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Boston Public Schools Director of Community Outreach for Specialized Services (SY23-24) in Boston, Massachusetts

Reports To: Deputy Chief of Instructional Supports, OSS BPS Overview: Boston Public Schools (BPS) serves over 48,000 children in 119 schools. BPS enrolls over 10,000 students with disabilities, with approximately 3,000 MLLs with disabilities. Schools are the unit of change where our school leadership teams and educators create rigorous, supportive, and safe environments for every child to reach their full potential. Our work as a district is to ensure this is possible at every one of our schools. Position Overview: The Office of Specialized Services (OSS) is looking for a Director of Community Outreach to be an integral part of the Office’s strategy to increase the district’s outreach and empowerment of parents with children with disabilities attending the Boston Public Schools. This position coordinates with key members of the OSS leadership team to identify, create, and communicate resource needs that allow families of students with disabilities to be informed partners with their schools in their child's education. In addition to working directly with parents, this position will develop relationships with key community groups and partners to facilitate conversations and resources to improve BPS support for our students with special needs. This position oversees the Special Education Family Engagement Coordinator. The Special Education Family and Resource Coordinator facilitates and supports families and students, including orienting families about various resources available in the community to meet students' needs, educating families and students on Special Education laws and regulations, specifically the referral and eligibility process, and fundamental rights. The Director will develop a strategic plan and key performance indicators for building partnerships with community groups to create critical resources for OSS to serve our students with disabilities better. The Director will collaborate cross-functionally with the Office of Communications, Welcome Services, Office of the Achievement Gap, and other stakeholders to ensure a well-coordinated effort to represent the needs of this community at all levels. Responsibilities: Train and lead key OSS team members on successfully responding to parent concerns and conducting relative professional development on family engagement for administrators, teachers, parent center staff, and other stakeholders; Build training for central office and school-based staff on customer service protocols as they related to families, students, and schools regarding special education concerns; Provide an infrastructure for training and technical assistance to ensure that parents and guardians of SWDs, youth, and other stakeholders are empowered regarding the academic outcomes of SWDs. Actively engage and reach out to families of students with disabilities across the district to ensure they all have an active voice, including but not limited to SPED PAC, EL PAC, etc. Liaise with the BPS Office of Engagement, which oversees the district's policies around parent engagement—partner around the needs, opportunities, and resources available for families of SWDs. Assist in the development, execution, evaluation, and logistical planning for upcoming community and family initiatives that welcome and support and empower families of SWD and students with disabilities. Provide cultural training to school staff and action teams to implement effective parent engagement plans. Ensures that parent education and involvement activities promote and are aligned with District goals, including increasing graduation rates, college access, and Strategic Plan. Develop and implement a comprehensive plan to expand parents of SWD participation in school advisory roles at each BPS school. Lead efforts in connecting BPS to community organizations that aid BPS students with disabilities and families around issues impacting individuals with disabilities. Demonstrate a commitment to excellence, equity, and high expectations for all students with disabilities, emphasizing building on the strengths that students bring to the teaching/learning process to support closing the achievement and opportunity gaps for students with disabilities. Model professional behavior that addresses job responsibilities, district policies and procedures, and the expectations of professionals working in a multilingual, multicultural, and economically diverse community. Safe, Respectful, and Culturally Sensitive and Responsive Learning Communities: Build and maintain safe, fair, and respectful learning environments that celebrate the diversity of the student population. Reflection, Collaboration, and Personal Growth: Reflect on practice in collaboration with colleagues, monitor personal and professional growth, and pursue professional development in needed areas. Perform other tasks as requested by the Deputy Chief of Instructional Supports and Chief of OMME Qualifications - Required: Bachelor's Degree or equivalent. Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work with diverse groups of people. Experience with community advocacy groups, ideally regarding special education students. Experience with working with parents of students with disabilities. Excellent customer service techniques with a strong ability to problem solve. Ability to conduct research and data analysis. Knowledge of various computer programs, including word processing, database management, PowerPoint, Excel, Desktop Publishing, and Google Applications. Skills to create presentations, reports, charts, and tables from existing data. Proven ability to work independently, exercise judgment, and manage multiple tasks and priorities. Excellent verbal and written communications skills, with good editorial skills. Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail. Current authorization to work in the United States - Candidates must have such authorization by their first day of employment Qualifications - Preferred: Master’s Degree in a related field. Experience teaching or working in the field of Special Education. Experience working in an urban public school district Second Language Proficiency in Spanish, Haitian Creole, Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese), Vietnamese, Cape Verdean Creole, Portuguese, or Somali Terms: Managerial, D61. The Boston Public Schools, in accordance with its nondiscrimination policies, does not discriminate in its programs, facilities, or employment or educational opportunities on the basis of race, color, age, criminal record (inquiries only), disability, homelessness, sex/gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, genetics or military status, and does not tolerate any form of retaliation, or bias-based intimidation, threat or harassment that demeans individuals’ dignity or interferes with their ability to learn or work. " />

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Director of Community Outreach for Specialized Services (SY23-24)

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Primary Location Central Office - Special Education

Salary Range D61 ($117,985) / 1.0 FTE

Shift Type Central Office

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