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Educational Liaison Job – 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.

Job Benefits

At the Watson Institute, we invest in our employees personally and professionally. Check out a few of the employee benefits you’ll receive as a Watson employee:

  • Excellent medical, dental, and vision insurances as well as life and long-term disability and access to voluntary benefits. 
  • 403b Retirement Plan with Watson matching employee contributions after 1 year of employment. 
  • Access to Tuition Reimbursement to pursue further education and advanced degrees.
  • Qualifying employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and flexible spending accounts.

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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