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Bridge Boston Charter School Hiring Director of Student Support & SEL

Location: Roxbury, MA


Bridge Boston Charter School students will thrive in a challenging, joyful, inclusive K1-8 public school community that values close partnerships with families, and a focus on the whole child. Our students will develop the skills necessary to excel academically in rigorous high schools, reach their individual potentials, and view themselves as creators of their own futures. Through full-service programming, Bridge Boston Charter School will work to remove the health and social obstacles that hinder student learning.


Bridge Boston Charter School is a tuition-free, K1-8 public school serving 335 students in Roxbury, Massachusetts, and the surrounding community – many of whom have experienced social, emotional, and developmental barriers to learning. Bridge Boston’s robust social-emotional program is designed with an eye to supporting students who have experienced trauma in their homes and communities.

Three core beliefs guide our work:

Students do best in a rigorous academic environment that teaches basic skills and inspires a love of learning.

Students will only succeed if the school plays an active role in eliminating barriers, working closely with families and partner organizations to meet each student’s health and social service needs.

Students will thrive if they live and learn in a nurturing community where they are respected as individuals, where they are encouraged to explore the world around them, and where their efforts are fully supported.

Six core values form the foundation on which we perform work and conduct ourselves:


Bridge Boston also has a Foundation Board that is a 501c non-profit for fundraising to support the school.


Reporting to the Chief Academic Officer, the Director of Student Support & SEL will bring to the role a robust vision for social emotional learning, full service, and behavioral health and management. They will have a deep passion for social justice, restorative justice and educational equity for all students, extensive executive leadership and relationship-building skills, and strengths in cultural competence, strategic partnership and communication, problem-solving, team development in order to achieve organizational goals and advance our mission. Moreover, this leader will possess the following professional skills, experience, and personal characteristics that validate their stated readiness to lead a complex, urban educational organization with an ambitious mission. The Director of Student Support will lead a team of 8 direct reports while also serving as a member of our schoolwide Transformation Leadership Team.


Supervise, coach, evaluate school-based social workers, social worker interns, the school nurse, deans of students, and the Director of Family & Community Engagement

Partner with instructional leaders and staff members to address and identify supports for student behavioral health and/or full service needs

Manage Student Success Team processes and student referrals

Manage the Systems of Care Community provider relationships that nurture & advance our full service supports for Scholars & families

Partner with Division Directors to problem solve and review cases that require mandatory reporting to external agencies

Collaboratively develop, manage and implement behavioral plans (Tier 3 Students)
Provide consultation, coaching, and/or recommendations to staff/teachers regarding behavioral plan and strategies

Partner with parents to establish community based supports and med evaluations, if applicable
Provide capacity building, training and technical assistance with regards to facilitation of re-entry or re-integration circles (post absences due to hospitalization, relocation, incarceration, short/long term suspension, etc.)

Provide capacity building, training and technical assistance with regards to facilitation of circle practices and community/ belonging exercises focused on building a safe, healthy and sustaining learning environment in the classroom and at school levels

Manage other responsibilities as directed by the Chief Academic Officer

Race Equity Champion – unapologetic in creating and nurturing a culturally rich school community that bent on anti-racism work, every day.

Passionate about this work – driven to build a high-performing school that delivers for all the scholars we serve. Driven to create a safe, welcoming, equitable, and inclusive organization where all students & staff feel seen and able to do their best work.

Analytical thinker – able to analyze why a program or initiative is effective or isn’t. Can drive to understand root cause, logic flaws, etc. Smart, quick learner who is curious and able to work complex problems through.

Organized & execution obsessed – can keep many balls in the air; supports teams focused on execution and quality;

Relationship builder – able to build relationships with multiple stakeholders including senior leaders, directors, educators, parents, students, volunteers, and Board Members; self-aware with the ability to reflect and adapt to diverse environments.

High personal standards – thoughtful, reflective, ethical adult with personal judgment and sky-high standards.

Gravitas & Communication – effective writer & presenter. Can represent the organization internally and externally.

Required Experience:

At least 5 or more years in Behavioral Health, Social Work, and/or Human Services is desirable

B.A, or B.S. in Social Work required, Masters in Social Work preferred

Managerial experience in a school leadership role is preferred

Bridge Boston recognizes the complexities of this role and that it could be suitability filled by multiple types of candidates.

  1. A strong background in education & managerial skills who have a background in building systems & processes to encourage success


  1. A LICSW with a similarly strong background in building systems & processes but possibly less of a background in education.

Competitive and commensurate with experience.

Contact Name: Natasha Burakiewicz
Contact Email: [email protected]

Other information:

The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.