Holyoke Public Schools District - Central Office

Holyoke Public Schools

Holyoke , MA

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Job Description


Holyoke Public Schools (HPS) serves 5,400 students in 11 schools and employs nearly 1500 people.  The District was placed into receivership by the State of Massachusetts in Spring 2015, due to struggling performance well below the state average. Dr. Stephen Zrike Jr., a seasoned Massachusetts educator, was selected as Receiver to lead this exciting turnaround effort, which includes significant autonomy and flexibility from the traditional school system.  Since being in receivership, the District has experienced many promising successes.  In school year 2015-16, the District saw a 7-percentage point increase in proficiency in English Language Arts and a 4-point gain in Math, and attendance rates are up across the District.  HPS has also extended the school day for students in preschool to 8th grade, expanded choice programs such as dual language and personalized learning, and offering new opportunities to students, such as computer science and many other enrichment programs. For more information about the HPS Turnaround Plan, please visit:


Job Description:

  • Oversee day-to-day operations of the Student Support Room
  • Maintain a welcoming and therapeutic physical space
  • Implement social-emotional and restorative justice curriculum and assist with its design
  • Collaborate with school administrators, guidance counselors, teachers, specialists and others
  • Communicate and implement clear policies and protocols
  • Communicate with and maintain positive relationships with parents/guardians
  • Develop individual plans with students to address the issues that led to their referral
  • Continuously evaluate program effectiveness and make improvements
  • Form caring relationships and model respectful communication and unconditional positive regard for students and families
  • Teach self-regulation skills and self-care strategies to identified students
  • Utilize behavior management techniques respectfully and appropriately
  • Employ relationship and counseling skills effectively
  • Maintain tracker for time out of learning
  • Work to support students reset and ready to return to class as quickly as possible


  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • 1-2 years experience working with at-risk youth doing social-emotional development work required
  • Commitment to ensuring academic success for all students
  • Demonstrated leadership experience
  • Strong de-escalation and care planning skills
  • Experience working in an urban setting, preferred
  • Experience working with diverse student populations, preferred
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; excellent teamwork skills
  • Bilingual applicants (Spanish) strongly encouraged to apply
  • Job Category : Administrator > Director/Coordinator/Manager
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