Applicants selected will be subject to a security background investigation and must meet and maintain eligibility and suitability requirements.
The Coordinator for Student Services, under the supervision of the Administrator for Student Services and the Principals is responsible for the design, development and implementation of special education process and programs to meet the varying learning needs of the students in their assigned schools.
Reports directly to the Administrator for Student Services and the Principals and negotiates an individual employment contract with the Superintendent in accordance with applicable School Committee guidelines and Massachusetts statutes.
The Coordinator for Student Services supervises and coordinates the activities of the faculty and staff assigned to the special education department and is responsible for the implementation of the instructional program at the building level in accordance with School Committee policies, State and Federal regulations, and Administrative regulations.
1. Manage the site-based program and process for special education programs.
a. Facilitate and manage the pre-referral, referral, evaluation and placement process for special education students.
b. Serve as the TEAM Chair for all initial referrals, three-year reevaluation meetings, and out-of-district meetings and other TEAM meetings, as assigned by the Principals and/or Administrator for Student Services.
c. Review, edit and sign all special education IEPs.
d. Provide information to faculty and staff regarding changes in regulations, mandates, processes and procedures to ensure currency with special regulations and policies.
e. Consult to faculty, related service providers and parents on issues relating to special education
f. Develop programs to meet the needs of students.
g. Serve as the school’s liaison to other agencies serving students with special needs.
h. Assist teachers with the modification of instructional programs and assessments.
i. Support the Principals with modifications to and administration of standardized tests for students with special needs, i.e., MCAS.
j. Coordinate out-of-district referrals and placements for students as well as to act as a liaison and monitor out-of-district students.
k. Assist TEAMs with placement decisions to ensure access to all programs and curricula for students with special needs.
l. Consult with Instructional Support Teams as necessary.
2. Provide effective personnel management and supervision:
a. Supervise, and evaluate special education faculty and support personnel in accordance with evaluation procedures established by the district and as assigned by the Superintendent of Schools
b. Work with Principals and the Administrator for Student Services, to recommend candidates for appointment by the Superintendent of Schools.
c. Schedule and coordinate regular department meetings for Special Education faculty and staff, develops agenda with Principals and Administrator for Student Services, and keeps minutes.
3. Monitor compliance with special education regulations
a. Monitor the school’s special education process and ensures compliance with State and Federal regulations, School Committee policies and district procedures.
b. Assist the Administrator for Student Services with the development of required reports regarding special enrollment and programming as required.
c. Maintain a current list and description of program options available for students with special needs.
d. Review and sign IEPs and manages the school’s special education programs, including recommended Extended School Year services.
e. Maintain all school level special education records.
f. Support child find activities.
4. Develop and manage annual budgets for special education programs at the school.
a. Prepare annual budget proposal, in collaboration with the Principals, for the operation of special education programs.
b. Manage the special education department budget for assigned school and programs
6. Perform related duties as assigned by the Administrator for Student Services and/or Principals.
- Massachusetts certification as a Special Education Administrator
- Master's Degree. Evidence of study beyond Master's Degree preferred
- Experience as an elementary or middle school teacher or related service provider and administrator; experience as a team chairperson preferred
- Effective interpersonal and leadership skills; experience facilitating communication between divergent groups and in consensus decision-making
- Demonstrated success in the development, evaluation, and implementation of both elementary and middle school curriculum and instruction
- Effective administrative and management skills
- Excellent speaking and writing skills, including the effective utilization of computers, technology, and information management tools.
Lincoln is a residential suburb located 12 miles northwest of Boston. The community is rich in history with a strong tradition of citizen participation. The school district serves students in grades pre-kindergarten through eight. In addition to the K-8 Lincoln School, the district operates the Primary School and Middle School at Hanscom Air Force Base as well as an integrated Preschool. Lincoln has a long tradition of educational excellence and strives to offer innovative, student-centered instruction in an inclusive setting with small class sizes. As a founding member of the METCO Program, Lincoln has maintained its commitment to diversity and multi-cultural education.
Lincoln Public Schools Mission Statement
The Lincoln Public Schools seeks to unite our communities in challenging and equipping our students to acquire essential skills and knowledge, think creatively and independently, exhibit academic excellence, appreciate and respect diversity, demonstrate creativity, value reflection, work hard and play fair.
Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, coverd veteran status, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or housing status; LPS is an EEO employer.