Clinical Director - Special Education

Largo, Prince George's County, Maryland
Jul 20, 2017
Aug 17, 2017
Full Time

The Foundation Schools is a special education day school which delivers innovative school programs and support services for children and adolescents with emotional disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and other learning challenges. The Foundation Schools is seeking a Clinical Director to work in our Largo, Maryland High School. 

The Clinical Director is responsible for the supervision of the clinical program and clinical staff.  and ensures appropriate therapeutic practices and processes are developed and implemented to meet the needs of each student as defined by the IEP.  The Clinical Director is responsible for the selection, placement, development and supervision of Program Therapists and other support staff as assigned and collaborates with the psychiatric consultants to monitor and manage student’s clinical status and needs.  Clinical Directors work closely with members of the management team to assist the Principal in the planning and development of the full school program to ensure it meets the needs of each student.  


  • Demonstrate an understanding of how their disabilities impact our students’ behavior and ability to learn; display knowledge of students’ diagnoses and ensure therapists adapt intervention strategies accordingly to meet the requirements of the student’s IEP and promote student success
  • Demonstrate and employ knowledge of clinical strategies and techniques; supervise, coach and counsel therapists to ensure use of appropriate therapeutic practices that result in the improvement of the students’ ability to master the approved curriculum and that promote social, emotional and cognitive learning and growth
  • Review and ensure therapy requirements are met to maintain compliance with students IEPs and meet the needs of the students; establish expectations for therapists on standards for therapeutic activities and behaviors; supervise, coach and counsel therapists on expectations; recommend adaptations, including use of software appropriate for use in the special education environment
  • Conduct and maintain documentation of formal and informal observations of clinical staff to evaluate staff’s knowledge, skills and abilities and monitor program quality; meet regularly with staff to discuss observations and develop performance improvement plans as necessary
  • Conduct regularly scheduled department meetings, supervision sessions and therapeutic professional development for the clinical staff to enhance their effectiveness in the program
  • Manage the IEP database, review and update information, maintain and schedule case management and other clinical assignments, including make-up sessions to ensure 100% compliance with IEP requirements
  • Supervise the parent involvement component of the school, including scheduling parent meetings and documenting ongoing efforts to improve parent engagement in the school program
  • Demonstrate and model knowledge of special education laws and regulations including completion of all documentation requirements; ensure assigned staff adheres to the laws, regulations and documentation requirements 
  • Proactively identify and address behaviors that could lead to a crisis, unsafe situation or disrupt the learning environment; model, administer and coach the use of effective and appropriate strategies during a crisis including participation in restraints when necessary
  • Participate and contribute to the school management process by sharing information, observations and program assessments to optimize and improve program effectiveness
  • Collaborate with other members of the management team, the education department, the behavioral program, the technology committee, related service providers and support staff to evaluate students' academic and behavioral progress and plans to ensure appropriate adaptation and inclusion of varied clinical methods and approaches to support student success
  • Participate in hiring, supervising, coaching, counseling and evaluation process for clinical staff and assigned support staff
  • Collaborate with the psychiatric consultants and principal regarding program operation, clinical status of students and training needs of staff
  • Provide case management for students as assigned; collaborate with parents, guardians and outside agencies to make appropriate referrals for needed services; research and secure new resources that support students’ with their social and emotional growth
  • Maintain accuracy, quality and timeliness of all clinical forms and documents completed by therapists; oversee revisions, provide feedback and coaching as needed to ensure documents are completed, shared and available to meet all billing, documentation and meeting deadlines
  • 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

Education, Experience and Certification Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in social work, psychology, counseling, psychiatric nursing or other related field is required
  • A current Maryland LCPC or LCSW-C license is required
  • Five years successful clinical experience in child/adolescent counseling required
  • Maryland DHMH board registered and approved supervisor preferred
  • Supervisory experience preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of DSM-V and IDEA 2004 and their specific applications to educating students with emotional disabilities and other disabilities required
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) abilities are a plus


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