Prospect Hill Academy Charter School
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SPECIAL EDUCATION TEAM CHAIR, MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMPUS (2019-20 OPENING)


Prospect Hill Academy: Student Services
Prospect Hill Academy Charter School
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 3053786 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: February 13, 2019 Starting Date: August 19, 2019

Job Description
Prospect Hill Academy Charter School is a highly successful, urban K-12 public school with the mission of preparing each student for success in college, fostering responsible citizenship, and inspiring a lifelong love of learning.

At Prospect Hill Academy, the prevailing belief is that with hard work, effective effort, perseverance through adversity, committed teachers, and invested parents, all students are capable of academic, intellectual, social, and moral excellence. Fueling this conviction are eight core values that guide the daily life and culture of the school--(1) High Expectations for All; (2) Collaboration; (3) Cultural Proficiency; (4) Balance; (5) Inquiry; (6) Equity; (7) Accountability; and (8) Personalization.

We are now accepting applications for a MIDDLE SCHOOL SPECIAL EDUCATION TEAM CHAIR.

The Special Education Team Chair is responsible for all aspects of the special education IEP team process, including meeting facilitation, IEP development and implementation and progress monitoring to ensure that students with disabilities receive a Free and Appropriate Public Education in accordance with IDEA. In conjunction with the campus principal and Director of Students Services, the Team Chair provides supervision and evaluation of special education team members and coordinates and monitors implementation of all department policies and procedures at the campus level. In addition, a Team Chair may be required to teach, with teaching load proportionate to the size and scope of Chair responsibilities at his/her campus.

Essential Responsibilities
  • Perform all Team Chair responsibilities pertaining to the planning and facilitation of IEP meetings (annual reviews, eligibility determinations, interim reviews, manifestation determinations, etc.)
  • Process new special education referrals for the campus
  • Oversee all aspects of IEP development and implementation
  • Monitor compliance with special education process and timelines in accordance with state and federal regulations
  • Maintain accurate IEP records and documentation (ESPED, student files, department roster, etc.)
  • Oversee the development, tracking, dissemination and proper implementation of IEP mandated accommodations for students with disabilities
  • Serve as secondary evaluator for all special education teachers
  • Provide instructional coaching to special education teachers and associates
  • Coordinate service delivery between special education teachers, paraprofessionals and related services providers at the campus level (ensure that all services are provided, monitor pass/fail and exempt status, coordinate MCAS proctoring, etc.)
  • Promote implementation of department policies and procedures (assign duties, monitor compliance with timelines, monitor mail and maintain the roster, etc.)
  • Serve as liaison between special ed team and leadership with regard to daily issues at the campus level
  • Plan and facilitate departmental Collaborative Inquiry meetings Prospect Hill Academy will prepare each student for success in college, inspire a lifelong love of learning, and foster responsible citizenship.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of department specific professional development
  • Participate in campus and department wide program evaluation and planning
  • When applicable, oversee supervision for associate teachers (including PD planning and implementation)
  • Serve as campus liaison for students on 504 plans
  • Serve as member of the campus Crisis Response Team, implementing de-escalation and physical restraint as needed, in accordance with PHA policies and state regulations
  • Provide direct instruction to students with disabilities, in accordance with campus needs
Additional Responsibilities
  • Serve as a member of the campus based Instructional Leadership Team
  • Contribute to the onboarding and orientation of new special education team members
  • Any additional responsibilities and tasks requested or assigned by supervisor

Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 1


Welcome to Prospect Hill Academy: Student Services!

Prospect Hill Academy Charter School is a highly successful, urban K-12 public school with the mission of preparing each student for success in college, fostering responsible citizenship, and inspiring a lifelong love of learning.

At Prospect Hill Academy, the prevailing belief is that with hard work, effective effort, perseverance through adversity, committed teachers, and invested parents, all students are capable of academic, intellectual, social, and moral excellence. Fueling this conviction are eight core values that guide the daily life and culture of the school--(1) High Expectations; (2) Equity; (3) Personalization; (4) Cultural Proficiency; (5) Collaboration; (6) Balance; (7) Inquiry; and (8) Accountability.

The ideal PHA teacher will possess the following attributes:

P…positive
R…resilient
O…open-minded
S…student-centered
P…professional
E…engaging
C…collaborative, culturally competent, caring
T…track record of High Performance

Equal Opportunity Employer
Prospect Hill Academy Charter School is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.

Job Requirements
Educational or other qualifications required:
  • Minimum 3 years experience as a special education teacher
  • Experience in IEP meeting facilitation
  • Master's degree in special education (or related field) and licensure as a Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities
  • MA Licensure
Specific skills and/or competencies required:
  • Commitment to Prospect Hill Academy’s educational mission and values
  • Ability to build and maintain positive relationships, including bringing teams toward consensus and resolving conflicts
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to distill and present complex assessment data to a variety of audiences (parents, teachers, leaders)
  • Aptitude for details and a high level of organization
  • Strict adherence to timelines
  • Extensive knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to special education
  • Commitment to working with students from diverse backgrounds with diverse profiles
  • Willingness to work collaboratively with a dedicated staff and involved parent body
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • At least 3 years of relevant experience preferred
  • Master degree preferred
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

  • Application Questions
    This employer has requested that all applicants answer the following questions. It is highly recommended that you type any essays in a word processing program, save them, and then paste them on the proceeding job application page.
    1. Please describe how your educational philosophy aligns with PHA’s Mission: "Prospect Hill Academy Charter School will prepare each student for success in college, inspire a lifelong love of learning, and foster responsible citizenship."
    Long Essay (Answer limited to 4000 characters, including spaces)

    2. Please tell us where you found this position posted.
    Short Essay (Answer limited to 600 characters, including spaces)

    Contact Information
    Sarah Ferguson, Human Capital Director
    50 Essex Street
    Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
    Phone: 6172847905
    Email: sferguson@prospecthillacademy.org