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State of Massachusetts Assistant Director of Public School Monitoring in Malden, Massachusetts

The Office of Public School Monitoring monitors the implementation of special education and civil rights legal and regulatory requirements in school districts and charter schools through a process called Tiered Focused Monitoring (TFM). The TFM review process is adaptive and student-centered, with a focus on equity and racial equity. Through TFM, the Office of Public School Monitoring provides support and assistance aligned to a school district’s or charter school’s level of need, leading to improved equity and outcomes for students. The Office of Public School Monitoring collaborates with other units in the Department to support districts and charter schools in building systems and developing in-district capacity to ensure an equitable, inclusive and accessible education for all students. TFM involves a thorough and thoughtful analysis of district data, including policies and procedures. A close examination of warning indicators, such as discipline rates, is conducted to identify any areas of discrepancy based on a variety of protected categories, including race. Monitoring includes interviews with district or charter school administration and staff, review of student records, and classroom observations. The Office of Public School Monitoring is an office within the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Center for District Support. The work of the office aligns and supports the Center’s mission: Fostering exceptional learning opportunities is our priority. We strive to ensure an equitable, inclusive, accessible education for all. The work of the Office of Public School Monitoring also supports the Center’s key values, including: Accountable: We depend on one another to fulfill our individual and collective responsibilities. Adaptive: We observe, adjust and recalibrate our interactions and interventions to create positive learning experiences for students and their families. Equity and Racial Equity: We strive to overcome systemic racism and all other forms of oppression in order to remove the predictability of success or failure that too frequently correlates with students’ cultural, disability, economic, and/or racial status. Inclusive: We ensure that members of all identity groups are full participants in decisions that shape educational policy and practice. Student-centered: Students are at the core of everything we do. The Assistant Director reports to the Director of the Office of Public School Monitoring and is responsible for the supervision of Public School Monitoring regional team supervisors and the trainer, as well as the daily work of the unit. The selected candidate will perform the following functions: Provide support and guidance to supervisors for addressing with districts any areas of inequity apparent in reported data and documentation, as well as work with supervisors and monitoring chairpersons to clarify report findings, ensuring consistent interpretation of regulatory requirements; Ensure that scheduled monitoring activities are implemented by staff in a timely manner and as prescribed by the Department; Review all reports and corrective actions resulting from TFM Reviews; Develop and continuously update annual TFM monitoring schedules, and serve as point of contact for communications with schools and districts; Serve as a liaison between offices, including the Office of Charter Schools and School Redesign, Special Education Planning and Policy, and the Problem Resolution Systems Office; Participate in the design, update and ongoing revisions to the Web-based Monitoring System for monitoring activities, attending weekly meetings with the vendor; Develop, manage and update the special education determination process; Complete evaluation activities for supervisors and review evaluations for monitoring chairpersons; Coordinate various projects and initiatives undertaken by supervisors and monitoring specialists; Participate in the development and integration of customer and constituent services as identified by the Commissioner, Deputy Commissioners and other administrative staff members; Support the Director with tasks related to hiring, Human Resources, and personnel; Work closely and in partnership with the Director on key projects and initiatives; and Perform other duties as required. This position is based in Malden. Based on assignment, travel throughout the Commonwealth may be required. Preferred Qualifications: Below are characteristics we will look for in the selection process. We recognize that the depth of each individually and the balance of all of them collectively may range from candidate to candidate. As such, we encourage applications from individuals with a range of background experiences and skills. The ideal candidate possesses most, but not all, of the following qualifications, and most importantly, a willingness and drive to develop new skills: • Administrative and/or educational experience in special education; • Experience in the area of civil rights laws applicable to education, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Title IX; • Commitment to educational equity and anti-racist beliefs and practices; • Project management and implementation experience; • Ability to maintain composure and sound judgment under pressure; • Ability to manage competing priorities without losing sight of priority goals; • Ability to analyze and determine the applicability of educational data, to draw conclusions, problem-solve proactively, anticipate risks, and communicate complex information; • Ability to work with diverse groups and organizational units; • Strong writing skills for composing a variety of documents, including reports, memos, presentations, etc.; • Experience coordinating/managing in the public sector, including supervisory experience; • Ability to be adaptive in response to the needs of charter schools, districts, external stakeholders, and Public School Monitoring staff; • Ability to hold oneself accountable to fulfill individual and collective responsibilities; • Receptive to critical feedback, and • Desire to seek continuous improvement in oneself and in the work; Questions regarding this posting or the application process should be referred to Dawn DeRoche at or 781-338-6101. MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) five (5) years of full-time or, equivalent part-time, professional, administrative, supervisory, or managerial experience in business administration, business management, public administration, public management, clinical administration or clinical management of which (B) at least one (1) year must have been in a project management, supervisory or managerial capacity or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and substitutions below. Substitutions: I. A certificate in a relevant or related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required (A) experience. II. A Bachelor’s degree in a related field may be substituted for two (2) years of the required (A) experience. III. A Graduate degree in a related field may be substituted for three (3) years of the required (A) experience. IV. A Doctorate degree in a related field may be substituted for four (4) years of the required (A) experience. An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. *Job: Education *Organization: Department of Elementary and Secondary Education *Title: *Assistant Director of Public School Monitoring Location: Massachusetts-Malden - 75 Pleasant Street Requisition ID: 210003KU