Director of Community Education – Newton Community Education

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Newton Community Education

Job Title:

Director of Community Education

FLSA Status:


Exempt; Non-Aligned

Reports to:

Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education

general description (1-3 lines describing role):

The Director of Community Education is responsible for organizing, implementing, and supervising the Newton Community Education Program, which produces a program of approximately 1,500 classes, courses and special events each year that responds to community needs and interests. These programs serve the lifetime learning needs and interests of children, adults, and senior citizens in the Newton and surrounding communities.


Education, Training and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s degree in Education or Business is highly desired; 5 years of related experience including experience in strategic

and organizational planning, supervision, program creation and evaluation, or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Special Requirements:

Valid Massachusetts Driver’s License.

Knowledge, Ability and Skill:

Knowledge: Must be familiar with classes and courses available to children, adults, and senior citizens. Knowledge of curriculum and assessments as it relates to continuing education industry standards. Knowledge of online web registration systems, social media platforms, small business accounting and processes for procuring equipment and materials. Has familiarity with using collective bargaining agreements and employment best practices.

Ability: Ability to establish and maintain effective communication, both written and oral, with city officials, central staff personnel, administrators, local businesses, outside agencies, the general public and school district staff. Ability to work effectively with city and school policy-makers and managerial employees, including the assessment and resolution of problems and setting of priorities. Ability to provide training and guidance

to employees. Ability to manage a city-wide self-funding program with creative and strong entrepreneurial skills.

Skill: Strong conceptual and analytical skills. Strong writing skills. Strong organizational and planning skills. Good presentation skills. Must possess leadership skills. Computer skills that encompass effective use of word processing, spreadsheet, report generation, presentation, and various financial/accounting functions.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES (not limited to):

(The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.)

Provides educational, social, cultural and vocational programming to residents of Newton and surrounding communities.

Develops vision and strategic plans for community education programs.

Oversees the implementation of all community education programs to ensure fulfillment of community and school department needs.

Keeps all statistical and financial records; develops profit/loss reports. Recommends department budget; maintains the budget of NCE, monitoring income to the City and approving expenses.

Supervises curriculum development for adult, senior, and children’s programs.

Directs and coordinates members and activities of NCE’s public oversight Commission.

Oversees the development, production, mailing, and distribution of the Newton Community Education course catalogs.

Responds to all statewide regulations, IRS requirements, bid specifications, and ADA regulations.

Maintains secure systems for the accurate processing of credit card information. Oversees monies collected in internal and district budgets.

Oversees the procedures for personnel records and files for employees.

Develops strategic, business and marketing goals and plans.

Oversees marketing and PR initiatives.

Programs and coordinates special events.

Performs similar or related work as required.


Responsibility: Performs technical and responsible duties requiring extensive judgment and initiative in planning, organizing, directing and evaluating the department’s operations. Oversees more than 1,500 courses and programs that are offered to the entire Newton community.

Supervision Received: Works independently under the broad general supervision of the Assistant Superintendent of Schools.

Supervision Scope: Exercises supervision over all staff. Regularly supervises and confers with department staff and performs observations of staff; reviews their work, the results achieved, and the associated programs, projects and activities. Has responsibility for recommending hiring & firing and disciplining staff.


Work Environment:

Work is performed under typical office conditions. Travels to various school/city sites to attend meetings and meet with employees.

Operates departmental and PC and MAC-based computer systems, components, and other office equipment. Operates an automobile.

Has regular, daily contact with various School departments, central staff members and offices throughout the City answering questions, solving problems, working collaboratively on issues and various projects. Has regular contact with the general public, local business people, teachers, and various community groups.

Has access to highly confidential department information such as personnel records and student information, the disclosure of which would cause serious repercussions for the school district.

Errors in judgment could result in delays or loss of service or legal consequences adverse to the School Department.

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Must be physically able to operate a variety of automated office machines. Must be physically able to operate a motor vehicle. Must be able to exert a negligible amount of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Physical requirements are consistent with those for sedentary work, which involves sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for periods of time. Must be able to talk and hear. Must be able to communicate via telephone. Vision correctable to normal ranges.

Date Updated: 1/25/18

Newton Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Newton Public Schools ensures equal employment opportunities regardless of race, creed, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability, or any other class as protected by law. The Newton Public Schools places a high value on diversity and active recruitment of qualified minority teachers and staff. Any individual needing assistance in making an application for any opening should contact the district human resources office.

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