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Program Supervisor – Friendship Academy

The Watson Institute is hiring a full-time Program Supervisor at the Friendship Academy special education school in Pittsburgh, PA.  The Program Supervisor has leadership responsibility for the education/milieu teams to oversee and supervise the day-to-day operations of the program.

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Employment Type: Full-time

Program Supervisor Job Responsibilities:

  • The Program Supervisor has leadership responsibility for the education/milieu teams for oversight and supervision in the day-to-day operations of the program
  • Responsible for the day-to-day operations of one of the Learning Communities
  • Directly supervise the classroom/milieu and ancillary staff individually, and in their roles as members of the classroom cooperative team, to ensure that duties are fulfilled in a manner that demonstrates knowledge and use of instructional “best practices” and positive behavior management procedures
  • Maintain familiarity with the laws and regulations governing special education and partial hospital programs and accompanying operational procedures or changes with support from the Education Director and the Clinical Coordinator
  • In conjunction with the Clinical Coordinator and Education Director, facilitate the integration of educational and mental health programming for students, based on each student’s IEP and mental health treatment plan
  • Ensure students’ Individualized Education Plan (IEP) are developed and implemented in accordance with the procedures detailed in the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s (PDE) Chapter 14 Regulations and the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA 2004) with support of the Education Director
  • Mentor newly hired classroom/milieu staff concerning knowledge and acquisition of skills specific to the responsibilities of their job assignment
  • Oversee defined aspects of mental health programming (group documentation) with support of the Clinical Coordinator
  • In accordance with policies and procedures address disciplinary or crisis situations within the Learning Community
  • In conjunction with the Directors, plan and conduct professional development for program staff that reflects best practices
  • Perform other duties pertinent to the job as directed by the Education or Clinical Director

Supervisor Job Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree in Special Education, Counseling, Mental Health field, or closely related field required
  • PA teaching certification in special education and/or licensure in social work/clinical counseling
  • Five years’ experience working with children with emotional challenges and at least three years in public or approved private school
  • Ability to exert moderate physical effort, typically involving some combination of bending, stooping, squatting, reaching, kneeling, and brisk walking
  • Ability to physically restrain students for their safety and the safety of others
  • Current PA clearances:  Acts 34, 114 and 151