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Training, Support and Recruitment Specialist

Outreach and Recruitment Specialist (RTSC) Part-Time – 20 hours week with pro-rated benefits

Overview: Works closely with other programs at the Federation to provide ongoing support to active SESPs, identify training needs, as well as, to develop, coordinate and implement trainings for new Special Education Surrogate Parent (SESP) volunteers including; initial orientations, monthly webinars, trauma and learning professional development opportunities for Local Education Agents, foster care families, and ongoing research for the monthly newsletter Consider This… – Participates in Outreach and Recruitment efforts

Principal Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Continual development and oversight of all training activities for
  • Work with RTSC Director to revise as needed a 3-hour orientation which will include how complex trauma impacts the learning process – including social-emotional challenges and sustained academic progress, basic rights for students with disabilities, the IEP process, confidentiality, communicating and working with IEP team members, roles and responsibilities of SESPs, overview of students eligible for SESPs, discipline issues, and issues concerning DCF such as movement within the child welfare system and transition to independent Conduct, with other RSTC staff, SESP orientation trainings three times per month in different regions statewide, including an online orientation
  • Regularly review surveys conducted after orientations, webinars, and trainings to revise training objectives and SESP training Meet with RTSC and SESPP staff to discuss results of ongoing monthly research to determine the content of the monthly newsletter (Consider this…).
  • Work with RTSC Director to organize and implement professional development trainings and monthly webinars for SESPs across the state.
  • Plan and implement one day conference for SESPs to enhance knowledge of IEP process, disabilities, behavior and emotional issues, Trauma and learning, navigating the system, and other topics specific to SESPs and the professionals that serve them
  • Procure CEUs for professional development and RTSC conferences. Develop and oversee all support activities for SESPs.
  • Provide ongoing support to SESPs through phone calls, emails and other means. Work with RTSC Director and outside agency to assess ongoing support needs of SESPs, including foster parents, and the professionals that serve them
  • Research relevant information for the publication of a monthly Consider This e- Organize and facilitate monthly webinars on topics relevant to SESPs and the professionals that serve them.  Present trauma and learning trainings as professional development to schools through the LEA Initiative

Outreach and Recruitment Activities

  • Utilize marketing strategies, including placing advertisement with local media and online outlets, writing articles for relevant newsletters, Federation and other agency listservs, and conducting presentations to community groups to publicize opportunities for training and service as an SESP
  • Attend resource fairs to share SESP recruitment materials. Provide outreach to community and faith-based organizations in high need communities, recruiting volunteers who would be interested in working with children/adolescents who require SESPs.  Solicit school districts and collaborative for participation in the LEA Recruitment Coordinate LEA training and support
  • Work as a Federation ambassador by providing information about all Federation projects and activities at statewide resource fairs, conferences and other events
  • Attend FCSN or RTSC project meetings as required. Other duties and responsibilities as requested by RTSC Director.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s preferred
  • Extensive knowledge of special education law and development of IEP and the Team
  • Expertise in complex childhood trauma, especially as it impact the learning process and academic performance
  • Work experience as advocate or member of IEP team and experience; with the special education surrogate parent program, developing curriculum and interactive instruction methodology, adult education, preferably in presenting to parents, professionals and community members about special-education related topics.
  • Familiarity with disability and emotional/behavioral/psychiatric issues related to children and
  • Experience, preferably clinical, in working with students and families served by
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Computer skills including Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and GoToWebinar.
  • Requires Massachusetts license, access to a vehicle and willingness to work occasional evenings or weekend days.

To Apply:
Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter by email to rwilliams@fcsn.org or apply by mail to; Federation for Children with Special Needs, The Schrafft Center, 529 Main Street, Suite 1M3, Boston, MA 02129.

The Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN) embraces the diversity of our staff and is committed to increasing the diversity of our organization. As an EEO employer, FCSN is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and candidates for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other legally protected status or designation. Also, we welcome parents of children with special needs or those with a disability to apply!