Newton North High School (learn more)

Newton Public Schools

Newtonville, MA (map)

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3955974
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Re-posted: July 12, 2022

Job Description

Department: Special Education
Job Title: Assistant Department Head for Special Education FLSA Status:
Exempt; Unit B
Reports to: Department Head
In compliance with state and federal laws, newton public schools is committed to equity, anti-racism and a nondiscrimination policy for students, employees and prospective applicants. All educational and employment determinations are based on an individual’s qualifications and achievements without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, pregnancy, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, ancestry, homelessness, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by state and/or federal statute.


The Assistant Department Head provides special education leadership, including overall insight of staff and programming at the high school.


Required Qualifications:
  • Master’s Degree or higher in education administration, special education or related field
  • Massachusetts DESE licensure as an Administrator and Special Educator
  • Three or more years of experience as an administrator
  • Demonstrated knowledge of special education regulations
  • Thorough understanding of achievement assessments and ability to administer and/or interpret them
  • Ability to effectively supervise, evaluate, coach and mentor teachers, aides, counselors and specialists
  • Ability to handle multitude of varying and complex issues
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to use technology effectively
  • Demonstrated organizational skills
Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience supervising and/or working with special education staff
  • Experience working in a large school district
  • Innovative approach to programming

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities (Not Limited To):

  • Organize, supervise and evaluate special education staff members
  • Supervise the development of individual education programs for special education students
  • Attend special education meetings
  • Assist the department head in the handing of day-to-day problems that arise within the department
  • Assist in scheduling special education supports
  • Assist in scheduling special education meetings
  • Monitor and provide appropriate consultation services for the department
  • Consistent and on-time attendance is required for supervision and instruction of the students
  • Responsible for implementing “other job related duties” as needed

Work Environment & Physical Requirements:

Work Environment:
Majority of work is performed in a school/classroom environment.  The noise level in the environment is usually moderate.
Physical Requirements:
While performing the duties of this job, the teacher is frequently required to walk, stand, sit, talk, and hear.  The teacher is regularly required to bend, stoop, crouch and/or kneel.  The teacher is occasionally required to lift and/or move objects weighing up to 25 pounds.  Must have sufficient mobility to navigate within a large school building.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Job Categories: Administrator > Assistant Principal/Dean/Head
    Special Education > General Special Education
    Special Education > Special Education Assistant
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Newton Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Contact Information

    • Kendall Sorensen
    • 100 Walnut Street
    • Newton, Massachusetts 02460

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