Career Opportunities

All positions are at The Episcopal Center for Children in Washington, DC. Click on a tab to see the position’s details.

 

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.
  • Ability to employ a variety of teaching styles to respond to the needs of diverse learners.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of special education regulations (Federal and State) and current trends/research in the field for accelerated achievement of students with disabilities.

SALARY
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. Health benefits (medical & dental), disability insurance, and a retirement plan: 403(B). 

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.

 

POSITION: Speech Language Pathologist

Shining Stars Montessori Academy Public Charter School’s mission is to offer a quality Montessori education infused with culturally inclusive principles to guide children to develop to their fullest potential. http://www.shiningstarspcs.org

The Episcopal Center for Children is a private non-profit day treatment and special education program, accredited by the Joint Commission (TJC), for emotionally troubled children and their families from the greater Washington DC metropolitan area. http://eccofdc.org

POSITION OVERVIEW

Shining Stars Montessori Academy PCS (SSMA) and the Episcopal Center for Children (ECC) are looking to share an experienced Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP) to support our students from PreK3 through the 8th grade.The SLP is responsible for organizing and implementing the speech and language program to meet the educational goals of students as outlined in the Individual Education Plan (IEP). This full time position will be shared approximately 50% at each location (11 months).

Under the general supervision of the Director of Academic Support and Clinical Services at SSMA and the Director of Related Services Services & Activities at ECC, the SLP will provide prevention, assessment, and remediation services for students who exhibit difficulties in the areas of language, speech, voice, and fluency. The SLP will provide direct services to students who need speech and language supports inside the classroom, small group instruction, or one-on-one as needed. Preferred candidates will have experience with oral motor skills, childhood development, PECS, ABA/VB strategies, and/or Floortime.

Essential Functions & Accountabilities:

  • Provide high quality direct speech-language therapy services to students according to students’ IEPs in both push-in and pull-out settings
  • Conduct assessments, analyze results, and write reports to determine strengths and concerns in areas of speech, voice, fluency, pragmatics, language, and/or oral motor skills
  • Assist and guide teachers in observing, describing and referring suspected and identified speech and language delays/disorders
  • Demonstrate ability to use the appropriate assistive and/or adaptive instructional technologies to meet the needs of students with an IEP, if needed
  • Participate in eligibility determination and IEP meetings collaboratively and interpret evaluation results as needed
  • Proficient in writing annual and short-term SLP goals, progress reports, and annual reviews that reflect strength-based philosophies that are aligned with curriculum-based, developmentally appropriate standards
  • Consult with teaching teams to develop and implement curriculum modifications and accommodations as well as appropriate classroom strategies, including visual supports, oral motor exercises and data collection
  • Participate, if needed, in the Child Outcome Study process with learning specialists
  • Participate in meetings for parents, as well as identify resources for parents of students with special needs
  • Design and conduct trainings for parents and families related to receptive and expressive language skills
  • Maintain an inventory of materials, assessment and supplies
  • Document all aspects of work with students in Special Education Data System (SEDS)/EasyIEP according to school and state guidelines, including missed services
  • Communicate and coordinating with schools’ administration to ensure school mission, philosophy and procedures are embraced
  • Other duties as assigned, including participating in school events outside of regular school hours when needed

Required Competencies & Qualifications:

  • Experience in helping students achieve speech and language goals in a school setting
  • Experience in conducting SLP observations, screenings and evaluations utilizing best practice test materials
  • Strong interpersonal and problem solving skills
  • Ability to present information in a group and individual setting using strong communication skills (oral and written) and ability to prepare clear and concise reports
  • Possess knowledge of the fundamentals of IDEA and its impact in the discipline and knowledge of young children’s characteristics, need and socio-emotional development
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team environment and the ability to work positively with parents and families
  • Demonstrate the capacity for independent work and flexibility
  • Willingness to work in two locations within Washington DC
  • Commitment to upholding both SSMA and ECC’s mission and confidentiality of students and parent

Education and Experience:

  • Eligible for the Speech and Language Pathologist certification through OSSE and the DOH
  • Master’s degree (MA/MS) in Communication Sciences and Disorders or Speech-Language Pathology
  • AHSA certified or eligible for AHSA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology
  • At least 1-3 years of classroom experience working with students with special education needs
  • Experience with data systems preferred (SEDS, DC CATS, child outcome summary, SLED)
  • Passes background check and drug testing

Compensation:

The salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

How to Apply:

  1. Submit a cover letter and resume, in one document, to careers@shiningstarspcs.org and include the position title in the subject line.
  2. Click Here to complete the employment application.

Shining Stars Montessori Academy Public Charter School and Episcopal Center for Children do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

POSITION: Special Education Instructional Aide

Position Overview

Under supervision, the Instructional Aide performs a variety of paraprofessional instructional and clerical activities as directed by a licensed teacher in a classroom comprised of students with emotional, educational or behavioral problems; and to perform all related duties as assigned. The position assists in maintaining a safe and nurturing environment, and supports the organization by performing administrative and behavior management tasks as required.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assists licensed instructional personnel with the development and presentation of learning materials and instructional exercises
  • Tutors students individually or in small groups to reinforce and follow up learning activity
  • Prepares daily and weekly lesson plans based on students Individualized Education Plan
  • Assists in the development of a variety of instructional materials
  • Assists in the implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS)
  • Assists students work assignments as directed by certified teacher
  • Observe students in their classrooms and other activities to gain a better understanding of the student and their behavior.
  • Counsel students individually or in groups on positive behavior techniques.
  • Consult with professional colleagues to develop appropriate behavior intervention plans for individual students.
  • Develop and cultivate positive relationships with students and other stakeholders.
  • Provide timely and accurate documentation, in compliance with policies, procedures, and local regulations.
  • Provide interventions to enable students to remain in classroom and/or help develop strategies to express and control their behaviors.
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary team meetings to assess and enhance the Center’s positive behavior support and intervention plan
  • Performs all other related duties as assigned

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Completion of two years of higher education study OR Associates Degree (preferred) OR pass Para-Professional Assessment
  • Knowledge of general concepts of child growth and development and child behavior characteristics
  • Knowledge of student behavior management techniques and strategies (PBIS)
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively with children
  • Knowledge of learning problems of children with special educational needs

To apply, e-mail a cover letter and resume to ecccareers@eccofdc.org. Please include Instructional Aide in the Subject Line of email messages. The full job description for the position will be provided upon request.