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  • Job ID: 3692171
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Re-posted : January 18, 2022

Job Description

Ref: ___________     Wakefield Public Schools Job Posting                      10/4/21


Wakefield Public Schools Special Education Job Posting


Position Title: Elementary Special Education Coordinator

Reports to: Director of Special Education and Student Services or Designee



Wakefield Public Schools seeks an exceptional Special Education Coordinator who is highly qualified and knowledgeable to join our community. The Elementary Special Education Coordinator works across our four elementary schools district-wide to monitor compliance of special education programming and processes, supervises and supports specialized programs and contributes toward the evaluations of special education staff.


QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



  • Collaborate with Principals, Leadership Teams, and teachers in providing FAPE, LRE, and specialized instruction and services for elementary students with disabilities
  • Oversee elementary special education programs; assist in the development of new or expanded programs to continuously meet the fluid needs of special education students
  • Support the maintenance and improvement of regulatory compliance
  • Oversee initial and re-evaluation process to ensure that updated, valid testing materials are used and comprehensive reports are produced; assist with inventory and ordering of assessment materials and instructional tools
  • Manage the pre-referral and referral process for students not yet identified as having a disability
  • Process referrals for and chair all initial, re-evaluation, and emergency placement team meetings; develop Individual Educational Plans (IEPs) for these students; secure parent signatures for these plans
  • Oversee team chairs with up-to-date rosters, program rosters, liaison caseloads, liaison assignments, and related service provider caseloads
  • Consult with and support Special Education Teachers and related service providers in their responsibilities to chair annual reviews and develop IEPs for these students, in accordance with Special Education Regulations 
  • Review all IEPs after annual reviews prior to sending home and liaise with Special Education Teacher to provide feedback on quality of IEP writing
  • Contribute toward the evaluations of assigned special education staff 
  • Assist Special Education Teachers with complex Team meetings for special education students, privately placed/parochial students, or as assigned by the Director of Special Education
  • Inform and assist the Director of Special Education and principals with staffing challenges; support building principals with ongoing scheduling and staffing of special education students
  • Ensure all students with disabilities are succeeding academically and behaviorally by monitoring and reviewing Progress Reports written by Special Education Teachers and related service providers; provide feedback to them on the quality of Progress Report writing and assist them with developing/refining data tracking systems to monitor student progress 
  • Provide support to special education teachers regarding research-based and effective instructional and social-emotional-behavioral practices
  • Implement transition processes and planning across buildings in coordination with principals; coordinate elementary to middle transitions in collaboration with Middle School Special Education Coordinator 
  • Plan and conduct relevant and ongoing professional development for special education staff, including instructional assistants
  • Support and monitor all contentious cases or cases involving attorneys and advocates; assist with all special education students with discipline issues and/or Manifestation Determination meetings
  • Support the improvement of student outcomes and strengthen the engagement of families as partners
  • Collaborate with SEPAC and attend SEPAC meetings as needed; facilitate positive community engagement
  • Support the development of culturally competent practice at all levels
  • Keep Director of Special Education informed of situations regarding complex students and contentious cases
  • Participate in dispute resolution meetings, hearings and mediation settlement meetings as needed
  • Perform all other duties as assigned by the Superintendent of Schools, Assistant Superintendents, and/or Director of Special Education




Minimum of a Master’s degree or equivalent in the field of Education, five years of successful professional practice or administrative experience in special education, or combination thereof.  Significant graduate work in Special Education and/or School Administration preferred.




Valid Massachusetts Teaching License with Special Education endorsement; Licensed as an Administrator of Special Education by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.



The ability to apply knowledge of current research and theory in the field of Special Education. Ability to make relationships, collaborate and problem solve issues fundamental in all areas of special education. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of parents, students, teachers, administrators and the general public. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff and the community. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both in oral and written form. Ability to perform duties with awareness of all district requirements and Board of Education policies.


Physical Demands: the physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and occasionally required to walk and stand.  The employee is occasionally required to bend and or twist at the trunk more than the average person.  The employee is continuously repeating the same hand, arm or finger motion many times.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds such as books and teaching material.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and the ability to adjust focus.  The ability to travel to other buildings is required. The position requires the individual to sometimes work irregular or extended work hours and meet multiple demands from several people.

The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position.  Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.


Please sent letter of interest to:

Rosie Galvin, Director of Special Education 


60 Farm Street

Wakefield, MA  01880

  • Position Type: Part-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Category : Administrator > Director/Coordinator/Manager
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Wakefield Public Schools 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.

    Job Requirements

    • No experience required

    Contact Information

    • Karen Fitzpatrick , Admin. Asst. to the Superintendent
    • 60 Farm Street
    • Wakefield, Massachusetts 01880

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