Position: Director of Special Education
Location: Match Middle School, Boston (Jamaica Plain)
Start date: July 2014, or earlier, if possible
Match Middle School, located in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, is the lower campus of the Match Charter Public School. Our school serves 250 students in grades 6-8 with the mission of preparing these students for success in college and beyond.
Our schools are widely recognized for their success in preparing low-income students from Boston academically for admission and persistence in a four-year college. Historically, 99% of our students have been accepted to a four year college and university, and 85% of those students are on track to graduate or have graduated from college.
Our model is simple: we believe that all students can learn and that all students can be held to high expectations. Then, through our amazing teachers and staff, we provide the support necessary for our students to reach their potential.
About the Opportunity
The Director of Special Education is responsible for ensuring the overall quality of the Match Middle School special education program. The Director of Special Education supervises and supports our school’s special education teachers, aides, and specialists, and consults with homeroom teachers and other administrators. This position reports directly to the school Principal and Executive Director.
The responsibilities for this position include:
Supervision and Development of Special Education Team Members
- Supervise special education teachers and aides, conduct observations and provide feedback on instruction and lesson planning weekly. Complete semi-annual evaluations.
- Supervise specialists (O.T., S.L.P., School Psychologist, and consultants), conduct observations and provide feedback. Conduct semi-annual performance meetings and complete contracts for upcoming year.
- Ensure special education teachers and specialists complete their portions of evaluations, IEPs, IEP meetings, progress notes on time and to a high level of quality, and attend transition meetings.
- Interview and hire special education teachers, specialists, and aides in collaboration with the Principal and Executive Director
Supervision and Development of the Match Middle School Special Education Program
- Monitor student progress using the available data and report out at weekly staff meetings
- Supervise and monitor special education evaluations, report-writing and IEP development. Ensure IEPs are consistently high quality and all deadlines are met.
- Ensure thorough progress notes with report cards are sent home to parents and filed in the running record.
- Ensure the file system of all of our student’s IEPs, academic testing records, behavior plans, modifications, standardized test scores and meeting minutes is current and in compliance with state and federal regulations.
- Secure IEPs from BPS for all incoming students and backfill students.
- Ensure incoming students suspected to have a disability and three year re-evaluations of students with IEPs are assessed properly.
- Enhance staff’s understanding of student’s special needs by leading professional development in August and as needed throughout the year Meet with teachers on a weekly basis to consult on lesson plans and inclusion support
- Meet with tutors on an as needed basis
- Oversee the budget for the Special Education Department
- Provide inclusion support for 8th graders
- Provide specialized services for individual students
- Check in with high-needs students in the morning
Compliance and Regulations procedures and protocols
- Ensure organizational systems meet state and federal compliance standards
- Develop/Supervise procedures for progress monitoring
- Provide parents with information regarding the special education process
- Lead Special Education Parent Advocacy Committee meetings monthly, with the support of the special education teachers and school leadership
- Coach special education teachers on parent communication and meeting facilitation to ensure parents feel respected, included, and informed. Meetings include Student Support (referral), IEP, and Special Education Parent Advocacy Committee meetings.
- Call parents weekly for relationship building
Qualified applicants for this position will have:
- A strong track record of success and student achievement for special education students;
- At least 4 years of experience in teaching, teacher coaching and/or student support;
- A Master’s of Education Specialist Degree in Special Education, School Psychology, or related field;
- Detail-oriented and highly organized with strong analytical writing skills;
- Strong knowledge of intervention strategies
- A sense of humor and alignment to Match’s mission
Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits are included. This could be a part-time (3/4+) position with flexible hours if a strong applicant prefers that structure.
About Match Education
Match Education (www.matcheducation.org) is an innovative education organization that is committed to closing the achievement gap. Match Education runs nationally acclaimed charter schools, trains urban teachers through our graduate school of education, and disseminates our work to other schools, districts, and non-profits.
How to apply
How to Apply
If you are interested in applying for this position, please apply via our online web portal at http://www.matcheducation.org/join-us/teacherapplication.
Questions for this position can be directed to the Director of Teacher and Staff Recruitment, Min Ji, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
215 Forest Hills Street, Boston, MA, 02130, US