State of Massachusetts Monitoring Team Supervisor (ESD) in Malden, Massachusetts
The Office of Public School Monitoring monitors the implementation of special education and civil rights 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, to inform the TFM review process. A close examination of warning indicators, such as suspension 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 Educational Specialist D/Monitoring Team Supervisor is responsible for supervising Public School Monitoring staff in the implementation of the TFM review, creating a focused plan tailored to each district’s needs and one that supports the special education rights of students with disabilities and the rights of all students to an accessible and equitable education.
Followingthe review of policies and procedures, student records, interviews and observations, the Public School Monitoring Supervisor supervises the Monitoring Specialist throughout the development of the report that is provided to the district or charter school.The supervisor also provides supervision throughout the development and implementation of a Continuous Improvement & Monitoring Plan, which includes the Department’s findings,steps and completion timeframe to bring the criteria into compliance with the controlling statute or regulation.
The selected candidate will perform the following functions:
Supervising staff as they implement school district and charter school monitoring;
Ensuring that scheduled monitoring activities are implemented by staff in a manner prescribed by the Department;
Providing support and guidance to staff as they address with districts any areas of inequity apparent in reported data and documentation;
Ensuring that cross-unit support and streamlined assistance is provided to districts and charter schools throughout the entire review process;
Reviewing program review reports prepared by staff and editing reports for consistent interpretation of regulatory requirements prior to publication;
Providing support and guidance to staff as they review and approve any required Continuous Improvement & Monitoring Plans and progress updates as a result of program review visits;
Utilizing the Web-based Monitoring System for monitoring activities;
Participating in the design and ongoing revision of program review instruments and related compliance forms and procedures for regulated program areas;
Assisting in the development and implementation of a comprehensive training program for all Public School Monitoring staff assigned to chair reviews;
Motivating the team by creating an environment that promotes positive communication;
Participating in the development and integration of customer and constituent services as identified by the Commissioner, Deputy Commissioners and other administrative staff members; and
Perform other duties as required.
This position is based in Malden. Based on assignment, travel throughout the Commonwealth may be required.
The ideal candidate will have some, but not necessarily all, of the following skills and experiences:
Professional preparation and public and/or private school teaching in special education;
Administrative 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;
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in education;
Ability to be adaptive in response to the needs of schools, districts and external stakeholders;
Ability to hold oneself accountable to fulfill individual and collective responsibilities;
Prior experience in leading teams; and
Ability to be receptive to constructive feedback.
PLEASE NOTE: due to anticipated updated job specifications and minimum entrance requirements for this title, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will screen resumes as follows:
Applicants must have a Master’s degree and at least five years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, educational experience in a specific or related content area, educational program/or service; Based on assignment, candidates must possess at least one year of supervisory, program coordination or managerial experience;
a Doctorate degree in a specific or related educational content area may be substituted for two years of the required experience; one year of education equals 30 semester hours; education towards a degree in a specific or related educational content area will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
**Questions regarding this posting or the application process should be referred to Dawn DeRoche at Dawn.E.DeRoche@mass.gov or 781-338-6101.
First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.
Minimum Entrance Requirements:
Applicants must have at least (A) five years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience in teaching, educational administration, educational counseling or educational guidance, and (B) of which at least one year must have been in a supervisory capacity, or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the required substitutions below.
I. A Bachelor's degree with a major in education or special education may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required experience.**
II. A Graduate degree with a major in education, special education, administration or educational counseling may be substituted for a maximum of three years of the required experience.**
*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
NOTE: Educational substitutions will only be permitted for a maximum of three years of the required experience.
Special Requirements: Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator's License or the equivalent from another state may be required.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Organization: *Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Title: Monitoring Team Supervisor (ESD)
Location: Massachusetts-Malden - 75 Pleasant Street
Requisition ID: 200007PM