Somerville Public Schools
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Somerville High School
Somerville Public Schools
Somerville, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 3446487 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Re-posted: June 7, 2021 Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description
2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

Professional Development Team Leader
Professional Counseling Department

Job Goal:
•Foster a community of purposeful collaboration among staff focused on addressing shared anti-racist counseling practices.
•Facilitate a school and department culture of reflection, inquiry, and problem-solving through collaborative dialogue along with analysis of data, and use of evidence to inform decisions.
•Improve the consistency and quality of counseling services for SHS students through the planning and facilitation of professional development for SY2021
•Improve consistency and quality of staff professional development experiences

•Current SEU/Unit A member
•Demonstrated skills in meeting facilitation and leading teams
•Capacity to build trust and ownership among educators
•Effective communication and interpersonal skills with counselors, teachers and leaders
•Ability to gather multiple types of evidence and data to inform the work
•Experience facilitating collaborative data study to inform anti-racist counseling practices
•Can make connections between big picture of system with details
•Goal and action oriented with ability to monitor milestones and progress
•Committed to educator reflection, agency, and empowerment
•Knowledge of best practices and research-based strategies for professional and adult learning and collaboration
•Skilled at conflict resolution and courageous conversations
•Comfortable delegating tasks
•Possesses attributes of resilience, humility, and risk-taking
•Advanced degree preferred

•Lead and facilitate the School Counseling Department’s professional development opportunities designed to improve anti-racist student support services
•Lead the team to set goals and identify high-leverage focus areas
•Collaborate with the SHS equity specialist and Department leadership to plan and facilitate PD sessions
•Plan five PD meetings in Spring of 2021 with clear goals and expectations, including agendas and norms
•Create a Commitment to Anti-Racist Counseling Practices (vision statement, microagression in counseling practices guide, and Counseling framework)
•Use the anti-racist framework to identify two - three priority practices to shift for the 2021-2022 school year.
•Use effective facilitation skills to support collaboration, team dynamics, and productive dialogue
•Promote ongoing problem-solving and reflection tied to priority goals and focus areas
•Support the collection and collaborative analysis of evidence and data to measure the impact of the team’s work
•Communicate and collaborate with key personnel about progress, challenges, alignment of goals, and other relevant topics
•Create an atmosphere of trust and collaboration among staff that will promote professional growth and accelerate the achievement of all students
•Document and disseminate team meeting agendas, minutes, outcomes, and next steps
•Collaborate with administrators and other educator leaders to share best practices, problem solve, and build leadership skills
•Participate in targeted leadership professional development and training

Terms of Employment:
•Yearly Appointment (2020-2021 School Year)
•Out of School Hours
•$27.00 per hour worked
•Approx. 3 hours of planning for five PD sessions
•PD dates - April 9, 30, May 14, 28, June 11 = 15 hours

Position Reports to: Principal of Somerville High School and the SHS Guidance Department Chair

•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

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: After school/Evening
Positions Available: 1

Welcome to Somerville High School!

The primary goal of Somerville High School is to prepare students to lead satisfying and successful lives by helping them to become: ?Effective readers ?Effective writers ?Effective users of technology ?Effective critical and creative thinkers.

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
    Traci Small, Guidance Department Chair
    81 Highland Ave
    Somerville, Massachusetts 02143
    Phone: (617) 625-6600