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: Special Education Teacher

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 in the Subject Line of email messages. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates encouraged to apply early.

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.

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.