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Executive Director

The Gifford School, a private nonprofit coeducational therapeutic day school in Weston, Massachusetts, is seeking a dynamic and dedicated new Executive Director.  The Gifford School provides educational services in a clinical environment to students with special academic, behavioral and emotional needs so that they may achieve their full potential.

The Executive Director (ED) will lead the school, translating the mission and strategic plan into action.  Reporting to the Board, s/he is responsible for understanding the special education market and trends in special education in order to position the School for the future.  The ED will promote a quality, safe, and positive work and learning environment and an atmosphere which values diversity.  Responsibilities include:

  • Program and policy - ensure development and progress of clinical and educational programs; oversee development and implementation of appropriate policies pertaining to personnel, staffing patterns and job descriptions, health care, parent information, crisis management and other matters; ensure compliance with state and federal special education regulations; respond appropriately and effectively should there be a need for crisis management; and be aware of current and ongoing changes in the field.
  • Staff - oversee hiring of staff and oversee the Administrative Team which in turn manages the education, clinical and support staff in fulfilling their responsibilities; establish and monitor appropriate personnel practices such as performance appraisal, salary structure, benefits and other issues.
  • Finance -  oversee development of the annual budget and ensure proper fiscal management; coordinate with auditors.
  • Relationships -  ensure strong and positive relationships with regulatory agencies and purchasers of services, special education and mental health colleagues, and parents.
  • Funding - develop relationships with new funders and deepen and sustain partnerships with current funders. Apply for public, corporate, and foundation funding and reach out to individual donors; ensure timely, accurate reporting to funders and the Board.
  • Physical plant - ensure maintenance and long range development of the facilities and property.
  • Public relations - participate in outside activities that contribute positively to the School and its community and seek positive relationships with the media, the special education community, town of Weston and others; serve as the primary spokesperson for the School.
  • Board - work closely with the Board to keep them informed of school plans and programs, students' progress, personnel matters, and relationships with the MA Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education, Town of Weston, parents and others.  Report to the Board on agency finances and funding sources on a regular basis.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of ten years administrative experience in private or public special education, the not-for-profit sector, or other related leadership role;
  • Demonstrated leadership ability to work productively with the school's key constituents;
  • Minimum of ten years experience working with students with special academic, behavioral and/or emotional needs;
  • Significant supervisory experience;
  • Evidence of fundraising ability and partnership development;
  • Understanding of Department of Elementary and Secondary Education funding and state and federal special education regulations helpful;
  • Experience in organizational planning and program development;
  • Experience working with a nonprofit board of directors;
  • Strong administrative and financial skills;
  • Advanced degree in education, mental health or related field.

To apply, please send resume, cover letter and recent salary history to Susan Egmont, Egmont Associates, segmont@egmontassociates.com.

The Gifford School is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability.