Department Overview

Mission Statement:

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Human Resources of the Amherst, Pelham, and the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District is committed to working strategically with each school community to promote equity and diversity and serve as a resource to identify and respond to their changing needs.

The Office provides quality leadership and guidance in the development, implementation, and administration of human resources related policies, practices, and procedures in a professional, caring, and consistent manner in order to provide an equitable and positive work environment for all district employees.

Vision Statement:

Serving as a resource for the school district community, the Human Resources office is staffed by knowledgeable individuals who impact and promote equity and provide fair, responsible leadership and guidance throughout the organization. The Human Resources office is recognized as a customer-service organization and is responsive to the changing needs of the community it serves.

Primary Duties:

Assistant Superintendent of Diversity, Equity and Human Resources – Doreen Cunningham x 1803

  • Oversee collective bargaining negotiations and labor relations
  • Employee grievances
  • Track student enrollments, projections, and trend analysis
  • Oversee staff recruitment and retention
  • Project and track district staffing
  • Create personnel statistical reports for Federal and State compliance
  • Review Criminal Records Checks
  • Oversee licensing and waivers (DESE certification)
  • Oversee professional development related to social justice and equity
  • Build opportunities for equitable access and restorative practices throughout the district

Human Resources Administrator – Jennifer Ortiz x 1895

  • Employment application and hiring process
  • Including posting, advertising, hiring and on-boarding candidates
  • Assist in MA DESE certification 
  • Employee benefits and retirement 
  • Develop certification programs
  • Staff reporting/EPIMS compliance

Diversity and Equity Specialist– Damany Gordon x 1872

  • Assist with employment of diverse candidates through the application and hiring process
  • Recruit and hire substitutes
  • Collect employee data for MA DESE EPIMS staffing report
  • Work with colleges/universities to develop programs for paraeducators
  • Oversee restorative practices

Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent – Sasha Figueroa x 1807

  • Assist with new hire intakes
  • Assist with MA DESE certification
  • Schedule interviews 
  • Assist in development and maintenance of employee databases
  • Assist with substitute coordination
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