Job Openings

Welcome to the employment opportunities section of our website! A variety of dedicated staff members are needed at all times to ensure the smooth and successful operation of the educational and clinical programs at The Foundation Schools. 

All candidates will be required to pass a criminal background check and pre-employment drug screening after an employment offer is made. Once an offer of employment is made and accepted, candidates will be required to provide documentation of their legal right to work and proof of their identity.  The Foundation Schools does not sponsor H-1B visas. 

The Foundation Schools offers Equal Employment Opportunity to all applicants and employees regardless of race, color, religion, creed, age, gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity, national origin, disability, marital status, genetic information, Veteran’s status, or any other characteristic protected by Federal, State, or local laws. 

The Foundation School - Largo, MD

Program Assistants manage students’ behavior, ensure students’ safety through the implementation of the behavior management system, school rules and The Foundation Schools’ policies and help reinforce positive behaviors. Program Assistants support the academic program by working under the direction of the classroom teacher to implement lesson plans and meet IEP goals. Program Assistants complete or assist in the completion of behavioral documentation within assigned deadlines. Program Assistants also provide staff assistance and program support through participation in meetings, committees and special activities.

Education, Experience and Certification Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Formal training or experience in special education or other similar setting for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders required
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English abilities a plus

 

Education, Experience and Certification

  • Master’s degree in education, special education or related field is required
  • MSDE Certification or eligibility for MSDE Certification required in special education
  • Three years of teaching experience, writing IEPs, and/or attending IEP meetings, prior experience working with students with emotional disabilities preferred
  • Knowledge of special education law and the compliance requirements of the various federal, state, and local school system regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Training on Maryland and/or DC IEP systems a plus
  • Knowledge of testing and educational assessments is a plus
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, computer proficiency, and a demonstrated capability to interface and maintain effective relationships with co-workers and state/country representatives
  • Knowledge of IDEA and its specific applications to educating students with special education needs and emotional disabilities and other disabilities preferred
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) abilities are a plus

Physical, Interpersonal and Cognitive

  • Utilize basic office equipment such as computer, tablet, telephone, fax, copier, etc.
  • Complete reports and data input while using a variety of computer programs
  • Move and carry supplies; light lifting, non-repetitive
  • Work positively and collaboratively with others
  • Maintain a professional work ethic and meet the standards of professionalism including appropriate attire, attendance and timeliness
  • Demonstrate effective time management and organization skills
  • Prioritize and plan work activities
  • Use time and resources efficiently, set realistic action plans and goals
  • Speak clearly and be understood by others
  • Read and express thoughts in a written format
  • Possess and demonstrate a high level of mental and emotional balance
  • Respond quickly and tactfully to crisis situations while using critical thinking to assess problems
  • Work with minimum supervision and meet deadlines
  • Physically restrain or assist in student restraints
  • Possess sufficient mobility to provide program support and manage student behaviors

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Provide technical and content training to all IEP writing staff and staff involved in developing transition plans on the Maryland and DC IEP systems, with the support of the Clinical Director(s) and Education Director(s)

Supervise the development of all IEPs including proof reading, editing, and making recommendations for revisions to maintain compliance and to meet the individual needs of students; work with the Clinical Director(s) to ensure that FBAs and BIPs are completed in compliance within required timelines

Prepare for, schedule, and conduct all IEP related meetings (annual, triennial reviews, 60 day reviews, attendance meetings, placement meetings, manifestation, and Senior exit meeting); ensure that all parties whose presence or input is required for the meetings (including staff, administrators, parents/guardians, advocates, lawyers, surrogates, social workers, etc.) have been notified in a timely manner, and obtain required documentation from all parties, including those unable to attend

Notify the appropriate staff of the outcomes of IEP meetings, any additional follow-up needed (concerns raised, assessments, meetings, etc.) and update the student database and Finance Office of any changes to a student’s IEP related services

Work with the Registrar, Education Director(s), and Clinical Director(s) to ensure that quarterly documentation of all IEPs are completed, distributed, and filed

Provide parents/guardians with required documents prior to and following an IEP meeting within specified timelines; file all related documents in a timely manner

Assist the management team regarding documentation of critical incidents as needed

Attend all appropriate state, and/or local meetings/trainings related to IEP development, coordination, transition planning, and/or state testing administration as required

Maintain positive and professional working relationships with all local school system representatives and demonstrate knowledge of all educational interventions, resources, and special programming, and provide accurate updates of this information to the local school systems’ representatives

Maintain students’ files, related to the IEP and IEP related documents, in inspection-ready condition at all times in order for The Foundation Schools to remain in compliance in all areas according to federal, state and district regulations

Provide the Clinical Director(s) and Education Director(s) with feedback regarding teachers and therapists performance in IEP related meetings

Demonstrate knowledge of current special education regulations and guidelines, and identify changes to those regulations; communicate to the Education Director(s) and Principal those changes to ensure that The Foundation Schools’ policies and procedures align with current regulations

Demonstrate an understanding of how our students’ disabilities impact their behavior and ability to learn; display knowledge of students’ diagnoses and ensure the students’ IEPs reflect the individual needs to each student

Effectively manage student behavior through the implementation of the behavior management system, school rules, policies, and procedures; model appropriate behavior for the students during the school day

Proactively identify behaviors among all students that could lead to a crisis, an unsafe situation or disrupt the learning environment; use effective behavior management techniques to address these behaviors in order to limit the severity and length of disruptions

Proactively provide supervision of students to ensure the safety and security of the school program at all times

Maintain student confidentiality in accordance with The Foundation Schools Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest Statement and student record confidentiality procedures

Demonstrate appropriate use of verbal de-escalation skills to manage student behaviors; utilize the behavior continuum in order to use or consider the use of the least restrictive behavioral interventions necessary; use effective, appropriate, and approved strategies during a crisis including the participation in seclusions, therapeutic holds, escorts, and student restraints when necessary; consistently, and appropriately utilize and model TACT 2 techniques or classroom behavior management strategies

Actively participate in committees, meetings, supervision, and professional development activities

Consistently model and implement the organization’s core values to drive actions and to guide our students to incorporate Teamwork, Work Ethic, Integrity, Respect, and Leadership into positive behaviors

Comply with all of The Foundation Schools’ policies, rules, protocols, and procedures

Complete other duties as assigned

Education, Experience and Certification

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher is required, preferably in education, special education or related field, Master’s degree preferred
  • MSDE certification or eligibility for MSDE certification required in special education, and appropriate grade band; Art and Physical Education teachers require MSDE certification or eligibility for MSDE certification in content area
  • Two or more years of experience in a special education setting or experience working with emotionally disabled students or children with autism is preferred
  • Knowledge of IDEA and its specific applications to educating students with special education needs and emotional and other disabilities preferred
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) abilities are a plus

KEY JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Employ special education strategies and techniques to provide quality instruction that results in the students’ advancement of their academic progress on the approved curriculum and that promotes social and emotional growth
  • Demonstrate knowledge of academic subjects and the ability to effectively teach content area while using the approved curriculum
  • Communicate in a professional manner with parents/guardians about students’ academic and behavior progress prior to interims, end of reporting periods or as needed
  • Create and implement lesson plans that utilize a variety of teaching methods, including the use of technology, direct instruction, independent study and group learning, in order to engage students and actively encourage student participation; submit lesson plans within set guidelines
  • Demonstrate the ability to adapt classroom environment, activities, teaching styles, behavior management practices and lesson plans to meet the needs of students with varying academic levels and learning styles  
  • Establish expectations for learning and set classroom structure to encourage student participation and appropriate behavior
  • Use formal and informal observation and assessment tools to determine students’ needs, and adjust interventions and practices to accommodate those needs; evaluate instructional effectiveness, document, and make modifications based on data, reflection, and feedback
  • Provide a safe, structured, creative, and engaging classroom that is conducive to learning
  • Maintain an accurate classroom instructional inventory at all times
  • Demonstrate knowledge of special education laws and regulations including IDEA, FERPA, COMAR, and DCMR
  • Participate in the development and monitoring of students’ IEPs, BIPs, and FBAs including completion of required documentation within set guidelines
  • Grade students’ work, document students’ work in grade books, and complete grades within deadlines
  • Attend and actively participate in IEP meetings, reentry meetings, and other meetings with parents/guardians, students or county representatives; report accurately on student academic progress
  • Act as the lead in the classroom by providing guidance and direction to program assistants and dedicated aides assigned to their classroom
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how our students’ disabilities impact their behavior and ability to learn; display knowledge of students’ diagnoses and adapt intervention strategies accordingly to meet the requirements of the students’ IEPs and BIPs
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of verbal de-escalation skills to manage student behaviors; utilize the behavior continuum in order to use or consider the use of the least restrictive behavioral interventions necessary; use effective, appropriate, and approved strategies during a crisis including the participation in seclusions, therapeutic holds, escorts, and student restraints when necessary; consistently, and appropriately utilize and model TACT 2 techniques or classroom behavior management strategies
  • Work with other teachers, therapists, school leaders, and other team members to determine the student and/or classroom needs and adjust interventions and practices to best meet those needs; work with team to develop interventions and/or incentive plans when appropriate

 

Education, Experience and Certification

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher is required, preferably in education, special education or related field, Master’s degree preferred
  • MSDE certification or eligibility for MSDE certification required in special education, and appropriate grade band; Art and Physical Education teachers require MSDE certification or eligibility for MSDE certification in content area
  • Two or more years of experience in a special education setting or experience working with emotionally disabled students or children with autism is preferred
  • Knowledge of IDEA and its specific applications to educating students with special education needs and emotional and other disabilities preferred
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) abilities are a plus

KEY JOB FUNCTIONS

Employ special education strategies and techniques to provide quality instruction that results in the students’ advancement of their academic progress on the approved curriculum and that promotes social and emotional growth

Demonstrate knowledge of academic subjects and the ability to effectively teach content area while using the approved curriculum

Communicate in a professional manner with parents/guardians about students’ academic and behavior progress prior to interims, end of reporting periods or as needed

Create and implement lesson plans that utilize a variety of teaching methods, including the use of technology, direct instruction, independent study and group learning, in order to engage students and actively encourage student participation; submit lesson plans within set guidelines

Demonstrate the ability to adapt classroom environment, activities, teaching styles, behavior management practices and lesson plans to meet the needs of students with varying academic levels and learning styles  

Establish expectations for learning and set classroom structure to encourage student participation and appropriate behavior

Use formal and informal observation and assessment tools to determine students’ needs, and adjust interventions and practices to accommodate those needs; evaluate instructional effectiveness, document, and make modifications based on data, reflection, and feedback

Provide a safe, structured, creative, and engaging classroom that is conducive to learning

Maintain an accurate classroom instructional inventory at all times

Demonstrate knowledge of special education laws and regulations including IDEA, FERPA, COMAR, and DCMR

Participate in the development and monitoring of students’ IEPs, BIPs, and FBAs including completion of required documentation within set guidelines

Grade students’ work, document students’ work in grade books, and complete grades within deadlines

Attend and actively participate in IEP meetings, reentry meetings, and other meetings with parents/guardians, students or county representatives; report accurately on student academic progress

Act as the lead in the classroom by providing guidance and direction to program assistants and dedicated aides assigned to their classroom

Maintain student confidentiality in accordance with The Foundation Schools Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest Statement and student record confidentiality procedures

Demonstrate appropriate use of verbal de-escalation skills to manage student behaviors; utilize the behavior continuum in order to use or consider the use of the least restrictive behavioral interventions necessary; use effective, appropriate, and approved strategies during a crisis including the participation in seclusions, therapeutic holds, escorts, and student restraints when necessary; consistently, and appropriately utilize and model TACT 2 techniques or classroom behavior management strategies

Work with other teachers, therapists, school leaders, and other team members to determine the student and/or classroom needs and adjust interventions and practices to best meet those needs; work with team to develop interventions and/or incentive plans when appropriate

 

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