Essex High School, part of the Essex Westford School District, is seeking an experienced special education leader for its highly regarded 9-12 high school serving over 1200 students.
Essex High School has a population of approximately 190 students eligible for special education and 100 students eligible for 504 plans all of which fall within the responsibility of this position. The position will serve as LEA for IEP meetings, participate and ensure compliance with 504, and be a key leader on the administrative team in collaboration with teacher leaders. The position will regularly collaborate with outside agencies providing services to students with disabilities. The selected candidate will work with a talented leadership team of school and central office based educators and administrators and provide continued service, support, and leadership to the students, faculty, staff, parents, and communities.
The District desires a student-centered, collaborative, dynamic, visionary leader who will promote high levels of equity, inclusion, high-quality mental health services, continuous improvement in student achievement, safe and respectful learning environments. The ability to be innovative, stay calm under pressure, and be facile with technology and meeting facilitation will be critical skills. Candidates will possess a wealth of knowledge around multidimensional intervention, crisis management, and data analysis. Preferred candidates will have successful leadership experience in special education. Candidates must be licensed or be eligible for a license as a special education director in Vermont.
EWSD is committed to considering out-of-state candidates who are eligible to hold a Vermont educator license but do not yet hold a license in this state. EWSD is committed to building a culturally and linguistically diverse and inclusive environment. Successful candidates must be committed to working effectively with diverse community populations and expected to strengthen such capacity if hired.
If you are committed to the success of all students but do not meet all qualifications listed above, you are still encouraged to apply. For consideration, please apply electronically through www.schoolspring.com (Job ID 3418252).
EWSD conducts thorough screenings of all applicants being recommended for hire, which may include contacting references not listed on your schoolspring application. Selected individuals shall also be subject to a criminal records background checks, and child and adult abuse registry checks. Any offer of employment shall be contingent upon acceptable results of these checks at the sole discretion of the Superintendent or his/her designee. Click Here for additional background check information.
At least 3 years of relevant experience preferred
Master degree preferred
Citizenship, residency or work visa required
Internal Number: 3418252
About Essex Westford School District
The Essex Westford School District (EWSD) is committed to “growing hearts and minds for a better today and tomorrow: every day, every way, every one.” EWSD serves approximately 4,500 preschool through 12th grade students in ten schools across three communities: Essex Town, Essex Junction and Westford, Vermont. We are one of Vermont’s largest and most highly respected school systems, employing close to a thousand teachers and staff on an $80 million budget.
Our district recently completed an instructional strategic plan – a multi-year plan built with an equity lens – that lays out research-based, proven strategies to move our students and community forward. The rigorous, well-balanced proficiency-based curriculum focuses on emotional and academic growth to engage and inspire our learners. We believe in students sharing their voices and shaping their own learning, with opportunities to participate in arts, athletics, community service and internships.
Every EWSD student is supported by highly qualified and caring educational leaders, educators, and staff who strive to make our schools a place where everyone belongs, feels safe, and is respected.
Teachers across the district... meet weekly in Professional Learning Communities to foster collaborative learning and are encouraged to take advantage of our professional development funds to continue their education.
Some facts about our District:
46 languages spoken
7 Farm to School gardens
#78 Essex High School’s ranking among the top public schools in the nation by TheBestSchools.org
14 other Vermont districts send 1 or more students to Center for Technology Essex
7000+ computers in the district
#50 Essex High School ranking in the nation on a list of top STEM schools by Newsweek magazine. Besides the STEM Academy, Essex High school also has an Arts Academy.
One of Three – Essex High School’s Global Leadership Program was one of three programs in the nation honored with the 2019 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Global Engagement Award.
Located in Chittenden County, Essex is Vermont’s second most populous community, and is nestled between the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain. The town of Westford lies just north of Essex, and has historically been an agricultural community. Residents are a short drive from the city of Burlington and enjoy safe, walkable neighborhoods surrounded by trail-laced open spaces. Nearly 50% of our staff live in one of the three communities that they support.
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