Invitation to Apply
The Bethlehem Central School District (BCSD) invites applications for the position of Director of Student Support Services. BCSD seeks a strategic leader and collaborative district partner with an innovative and resilient spirit, as well as a proven record of developing, coordinating, and implementing a comprehensive program of student support services.
Reporting directly to the Superintendent of Schools and serving on the District Leadership Team, the Director of Student Support Services will work closely with teachers, parents, and community members to identify and address the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs of our students. This position plays a key role in ensuring the success of every child by providing them with the support and resources necessary to reach their full potential.
The Bethlehem Central School District’s reputation for excellence has attracted families to the Town of Bethlehem since the district was formed in 1930. Well-known throughout the Capital Region for its exemplary and innovative educational programs, BC is dedicated to preparing students to meet the demands of a Regents diploma, and much more, on their way to successful careers and rewarding lives. As public education continues to evolve in New York State, BC vows to meet mandates without losing sight of local priorities. With a philosophy that puts student achievement first, Bethlehem Central seeks to provide a safe and respectful learning environment that promotes academic rigor, embraces technology, and responds to students’ individual abilities while remaining responsible to taxpayers. In return, Bethlehem schools have enjoyed the support of active, involved residents who have passed nearly every budget and bond referendum proposed by the district in recent decades and who recognize their schools as the heart of their community.
The District at a Glance
Encompassing most of the Town of Bethlehem and part of the Town of New Scotland in Albany County, Bethlehem Central is a Suburban Council school district that serves about 4,200 students in kindergarten through grade 12. There are five neighborhood elementary schools, serving students in kindergarten through grade 5; a 6-8 middle school; and a 9-12 high school. We strive to maintain an average class size of 22-24 students, with lower enrollment common in the primary grades and in some advanced and specialized high school courses.
Bethlehem’s schools consistently are among the top-performing schools in the Capital Region and across the state. Our instructional staff consists of professionals who are well respected for their competency and contributions to education. This exceptional staff is supported by subject supervisors who oversee K-12 curriculum and instruction in addition to teaching. Our educational support staff consists of many full and part-time individuals equally committed to our students.
To educate and prepare all students to reach their potential, discover their purpose, and be engaged members of the community.
Instructional and assessment practices that are aligned to a strong and relevant curriculum.
Positive character traits are essential to becoming contributing members of society.
Strengthening family, school and community partnerships through transparent communication.
Enhancing social-emotional wellness and balance for students and staff by supporting active, healthy lifestyles and promoting positive behavior.
The new Director of Student Support Service’s duties and responsibilities include:
- Work with the District Leadership to advance the district goals and solve district issues, and attend the bi-monthly BOE meetings;
- Develop and implement a strategic plan, consistent with the district’s vision and mission. for identifying and implementing best practices for the provision of Student Support Services; including the development and implementation of systemic and sustainable procedures, processes, and practices;
- Establish and maintain effective communication and partnerships with staff, students, colleagues, Board of Education, and members of the community
- Administer and monitor Student Services programs and activities to assure compliance with established standards and requirements;
- Plan, direct, and review the activities and operations related to Student Support Services;
- Review and analyze data to ensure programs are being run effectively and meeting the needs of students;
- Collaborate with the Assistant Director of Special Education to plan, direct, and review the activities and operations of the Special Education Department, including assessing needs, developing programs, and implementing services;
- Collaborate with the Assistant Director of Instructional Support Services to coordinate the development and implementation of the district’s Multi-Tiered Systems of Support process to support progressive interventions for academics;
- Collaborate with the K-12 Supervisor of Counseling and Social Work to coordinate the development and implementation of the district’s Multi-Tiered Systems of Support process to support progressive interventions for behaviors and social-emotional learning;
- Collaborate with staff to prepare, implement and monitor a budget that supports the equitable distribution of resources to schools while meeting the needs of all students;
- Supervise, compile, maintain, file, and monitor all Federal and State reports and processes required by USDOE and NYSED regarding all programs under the Student Services umbrella; including Federal Grants, STAC/Medicaid;
- Oversee the CSE/CPSE and 504 processes and coordinate recommendations to the Board of Education;
- Coordinate with outside agencies to provide services to students and staff, for the purposes of offering appropriate services;
- Facilitate meetings and processes, for the purpose of implementing and maintaining Student Support programs and services of the district with achieved desired objectives; and
- Develop criteria for IEP and 504 accommodation development, based upon research and best practices.
BCSD seeks a candidate who embodies the following educational background, knowledge, skills, and abilities.
- Certification: School District Leader (SDL) or School District Administrator (SDA).
- Administrative experience in the oversight of student support services.
- Background with a strong emphasis in multi-tiered systems of support and special education; experience in supervising others.
- Minimum five years of student support service experience.
- federal and state laws and regulations related to Student Services, including but not limited to the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), NYSED regulations for special education, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act; and
- technology solutions that enhance individual or group work efficiently and effectively.
- written and oral communication, able to effectively convey information to the public and other stakeholders; and
- managing budgets, overseeing district-wide programs involving multiple schools, and managing multiple employees.
- collect, analyze, and interpret data and apply critical thinking skills in rendering solutions to various issues;
- make efficient recommendations or decisions impacting Student Support Services;
- take initiative and solve complex problems in new or swiftly changing situations;
- prioritize and disseminate work that meets agreed-upon project timelines and goals;
- build coalitions and work collaboratively with a broad range of diverse individuals;
- inspire others in a way that encourages engagement and accountability
- discuss issues and respond to inquiries;
- develop and maintain external relationships; and
- be flexible and adaptable.
To apply for this leadership opportunity
All inquiries, questions, and requests for clarifications are to be directed to Ms. Jody Monroe, Superintendent of Schools at 518-439-7481 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A completed application will include:
- Completed OLAS Application Form
- Formal job-specific cover letter
- Current resume
- Current letters of recommendation
- March 1, 2023 – Application Deadline
- March 14, 2023 – Initial Interviews
- March 21, 2023 – Finalist Interviews
- April 5, 2023 – BOE Appointment
- July 1, 2023 – New Director of Student Support Services Begins
BCSD actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal-opportunity employer. Qualified individuals from all racial, ethnic or other minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply for open positions.