Website Amherst-Pelham Regional School District

Amherst-Pelham Regional School District
Amherst, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 4504949
Application Deadline: February 29, 2024
Posted: January 9, 2024
Starting Date: July 1, 2024

Job Description
The Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional Public School Districts are seeking a full time, permanent Director of Student Services, which includes serving as the Director of Special Education. The Director supervises special education for all three school districts and ensures compliance with state and federal special education laws and regulations for students with disabilities ages 3 up to 22 to ensure students receive a free, appropriate public education (FAPE).

The Director possesses insight and vision to lead systemic change, in partnership with stakeholders, that is focused on the equitable access, participation and benefit for students with disabilities; this includes the provision of evidenced based curriculum, instructional practices and intervention programs to meet the unique academic, social, emotional, behavioral, adaptive living, vocational and transition needs of a diverse student population. The Director is responsible for the design, implementation, and evaluation of special education services and programs provided through a continuum model within the least restrictive environment, and ensuring district and school level compliance with state and federal mandates around Special Education and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Essential Job Functions and Skills include but are not limited to the following:
Possesses highly effective communication skills, able to develop and enhance professional partnerships, and utilizes a collaborative problem solving approach that is student centered.

Maintains a high level of knowledge regarding developing special education issues, changes in the laws and case law, and educational methods of educating students with disabilities, for the purpose of managing effective, meaningful special education services and programs.

Provides leadership and vision to ensure continuous organizational development and improvement.

Manages fiscal resources from District funds and special education grants, prepares budgets and directs spending, and monitors maintenance of effort, for the purpose of fiscal efficiency in providing required services.

Prepares documentation and reports data to the Massachusetts Department of Education for the purpose of providing written support, conveying information, and complying with federal and state regulations.

Collaborates effectively with students, families, school personnel and other stakeholders for the purpose of planning, developing, implementing, maintaining, and evaluating educational services and/or programs.

Develops proposals, new programs, budgets and grants for the purpose of meeting the District’s goals and ensures students with disabilities receive a free, appropriate public education (FAPE).

Provides programmatic oversight of specialized programs and the in-district approved, day school.

Works in collaboration with the Superintendent of Schools and Building Administrators to
-develop staffing levels for school special education programs for the purpose of providing services with fiscal efficiency,
-direct school personnel, for the purpose of delivering services which conform to established local, state and federal guidelines and regulations,
-provide clear and consistent high expectations for students and accountability guided by an inclusive philosophy,
-monitor the implementation of special education services including the use of data to evaluate the efficacy of special education programs and services,
-prepare documentation and report data for the purpose of providing written support, conveying information, and complying with Federal and State regulations,
-provide training to school district staff, including general education and special education on the requirements of special education, accommodating diverse learning needs, inclusion, discipline and bullying, de-escalation techniques and restraint regulations, and Section 504,
-investigate and respond to special education complaints, for the purpose of providing required services and compliance,
-provide guidance and support to address discipline issues and bullying concerns consistent with local, state and federal mandates,
-provide oversight of school based health services and compliance with the Department of Public Health requirements,
-support student safety and well being, school safety, mental health services, and response planning,
-provide case consultation for specific student needs, review and approve IEPs, and address staff concerns and questions,
-hire, evaluate, and retain qualified special education staff.

Develops and maintains partnerships with SEPAC, families/parents, community members, and other stakeholders in order to build awareness, share information and provide support.

Supervises and evaluates administrators and district personnel including but not limited to: Student Services Administrator, School Mental and Behavioral Health Administrator, Intensive Needs Administrator, Nurse Manager, Preschool Administrator, Out of District Coordinator, BCBAs, and SSO Administrative Assistants.

Required Qualifications:
Masters or Doctoral degree in Special Education Administration or related field.
Minimum of five (5) years of experience working directly with students.
Minimum of three (3) years working as a Director of Special Education or similar administrative experience.
Massachusetts DESE Licensure as a Special Education Administrator.
Mental health background, training, and experience is strongly preferred.
Position Type: Full-time

Positions Available: 1

Equal Opportunity Employer
The Amherst Public, Amherst-Pelham Regional and Pelham Public School Districts prohibits discrimination against employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, genetic information and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment.

Job Requirements
Statement of Non-Discrimination
“The School Committees’ policy of nondiscrimination extends to students, staff, and the general
public with whom it does business. The Amherst-Pelham Regional District, the Amherst Public
Schools and the Pelham Elementary School do not discriminate on the basis of race, color,
national origin, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic status,
homelessness, political party, or disability in admission to, access to, employment in, or
treatment by its programs and activities.” for which you are applying. Give any additional information that will afford a clearer interpretation of your qualifications which may include any verifiable work performed on a voluntary basis.

Candidates may provide a brief description of any experience that you feel will prove helpful in the work for which you are applying. Give any additional information that will afford a clearer interpretation of your qualifications which may include any verifiable work performed on a voluntary basis.

The applicant should be aware that, if she/he is successful and is moving into another district, this transfer will result in the loss of Professional Teacher Status and seniority for purposes of the Reduction in Staff provision of the collective bargaining agreement.

Under the laws of MA the ARPS have the final responsibility for establishing educational policies for ARPS and may require additional professional development as a condition of employment

At least 5 years of relevant experience preferred
Master degree preferred
Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

Application Questions
Our district is committed to “Becoming a Multicultural School System”. We work to provide all students with an education that enables them to be contributing members of a multiethnic, multicultural society. We strive to ensure that our community of students, families and staff are learning, treated equitably, and share the job of creating a caring environment. Please describe any personal background, training, work, or other experience that you feel would help us in achieving this goal.
Our schools are committed to academic excellence for every student, every day! We strive to attain high levels of student achievement for all of our students and we work to insure the academic engagement and a sense of belonging of all students. Describe how you will fulfill this obligation to attain high levels of achievement and specifically, how you will plan for and foster the academic engagement and a sense of belonging of every student, all students, every day.

Contact Information
Douglas Slaughter, Interim Superintendent
170 Chestnut Street
Amherst, Massachusetts 01002
Phone: 413-362-1810
Fax: 413-549-9811
Email: [email protected]

To apply for this job please visit