Lynn Public Schools

Lynn , MA

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Job Description

The Lynn Public Schools has an opening for an Executive Director of Social Emotional Learning.



  1. Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education license as Administrator, Supervisor/Director of Pupil Personnel Services or Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent and possession of a School Psychologist, School Guidance Counselor or School Social Worker/School Adjustment Counselor license.
  1. Master’s Degree in Psychology, Education, Social Work or a related field.
  1. A minimum of five years of successful leadership experience in an urban school district, school, or organization with experience establishing operational and accountability systems; and/or management experience in education strategy development and implementation.
  1. Demonstrated clinical experience.
  1. Demonstrated experience designing and implementing social emotional learning curricula and supports as a pivotal aspect of student educational success.
  1. Demonstrated capability to work collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders, such as school district staff, families, youth, community members and other essential partners.
  1. Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of Social and Emotional Learning research, program evaluation, strategies, theories, techniques and methods of instruction.
  1. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  1. Demonstrated multiple experiences of coordinating responses for crisis management and student success teams.
  1. A minimum of five years working as a school psychologist, school guidance counselor, school social worker, school adjustment counselor or school clinical director.



  1. Possess a working knowledge of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education frameworks, regulations and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), in particular as it relates to discipline, positive behavior supports, bullying and intervention law, intervention wrap-around supports, and health and wellness.
  1. Have experience managing a budget and making sound fiscal decisions.
  1. Successful experience with planning and conducting meetings; and facilitation and training methodologies.
  1. Strong organizational skills, with outstanding attention to detail.
  1. Ability to work independently within a collaborative team environment.
  1. Comfort with handling multiple projects simultaneously as well as working with rapidly shifting priorities and targets.
  1. Commitment to self-reflection and on-going learning.
  1. Experience developing monitoring systems for quality improvement.

All candidates are responsible for proof of qualifications, which must be included with the letter of application.




The Executive Director of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is responsible for leading the district’s SEL initiatives and ensuring assistance is provided to school communities implementing SEL and wellness across Lynn Public Schools in order to promote positive school climate, promote youth development, and engage students collectively.  LPS is looking for a highly motivated, visionary leader that is prepared to work collaboratively with multiple stakeholders in building the future SEL and wellness in our school communities.  The Executive Director of SEL will think strategically and innovatively about how to integrate social-emotional and wellness instruction across the LPS system using a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) model.  S/he will also provide technical assistance to, and work in partnership with, district staff, central office departments, and community organizations.




  1. Effectively communicate a consistent vision of SEL and wellness as a pivotal aspect of student educational success using proactive and responsive models, including MTSS and interventions that support/encourage positive behavior and resiliency.   
  1. Work collaboratively with district and building-based staff to develop an instructional vision for student success that integrates social emotional learning with rigorous instructional opportunities.
  1. Establish meaningful youth development opportunities built on the integration of SEL and wellness developmental practices, including resiliency, self-advocacy, and persistence.
  1. Coordinate with the School Security and Emergency Planning Liaison, Administrators, Principals, and/or other district and city departments to determine appropriate supports for students, families and schools, in crisis situations and during trauma related events.
  1. Provide leadership in the strategic planning and implementation of SEL initiatives in LPS with a particular focus on technical assistance that is differentiated and offers a menu of options.
  1. Support and coach staff as assigned, and model SEL competencies in all professional interactions.
  1. Supervise and evaluate staff as determined by contract.
  1. Work collaboratively with district leaders in creating strategies that are school-based and student-centered and that interface effectively with the district’s Discipline Code.
  1. Lead the development and implementation of tools to assess the usage and effectiveness of SEL strategies district-wide.
  1. Work collaboratively in designing measurement frameworks and data collection approaches that would help capture students’ SEL, developmental and non-academic progress.
  1. Establish positive relationships and seek out additional partnerships to ensure resources are accessed and allocated, as well as to support additional practice priorities that can be explored.
  1. Model leadership utilizing effective communication skills that reflects a deep commitment to the educational success and opportunity for all students.
  1. Monitor grants, budgetary procedures and systems.
  1. Responsible for assuring equal educational opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, gender, age, marital status, religion, gender identity, natural origin, sexual orientation, homelessness, or disability.
  1. Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

REPORTS TO:  Superintendent/Deputy Superintendent


EVALUATION:  Performance of this job will be evaluated by the Deputy Superintendent(s)                                                                

DAYS:   Twelve month position. 


HOURS:    Regular hours:  7:45- 3:45 M-Th; 7:45-2:45 Friday

                 Summer and school vacation hours:  7:45-2:45 M-Th; 7:45-12:45 Friday      


BASE SALARY:  $121,278 


BENEFITS:    Per agreement between the School Committee, City of Lynn, and the School Administrators Association.                                          




Please direct a letter of application, including a statement granting permission for

community and staff review of credentials, a current resume, three letters of reference and documentation of education (transcripts) and experience to Barbara Rafuse, Director of Human Resources, Lynn Public Schools, 100 Bennett Street, Lynn, Massachusetts 01905.



Friday, March 9, 2018


LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  Under no circumstances is it

appropriate for a candidate to communicate in any form with a member of the School

Committee concerning his/her candidacy at any time before final action is taken by the

Committee relative to the vacancy to be filled.


Applicants should be reminded that in accordance with the General Laws, Chapter 39,

Section 33B, the confidential nature of the application will be honored until such time as

the screening has taken place and semi-finalists have been selected.


It is the policy of the Lynn Public Schools not to discriminate on the basis of race, color,

national origin, age, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, home status or disability in

admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities in

compliance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the 1972

Education Amendments to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation

Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities

Act, and M.G.L., Ch. 76: Sec. 5, M.G.L., Ch. 151B, and M.G.L., Ch. 151C.


Any person who wishes information concerning the application of Title IX of Chapter

622 should contact Michael Geary, Assistant Director of Curriculum and Instruction

for Health and Physical Education, 100 Bennett Street, Lynn, MA  01905, telephone

number (781) 593-1680 ext. 3148.


Inquiries concerning non-discrimination policies may also be referred to the Regional

Director, Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, J.W. McCormack

P.O.C.H. Room 222, Boston, MA  02109-4557.


The Lynn School Department accepts all state and federal laws regarding the possession

and/or use of illegal drugs as binding on it employees and therefore, all employees are

prohibited from possessing, using, or distributing illicit drugs or alcohol on school

premises or at any school-sponsored activity.





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    Special Education > Emotionally Disabled
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