Dearborn Academy is a private therapeutic day school located in Newton, Mass. We enroll up to 60 students in Grades 3-12 who have specific learning disabilities and/or mild to moderate emotional challenges. We offer a rich academic program, which includes college and career preparation, diversified student support and explicit instruction, combined with our strong clinical component. This allows students who have been unsuccessful in previous school settings to achieve substantial gains. 


The school offers a rewarding workplace for those interested in a broad range of careers in education from teaching to counseling to administration and more. A diverse workforce with a variety of talents and perspectives, we share a commitment to the dignity of every student and the idea that the best learning is never one-size-fits-all.


We offer a competitive compensation package, a lively group of colleagues, and opportunities to make a real impact in the lives of students and our communities.


Application Components Required

  • Cover letter

  • Resume

  • Contact information for three professional references


Application Submission

Please submit application information to the staff member listed in the position description.


Dearborn Is an EOE/AA Employer

Dearborn Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, genetic information, homelessness or disability in admission to, access to, employment in or treatment in its programs and activities. Dearborn Academy is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity in our workplace. The school system’s educational philosophy and personnel goals, including the goal of equal employment opportunity, will be considered in filling all positions.


Current Openings

Guidance Counselor Maternity Leave, FT, 2021-2022

Public School Liaison, FT, 12-Month, 2021-2022


Start Date: Immediately


Dearborn Academy is seeking a full-time, calendar-year public school liaison. This position reports to the head of school.


Students come to Dearborn Academy when their educational team agrees that a student requires a therapeutic educational program so the student can make academic and social emotional progress. The public school liaison is the point person for the out-of-district coordinator connected to each student, and coordinates appropriate updates, meetings, and evaluation timelines. The public school liaison works closely with the admissions coordinator, Dearborn Leadership Team, and all school staff to fulfill the duties of the role. 


The successful candidate for this challenging and rewarding position will have the following:


Qualities and Experience

  • Highly organized and detail-oriented with the skills to coordinate various timelines as well as urgent and unexpected needs as they arise
  • Experience writing IEPs and participating in IEP meetings
  • Strong writer and communicator
  • Collaborative team member
  • Able to synthesize data, various viewpoints, and information
  • Approach difficult situations or interpersonal dynamics with a solution-focused, strengths-based mindset
  • Someone who values a community of highly-engaged team members
  • Demonstrated compassion, curiosity, and kindness towards students, families, and staff
  • Belief that students who demonstrate unexpected behaviors have gaps in their skills, with a drive to identify these gaps, and then teach to the skill areas to address these gaps



  • Schedule all meetings including, annual reviews, progress meeting, and re-evaluation meetings within appropriate timelines for all students at Dearborn Academy
  • Collaborate with out-of-district coordinators to facilitate family and student-centered IEP meetings
  • Work with members of the Dearborn Leadership Team to coordinate progress update outreach to out-of-district coordinators
  • Manage Frontline Educational System and all aspects of creating IEPs, tracking signatures; and ensure compliance based on DESE and federal guidelines.
  • Ensure the timely completion of paperwork such as progress reports and re-evaluation testing
  • Monitor student attendance and communicate concerns with out-of-district coordinators
  • Maintain up-to-date transcripts and credit information
  • Manage school-wide calendars and help with student scheduling
  • Maintain student files in accordance with DESE regulations
  • Participate and coordinate after school meetings and trainings deemed necessary by the Dearborn Leadership Team
  • Support the head of school and admissions coordinator with the admissions process
  • Work closely with the learning center coordinator and summer program director as work relates to extended school year enrollment and service delivery
  • Collaborate with the senior administrative assistant to complete tasks as they arise
  • Maintain a manner consistent with the agency commitment to honest, direct communication between all members of our staff, faculty and administration as an essential feature of creating a positive working and learning environment for our students.
  • Demonstrate respect for diversity among our staff and student body. Promote an atmosphere that values this diversity.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred


Dearborn provides a supportive team environment with a competitive wage/benefit program. If interested, please apply by providing a cover letter, resume and three letters of recommendation to:

Rebecca Altepeter

Head of School