Neighborhood House Charter School - Boston, MA - Full time
Special Education Coordinator
Reporting to the Director of Special Education and Student Support, the Special Education Coordinator will be responsible for embedding with the Special Education Team and coordinating special education processes to maximize the growth of students with exceptional learning needs, in compliance with state regulations.
The successful candidate will facilitate team meetings involving all stakeholders: teachers, parents, guardians, advocates and consultants and will oversee the compilation and submission of MCAS Alt assessment portfolios.
This position requires exceptional communication, technical and interpersonal skills as well as excellent organizational skills. The ability to build strong relationships with all constituents is paramount.
In addition to current needs, the Special Education Coordinator will actively participate in the planning and implementation of special education programming for the newly-developing high school, slated to open for the 2017-2018 school year.
ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Keep current of research, mandates, and eligibility requirements, out-of-district programs and resources for special education students;
- Evaluate special education staff. This will involve observation, providing feedback and making recommendations; and
- Support special educators to write concise and coherent IEP’s, track and report on progress toward goals, and provide evidence of progress at annual and re-evaluation meetings.
In addition, we require the following from all of our staff:
- A passionate commitment to urban education;
- Belief that every child can be successful, no matter what their background;
- Belief that education and hard work are the keys to life success;
- Belief in two messages, simultaneously, in balance: “We love you” and “We have the highest expectations of you – and you can and will meet them”;
- Belief that the best learning happens through experiences that are both rich and structured;
- Belief that problems are hurdles, not roadblocks, and that there is a solution if a student is willing to work harder, smarter, and more creatively;
- Belief that teachers must learn and influence social emotional strengths of all children in and out of the classroom;
- Desire to continually reflect and grow as an educator through professional development, peer feedback, and observation;
- Belief in a school community where students, families, teachers and school leaders demonstrate accountability, flexibility, humor, effort, responsibility, respect and hope.
- Master’s Degree
- Special Education Licensure
- At least one year’s experience as a team chair; or
- Three years’ experience as a case manager
Equal Opportunity Employer
Neighborhood House Charter School is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to provide equal opportunity for all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran status, genetic information, age, disability, marital status or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws. Further, any form of discrimination or harassment related to these factors is expressly prohibited.
1 to 2 years
More than 20 years ago, Neighborhood House Charter School was founded with a dual mission: to provide a better educational option for Boston's low-income families and to serve as an incubator for innovative teaching and learning practices. Today, we are one of the most sought-after public schools in the City, serving a community of nearly 500 children from Dorchester and surrounding Boston neighborhoods. With a student body comprised of nearly 70 percent low-income and 80 percent minority families, our students truly reflect the vast diversity of Boston.