Boston Public Schools Office of Human Capital ( learn more )

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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3013027
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : October 5, 2018

Job Description

Boston Public Schools seeks an Assistant Superintendent of Social Emotional Learning and Wellness


REPORTS TO: Chief Academic Officer


Boston Public Schools believes that all children must experience inclusive, rigorous, and culturally and linguistically sustaining teaching and learning that prepares students to be college, career and life ready.  Boston Public Schools is looking for a highly motivated visionary leader that is prepared to work collaboratively with multiple stakeholders to continue building the future of SELWELL in our schools and communities. The Office of SELWELL is responsible for ensuring assistance is provided to school communities in implementing SEL and Wellness across BPS schools in order to promote positive school climate, youth development, prevent violence and bullying, and engage students collectively.


The office is also responsible for addressing compliance related mandates and coordination of student support services during crisis and trauma related needs. The Assistant Superintendent of SELWEL will think strategically and innovatively in how to integrate the instructional knowledge of SEL and wellness across the BPS system using a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) model. The Assistant Superintendent of SELWELL will lead efforts in providing technical assistance and work in partnership within and outside of BPS, including school, central office departments, and community resources.  As a key leader in BPS, the individual will ensure that tools, resources, communication, and policies across BPS are designed to support the implementation of SEL and Wellness for the culturally, linguistically, and abilities diverse population of BPS.


In addition, the Assistant Superintendent of SELWELL will work with other District leaders on the Academics and Student Support for Equity Team (ASSET).  The ASSET team is supporting the implementation of the BPS Essentials for Instructional Equity, which are:

  1. Create and maintain safe, health sustaining learning environments
  2. Design Learning Experiences for Access and Agency
  3. Facilitate cognitively demanding tasks and instruction
  4. Assess for learning.  

The Assistant Superintendent of SELWELL will be critical to the ASSET team in supporting this and other work.



The Assistant Superintendent of SELWELL is responsible for supervising the following departments: Behavioral Health, Health and Wellness, Health Services, Succeed Boston, Athletics, Opportunity Youth, Restorative Justice, SEL Instruction & Safe and Welcoming Schools, and System Involved Youth.


In addition, the Assistant Superintendent of SELWELL will be responsible for the following:

  • Effectively communicate a consistent vision of social emotional learning and wellness as a pivotal aspect of student educational success using proactive and responsive models, including MTSS, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and Coordination of Services Team model.
  • Work collaboratively with district staff in building the instructional vision and supports for BPS student success that integrates social emotional learning and wellness with CCSS and rigorous instructional opportunities.
  • Establish meaningful youth development opportunities, with the youth of BPS, built on the integration of SEL and Wellness developmental practices and skills, including resiliency, self-advocacy, and persistence.
  • Coordinate with the Administrators of Operations, Principal Leaders, and/or other district and city departments to determine appropriate supports for students, families, and schools, including during crisis situations and to address trauma related needs.
  • Provide leadership in the strategic planning and implementation of SEL and Wellness in BPS with a particular focus on technical assistance that is differentiated and offers a menu of options, including methods of incorporating the Safe and Supportive Schools provisions of the Reduction of Gun Violence law into district schools.
  • Supervise, support, coach, and evaluate staff under their responsibility, and model SEL competencies in all professional interactions as a representative of BPS.
  • Work collaboratively with district leaders in creating school based student centered strategies that interface effectively with the District’s Code of Conduct.
  • Utilize adult learning and change management strategies in the development of resources, tools, and supports for schools and district staff, including ongoing learning opportunities and utilizing research based and promising practices that exist at the national and local level with a particular lens on culturally, linguistically, and abilities diverse student populations.
  • Lead the development and implementation of tools to assess the usage and effectiveness of SEL strategies citywide.
  • Work collaboratively in designing measurement frameworks and data collection approaches that would help capture students’ SEL, developmental and non-academic progress.
  • Monitor and analyze data, especially for particular programs and legal mandates with the intent to problem solve student, family, school and/or community needs, including bullying, disproportionality (i.e. suspension, discipline disparities, etc), and High School and Middle School at-risk survey results.
  • Establish positive relationships and seek out additional partnerships to ensure resources are accessed and allocated, as well as to support additional practice priorities can be explored.
  • Model leadership utilizing: effective communication skills that reflect a deep commitment to the educational success and opportunity for all students, problem solving skills and protocols, and leading with inspiring transformation.
  • Monitor grants, budgetary procedures and systems.


Qualifications - Required:

  • Demonstrate experience designing and implementing social emotional learning and wellness (e.g. physical, mental, and emotional wellness) as a pivotal aspect of student educational success using proactive and responsive models, including MTSS, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and Coordination of Services Team model;
  • Hold a Master’s Degree in the field of Psychology, Education, Social Work or a Master’s Degree in a related field;
  • Hold a valid Massachusetts Assistant Superintendent license or be able to attain this license;
  • Possess a minimum of three years of a senior level leadership in a school district, school, or organization with experience establishing systems in schools and/or management experience in education strategy development and implementation;
  • Demonstrate capability to work collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders, such as school district staff, families, youth, community members and other essential partners;
  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of Social and Emotional Learning research, evaluation, strategies, theories, techniques, and methods of instruction;
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop and implement adult learning activities on the intersections the variables that impact student success, including academics, behavior, attendance, etc.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Experience working with diverse student populations;
  • Demonstrate multiple experiences of coordinating response teams, such as crisis management and student success teams, which established comprehensive systems of care to ensure that families and their children with significant behavioral, emotional and mental health needs obtain the services necessary for success in home, schools and community.
  • Have experience managing a budget and making sound fiscal decisions;
  • Successful experience with planning and conducting meetings; and facilitation and training methodologies;
  • Strong organizational skills, with outstanding attention to detail;
  • Ability to work independently and in a collaborative team environment;
  • Comfort with handling multiple projects simultaneously as well as working with rapidly shifting priorities and targets;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to create trusting relationships;
  • Commitment to self-reflection and ongoing learning;
  • Experience developing monitoring systems for quality improvement.
  • Current authorization to work in the United States. Candidates must have such authorization by their first day of employment.


Qualifications – Preferred:

  • Holds a Ed.D/Ph.D in related field;
  • Possess a working knowledge of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Regulations and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, in particular as it relates to discipline, positive behavior supports, bullying and intervention law, intervention-wrap around supports, and health and wellness;
  • Holds a valid DESE and/or professional license in a related field;
  • Bilingual.


TERMS:  Managerial Tier E, 12 months. This position subject to the City of Boston residency requirement.


The Assistant Superintendent of SEL and Wellness maintains a work week that extends beyond a forty-hour (40) hours and works additional hours as required to carry out all the duties and responsibilities.  


Please refer to (under "Employee Benefits and Policies") for more information on salary and compensation.  Salaries are listed by Unions and Grade/Step.



The Boston Public Schools, in accordance with its nondiscrimination policies, does not discriminate in its programs, facilities, or employment or educational opportunities on the basis of race, color, age, criminal record (inquiries only), disability, homelessness, sex/gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, genetics or military status, and does not tolerate any form of retaliation, or bias-based intimidation, threat or harassment that demeans individuals’ dignity or interferes with their ability to learn or work.


  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Job Categories : Administrator > Assistant/Deputy Superintendent
    Special Education > Emotionally Disabled
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Boston Public Schools Office of Human Capital is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Contact Information

    • Boston Public Schools, Office of Human Capital
    • 2300 Washington Street
    • Roxbury, Massachusetts 02119

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