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Educational Liaison – Friendship Academy

The Watson Institute is hiring a full-time Educational Liaison at Friendship Academy, a special education school in the Friendship neighborhood of Pittsburgh. This position will work Monday through Friday.

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Employment Type: Full-time

Coordinate Friendship Academy student intakes which includes the following: 

  • Informing districts/parents/service providers about the program
  • Maintain the referral tracking system to ensure a smooth and timely intake process
  • Attain necessary public school student records are received to help evaluate if the potential student can be appropriately served at Friendship Academy
  • Schedule intake meetings, write intake Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs) and prepare other new student information forms necessary for student accounting
  • Conduct intake IEP meeting

Responsibilities for students enrolled: 

  • Coordinate scheduling the IEP meeting for the purpose of reviewing restraints
  • Attend IEP meetings
  • Assist with transcript credits for high school students
  • Maintain the student enrollment data system and share monthly with Chief Operating Officer, Finance Department, and Directors
  • Collaborate with the Billing Supervisor for full tuition student billing
  • Checking updates and changes within APSEM

Coordinate the reintegration of students to their public school which includes: 

  • Meet with Friendship Academy school team to review reintegration student data
  • Communicate with School District LEA and family to discuss reintegration opportunities
  • Coordinate and attend IEP meetings to ensure that the necessary changes in the IEP are completed and endorsed by the school district and the parents
  • Provide ongoing support to the student and consultation to public school
  • Schedule and attend tours at public school with students

Other Responsibilities are as follows:

  • The Educational Liaison will conduct staff training
  • Perform other duties pertinent to the job as directed by the Program and/or Education Directors
  • Ongoing communication between district representatives for currently enrolled students
  • Attend trainings for updated laws and regulations pertaining to Special Education

Liaison Job Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree in Special Education
  • Current PA teaching certification in Special Education
  • At least three years of teaching experience in a special education classroom
  • A firm understanding of special education laws and regulations required
  • Strong Organizational Skills
  • Effective Communication Skills
  • Current PA Act 34, 114 and 151 clearances required