist in the development, adaptation, and implementation of curriculum aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Framework and the Expanded Core Curriculum.
  3. Assist in the coordination of the MCAS tests and Alternate Assessment Portfolios.
  4. Coordinate and schedule staff in-services.
  5. Assist in the development of the program budget.

Report Management:

  1. Administrate ESPED access and ensure updated and accurate information for students on all databases (easyIEP, IEP Direct, etc.).
  2. Finalize progress reports to be sent to families and school districts.
  3. Generate yearly student tracking forms and manage student transcripts.
  4. Assist in staff training, including training in using computerized programs for IEPs and student information and records.

Multi-Disciplinary Team/Committee Member

  1. Work with the supervisory team to screen applicants and hire qualified staff.
  2. Serve as representative of the Program on various campus-wide program committees.
  3. Serve as a member of the evaluation team and provide leadership and decision making regarding the acceptance of new students into the program.

 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s degree from a recognized college or university in Education with concentration in visual impairment, special education, or related field.
  • Massachusetts DESE License as Program Director, Principal or Special Education Director, or willingness to obtain certification within two years required.
  • Certification in First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and Crisis Prevention and Physical Intervention (CPPI). Trainings are provided by Perkins School for the Blind.
  • Three (3) years staff supervision and teaching experience with children who are visually impaired with multiple disabilities with a wide range of functional levels and ages.

Benefits: We provide a complete benefits package which includes tuition reimbursement, medical and dental insurance, LTD and Life insurance, retirement programs and staff development and training.

Perkins seeks to enhance its community of intellectually, culturally, and socially diverse individuals to enrich the educational experience of our students.  Applicants from a multicultural background, are bilingual, and/or who have relevant life experience are encouraged to apply.

NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

Perkins School for the Blind does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin (including unlawful language proficiency requirements), age, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, ancestry, disability, and military service in treatment or employment at Perkins, admission or access to Perkins, or any other aspect of the educational programs and activities that Perkins operates.

 

Perkins is required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and their respective implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Parts 100, 104, 106 and 110, not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, or age. A

compendium of those regulations can be found at https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=503a5e825dae16425ec0bfd2ca33cbd0&mc=true&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title34/34cfrv1_02.tpl#100.

 

The following person(s) have been designated to handle inquiries and complaints regarding discrimination:

Name and Title: Michele Crews, Director of Human Resources

Address: 175 North Beacon Street, Watertown, MA 02472

Telephone Number: (617) 972-7671

E-mail Address: Michele.crews@perkins.org

 

Inquiries concerning the application of each of the federal statutes and their implementing regulations to Perkins may be referred to Ms. Crews or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights at (617) 289-0111 or 5 Post Office Square, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02109-3921.