Career Opportunities

All positions are at The Episcopal Center for Children in Washington, DC.

About The Episcopal Center for Children

The Episcopal Center for Children (ECC) is a private, nonprofit, non-denominational day treatment facility for emotionally troubled children and their families from the greater Washington, DC area. The program is designed for children between the ages of 5 to 14 years, grades K – 8, and with sufficient cognitive ability to benefit from the program. Acceptance is based on the needs of the children and families, regardless of religious affiliation, race, or financial status. The goal of treatment, therapeutic milieu, and individualized special education programming is to empower each child to function productively within his/her family and the community, to return to his/her public school, and have a real opportunity for a successful, emotionally healthy, and productive future. The ECC’s programming is based on the core belief in children, their strengths, and in what they can be.

POSITION: Social Worker

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Social Worker provides clinical social work services to students and their families. The Social Worker works with teachers, the Center’s psychologists and psychiatrists, behavior support and related services and activities providers to coordinate therapy, assessment and treatment. The Social Worker is responsible for providing clinical, social and case management services. This includes provision of individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, advocacy, assessment, treatment and discharge planning, facilitating interdisciplinary teamwork and being the Center’s community liaison. Serves as a social work role and training model to graduate social work/counseling trainees and interdisciplinary team members. Develops Mental Health/Social Emotional IEP goals and implements those goals as outlined. The Social Worker works within a team in the delivery of care, participating in educational experiences for students to help maintain or improve the student’s physical, social, and emotional well-being.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

    Direct Services

  • Provide individual and group counseling, psycho-education and crisis intervention.
  • Serve as a member of the multi-disciplinary Therapeutic Educational Team (TET) and participate in all related meetings (MDT, IEP, manifestation, staff meetings, etc.).
  • Conducting social work evaluations, Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and other related assessments for initial evaluations and re-evaluations.
  • Provide related services as prescribed by Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), including social skills, life skills, and transitional skills that can be transferred from school to community.
  • Work collaboratively within the classroom setting to implement student IEPs.
  • Collect and synthesize data for the purpose of monitoring social/emotional progress and evaluating effectiveness of services.
  • Provide technical assistance on strategies that improve outcomes for special education students.
  • Coordinate the design and implementation of behavior intervention plans and functional behavior assessments.
  • Provide individual and group counseling services to students.
  • Provide classroom behavioral support.
  • Complete documentation such as: service logs, Individualized Education Program (IEP) progress reports, Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA), Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIP) and monthly billing, as required
  • Prevention and Advocacy

  • Provide consultation to school staff and parents to facilitate student educational, social, and emotional growth.
  • Obtain information concerning the effects of the environment, including family, cultural, and economic disadvantages that may be adversely affecting student progress.
  • Conduct home visits that encourage home/school communication.
  • Work collaboratively with the Behavior Support and Education teams to develop plans of assistance for students at risk of academic and/or behavioral difficulty.
  • Coordinate and communicate with local education agencies (LEA) and community service agencies (CSA) involved with students.
  • Make appropriate referrals for community resources.
  • Program Development

  • Conduct needs assessments.
  • Facilitating special support groups, i.e. students with incarcerated parents, grief and loss, divorce, teen parents, conflict resolution, etc. as needed.
  • Work with administrators to implement effective policies that address environmental safety, attendance, child abuse, and neglect, and bullying.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW). Supervision for license is available.
  • District of Columbia License Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), a plus.
  • Fluent in Spanish, a plus.
  • Experience working with students with emotional challenges.
  • Ability to conduct clinical interviews and write comprehensive social history evaluations.
  • Ability to administer, interpret, and analyze related assessment instruments.
  • Experience in providing individual and group therapy sessions to school-aged children with varying degrees of cognitive and physical disabilities.
  • Sound understanding of, and sensitivity to, children and adolescents with special learning needs
  • Commitment to professional excellence.
  • Enthusiasm about the opportunity to work with students with social, emotional, and educational challenges.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, e-mail a cover letter and resume to ecccareers@eccofdc.org. Please include Social Worker Position in the Subject Line of email messages. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates encouraged to apply early.

Special Education Teacher 2018-19 School Yr

POSITION OVERVIEW

The teacher will provide instruction to students with various behavioral, social-emotional and learning challenges. Each class grouping of up to five students consist of varying grade and ability levels. The teacher must demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively, communicate effectively, and employ various co-teaching methods. The position requires a commitment to pairing research-based instructional methodologies with impassioned, inspirational teaching to create new opportunities and perspectives for students who have struggled in the traditional public school setting. The teacher must be willing and capable of working within a multi-disciplinary clinical, behavioral management, related services and educational team.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

• Develops lesson plans/instructional materials and provides individualized and group instruction in order to meet the needs of each student as stated on the Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
• Assesses the progress of students on a regular basis utilizing tests, curriculum measurements and observation skills and/or modified-adapted assessment devices.
• Serves as a member of the school IEP Team.
• Assists in the planning, writing and development of student IEPs.
• Facilitates the implementation of special education services.
• Assists in organizing and implementing a continuum of appropriate service delivery options for students with disabilities.
• Plans collaboratively within the students’ therapy team and provides consultation and support to the team regarding implementation of IEPs, reasonable modification, etc.
• Works collaboratively with the Director of Education in the implementation of IEPs and access to the general education curriculum.
• Consults and confers regularly with Therapy Team regarding the educational, social, physical or emotional goals and objectives of students.
• Consults with the Director of Education regarding equipment and instructional strategies appropriate for students with disabilities.
• Supervises teacher assistants/Para-Educators supporting the instruction of students with disabilities.
• Remains knowledgeable of current trends and best practices in the field of special education.
• Takes all necessary safety precautions to protect students and materials of instruction.
• When appropriate, collaboratively conducts Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA) and develops Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIP).
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

• Bachelor’s degree required. Concentration or advanced degree in education preferred.
• Teacher license eligible. Licensed preferred.
• Familiarity with Special Education Data System (SEDS)/EasyIEP.
• Excellent writing, organization and interpersonal skills.
• Demonstrated leadership skills as a member of a multi-disciplinary assessment team.
• Ability to effectively communicate with diverse communities and develop outreach strategies to encourage parental involvement in student learning.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively engage diverse parents/guardians with varied communication styles, levels of skill and experience to support their child’s education experience.
• Belief that all students can and will succeed.
• Proven experience creating systems and routines that support strong classroom management
• Demonstrated ability to influence and motivate others to reach their potential
• Ability to employ a variety of teaching styles to respond to the needs of diverse learners.
• Desire to continually improve practice by reflecting and seeking feedback
Demonstrated knowledge of special education regulations (Federal and State) and current trends/research in the field for accelerated achievement of students with disabilities.
COMPENSATION

Salary is based on educational level, certification(s), and years of experience. Employees will be contracted yearly. Contracts will be renewed according to evaluations and staff interest. A comprehensive benefits package is provided to include: Health benefits (medical & dental), disability insurance, employer contribution to retirement plan, and an employee 403(B). In addition, ECC promotes a continuous learning environment. On-going opportunities for growth and development are provided throughout the academic year.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, e-mail a cover letter and resume to ecccareers@eccofdc.org. Please include Special Education Teacher (2018-19 SY) in the Subject Line of email messages. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates encouraged to apply early.

Dedicated One-to-One Aide

Position Overview

Dedicated One-to-One Student Aide supports students with emotional challenges in our educational and therapeutic environment. The position assists the student one on one in the classroom with all instructional material and helps the student with needs outside of the classroom but related to achieving needed skills and requirements for succeeding in school. The Dedicated One-to-One Aide assist the Center staff with providing specialized instruction, and therapeutic and related services for children ages 5 to 14.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

• Responsible for assisting the classroom teacher in the instruction of an individual student with disabilities including assistance in the laboratories, washrooms, playgrounds, gymnasiums, lunchrooms, libraries, field trips and all other educational settings as determined by the classroom teacher and IEP team
• Confer with Director of Education, Director of Clinical Services and PBIS, Director to derive information about the designated student’s therapeutic and educational background.
• Collaborate with lead teacher and student’s social worker in the planning and management of a student’s behaviors and educational needs.
• Consult with parents, when appropriate, with a view to obtain additional student information that may be needed to ensure the success of an implemented special education program.
• Work with student on a one-on-one basis by providing them with undivided attention.
• Implement behavioral plans to meet students’ needs for social, educational, cognitive, mental and physical development.
• Observe students for signs of deterioration or improvement and document and report either/both.
• Maintain safety of all students.
• De-escalate designated student and use counseling skills.
• Regularly collect data to track designated student’s behavioral progress
• Follow Functional Communication Protocols and Behavior Protocols to respond to designated student’s behavior appropriately and successfully.
• Provide support for lead teacher, special education service providers (speech, PT, OT), to address designated student’s needs in the classroom.
Assist with identifying IEP goals, progress summaries and progress reports for designated student.
• Support the creation of a classroom culture and environment that develops and nurtures the emotional, cognitive and social abilities of the students.
• Engage parents and families in their student’s learning, and acting as an ambassador for the school in the community.
• Contribute productively to the school as a whole.
• Attend and participate in school events outside of regular school hours.
• Responsible for guiding any independent study, enrichment work, and remedial work set up by the classroom teacher
Minimum Qualifications

• Associates Degree in human relations, psychology, child development, or a related field. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
• Knowledge early childhood education/human development.
• Experience working in special education and/or with individuals with severe behavioral and academic issues.
• Knowledge of behavior management strategies and techniques.
• Excellent time-management skills and ability to work independently.
• Adherence to high level of professional and ethical standards.
• Demonstrated ability, skill, and experience in working with diverse populations.
• Good relationship building skills and ability to build a strong rapport with students.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, e-mail a cover letter and resume to ecccareers@eccofdc.org. Please include Dedicated One-to-One Aide in the subject line.

Occupational Therapist

Position Overview

Occupational Therapist leads the process in development, implementation, and coordination of the school’s occupational therapy program. Provides screening, evaluation, educational program and transition planning, therapeutic intervention, and exit planning for students identified with or suspected of having disabilities that interfere with their ability to perform daily life activities or participate in necessary or desired occupations. Develops individualized programming based on occupational performance deficits in the areas of personal care, social-emotional well-being, student role, interaction skills, process skills, play, community integration/work, and graphic communication. Occupational Therapist collaborates with other disciplines and services, as well independently review outcomes and modify intervention programs. The Occupational Therapist reports to the Director of Related Services and Activities.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
• Serve as the school-based occupational therapist for assessment and implementation of individualized education program (IEP) for students with special needs.
• Develop individualized goals and objectives to facilitate eligible student’s active participation/acquisition of functional performance skills in self-maintenance, academic and vocational pursuits, and leisure/play activities that occur in school environments.
• Prepare both written and oral reports, and presentations for determining student’s eligibility for special education services.
• Utilize direct and indirect services, assistive technology and/or environmental modifications to implement special educational programming to provide for the development of sensory-motor, perceptual or neuromuscular functioning and emotional, motivational, cognitive, or psychosocial performance.
• Maintain confidential files that include assessments, reviews, test results, IEPs, and documentation of consultations.
• Consult with local education jurisdictions regular and special education staff, parents, and community resources.
• Participate in planning team meetings for students and discusses student’s response to OT treatment.
• Make recommendations to enhance student’s function in other areas; and may make or recommend referrals to other disciplines as appropriate.
• Review and interpret independently generated therapy and medical reports.
• Serve as a resource in reporting findings to other services providers.
• Attend administrative due process hearings (and other court proceedings), eligibility conferences, and other meetings, as required.
• Communicate clearly and compellingly with diverse stakeholders in both oral and written forms.
• Anticipate and respond to customer needs in a high-quality and courteous manner
• Collaborate with Center staff to assess and integrate occupational therapy practices, where practical, in educational and clinical programming.
• Participate on the intake/admission committee for incoming students.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited Occupational Therapy college/university program.
• Previous exposure to or experience in the education sector, a plus.
• Licensed by the DC Department of Health (DOH) – Board of Occupational Therapy, or license eligible.
• Demonstrate knowledge of current best practices in the area of Occupational Therapy.
• Demonstrate effective communication skills and an ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team.
• Familiar with special education and school-based Occupational Therapy.
• Demonstrates clinical reasoning and professional judgment essential to ensuring the safety of students and protecting liability of the school and the therapist.
• Committed to meeting the needs of a diverse student population.
• Knowledge of special education and IEP processes.
• Committed to their own learning.
• Have excellent time management skills, flexibility, and the ability to work independently and problem solve.
• Adhere to a high level of professional and ethical standards.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, e-mail a cover letter and resume to ecccareers@eccofdc.org. Please include Occupational Therapist Position in the subject line.

Office Manager

Position Overview

The Office Manager supervises clerical employees and oversees client treatment records. Manages front office activities, including reception area, mail, supplies purchasing requests and facilities. Directs and coordinates office services and related activities. Develops and administers programs for maximum utilization of services. Assist with arranging internal office moves, provides excellent customer service, handles information requests and performs clerical functions such as arranging conference calls and scheduling meetings. Supports the Center’s operations by answering phone calls and directing inquiries to the proper party; responding to general email inquiries; assisting Center visitors; maintaining the student information system (SIS); tracking and entering attendance into Special Education Attendance Tracking System (SEATS); administering the Center’s telephone system; and preparing communication materials to go home with students. The Office Manager has a key role on the crisis and emergency management team.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

• Manages the reception area to ensure effective telephone and mail communications both internally and externally to maintain professional image.
• Supervises and coordinates overall administrative activities for the Administrative Department.
• Supervises the maintenance of office equipment, including copier, fax machine, phones, etc.
• Participates as needed in special department projects.
• Maintains office services by organizing office operations and procedures; controlling correspondence; designing filing systems; reviewing and approving supply requisitions; assigning and monitoring clerical functions.
• Manages student attendance and enters information into Special Education Attendance Tracking System (SEATS) and other jurisdictions’ data systems.
• Provides historical reference by implementing procedures for retention, protection, retrieval, transfer, and disposal of records.
• Maintains office efficiency by planning and implementing office systems, layouts, and equipment procurement.
• Designs and implements office policies by establishing standards and procedures; measuring results against standards; making necessary adjustments.
• Manages information entry and various aspects of the Center’s student/school information system.
• Perform general office duties, including – answer main company phone line and direct calls to appropriate parties, greet visitors, manage shipments and mail, and order office supplies
• Organize communal spaces and conference rooms.
• Maintain strict confidentiality related to business operations, finance, and employee data.
• Work independently and/or within a team on special companywide initiatives and projects

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
• Associates Degree, or equivalent work experience.
• 2+ years of administrative support or customer service experience preferred
• Previous Experience working with children.
• Experience in a fast-paced environment.
• Technical proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Power Point and Google Apps.
• Strong organizational skills with the ability to clearly prioritize and effectively manage multiple tasks and demands.
• Meticulous attention to detail.
• Excellent written, verbal, telephone and interpersonal skills.
• Able to establish and maintain satisfactory working relationships with other employees, children, parents and the public.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, e-mail a cover letter and resume to ecccareers@eccofdc.org. Please include Office Manager Position in the subject line.