500 19th Street Northeast
District of Columbia
Position Description and Responsibilities
Unique opportunity to be on an innovative charter boarding school targeting foster care youth
About Monument Academy
Working with the most at-risk adolescents and established on an innovative model integrating excellent academics with evidence-based, trauma-informed practices, Monument Academy is a weekday boarding school that opened in the 2015-2016 school year with a 5th grade class of 40 students and will have 160 students when we reach full enrollment through 8th grade in 2018/19. The school is currently authorized to expand to 8th grade and maintains the goal of growing through high school so that students will graduate from Monument Academy.
The mission of Monument Academy is to provide students, particularly those who have had or might have contact with the foster care system, with the requisite academic, social, emotional, and life skills to be successful in college, career, and community, and to create an outstanding school that attracts, supports, and retains exceptional and caring people. Monument Academy will fulfill its mission by providing stability, adult connection, high-quality academics, therapeutic support, and life skills for pre-teens and teens. Monument Academy graduates will be prepared for post-secondary education, on a career trajectory, and have the social, emotional, and self-care skills to maintain a healthy, connected, and economically self-supporting life.
About the Position
As a member of the well-being team, the school psychologist will play an integral role in the development and implementation of a mission-aligned Well-Being program throughout all aspects of the school. They also participate in all-school professional development and staff committee assignments (which may include PBIS, safety, staff morale and other committees).
This individual will conduct psychological evaluations as needed for cognitive assessment and diagnostic clarification to inform IEP’s as well as crisis and behavioral plans. The psychologist will also be responsible for providing therapy to a case-load students as part of the Well-Being team. Monument Academy Well-Being Counselors consult with the senior leadership team, the faculty, the staff of the residential program, external partners and service providers, as well as with parents and students in order to ensure streamlined communication and service delivery. They participate fully in the conversations around student progress and the development and review of students’ personalized learning plans. They also participate in all-school professional development and staff committee assignments (which may include PBIS, safety, staff morale and other committees). Each Well-being Counselor will ensure that student needs are also being met through universal large group, targeted small groups, and individual level interventions aligned with school data and student need.
Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
- Promoting Monument Academy’s core values and model the highest behavior standards for staff and student at all times
- Conducting neuropsychological and/or psychoeducational evaluations of students
- Articulating test results to parents and MDT members in clear, understandable language attending to cultural sensitivity
- Maintaining progress notes as required by school regulations
- Facilitating staff training to enhance professional development
- Supporting the crisis intervention team
- Supervising a team of classroom-based Well-being Coaches who focus on social-emotional learning.
- Participating in the development and review of Individual Education Plans (IEP) for special education students
- Assisting with progress monitoring for student based interventions
- Overseeing school wide intervention initiatives such as bully prevention.
- Serving on the Positive Behavior Intervention and support (PBIS) team.
- Conducting self harm, lethality, and sexulaized behavior risk assessments, Social History Assessments, Functional Behavior Assessments, and creating Behavior Intervention Plans.
- Participating multidisciplinary team meetings.
Candidates should possess the following:
Character Traits and Values
- Commitment to the mission of Monument Academy
- Emotional self-regulation, patience, maturity and humility
- Ability to take initiative and ownership of role and responsibilities
- Excellent people skills
- Respect for students, families, and staff
- Ability to accept feedback
- Proactive and able to anticipate issues and manage unanticipated events with thoughtfulness and grace
- Commitment to positive and strengths-based behavioral approaches
- Strong sense of ethical psychotherapy principles and confidentiality
- Willingness to learn and grow in a new school environment
- Commitment to teamwork
Experience, Credentials, and Skills
- Licensed Clinical or School Psychologist with training and/or experience in child and adolescent development
- Experience administering child and/or adolescent psychological evaluations - preferable experience with executive functioning and trauma measures
- Experience in a school setting or program that works directly with at-risk youth, preferably in an urban/diverse educational setting
- Preferred experience providing individual and group therapy to youth and demonstrated success with children and adolescents with high social, emotional, and behavioral needs
- Experience working with traumatized youth
- Cultural competency in working with students and families from different racial, ethnic, linguistic, and sexual orientation backgrounds
- Ability to connect with families/caregivers
- Experience with family therapy a plus
- Experience working with or knowledge of the foster care system a plus
- Excellent quantitative and analytical skills for understanding and interpreting data to inform instruction and other practices
- Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
- Outstanding organizational skills and ability to prioritize, delegate, manage time and tasks to meet deadlines
- Proven track record working collaboratively with a team
Hours: This position will be roughly between the hours of 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Location: Washington, D.C.
Monument Academy offers competitive salaries, commensurate with experience. The school offers a strong benefits package that includes health care (HMO and PPO options), retirement plan (employer match available), Flexible Spending accounts, and generous vacation leave for its administrators.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Visit the “Careers” page on www.monumentacademy.org. Click the “Apply Here” link. You will be asked to create a profile, then fill out an application, including uploading your resume and cover letter. Salary and benefits are competitive, and commensurate with education, and level of work experience. Monument Academy is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and encourages applicants from all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, marital status, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, disability, or any other protected status. All employment decisions are made solely on the basis of the individual’s qualifications, as related to the requirements of the position being filled.