State of Massachusetts Public School Monitoring Specialist in Malden, Massachusetts

The Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) conducts the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's compliance monitoring for school districts and charter schools, through which PSM also provides support and assistance. Public School Monitoring Specialists assist in the implementation of the Department’s Tiered Focused Monitoring (TFM) Review system using standard monitoring procedures, criteria and standards; reviews focus on special education and civil rights regulatory requirements.

TFM Reviews involve the analysis of a district’s self-assessment in combination with district-specific data to focus the onsite monitoring. The onsite monitoring includes interviews with district or charter school administration and staff, review of student records, and classroom observations. Following the onsite review, the Public School Monitoring Specialist develops a report for the district or charter school and provides support through implementation of any corrective actions.

The Public School Monitoring Specialist also works 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.

The selected individual will perform the following duties:

Serve as chairperson and team member of TFM Reviews conducted in public school districts and charter schools throughout the Commonwealth;

Process and analyze self-assessment information submitted by districts in order to formulate and implement an appropriate plan for TFM reviews;

Possess knowledge of special education laws and regulations for the purpose of analyzing performance and compliance indicators related to the implementation of IDEA, as required by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP);

Work with districts and charter schools through the corrective action and monitoring processes, including conducting presentations on toolkits and assistance documents focusing on equity and racial equity;

Provide support and technical assistance to districts and charter schools on matters related to regulatory compliance, which may include facilitating cross-unit support to enhance and streamline assistance provided to the district or charter school;

Actively participate in the development and integration of customer and constituent service as identified by the Commissioner, Deputy Commissioners and other administrative staff members; and

Perform other duties as assigned.

Based on assignment, travel throughout the Commonwealth and out-of-state travel may be required.

Preferred Qualifications:

The successful candidate will possess:

Professional preparation and public and/or private school teaching and/or administrative experience in special education and one or more of the following areas:

Educational services to linguistic minority students, education civil rights areas or relevant legal training or experience;

Ability to seek out relevant data and analyze complex information;

Ability to reach logical conclusions and make sound decisions that are well-documented;

Ability to plan, schedule and manage the workflow;

Ability to recognize when a decision is required and to take action;

Ability to be adaptive in response to the needs of the districts;

Ability to get others involved in solving problems and to guide them to the accomplishment of a task;

Ability to perceive the needs, concerns and personal problems of others and is skillful in resolving conflicts;

Strong knowledge of special education and civil rights laws in order to assess the individual needs of various districts and provide the appropriate level of assistance through the entire review process;

Ability to perform under pressure and during opposition:

Ability to think on one’s feet;

Ability to make a clear oral and compelling presentation of facts or ideas;

Ability to express ideas clearly in writing and to write appropriately for different audiences;

Ability to identify needs and tasks and take action;

Ability to demonstrate a need to achieve in all activities attempted; and

Evidence that work is important to personal satisfaction and receptive to critical feedback.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Minimum Entrance Requirements:

Please note: the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) is in the process of updating the job specifications and minimum entrance requirements for this title. Therefore, the Department will screen resumes based on the following:

Applicants must have at a Bachelor's degree and at least four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional educational experience in a specific or related content area, educational program/or service;

A Master's degree or higher in a specific or related educational content area may be substituted for two years of the required experience - 30 semester hours equals one year of experience for substitution purposes.

Education toward a degree in a specific or related educational content area will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

Special Requirements: Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D 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.

Job: *Education

Organization: *Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Title: Public School Monitoring Specialist

Location: Massachusetts-Malden - 75 Pleasant Street

Requisition ID: 180006JQ