• State of Massachusetts
  • $73,160.00 -122,940.00/year*
  • Malden , MA
  • Legal
  • Full-Time
  • 29 Bryant St

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Please note that pursuant to Massachusetts General laws, contracted employees are not paid for the eleven scheduled holidays, do not receive any paid vacation, personal leave benefits or contribute to the state retirement system or social security. As a state contracted employee, you must participate in direct deposit and contribute towards the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' state alternate retirement plan (\"OBRA Plan\").

Background: The Statewide System of Support (SSoS) is housed within the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Center for District Supports, and is guided by the mission, vision and values of the center.

Mission: Fostering exceptional learning opportunities is our priority. We strive to ensure an equitable, inclusive, accessible education for all.

Vision: Every child. Every community. Every opportunity to realize student greatness.

Values: Accountable ? Adaptive ? Equity and Racial Equity ? Inclusive ? Student-Centered

The SSoS provides assistance to schools and districts to raise student performance and turn around their lowest performing schools. Linked with federal accountability requirements, as well as state accountability requirements, the SSoS targets improvement in the state's schools with performance at the 10th percentile and below In the aggregate and/or with low performance in student subgroups.

The SSoS includes two regional assistance teams (Coastal & West/Central) that provide direct support to schools and districts across the Commonwealth. Each regional team is overseen by regional directors and comprised of Assistance Leads, data specialists, and content specialists that work in teams to directly support schools and districts. Assistance Leads will generally be assigned to work with schools and districts in one of the regions.

Assistance Leads: Districts with schools in the 10th percentile or below will work with an Assistance Lead as their main point of contact to identify needs, deliver assistance, and marshal needed resources (from the regional assistance teams, SSoS centralized supports, DESE, and external partners) to improve student achievement at the identified schools. Working with a continuous equity focus, Assistance Leads will:

1. Support the development of individual school turnaround plans that guide and focus efforts to rapidly improve district, school, grade and/or specific student group achievement through the use of high leverage strategies.

2. Collaborate with district and school leaders to map out and plan the improvement work in which the district and school(s) and SSoS team will engage. Support plans will have clear deliverables and will be sufficiently flexible and responsive to allow for necessary adjustments.

3. Develop and facilitate targeted assistance to support turnaround and coherent implementation of practices in the identified schools. Assistance Leads will support options for assistance, which may be directly delivered by Assistance Leads or by partners.

4. Assistance Leads may be assigned to provide assistance with other districts in their regions as needed and time permits.

5. Assistance Leads will act as ombudsmen to strengthen school and district turnaround by communicating and coordinating school and district needs, and the effective implementation of DESE programs, resources, and policies to facilitate coherent alignment of DESE resources in coordination with the Regional Directors and SSoS leaders.

6. Assistance Leads may specialize in and/or contribute to the development of DESE networks, DESE priority projects/work, and/or other assistance resources as needs emerge.

Qualifications for Assistance Leads:

Knowledge of:

1. State and federal accountability and assistance requirements;

2. Effective instructional practices and alignment to curriculum frameworks to support conducting high quality classroom observations

3. DESE and related research, tools, resources, grants, and professional development

4. Facilitation protocols and techniques that enable educators to plan and implement research and evidence based strategies for turnaround.

5. Turnaround Plan development and use to drive rapid and sustainable change.

6. DESE staff and vetted partners and their expertise that can be leveraged to address particular needs.


1. A commitment to equity and racial equity in every aspect of the educational system.

2. Interpersonal skills and characteristics necessary for working with a diverse group of educators and district teams through the challenging process of turnaround.

3. Interpersonal skills and characteristics necessary for working on interdisciplinary teams and providing leadership to accomplish the teams' goals.

4. A strong belief that all students can learn and achieve at high levels and that all schools and districts can create learning environments in which students can flourish.

5. A willingness to challenge oneself and others to do whatever it takes to support schools and districts.

Skills and Capacities: Demonstrated experience in delivering the services listed above, including the following:

1. Ability to engage in a variety of approaches to support district leaders to assess and support capacity to implement successful practices (instructional improvement, data, planning, feedback, etc.) that will rapidly improve student learning.

2. Capacity to systemically and strategically communicate and motivate districts and schools to sustainably address challenges and rapidly improve school performance.

Priority will be given to candidates with experience in urban and diverse settings.

This is a contracted position until June 30, 2019. The extension of this contracted position is contingent upon funding availability and approval.

* Questions regarding this posting or the application process should be referred to Dawn DeRoche at ...@doe.mass.edu or 781-###-####.

This requisition will remain open until filled, however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply

* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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