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Improving Education for Individuals with Visual Impairments.

Assistant Education Director

Department: Community Programs

Schedule: Full Time, 40 hours/week

Application link:

Department: Community Programs
Schedule: Full Time, 40 hours/week
Application link:
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. 
Under the general direction of the Education Director, assists in the design and implementation of educational services for students are blind, Deafblind, and visually impaired, as a member of a collaborative administrative team, assists in the development and implementation of programs for assigned students in a variety of educational settings on campus and in the community. Provides supervision to assigned teachers and relevant staff, including completing appraisals, ensuring that IEPs and IFSPs are in compliance, manages caseloads, schedules and facilitates communication among staff, students and community stakeholders.
Responsibilities include:
Develops and implements programming for children and students who are blind, visually impaired, and deafblind; ensures that students reach their maximum potential in areas of academic performance, vocational, social and independent living skills, and all areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum. 
Observes teaching and meets regularly with assigned staff; ensures that programs and staff are compliant with all regulations promulgated by licensing authorities.
Assists in the adaptation and implementation of curriculum aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and the Expanded Core Curriculum. Assists in the coordination of district and state assessments where appropriate. Ensures that student assessments are completed based on students’ disability areas.
Assists the Local Education Authority (LEA) in developing individual education plans (IEPs) and oversees the implementation of programs; plan and conducts ISPs or IFSPs; develops transition plans and compiles reports based on students’ IEPs.
Works with the administrative team to screen applicants and hire qualified staff. Assigns student and child caseloads where needed.
Assists in contract development, tracking and execution alongside caseload management, database management.
Assists in the coordination of the program budget. Reviews data regarding program expenditures to help with decision-making and to assess future needs of the program. Serves as representative of the program on various campus-wide program committees.
Assists in the implementation of goals from the IEP relating to independent living, social and recreational skills and other areas of the expanded core curriculum; Maintains communication with students, parents, staff, state agencies, and other departments and organizations.
Assists in the development and implementation of systems to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff in the program.
Assists in staff training and professional development. Serves as a member of the evaluation team. Provides leadership and assists in the development of district and other contracts.
Performs other related duties and tasks as assigned.
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.
Perkins School for the Blind does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin (including unlawful language proficiency requirements), age, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, ancestry, disability, and military service in treatment or employment at Perkins, admission or access to Perkins, or any other aspect of the educational programs and activities that Perkins operates.
Perkins is required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and their respective implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Parts 100, 104, 106 and 110, not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, or age. A
compendium of those regulations can be found at
The following person(s) have been designated to handle inquiries and complaints regarding discrimination:
Name and Title: Michele Crews, Director of Human Resources
Address: 175 North Beacon Street, Watertown, MA 02472
Telephone Number: (617) 972-7671
E-mail Address:
Inquiries concerning the application of each of the federal statutes and their implementing regulations to Perkins may be referred to Ms. Crews or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights at (617) 289-0111 or 5 Post Office Square, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02109-3921.


Education and/or Experience:                                                 

Master’s degree in Education with concentration in visual impairment, Deafblindness, intensive special needs, or related field.  Three (3) years teaching experience with children who are visual impaired and/or Deafblind, including those with multiple disabilities and wide a range of functional levels and age.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Massachusetts DOE License as Program Director, Principal or Special Education Director or willingness to obtain certification within two years required; First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Crisis Prevention and Physical.

Category, Other: 
Education Director/Administrator
Contact Information
Nan Qin
Perkins School for the Blind
Resumes should be sent to address specified in the job description.: 
Fri, 2019-08-16
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