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Granite Academy, Braintree, MA

Vocational Education Coordinator/FT, 40 hours/11 months

June 23, 2017

Program Description

Granite Academy is a therapeutic day school serving students in middle and high school, providing educational and clinical services. Our program serves students in grades 5 through 12 who present with emotional disabilities and/or other challenges to learning such as Depressive Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Thought Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, specific learning disabilities, high functioning Autism, and Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities. We have an 11- month school year. We are located in Braintree, MA.

Job Description:

Granite Academy is looking for a motivated and skilled staff member for our Vocational Education Coordinator position. The goal of this position is to support our students in career education opportunities to prepare them for transitions to life after high school. Our goal is to support their search for post-secondary education related to chosen career fields.


  • Education & Licensure Requirements: Master’s Degree and Massachusetts Educator License in Special Education, Guidance, School Adjustment Counselor or state licensure in Rehabilitation Counseling with eligibility for MA Educator Licensure. Successful completion of Transition Specialist certificate program or master’s program in Special Education with Transition Specialist concentration or willingness and eligibility to pursue within first year of employment.


  • At least 3 years’ experience in a supervisory/leadership role; experience developing, implementing, marketing, and assessing individual and group programming targeting vocational and transitional needs for students aged 14-22.
  • At least 3 years’ experience mentoring, supervising, and supporting adolescents, young adults and families in navigation of transitional tasks including pre-work skills, life skills, vocational readiness, job placement, college and scholarship application, linkage to 688 agencies.
  • Knowledge of and experience facilitating person-centered planning or individualized support models
  • Knowledge of and experience in fading supports, task analysis and job creation.
  • Experience conducting, writing, and completing assessments on transitional readiness via standardized and observational measures.
  • Experience in developing and implementing group, individual, and parent-focused programming specific to transitional/vocational readiness.
  • Experience in developing, implementing, and tracking student progress specific to the Massachusetts DESE IEP and Transition Plan. Ability to train others in this area and to supervise their work.
  • Familiarization with DESE and state regulations, supports, and programs for this age range.
  • Experience developing and implementing curriculum to support education of vocational and transitional topics.
  • Experience participating in IEP meetings
  • Ability to multi-task and oversee multiple projects at once, meeting all deadlines.
  • Capacity to serve as responsible, mature, and flexible role model.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to interact professionally with students, families, and collaterals and the community at large.
  • Strong organizational skills; ability to assist students in developing organizational skills.
  • Basic computer proficiency (Word, Excel)
  • Ability to physical intervene in a crisis
  • Knowledgeable of the needs of the population served; understanding of the range of interventions and treatment required by this population


The Vocational Education Coordinator reports directly to the Head of School or designee. The Vocational Education Coordinator, depending on site-specific needs may supervise other staff specific to the completion of transitional tasks school-wide. The Vocational Education Coordinator works collaboratively with the Administrative Team on a monthly basis.

Leadership and Relationships Functions

  • Develop and implement programming at an individual, group and program level to support transitional and vocational growth for the GA student body.
  • Train GA staff on transitional and vocational assessments, opportunities, regulations, and additional relevant topics.
  • Train GA parents/guardians on transitional and vocational topics relevant to their child.
  • Develop and maintain a system for regular student assessment in alignment with DESE and state regulations.
  • Develop and maintain a series of events/trips specific to the vocational/transitional programming; market and run these events, embedding them in the culture
  • Ensure accurate and timely documentation of transitional goals, assessments, and progress reports for students, groups, and school-wide events.
  • Participate in IEP and/or Progress meetings, as appropriate
  • Create a strong connection with professional boundaries with the students and families served, as well as other service providers.
  • Collaborate with GA Administrative Team around dual enrollment programming
  • Create strong relationship with employers in the region, supporting the development of internships and employment opportunities for students.
  • Follow GA and JRI policies for accessing benefit time
  • Return calls/emails in a timely manner
  • Prioritize activities, demonstrating effective time management
  • Work together with all staff as a team to ensure compliance with regulations and standards established by the DESE
  • Communicate responsibly and thoroughly with colleagues and supervisor

Offer includes: Access to excellent Blue Cross medical and Delta Dental benefits, 401K, tuition reimbursement, pension, generous paid time off and much more!

Candidates should send resumes to:

Amy Barber, Head of School

JRI is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to building and maintaining a diverse community. Persons from diverse backgrounds including women, communities of color, the LGBTQ community and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

• Location: Boston, Braintree, MA

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