Assistant Director of College Success

Schedule: Full-time. 40 hours/week (Weekend availability required 1x per month)

Perkins School for the Blind, located near Boston, was the first school for the blind chartered in the United States in 1829. For over 180 years, Perkins School for the Blind has provided quality educational and residential services to students who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind, empowering them to reach their maximum potential. Perkins School for the Blind embraces diversity in ability, thought, culture and belief. We provide equal education and employment opportunities and value the unique talents and contributions of all of our students and staff.

Reporting to the Director of College Success, the assistant director will be a crucial member of the leadership team for this groundbreaking initiative. The College Success program is a national initiative to identify and address systemic barriers leading to low rates of college completion for students who learn with blindness or visual impairment. Compass: A College
Success@Perkins Program, is a direct service program that supports high school students, and their educational team, who aspire to attend college, to better understand the demands of college, to learn about other post secondary options and timelines, and to develop a plan to prepare for life after high school. Through shared learning experiences, coaching, guided self-reflection and goal setting, Compass is creating solutions to low college graduation rates for these students. The Assistant Director of College Success, through program development, support and direct service, will help to implement these strategies and actions to further this national initiative.

Responsibilities include:
● Collaborate with the Director to define the direction and design of College Success and Compass Program.
● Contribute as a Compass Coach to lead at least 5 Learning Triads (student, parent and educator)
● Lead with a student centered, growth mindset in all engagements
● Implement key strategies to support development of student’s executive functioning, and through recognizing a student’s readiness for change
● Ensure programming alignment with Pre-Employment Transition Services standards and the Expanded Core Curriculum
● Support day to day logistics for the Compass direct service program including but not limited to reports, attendance, and other data management
● Organizing monthly Weekend (Saturday) Workshops
● Develop and lead Student and/or Parent Groups as needed on various transition topics
● Write, edit, and review documentation of student progress including monthly reports and summaries of evaluations
● Contribute to and support of communications with Compass participants and for other national initiatives
● Develop and manage the College Success Alumni program, including development of appropriate partner institutions, and coaching for students.
● As directed, and in collaboration with the Director, provide supervision to other College Success/Compass staff
● Stay up to date with leading research in mainstream and blindness education
● Other responsibilities as assigned by the Director of College Success

Benefits: We provide a complete benefits package which includes tuition reimbursement, medical and dental insurance, LTD and Life insurance, retirement programs and staff development and training.

Perkins seeks to enhance its community of intellectually, culturally, and socially diverse individuals to enrich the educational experience of our students. Applicants from a multicultural background, are bilingual, and/or who have relevant life experience are encouraged to apply.



Minimum Requirements:
● At least five years of related experience and work experience in on-going educational, vocational, pre-college, and/or gap year programs.
● Experience teaching students who are blind, visually impaired and/or have other disabilities is highly relevant. Preference will be given to previously, or currently, certified Teachers of the Visually Impaired.
● A master’s degree in education, human services, rehabilitation counseling, vision rehabilitation therapy, orientation and mobility, special education, or related field preferred.
● Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and professionally, both orally and in writing.
● Skilled in use of key software applications including GoogleSuite, Microsoft Office, and Zoom.
● Knowledge of key issues in and best practices for addressing and supporting diversity, equity and inclusion
● Knowledge of the impact and systemic causes of ableism and its impact on living and learning with a disability

Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Shannon Spang
Perkins School for the Blind