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High-School Based Transition Coordinator Job – Friendship Academy

The Watson Institute is hiring a full-time Transition Coordinator at Friendship Academy, located 4 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA. This position will work Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Job Benefits

The Transition Coordinator will implement and monitor Friendship Academy’s plan to provide appropriate and effective transition services to the students. The Transition Coordinator will be responsible for implementing all necessary steps outlined by the PA Department of Education for each student as they move from school to adulthood. The Transition Coordinator will also provide professional development and assistance on transition service requirements to school staff.

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.
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program access for employees who meet the forgiveness program requirements.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and flexible spending accounts.

Learn more about what it’s like to work at the Watson Institute!

Employment Type: Full-time


  • Provide community-based instruction and transition consultation for the students in Watson’s program
  • Provide leadership and technical support to the IEP team and help develop and implement the transition plans
  • Participate in classroom team meetings
  • Conduct informal and formal transition assessments and/or monitor the administration of transition assessments administered by staff to identify strengths, needs, preferences, and interests
  • Conduct individual or group job readiness classes to prepare students for post high school living (such as interviewing skills, applications, resume writing, work appropriate social skills, etc.) when appropriate
  • Participate in training for and implementation of Comprehensive Crisis Management and other behavior prevention and management systems and maintain certification
  • Support student transition activities within the school and in the community as they relate to the student’s IEP post-secondary goals
  • Facilitate coordination and/or conducts formal vocational evaluations, career and interest inventories, aptitude and accommodation assessments and provide written reports of results
  • Develop partnerships with local businesses and community organization for the purposes of Community Based Vocational Evaluation (CBVE), job shadowing and potential post-school employment
  • Establish and maintain a system for collecting data and monitoring CBVE student progress
  • Supervise the Community Based Specialist(s) as applicable
  • Serve as a liaison between community transition agencies (Office of Vocational Rehabilitation) for students in the program
  • Make recommendations for pre-vocational and career education curriculum resources
  • Adhere to the Watson Institute’s safety procedures, The Department of Labor Guidelines, and individual agency/worksite regulations
  • Maintain professional competence through professional development
  • Travel daily to various sites and drive students in a van to and from various sites
  • Develop/coordinate in-house vocational experience (IHVE) for high school aged students as they relate to transition goals
  • Other duties as may be assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in Special Education or related field required
  • Five years’ experience transitioning Special Education students to post-school outcomes preferred
  • Knowledge of adult programming and services preferred
  • The essential functions of this position require the ability to exert moderate physical effort, including bending, stooping, squatting, reaching, kneeling, crouching, brisk walking, and the ability to push, pull, lift, and carry 40 pounds
  • Valid PA Driver’s License and ability to drive students in a van
  • Current Acts 34, 114 and 151 Clearances