Executive Director of SELWell Services [Managerial Tier E]

Boston, MA, US
Apr 30, 2019
Office of SELWell Overview:
The mission of SELWell is to build the capacity of schools, while eliminating inequities, to improve the social, emotional, and physical skills and knowledge of all students to support their healthy development, readiness to learn, and preparedness for life.

The Executive Director (ED) of SELWell Services resides in the Office of SELWell within the ASSET Division of the Boston Public Schools, reporting to the Assistant Superintendent of SELWell. The ED of SELWell Services provides direct oversight for all of the SELWell Service departments including: Behavioral Health Services (BHS); Student Health Services (SHS); Opportunity Youth (OY) which includes Attendance, Homelessness, and Home & Hospital Tutoring,; and Succeed Boston, and in collaboration with the Assistant Superintendent, SELWell and the Executive Director of SELWell Curriculum, Instruction and Wellness, is responsible for providing leadership and management of SELWell's overall strategic initiatives. (S)he will be responsible for engaging directors, school leaders, and partners in: strategic thinking and policy development; curation and refinement of effective practices; development and implementation of tools and resources; and determining the mechanisms for ensuring services are effectively deployed and monitored using data while being aligned with SELWell, ASSET and District goals to advance the mission of the Boston Public Schools. The position will have a particular emphasis on building organizational and SELWell Services staff capacity and developing effective teams and service systems. The Executive Director of SELWell Services will serve in a senior role within the Office of SELWell. (S)he will have knowledge of SELWell Service program areas and demonstrated ability to manage many complex departments or areas of work with regard to effectively implementing short and long term solutions through exceptional problem solving and communication skills.

SELWell Leadership and Strategic Management
  • Collaborate with SELWell senior leaders, including the Assistant Superintendent and Executive Director, SELWell Curriculum, Instruction and Wellness to develop and implement strategic initiatives, district policies, and best practices
  • Build the capacity of the SELWell leadership team (All SELWell Directors) through collaboration on professional development and office meeting structures
  • Lead or contribute on district and community stakeholder teams as assigned
  • Initiate and engage in strategic partnerships to advance BPS' SELWell Services delivery
  • Represent BPS and the Assistant Superintendent, SELWell at key meetings, convenings, and other events (local, state, national)
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the Assistant Superintendent, SELWell

SELWell Services Unit Management
  • Lead BPS' strategy for SELWell Services delivery and provide oversight and approvals for: workplans, financial resources, communications, grants, partnerships of SELWell Services departments
  • Build unit/team capacity; implement effective teaming structures for collaboration to share best practices across departments and to improve overall quality and alignment of professional development and service delivery
  • Ensure effective systems and alignment across SELWell Service departments to deploy supports to networks
  • Ensure close collaboration of SELWell Services with SELWell Curriculum, Instruction and Wellness (CI&W), Operational Leaders and Superintendents and the Offices of Special Education, Equity, and Opportunity Gap to implement the service areas of the Wellness Policy at the district and school level
  • Remain abreast of current best practices, laws, regulations, policies/procedures and national organizational standards in behavioral health, student health services, student attendance, supports for students experiencing homelessness, alternatives to suspension
Staff Management
  • Hire, supervise, onboard, develop and evaluate the Senior Director of Behavioral Services, the Senior Director of Succeed Boston, the Director of Opportunity Youth, and the Senior Director of Student Health Services and others as assigned
  • Enforce personnel policies and procedures to ensure consistent equity, quality and accountability
  • Ensure timely deliverables of SELWell Services departments' internal and external requests

School Communications
  • Through school visits, written communications and other modes, stay abreast of SELWell service delivery successes and challenges at schools
  • Support directors and school leaders in service implementation innovations and problem solving

  • Master's degree in Educational Leadership, Administration, and/or Health-related fields
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in the field of student services (or related experience)
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in department or program leadership, managing multiple departments/ programs and a track record of significant accomplishment, especially in complex or high need environments
  • Evidence of outstanding leadership and team building, and interpersonal and communication skills (both written and oral)
  • Comfort interfacing with all levels of school and district leadership; ability to effectively engage a variety of stakeholders within BPS as well as externally
  • Experience with grant management, financial administration, and program evaluation
  • Successful experience designing and delivering professional development
  • Experience working with culturally-linguistically diverse students, families and communities
  • Deep understanding of student support needs in urban school districts; demonstrable success overseeing student support services that contribute to student success
  • Passionate about accelerating the impact and efficacy of school staff and school leaders and improving the academic and health outcomes of all students.
  • Commitment to self-reflection and ongoing learning
  • Ability to work independently and in a collaborative team environment
  • Comfort with handling multiple projects simultaneously as well as working with rapidly shifting priorities and targets
  • Strong organizational skills,with outstanding attention to detail
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs including Word, Powerpoint, and Excel; Google Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Drive
  • Current authorization to work in the United States
  • An understanding of and commitment to gain greater understanding of what is necessary for an urban school system to enjoy continuous improvement in an increasingly complex and competitive environment
  • A deeply held and unyielding belief in the overarching mission of public education

  • Massachusetts Administrator license
  • Principal or headmaster experience
  • Minimum of 5 years educational experience (clinical position, classroom teaching, coaching, site or district level administration and/or program implementation) in a variety of school settings or grades
  • Knowledge of best practices, state and federal laws, regulations, policies/procedures and national organizational standards in behavioral health, student health services, student attendance, supports for students experiencing homelessness, alternatives to suspension
  • Strong knowledge of public health and best-practice strategies for behavior changing
  • Knowledge of MTSS
  • Familiarity with SEL competencies
  • Familiarity with Labor relations law and the Collective Bargaining Agreement
  • Familiarity with Boston and Boston Public Schools

Terms: Managerial Tier E. This is a non-union managerial position. Residency in the City of Boston is required at the time of hire.

The Boston Public Schools, in accordance with its nondiscrimination policies, does not discriminate in its programs, facilities, employment, or educational opportunities on the basis of race, color, age, criminal record (inquiries only), disability, homelessness, sex/gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, genetics or military status and does not tolerate any form of retaliation, or bias-based intimidation, threat or harassment that demeans individuals' dignity or interferes with their ability to learn or work.

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