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Head of School

Location: Boston
Posted on: May 28, 2023

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Job Details Job Location: Jamaica Plain Campus - JAMAICA PLAIN, MA Salary Range: Undisclosed Head of SchoolPosition Overview The Head of School is responsible for the overall quality and operations of Italian Home for Children's Pallotta Educational Center, a K-8 therapeutic day school for children with special education needs who are enrolled as day or residential education students. This position directly oversees the Director of Education, the Director of Clinical Programming, and the Administrative Assistant. The Head of School indirectly oversees 30-45 children and 30+ full time equivalent employees. The Head of School is a key role in the execution of the Pallotta Education Center's strategic expansion. The Head of School forecasts and is accountable to financial performance, monitors standards of special education, and develops key partnerships. In collaboration with direct reports, this position envisions and executes the clinical and educational direction of the programs as well as promotes and ensures IHC treatment philosophies are implemented, ensuring IHC's strong reputation as demonstrating high standards for quality of care. The Head of School will focus on the following areas: program leadership and management, setting high performance expectations and holding staff accountable, creating a balanced therapeutic and educational environment, staff retention, and growing the size of the school. Internally, s/he will provide inspiration, instill loyalty, pride, and passion for working at IHC, and recognize hard work and creativity. Externally, the Head of School is the "face" of the school and plays a key role in raising visibility, awareness, and influence about IHC through the cultivation of strategic relationships and taking opportunities to communicate both the school and the overall organization's mission. The Head of School supports the Development Department by meeting with donors, engaging volunteers, hosting corporate engagement projects, attending important fundraising events, and partnering on grant submissions. The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the duties and responsibilities that will be required of the position, but additional responsibilities may be required. Employees are expected to perform job related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES Educational Leadership

  • Research and analyze the vision and future impact of the Mary Savioli Pallotta Educational Center including expansion into new locations, ages, or clinical specialties
  • Develop quality improvement goals, engage staff in attaining the goals, and track outcomes for the day school
  • Oversee compliance of individual student/client records, detailing services and performance; ensure Directors complete periodic record reviews
  • Modernize school policies and procedures
  • Oversee that all IEP's remain current and relevant and are thoroughly prepared for all Quarterly Conferences, Progress Reviews, and Medication Reviews
  • Execute comprehensive marketing plan for recruitment of students
  • Lead the intake process for all referred students and arrange with the designated Out of District Coordinator any necessary payment and service agreements
  • Provide strategic leadership in developing and implementing annual goals and objectives around financial performance
    • Remain current with knowledge of best practices, relevant research, policies, regulations, and other trends affecting Italian Home for Children educational programs
    • Problem-solve around complex clinical scenarios and/or risk issues/patterns; work with LEAs when a student is no longer an appropriate fit for the school
    • Collaborate with other agency leadership around treatment philosophy and IHC reputation
    • Initiate robust outcome tracking for all day programs; assume primary responsibility for ensuring that program effectiveness is monitored and evaluated on an ongoing basis
    • Engage in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) training and ensure the safety of the children Personnel Leadership & Management
      • Develop, coach, and retain high-performing staff
      • Regular Performance Evaluation of direct reports and support to supervisees to ensure performance evaluations are completed for all staff
      • Continuously assess efficacy of management infrastructure
      • Schedule and implement individual supervision and in-service training; ensure all supervisory staff are providing supervision and performance management to their reports within guidelines of agency supervision model
      • Appropriately and professionally respond to client/family complaints and state agency concerns
      • Through example and leadership, establish a culture of mutual support and respect, personal responsibility, empowerment, and continued skill development
      • Receive and appropriately respond to staff feedback
      • Further integrate the various specialties and disciplines of occupational therapy, nursing, psychiatry, speech and language, music, art, clinicians, and milieu staff Strategic Internal and External Partnerships
        • Evaluate market competitors to discover and promote IHC's innovative differentiators
        • Cultivate and manage relationships with DESE and potential LEA referral sources through regular in person marketing visits and constantly strive to learn how IHC's school can differentiate itself from similar programs
        • Research and network with other schools both in and out of state to redesign and restructure programs to stay relevant
        • Serve as primary liaison to Development Department scheduling and engaging volunteers, cultivating donors, attending board meetings, and hosting events, to include some evening hours
        • Represent Italian Home for Children at conferences within the nonprofit, philanthropic, mental health, and policy communities and at other relevant meetings and events
        • Act as a liaison to other departments including residential program staff, nursing, prescribers, Talent, and Finance including sharing resources and staff and integrating specialties
        • Participate in strategic planning
        • Ensure that all marketing materials, including web-based information, are current and relevant, in collaboration with the Department of Agency Advancement ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS
          • Master's degree in Special Education or related field, License as a Special Educator, and a minimum of one year of administrative experience are all required
          • License as Administrator of Special Education strongly preferred
          • License as Principal with ability to obtain Special Education Administrator license within one year of hire will be considered
          • Three or more years as principal/senior leader strongly preferred
          • Background working with children with trauma and/or behavioral health histories strongly preferred
          • Experience working effectively with children and families in diverse communities
          • Mission-driven and self-directed individual with passion for agency's mission
          • Flexible and adaptable with broad responsibilities and shifting priorities
            • Strong motivator of staff to be flexible and tolerant of change environment and growth of programs
            • Proven ability to establish and steward external relationships
            • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
            • Physical ability to provide therapeutic physical restraint
            • Excellent time management, teamwork, and problem-solving skills
            • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite required
            • Demonstrated ability to maintain strictest confidentiality with respect to agency, employee and client information; adhere to all HIPPA guidelines and regulations

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