DESE/DDS Education Program Manager

Commonwealth of Massachusetts – Boston, MA

The DESE/DDS program is designed to provide in-home services/wrap around supports to DDS eligible school age participants. The goal of these services and supports is to help prevent a more restrictive educational or out of home placement. The program does this by creating an individualized plan of supports that promotes skill building, independence and social integration in coordination with the participant s IEP.
DDS is seeking a DESE/DDS Education Program Manager.
Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):

  • The DESE/DDS Education Program Manager is responsible for ensuring that the DESE/DDS participants have an appropriate Individualized Education Program (IEP) which has a written statement developed and signed by the local education school district representative and the parent.
  • The Education Program Manager must determine that the DESE/DDS plan does not supplant school responsibilities and that the IEP effectively shares and collaborates with families across settings to insure generalization across settings.
  • Participate in preparing family for IEP, assisting Service Coordinator or Provider staff to effectively make the case for appropriate educational services from the LEA and attending selective IEPS at family request
  • Systematically review IEPS and provide consultation to the DDS field
  • Insure that all parties understand mediation process and BSEA appeal
  • Consult with DESE/DDS program manager to insure that services are meeting the participants needs and that the services are designed to maximize success at home to avoid out of home placement.
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of intellectual and developmental disabilities and current trends in the field;
  • Knowledge of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and awareness of the Result Driven Accountability (RDA) framework for special education including systemic strategies for improving outcomes for students with IEPs;
  • Knowledge of Massachusetts special education laws and special education regulations;
  • Experience working with youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Experience with motivational interviewing
  • Knowledge of MassHealth programs and services
  • Knowledge of Individual Education Plans (IEP)
  • Ability to solve unpredictable problems
  • Critical thinking skills, using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems;
  • Record of working for a matrix organization
  • Thoroughness, independence and excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Demonstrated cultural awareness and proficiency
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally to diverse audiences
  • Ability to deal tactfully with others;
  • Proficient usage of Microsoft Office products including Word, Access, Excel and Outlook
  • About the Agency:The Department of Developmental Services is dedicated to creating, in partnership with others, innovative and genuine opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to participate fully and meaningfully in, and contribute to, their communities as valued members.
    Pre-Offer Process:A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. More information, please visit
    In addition, Chapter 234 of the Acts of 2014, An Act Requiring National Background Checks, requires the Department of Developmental Services to conduct fingerprint-based check of the state and national criminal history databases on the recommended candidate. For more information, please visit
    Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division s Hiring Guidelines.
    Education and license/certification information provided the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records law and may be published on the Commonwealth s website.
    For questions regarding this requisition, please contact Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at 1 (800) 393-9324.
    Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume for the DESE/DDS Education Program Manager requisition.

    Applicants must have at least (A) five (5) years of full-time or, equivalent part-time, professional, administrative, supervisory, or managerial experience in business administration, business management, public administration, public management, clinical administration or clinical management of which (B) at least one (1) year must have been in a project management, supervisory or managerial capacity or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and substitutions below.
    I. A certificate in a relevant or related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required (A) experience.
    II. A Bachelors degree in a related field may be substituted for two (2) years of the required (A) experience.
    III. A Graduate degree in a related field may be substituted for three (3) years of the required (A) experience.
    IV. A Doctorate degree in a related field may be substituted for four (4) years of the required (A) experience.
    An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
    Official Title: Program Manager VIPrimary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Boston - Harrison AveJob: Community and Social ServicesAgency: Department of Developmental ServicesSchedule: Full-timeShift: DayJob Posting: May 22, 2019, 6:12:06 AMNumber of Openings: 1Salary: 41,017.08 - 115,378.35 YearlyIf you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Tracy Brown - 617-624-7734Bargaining Unit: M99-Managers (EXE)Confidential: No

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