Executive Director of Student Support Teams

Alexandria, Virginia
Jul 22, 2022
Sep 07, 2022
Full Time
Job Description

The Executive Director of Student Support Teams (SST) provides leadership, oversight, and supervision to the development of comprehensive student support programs. Through coaching and consultation, this position supports the social, emotional, and academic learning services provided to all students. This position integrates school counseling, health services, psychology, and social work services with other school-wide and division-wide initiatives in support of student achievement, positive mental health, and overall student success. The Executive Director is highly skilled in setting a vision aligned with the strategic plan goals of the school division, collaborating with diverse stakeholders at all levels, analyzing data to respond to the needs of students, engaging families and the community, and implementing effective strategies that lead to positive outcomes for students.

This job reports to the Chief of Student Services & Equity Officer in the Department of Student Services and Equity (DSSE).


Education: Master's degree in school counseling, psychology, social work, or related field required. Doctorate preferred.

Experience: Valid Virginia Department of Education Postgraduate Professional or Pupil Personnel Services License with endorsement in school counseling, school psychology, or school social work required or eligibility to obtain one. 3-5 years of leadership experience directly related to social-emotional programs, special services, and/or mental or physical health may be considered in lieu of an endorsement in school counseling, school psychology, or school social work. Endorsement in Administration and Supervision required.

Key Competencies
  • Comprehensive knowledge of social, emotional, and academic learning techniques, programs, and practices.
  • Knowledge of child psychology and human development.
  • Ability to support, supervise, and evaluate staff and programs in DSSE.
  • Ability to gain the confidence of students, parents, and professional staff and foster strong collaboration and accountability for student outcomes.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Essential Functions
  • Supervises and evaluates Office of Student Support Team staff including the Directors of K-12 School Counseling, School Health, School Psychology, and School Social Work
  • Provides direction and supervision to Directors of Counseling at middle and high schools in collaboration with the Director of K-12 School Counseling
  • Develops and implements common and collaborative procedures and guidelines applicable to Student Support Teams to include suicide prevention and intervention and crisis responses related to student and staff loss
  • Oversees academic and career planning and graduation requirements in collaboration with the Director of K-12 School Counseling, the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership, and the Department of Accountability
  • Collaborates with the Offices of Equity and Specialized Instruction on the process of referrals to the Central-Office Student Support Team (CSST)
  • Provides leadership to the department in meeting the goals of both the ACPS Strategic Plan and the Department of Student Services and Equity
  • Supports efforts to bring all ACPS schools into alignment with the ASCA National Model and supports schools in earning the Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) designation.
  • Creates an environment where creativity and innovative practices amongst SST members are consistently shared.
  • Provides oversight of academic, social-emotional counseling, career education, interpretation of assessment and testing data, social and academic adjustment, and community engagement activities.
  • Manages the first level of the appeal process to problem solve and provide resolutions in Section 504 disputes.
  • Oversees the establishment of partnership agreements and Memorandums of Understanding that fall under the Office of Student Support Teams.
  • Oversees the budgets and finances for the office, including operational and grant funding.
  • Collaborates with Alexandria City and other partners on efforts to provide access to mental and physical health services in schools.
  • Serves on various state, local, and division committees to establish partnerships that enhance school counseling services.
  • Oversees and supports a division-wide professional development plan for staff and community members.
  • Supports the accurate utilization of applicable student information system data.
  • Performs related duties as assigned by the Chief of Student Services & Equity

  • Criminal Justice Fingerprint/Background Clearance.
  • Tuberculosis Skin Test.

Public Health Compliance
  • Proof of COVID vaccination. Exemptions for religious/medical will be reviewed.
  • Must follow safety and health protocols.


Primary Location:
Central Office
Salary Range:
$108,813.60 - $164,354.40 / Administrator LAS-H
Shift Type:

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