Coordinator of Specialized Programs – Secondary, North Adams Public Schools


Drury High School at the North Adams Armory


The Coordinator of Specialized Programs-Secondary will be responsible for the leadership and supervision of the specialized programs of the North Adams Public Schools at the secondary level, serving students requiring alternative approaches and those with significant emotional disabilities who require a separate setting.

Salary commensurate with experience, level of education, and certifications.

This position is for School Year (185) plus Summer (30) = 215 Days

Job Goal

To work in collaboration with the Principal and Director of Student Support Services to provide leadership and operational oversight for the district’s specialized programs.

To assist the Principal and Director with oversight of program operation in accordance with school, district, and state policies; evaluating efficacy of programs, maintaining safety of school environment; coordinating site activities; communication of information to staff; addressing situations, problems and/or conflicts, employee evaluations, and representing the school in the community.


Reports to the Principal and the Director of Student Support Services; Supervises personnel as designated by the Principal or Director of Student Support Services.

Performance Responsibilities

  • Establishes and promotes high standards and expectations for all students and staff for academic performance and responsibility for behavior.
  • Models cooperation, collaboration, and positive interactions with students, staff, and community by exercising initiative, diplomacy, courtesy, discretion, and good judgment.
  • Assists the Principal and Director in the selection, supervision, and evaluation of all program staff.
  • Assists the Principal and Director with administrative functions of the program as assigned, including but not limited to; facilities management and scheduling, standardized testing, student activities, new staff orientation, school safety and security, emergency procedures, instructional field trips, assembly and special programs, and other areas as necessary.
  • Utilizes a working knowledge of and ensures compliance with federal and state regulations (particularly IDEA and 603 CMR 23), and local policies and procedures.
  • Facilitates meetings, processes, etc. for the purpose of meeting curriculum guidelines and/or ensuring that state mandates are achieved.
  • Assists in the implementation of the school emergency plan in order to establish and maintain a safe and orderly environment.
  • Coordinates and chairs Special Education team meetings.
  • Coordinates Special Education evaluation, development, and implementation of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).
  • Oversees the delivery of special education and related services to children with Individualized Education Programs.
  • Maintains positive parental contact and out-reach.
  • Serves as resource person and master teacher for the purpose of instruction.
  • Provides leadership in curriculum implementation and necessary accommodations and modifications.
  • Assists in the development of staff in-service and professional development programs.
  • Assumes responsibility in conjunction with the Principal for administering all student matters relating to discipline, infraction of rules and regulations as they apply to specialized programs.
  • Resolves disciplinary issues in a fair and just manner with a focus on alternatives to school suspension whenever possible; maintains accurate and complete records of any disciplinary action taken.
  • Holds re-entry meetings with students and families as necessary.
  • Helps interpret the specialized programs to the community.
  • Works with community and government agencies on problems relating to social/emotional well-being.
  • Works such additional time beyond the regular school day as required and performs any duties related thereto.
  • Any other duties as may be assigned by Principal or Director.

The Committee’s policy of nondiscrimination will extend to students, staff, the general public, and individuals with whom it does business; No person shall be excluded from or discriminated against in admission to a public school of any town or in obtaining the advantages, privileges, and courses of study of such public school on account of age, race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or homelessness.


  • Massachusetts certification as Administrator of Special Education or Principal/Assistant Principal with Teacher of Students with Disabilities.
  • Master’s degree or an earned higher academic degree.
  • 1-3 years of administrative experience.


  • Experience working with students requiring specialized programming due to significant emotional disturbances as well as students in alternative educational settings.
  • Five years teaching and/or administrative experience.
  • MA certification as Assistant Principal/Principal, or supervisory license.

Physical Requirements:

  • The position requires a moderate amount of walking, standing, sitting, and climbing stairs and step stool whenever necessary.
  • Activities also include moderate physical exertion in body movement such as reaching, bending, twisting, grasping, pushing, and pulling of objects.
  • The position requires lifting objects of 20 pounds on a frequent basis, and over 20 pounds occasionally.
  • There is a frequent requirement of fine manipulation associated with the required use of a computer, typewriter, keyboard, calculator, and other business machines.

Environmental Conditions:

  • The occupant is required to work indoors. The regular chemical solvents are toners, inks, and cleaning fluids.

Please include a copy of your resume, transcripts, licensure, letters of recommendation and any other documents you wish for consideration to:

Charlene Volff
Human Resources
North Adams Public Schools
10 Main Street Second Floor
North Adams, MA 01247

Citizenship, residency or work visa required

Start Date


Charlene Volff
Phone: 413-776-1458
Fax: 413-776-1685
10 Main Street, Second Floor, North Adams, MA 01247


2019-09-09T16:44:57-04:00September 9th, 2019|Categories: Careers, Education, Mid-Level, Teach Berkshires|