Associate Director of DYS Education and Transition Services – Collaborative for Educational Services


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The Collaborative for Educational Services is looking for an Associate Director of DYS Education and Transition Services, an integral role that provides statewide leadership in the design, delivery, and quality of education, student support, and transition services for youth across DYS’s “continuum of care,” from residential placement through to discharge from DYS. Additionally, the Associate Director is an executive leader responsible for advancing all elements of the DYS Education Initiative, with special attention to populations of youth with specialized learning needs.

We value: Quality and excellence, innovation, creativity and vision, inclusiveness, equity and diversity and collaboration with others. Creating a community of care is foundational to the work we do… together!

Social Justice and Equity work is central to our mission, especially in these times. We understand that all forms of oppression are damaging. We engage in this work pro-actively and purposefully, with the intent of positive outcomes, and because we need to.

We hope that you will join us in this work!

Essential Functions Include:

  1. Provide leadership in developing and organizing transition and re-entry programming and related efforts within the education system in partnership with key stakeholders, including, Regional and Asst. Regional Education Coordinators, Education Assessment Coordinators, DYS statewide and regional leadership, Special Education in Institutional Settings (SEIS), and providers
  2. Collaborate with the Director of DYS Education Initiative in carrying out high quality, engaging, culturally responsive, and effective educational services to youth placed in DYS care
  3. Provide leadership, content expertise, and oversight of transition system, including those provided by the Education and Career Counselors and other education transition staff
  4. Supervise Coordinator of Student Services and Postsecondary Programming and Detention Transition Specialist
  5. Develop and manage effective communication and reporting protocols across key stakeholder groups, i.e. Assistant Regional Education Coordinators, DYS Community Services, Teaching Coordinators, etc
  6. Provide and/or organize technical assistance and professional development to Education and Career Readiness Counselors and other education transition staff working in DYS settings, including, but not limited to Special Education, Chapter 766, Chapter 688 referrals, 504 plans and services, family engagement, college and career counseling, school discipline (Chap. 37, 37H ½ ) and other regulatory/legal issues and challenging cases
  7. Serve as Statewide Education 504 Coordinator and provide corresponding training
  8. Oversee the MCAS system in DYS and use of such assessment data to inform instruction
  9. Monitor fidelity of data entry into Aspen. Maintain proficiency of JJEMS and collaborate on ongoing development with DYS. Manage quality assurance of data and the use of this data to inform programming.
  10. Oversee CES HiSET programming for youth involved in DYS, both in residence and in the community. Serve as Chief Examiner

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Master’s Degree from accredited College or University in Education or a related field (i.e., social worker, guidance counselor, or psychologist)
  2. Valid Massachusetts Administrator’s License (Superintendent, Special Education Director, Director)
  3. In-depth knowledge of federal and state education laws and regulations
  4. Demonstrated experience working with youth with disabilities, youth placed at risk, and diverse populations
  5. Strong Project Management skills
  6. Minimum of three years of experience in Leadership & Supervision of professional staff
  7. Excellent communication skills (writing, speaking and technology), facilitation, and training skills
  8. Able and willing to travel throughout Massachusetts

Salary: $95,000 – $110,000 commensurate with experience.

CES Benefits: CES offers a comprehensive benefits package including: Health, Dental, Vision, Long Term Disability, Life Insurance, and voluntary Short Term Disability, enhanced Vision and additional Life Insurance. Health Insurance is offered through Harvard Pilgrim and includes multiple plan options, including a PPO with a self-funded Health Savings Account, and HMO with a Health Reimbursement Account funded by CES to support a portion of health insurance deductions.  FSA and Dependent Care accounts are available. CES is considered a quasi-state agency and provides two retirement options for employees based on eligibility. Employees are vested after ten years of creditable service. Professional development and mentoring offered throughout the school year.

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