Somerville Public Schools
Employment Opportunities

ANTICIPATED COORDINATOR OF AUSTISM PROGRAMMING


Edgerly Evaluation Center
Somerville Public Schools
Somerville, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 3317616 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: July 27, 2020 Starting Date: Immediately

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

ANTICIPATED
Coordinator of Autism Programming
EDGERLY EVALUATION CENTER

Job Goal: The essential functions and duties listed are reflective of the various types of work and duties performed. Any omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

Somerville Public Schools strives to create an inclusive and racially affirming environment that welcomes and values the diversity of our staff and students. We foster fairness, equity, and inclusion to create a workplace environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity.

We welcome and value different perspectives and experiences in our staff, recognizing the powerful impact that a diverse workforce has on all students. We are committed to supporting educators through a strong induction and mentorship program, educator-driven professional development, andopportunities for professional growth and advancement.

As a district, we are also committed to supporting the whole child by promoting a trusting, mutually respectful and inspiring culture that values the individuality of our students and the professionalism of the field.

Qualifications:
•Experience in training and providing constructive feedback for school-based staff in behavioral strategies and developing skill acquisition programs.
•Experience in providing professional development to teachers and other school staff focusing on instructional and behavioral strategies for students diagnosed with ASD
•Experience/knowledge of working in a newly designed, developing and growing program
•Experience working in a public school setting
•MA DESE Administrator of Special Education of Supervisor/Director (Pupil Personnel Services) license
•Master’s Degree, with specialization in special education and at least 5 years’ experience in special education working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Public School experience preferred
•Knowledge and experience in evidence-based strategies for working with students with ASD
•Experience in setting up and using data monitoring systems for student outcomes related to social skill progress
•Experience in coaching school-based staff in behavioral strategies. Experience in providing professional development to teachers and other school staff
•Ability to work evenings and weekends when necessary to provide support and professional development to staff, families and community

Preferred Qualifications:
•Board Certified Behavior Analyst Certification (BCBA)
•Autism endorsed
•Experience working as administrator of program for students with ASD
•Multi-lingual

Skills, Abilities and Knowledge:
•Passionate and knowledgeable about effective and meaningful inclusion for students with disabilities
•Depth of knowledge regarding special education laws, regulations, process and procedures
•Able to solve problems in a timely manner and knowing when to seek others’ input prior to decision-making
•Strong interpersonal and written/oral communication skills enabling information sharing and the development of trusting relationships with parents, staff and administrators
•Proven supervision and evaluation skills

Responsibilities:
•Highly effective individual who is well organized, has strong time management and scheduling skills, and is able to work independently to meet timelines.
•Work with the Special Education Director, administrative team and building administration to lead the vision of meaningful programming and inclusion opportunities for students in the AIM program.
•Work collaboratively and take the lead on support strategies with school administration including, but not limited to supporting transportation before and after school and supporting Community Schools to ensure access to the highest level possible for students with autism and other complex needs.
•Coordinate support and training to teams within the AIM program, Community Schools, and across the district on best practices related to instructional methodologies, early intervention, predictability and structure, functional analysis of behaviors, development of behavior intervention plans, systematic data monitoring, and inclusion.
•Collaborate with community stakeholders to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, access for students with autism.
•Provide ongoing family support, training, and consultation to coordinate opportunities between home and school to ensure skill generalization.
•Oversee and coordinate Behavior Services for students in the AIM program inclusive of Home Services
•Resolve parent concerns through effective and timely communication
•Strong positive, interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships and demonstrate follow-through with students, staff, administration, and families to promote collaboration and partnership.
•Strong ability to multitask and work within a fast-paced environment focused on student learning, data collection, and measurable outcomes.
•Understanding and supporting the roles of other disciplines and professionals involved in the education of students with autism and facilitating coordination and collaboration of relevant I.E.P. Team members, including parents or caregivers, related service providers, and medical professionals, to meet the unique needs of students with autism in a culturally sensitive manner in accordance with M.G.L. c. 71B, §3, ¶6.
•Ability to contribute to thoughtful discussion related to academic and behavioral programming and planning based on data collection.
•Ability to lead, design, develop and grow new programming with a focus on direct hands-on support for students, families, staff, and systems.
•Oversee and support the AIM (Adapt, Include, Motivate) Program based on the scientifically validated principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). The AIM program students receive rigorous programming focused on individual needs which may include discrete trials or small group settings for behavior management, social skills, academics, daily living skills, communication, speech and language, sensory integration, motor skills, talk therapies, and pre-vocational or vocational skills.
•Manage and oversee efficient and effective Extended School Year Programs Pre-K to Post-Graduate
•Ensure district compliance with all federal and state education laws and regulations, as well as compliance with Somerville Public Schools and Somerville Special Education policies and procedures. Supervise and evaluate program staff. Meet all mandated timelines.
•Ensure that all students have full access to the curriculum outlined in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and the curriculum of the Somerville Public Schools, including electives and specials.
•Develop strong relationships with building and district administrators and staff to facilitate inclusion opportunities for students.

Terms of Employment:
•As per the Somerville Administrator Association Collective Bargaining Agreement
•Work Year will consist of a 201-day work schedule.

Position Reports to: Director of Special Education

NOTE:
Applications are only accepted online through School Spring.

Please do not mail or email resumes. Only resumes that are submitted through School Spring will be considered.

Should you need assistance with the online application process, please contact the Human Resources Office via email at jcabral@k12.somerville.ma.us

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.

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Job Requirements
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

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    Contact Information
    Marilyn Vrountas
    8 Bonair Street
    Somerville, Massachusetts 02145
    Phone: 617-625-6600
    Email: mvrountas@k12.somerville.ma.us