Director Special Education, The Ridge School

Rockville, MD
May 19, 2023
Jul 04, 2023
Full Time
Adventist HealthCare seeks to hire an experienced Director of Special Education for our Ridge School of Montgomery County who will embrace our mission to extend God's care through the ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing.

As a Director of Special Education you will:
•Plan, develop, and implement the overall structure of the school's special education services to students which includes, but is not limited to the academic, clinical, and behavioral components of the school program.
•Establish and maintain positive relationships with all local school system representatives to ensure sufficient student referrals to meet student enrollment and annual budget goals.
•Ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal requirements and regulations regarding the operation of a nonpublic special education program for students with emotional disabilities, multiple disabilities, other health impairments, and specific learning disabilities.
•Develop and maintain the school's annual budget.
•Provide oversight and supervision for day-to-day school operations.
•Hire qualified staff across all disciplines.
•Support & supervise staff across all disciplines including promotions & terminations when appropriate.
•Establish & maintain good working relationships with all local school systems, outside agencies, and MSDE & OSSE representatives.
•Develop and maintain cooperative relationships with parents and other community stakeholders.

Qualifications include:
•Master's Degree in special education required
•Minimum of 5 years experience in special education settings
•Minimum of 3 years experience in a supervisory/management capacity in a school setting
•MSDE certification required
•Knowledge and understanding of MSDE COMAR regulations and OSSE regulations
•Strong leadership ability
•Excellent communication skills
•Excellent time management skills
•Strong ability to manage staff across all disciplines w/in the contexts of ADV policies and procedures, local, state, and federal guidelines, and Ridge School protocols
•Excellent knowledge and understanding of special education and emotional disturbance
•Ability to think creatively in terms of ongoing program development

Work Schedule:

12 month position

Monday - Friday

730am - 4pm or 8am - 430pm

At Adventist HealthCare our job is to care for you.

We do this by offering:
  • Work life balance through nonrotating shifts
  • Recognition and rewards for professional expertise
  • 403(b) retirement plan
  • Free Employee parking
  • Benefits Eligible Positions:
    • Competitive, comprehensive benefit plans [including health, employer-paid disability and life insurance, PTO]
    • Employer retirement contribution and match after 1-year of eligible employment with 3 year vesting
    • Ancillary benefits such as flexible spending, legal and pet insurance to meet the needs of employees and their eligible family members
    • Subsidized childcare at participating childcare centers

As a faith-based organization, with over a century of caring for the communities in the Maryland area, Adventist HealthCare has earned a reputation for high-quality, compassionate care. Adventist HealthCare was the first and is the largest healthcare provider in Montgomery County.

If you want to make a difference in someone's life every day, consider a position with a team of professionals who are doing just that, making a difference.

Join the Adventist HealthCare team today, apply now to be considered!

COVID-19 Vaccination

Adventist HealthCare requires all applicants to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before commencing employment. Applicants may be required to furnish proof of vaccination and , if offered, may elect to be vaccinated at a n designated Adventist HealthCare location.

Tobacco and Drug Statement

Tobacco use is a well-recognized preventable cause of death in the United States and an important public health issue. In order to promote and maintain a healthy work environment, Adventist HealthCare will not hire applicants for employment who either state that they are nicotine users or who test positive for nicotine and drug use.

While some jurisdictions, including Maryland, permit the use of marijuana for medical purposes, marijuana continues to be classified as an illegal drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act. As a result, medical marijuana use will not be accepted as a valid explanation for a positive drug test result.

Adventist HealthCare will withdraw offers of employment to applicants who test positive for Cotinine (nicotine) and marijuana. Those testing positive are given the opportunity to re-apply in 90 days, if they can truthfully attest that they have not used any nicotine products in the past ninety (90) days and successfully pass follow-up testing.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Adventist HealthCare is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to attracting, engaging, and developing the best people to cultivate our mission-centric culture. Our goal is to have a welcoming, equitable, and safe place to work and grow for all employees, no matter their background. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Adventist HealthCare will make reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities, in accordance with applicable law. Adventist HealthCare is a religious organization as defined under applicable law; however, it will endeavor to provide reasonable accommodations for applicants' religious beliefs.

Applicants who wish to request accommodations for disabilities or religious belief should contact the Support Center HR Office.

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