Reports to: Upper School Clinical Director
***We’d love to meet you! Please note that this role is an anticipated opening for the 2021-22 school year. Want to learn more? Come to our Career Night!***
The Quad Preparatory School is an alternative, non-profit, K-12 college preparatory school dedicated to the education of twice-exceptional students, bright and creative children who learn differently. Quad Prep is a young, fast-growing school founded in 2013 that is a vibrant professional and collegial learning community for employees.
The Quad Preparatory School transforms the lives of twice-exceptional people – those who are gifted and learn differently – by redefining the experience of school. Our personalized model fully integrates social and emotional learning with challenging academics, empowering our students to rise to the level of their extraordinary talents. Through our innovative programs we are leading a larger movement in service of both twice-exceptional people and society at large.
Our teachers, clinicians, and staff joined together to craft our statement of values, which we are proud to share:
- Quad Prep is a kind and joyful learning community where everyone is celebrated for who they are.
- We ignite students’ strengths and passions and allow for safe academic pursuit at the highest levels by learning from mistakes.
- We are trustworthy and steadfast, and our high academic expectations challenge students to grow uniquely as people and in the way they learn.
- We widen our students’ perspectives, giving them the tools to know themselves and find success in the future of their choosing.
- We never give up on each other and are driven by the ethos of “not if, but how.”
As Quad Prep is rooted in the community of New York City, we commit, as a matter of justice and equity, that we shall work toward enrolling a student body and employing a staff that fully reflects the makeup of our community.
As education at Quad Prep is rooted in the idea that our neurodiverse students are to be proudly celebrated for their unique talents and potential, we commit that the whole self of every individual student, parent, and staff member shall be welcomed, valued, included, and treated always with the deepest respect and empathy.
And, as at Quad Prep our community is a single fabric supporting the development of all, we commit that every student shall benefit from the richness of the backgrounds and experiences that make up that fabric, so that they leave Quad fully prepared to engage with the exciting and wonderful diversity of this world.
The Quad Preparatory School is looking for a speech-language pathologist to join our Upper School division for the 2021-22 school year. The SLP works with a caseload of middle school and high school (i.e., 6th-12th grade) students. Clinical services in our Upper School are provided in a highly collaborative and integrated manner so as to generalize skills for success in natural and nuanced environments. Our speech-language staff play an integral role in maintaining the social-cognitive supports integrated throughout our program, which is a foundational aspect of The Quad Preparatory School. In addition to addressing students’ social-cognitive needs, our speech and language team provides language-based intervention. The SLP will have the opportunity to receive mentorship from senior clinicians, as well as through our consultative services provided by members of the Social Thinking® Training and Speakers’ Collaborative.
- Provide individual and group speech and language therapy to students based on individualized treatment plans
- Use a social-cognitive framework and the school’s specific psychosocial curriculum for pragmatic language therapy, based on the foundations of the Social Thinking® methodology and treatment tools
- Provide language-based literacy intervention and support academic staff in implementation of literacy strategies
- Screen students for possible speech and/or language delays/disabilities when concern is reported by parent(s) or teacher(s) or at clinician’s discretion with supervisor approval
- Advise and coach teachers and staff in regards to each child’s individual social and language-based needs
- Collaborate with other clinical staff and academic staff to integrate explicit instruction in executive functioning and social cognitive skills in academic classes throughout the school day
- Participate in calls with outside providers and parents as much as is needed and at a minimum of once per month for each family
- Meet with parents/guardians to provide feedback on pupils’ progress as needed and minimum at scheduled parent-teacher conferences
- Participate in weekly Psychosocial Team meetings with all faculty and staff
- Actively participate in supervision sessions with direct supervisor
- Utilize school’s platforms for staff-family and staff-student communication, goal tracking, etc., including Zoom, Google Suite, Altitude Learning platform
- Complete session notes, other data tracking of student goals, and report cards
- Perform other duties as assigned
- Passion for working with children
- Desire and ability to work with students with special needs
- Ability to connect with middle and high school- age children
- Knowledge of various clinical interventions and use of a collaborative approach to meet the unique needs of each child
- Effective oral and written communication skills
- A solid understanding of adolescent children’s academic, social, and emotional development
- Attention to detail
- Maintaining confidentiality and privacy
- Ethical conduct
- Time management and the ability to multitask
- Teamwork and collaboration
- Patience and flexibility
This job operates in a school setting. The school is located on the fifth and sixth floors of a building with an elevator. This role requires working in various locations around the school and occasional travel to the Lower School campus approximately two blocks away.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and listen. This position is active and involves standing and walking. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move items under 20 pounds. During fire drills, the employee, unless physically unable, will need to use the stairs to go to ground level from the fifth or sixth floor. Typing is required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Position Type and Expected Hours of Work:
This is a full-time exempt position in an educational facility which is open eight hours a day. Clinicians work twelve months out of the year according to the academic calendar, with three weeks of summer vacation time. Occasional evening or weekend hours may be required. In general, though, hours are Monday-Friday 8:15 A.M.-4:15 P.M.
Start date: August 23, 2021 (with potential to start July 6, 2021)
Compensation and Benefits:
Compensation is dependent upon experience and degree obtained.
At Quad Prep you’ll have access to a full range of benefits, including medical, dental, and vision coverage; pre-tax transit and dependent care accounts; a 401K match and student loan repayment contributions (after one year of employment); and a range of professional development opportunities, including our First Year Support Program for all new facility and staff; our Leadership Development Institute for those wishing to gain supervisory experience; and a full tuition waiver for candidates wishing to participate in our annual Certificate Program in Meeting the Needs of Twice-Exceptional Students.
You’ll engage with your colleagues in our ongoing staff wellness groups, relax at our game nights and happy hours, and collaborate in meaningful work as a valued member of our voluntary groups, including our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce; our Staff Ambassador Program; and our Peer Mentorship Program.
Required Education and Experience:
- Master’s degree in speech-language pathology/communication sciences and disorders
- New York State licensure (or eligible) in speech-language pathology
- ASHA certification
- Experience working with middle school and high school-age students
- Experience working with children with varying learning needs
- Experience with social-cognitive interventions
Preferred Education and Experience:
- Experience working with twice-exceptional youth
AAP/EEO Statement: The Quad Preparatory School is based on an inclusive philosophy that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital status, creed, sexual orientation, familial status, citizenship, veteran or military status, or any other characteristic protected by law in its hiring procedures and policies.