Somerville Public Schools
Employment Opportunities

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SERVICES


Administrative Office
Somerville Public Schools
Somerville, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 3217722 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: January 14, 2020 Starting Date: July 1, 2020

Job Description
ANNOUNCEMENT OF VACANCY FOR THE
2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

Director of Student Services
DISTRICT WIDE

Job Goal: The Director of Student Services focuses on providing continuous support to all students in the areas of Safety, Health, Emergency Preparedness and Behavior Management. The successful delivery of these services is dependent upon a three-way partnership among the students, parents and the school. In the performance of these functions, he/she supervises administration and staff designated by the Superintendent of Schools.

Qualifications, Skills & Knowledge:
• Possession of a Master’s Degree;
• Massachusetts licensure as a Supervisor/ Director or Administrator
• Culturally Knowledgeable

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
• Under the direction of the Superintendent of Schools, monitor, support, and enforce district goals relative to student health and safety and monitor facilities safety;
• Coordinates Mental Health Supports including: PETRA assessment, clinical assessments, and referrals to outside vendors for embedded therapy and group therapy;
• Coordinates and supports weekly school based Student Support Teams ensuring consistency with policy, procedures, agenda and norms;
• Coordinates and Supervises .4 Substance Abuse Counselor. Providing the District with initial assessments, referrals and group counseling;
• Supports district personnel and building principals with all issues related to student attendance and discipline;
• Supervises and supports Assistant Director of Student Services and Supervisors of Attendance;
• Addresses and responds to parent complaints;
• Acts as District Coordinator for 504 Accommodation Process, including eligibility, plans, policies and procedures;
• Prepares and presents reports concerning student attendance for appropriate school and state agencies;
• Coordinates DESE mandated Truancy Prevention Program;
• Performs quality assurance reviews of documentation, reports, and files assembled by others, that are used for formal hearings and proceedings;
• Provides Administrator and Staff Trainings regarding Federal and State mandates including: Bullying Prevention and Intervention, Lockdown, 51A, Chapter 222, OCR 504 Accommodation procedures, Child Find, SST and SEL related;
• Acts as a liaison with Law Enforcement agencies and other agencies;
• Investigates complaints of student absence, neglect or abuse from public agencies and others;
• Reviews, revises, recommends and disseminates system-level goals and objectives as they pertain to student services;
• Supports the Superintendent in District discipline appeals for 37H, 37H1/2, and 37H3/4 hearings; in compliance with Chapter 222;
• Acts as Appellate for all intra-district residency investigative hearings;
• Acts as District Coordinator for Emergency Preparedness, including safety, lockdowns and fire drills, District is committed to 80 individual school safety drills;
• Coordinates Drop-out Prevention Program, including submission for all DESE SIMS reporting in October, March and June, of known drop-outs and potential drop-outs. Prevention Program includes daily student tracking, monitoring and re-engagement procedures;
• RE Extended Learning Program management: processes all applications, placement screening, student & parent interviews. Managed program enrollment;
• Registration and Enrollment: assists Parent Information Director with new students and inter-district transfers. Conducts parent and student interviews and assist with school placement;
• Food Services support: regarding ineligible applicants for free or reduced lunch. Conducts all free and reduced lunch appeals;
• Coordinate all General Education Referrals to alternative programing, including ELP, FC and NW;
• Provides and Facilitates, along with SST staff, District Professional Development Trainings, including: Bullying, 51A, 504, Child Find, Lockdown, SST meetings, De-escalation, SEL, Cyber-safety, Vaping education and prevention;
• Building Security: consult with DPW, SPD and outside security vendors to ensure safe and secure building access through updated technology support i.e. Cameras, buzzers, monitors
• Performs other tasks as assigned by the Superintendent of Schools or her/his designee

Position Reports to: Superintendent of Schools

Work Year:
• Calendar Year (260 days with paid vacation and holidays)

NOTE: Applications are only accepted online through School Spring. Resumes that are emailed or mailed will not be considered.

Should you have any questions or need assistance with the online application process, please contact the Human Resources Office at 617-625-6600 ext. 6015.

Somerville Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Somerville Public Schools actively seeks applicants with diverse backgrounds. Grade level and content licensure is required when applicable. Dual licensure including SPED, ESL, ELL, or bilingual licensure and/or proficiency in a language or languages other than English is preferred.

Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 1


Welcome to Somerville Public Schools!

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.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Somerville 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, sexual orientation, 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
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

  • Application Questions
    There are no application questions required for this job posting.

    Contact Information
    Uri Harel, Coordinator of Elementary Curriculum, K-8
    8 Bonair St
    Somerville, Massachusetts 02145
    Phone: 617-625-6600
    Email: uharel@k12.somerville.ma.us