• Special Education Program Director / Principal

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  • Overview

    Company Overview

    Youth Villages has been a national leader in the implementation of research-based treatment philosophies in the field of children's mental and behavioral health. Our commitment to helping troubled children and their families find success spans 20+ years and includes a comprehensive array of programs and services.

    If you are looking for a positive career move where you are meeting the challenges of life and striving to make a positive difference, then Youth Villages is the place for you. We are looking for people with a strong sense of purpose and focus to continually build confidence in yourself and our organization.


    Program Overview

    Youth Villages' Residential Treatment programs serve children with emotional and behavioral problems. Our residential campuses provide the setting for an intensive treatment program that combines the unique balance of structure and freedom. This enables children and their families to identify, understand and cope with their individual needs and develop the skills necessary to succeed in less restrictive settings. The majority of these youth attend the fully accredited schools which are located on our residential treatment campuses. The Germaine Lawrence Campus also has an accredited day school for youth who benefit from the supports of a therapeutic day school while living successfully at home or in community settings.


    The Special Education Program Director / Principal serves as the school principal and instructional leader responsible for managing all aspects of the school program to ensure that all students receive their required services and are supervised in a safe environment conducive to learning that meets the approved curricula and mission of the Germaine Lawrence School.


    Job Responsibilities:

    Supervise and manage all Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) approved programs.


    Monitor and ensure compliance with all DESE requirements, including teacher licensure, waivers, program quality assurance and student records. Develop, write, store and share all relevant protocol and procedural documents in a manner that can be easily shared with appropriate personnel. 


    Oversee accurate, timely completion of all DESE and other state agency reporting requirements and forms.


    Is responsible for development of and adherence to IDEA/Special Education and ADA / Section 504 protocols and processes for all students.


    Supervise, manage and evaluate effective and clear procedures for the operation and functioning of the day school consistent with the philosophy, mission, values and goals of the Germaine Lawrence Campus and Youth Villages while meeting DESE and LEA expectations/requirements.


    Establish and promote high standards and expectations for all students and staff for academic performance and responsibility for behavior.


    Establish and maintain excellent communication with the Arlington Public Schools and facilitate the coordination of all Germaine Lawrence campus services with the Arlington Public Schools, as well as with all other LEAs/ relevant school districts.


    Supervise, manage and evaluate all teachers, instructional staff and day school programs. Structure supervision plans to facilitate continual improvement in pedagogy and curriculum ensuring both are appropriately differentiated for student population, as well as support enhancement of emotional-behavioral regulation strategies. 


    Evaluate lesson plans and observe classes on a regular basis to encourage the use of a variety of instructional strategies and materials that research has shown to be effective in improving learning and child growth and development and is appropriate to meet identified disability-related needs.


    Oversee MCAS compliance and use results data to inform and improve curriculum and instruction. Communicate identified areas of need to staff and pertinent administrators.


    Develop and implement appropriate curriculum and the use of effective instructional materials, supported by a comprehensive, multi-year strategic professional development plan.


    Conduct and lead regular staff meetings and participate as necessary in all treatment team and IEP meetings, as well as clinical consultations. Identify ways for staff to participate and build capacity as peer leaders. 


    Participate in student intakes-referral processes to ensure thorough understanding of special education needs as well as emotional-behavioral needs, and transition meetings to facilitate success for students in less restrictive environments.


    Work with staff to develop effective means of problem solving and leadership skills to build staff capacity and collegiality to establish and reinforce principals of a professional learning community.


    Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws; communicate successes and matters of concern to other administrators in a timely manner.


    Is responsible to participate in the Manager on Duty rotation for the campus.


    Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, scheduling and directing work in a manner that demonstrates creativity, innovation and appropriately meets the special needs of students; appraising performance and developing appropriate skill enhancement plans; rewarding and disciplining employees with appropriate written documentation; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


    Perform other duties as determined by the Campus Director.


    Our schools operate year-round



    The Special Education Program Director shall either possess licensure as a special education administrator or possess all of the following:

    • MA License as a special education teacher, grades 5-12;
    • A minimum of a master's degree in special education, educational leadership or related field; and
    • A minimum of one year of administrative / coordinator experience.

    Experience in special education or teaching experience in a clinical environment strongly preferred

    Experience teaching high school students is required

    Experience working with at-risk youth required


    Experience growth and development through our continuous training, as well as tuition and licensure reimbursement, or pursue opportunities to advance both clinically and administratively with Youth Villages.


    Additional Benefits


    Medical, Dental, Prescription Drug Coverage and Vision Retirement Savings Pension Plan 403 (b) 2 weeks paid vacation 12 paid sick days per year 10 paid holidays Mileage & Cell Phone Reimbursement (when applicable)





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