Special Education Administrator

Greenfield seeks a well-informed and creative leader who can continue the district’s initiatives and assure that day-to-day operations are managed well. The six-year coordinated program review was completed November 2009 and Greenfield Schools are in compliance with state and federal guidelines.

Greenfield Schools have 1725 students Prek-12 plus 500 students in a virtual innovation school. The district has a 100-student integrated preschool, three small elementary schools with approx. 200 children each, a 500-student middle school, and a 500-student high school (new high school in process) with a therapeutic day program. There are 10 specialty programs, including autism and life skills support programs, at elementary, middle, and high school levels. Special education staff includes 5 speech and language therapists, 4 doctoral-level school psychologists, 5 social workers/school adjustment counselors, a variety of therapeutic specialists, and three coordinators. Thirty-five students have out-placed day or residential programs, approximately 50% placed by other agencies.

o establish goals for the department, including staffing and staff development,
o work with building and out-of-district coordinators to assure programs are in place to
meet student needs,
o carefully manage the district’s special education budget,
o provides guidance to mainstream administrators and personnel,
o assures a system of communicating with parents regarding student progress
and behavior,
o prepare required reports that represent the school department to state and federal
agencies and personnel,
o oversee special education grants,
o other tasks related to the position’s requirements.

Work Environment
o Greenfield central office administrators generally work while schools are in session;
however, work hours need to be flexible to accomplish the tasks of the position
according to required timelines. The special education office is in the central office
building. Colleagues are supportive and helpful.

o Ten years administrative experience, with a combination of general and special
education experience preferred.
o Certified or certifiable as an administrator of special education.
o At least a masters degree; doctorate preferred (or depth of reasoning and analysis
comparable to a doctoral level). One degree should be in a special education field.
o Experience with mediating disputes to prevent due process hearings; experience
with due process hearings, if needed
o Experience developing and supervising programs for students with significant
autism, emotional, and other unique disabilities.
o Excellent, clear written and oral communication skills
o Track record of detailed financial management skills
o Sense of humor

Compensation: $75,000-$100,000 with city benefits; salary dependent upon background,
experience, and potential for handling other student services areas

Supervisor: Superintendent of Schools

Apply to: Superintendent of Schools, 141 Davis Street, Greenfield, MA 01301

Current Goals and Initiatives:
All of the following specific initiatives involve cross-school administrative discussions and professional development:
1) Developing a written therapeutic classroom philosophy and model for K-12
2) Increasing collaboration between general education and special education teachers, prior to special education referral,
3) Studying mainstream services so that more interventions are possible within the mainstream program,
4) Increasing student achievement of students in special education subgroups across schools, including the use of assistive technology and software to increase achievement
5) Improving transition services from school to school and from high school to post-high school opportunities,
6) Program development to bring students back from out-of-district placement to less restrictive environments; continuing dialogue with other public agencies around residential options in Franklin County

Greenfield, Massachusetts
Greenfield Public Schools
Mary Jo Hauri