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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3999812
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : August 9, 2022
  • Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description

Special Education Department Chair – AFAS/Winter Hill


Duties and Responsibilities


Management of Staff

  • Evaluate special education staff in conjunction with Building Principal and Administrator of Special Education
  • Provide leadership to building based special education staff through technical assistance with federal and state special education mandates
  • Provide training for teachers, teaching assistants and instructors
  • Participates in the recruitment and hiring of staff
  • Participate in the assignment of special education support staff


Management of Program

  • Supervise specialized programs and curriculum in programs by ensuring compliance with federal and state special education mandates
  • Work with building principal, general education and special education staff to develop inclusion opportunities for special education students
  • Provide curriculum leadership involving the application of the curriculum frameworks, specialized instruction materials, and the development of alternative assessment tools
  • Assist and facilitate with administrative personnel in the budget process
  • Oversee building based special education caseload assignments and building based due process compliance, including, but not limited to the dissemination of special education communications and documents within mandated timelines
  • Work with principal(s), directors and staff to complete student and special education staff schedules and caseloads
  • Work with the Administrator of Special Education to facilitate district wide special education meetings


Facilitate Development and Compliance of Individual Education Plans

  • Schedule and chair building based Team meetings including Initial Evaluations, Re-evaluations and meetings to review results of Independent evaluations
  • Work with principal(s) and special education liaisons to schedule and chair annual review meetings
  • Work with the Administrator of Special Education, special education staff, principals, and parents to assign students to out of district placements
  • Review and monitor students’ Individualized Education Programs in accordance with state and federal due process requirements
  • Foster positive and supportive relationships between parents, students and special education staff
  • Foster optimal parental input
  • Foster Inclusion by working with principals, directors, teachers, and parents
  • Actively facilitate communication of all parties regarding the success of special education students
  • Complete psychological evaluations with projectives as assigned through the evaluation assessment process
  • Represent the school district in Out of District Individualized Education Meetings
  • Facilitate the grade level transition process as well as the transition of students into the district from out of district placements and as new students to the district
  • Serve as liaison in matter of transportation for special needs students



  • All other duties assigned by the Superintendent, Principal, Administrator of Special Education or his/her designee




  • MA Certification as a Special Education Administrator/Director
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Category : Special Education > General Special Education
  • Employer Description

    Education - Inspiration - Excellence are the themes that characterize the instructional services, departments and programs of the Somerville Public Schools.

    Our Mission: The Somerville Public Schools is dedicated to the realization of the full intellectual, physical, social, and emotional potential of all students. Our talented team of teachers and other professionals provides every student with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to be successful throughout their lives. This is accomplished through the delivery of innovative instruction guided by the Massachusetts Curriculum and Somerville Curriculum Frameworks, and supported through partnerships with organizations such as Primary Source, and the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach at Tufts University. Learn more about us...

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    Job Requirements

    • No experience required

    Contact Information

    • Central HR
    • 8 Bonair St.
    • Somerville, Massachusetts 02145

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