Administrative Assistant-Special Education-Largo

Location
Largo, MD
Posted
Aug 10, 2018
Closes
Aug 28, 2018
Ref
AAPG
Function
Administrative
Hours
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 accepting resumes for Administrative Assistant candidates to work in our Largo school.

For over 40 years, The Foundation Schools’ mix of academic support and therapeutic services has given our students a chance to reach their full potential. The Foundation Schools is currently approved by the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia to provide services to students who have not been successful in their home school’s environment. The Foundation Schools has schools in Gaithersburg and Largo, Maryland that serve over 200 students in grades K-12.

Our Core Values’ provide a strong foundation for our programs, are integrated into our positive behavior intervention system, drive our actions and guide our staff and students daily to TWIRL (Teamwork, Work Ethic, Integrity, Respect, and Leadership).  We offer a supportive working environment with small class sizes and excellent resources. 

The Foundation Schools offers a comprehensive benefit package including tuition assistance and a generous retirement package. Visit our website at www.foundationschools.org for more information.

Administrative Assistants perform a wide variety of clerical duties to support the coordination, organization and scheduling needs of the school.  They prepare and accurately maintain a variety of reports, records, and files relating to students, staff, operational expenses, and school activities with an emphasis on accurate data entry.  They may also answer the telephones, and are the  first point of contact for all callers, visitors, parents, guardians, and students.

Education, Experience and Certification

  • High school diploma, G.E.D., or equivalent is required
  • Related course work, Associates or Bachelor’s degree is preferred
  • Two or more years of experience in the areas of clerical, administrative, and bookkeeping functions are preferred
  • Excellent typing, written, and oral communications skills required
  • Prior experience with face to face and telephone client or customer service preferred
  • Experience with a variety of computer software applications in word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation software
  • Prior experience in a school setting is a plus
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) abilities are a plus

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Maintain student attendance records in all required databases and spreadsheets on a daily basis; act as a liaison with LEA representatives regarding attendance tracking and or adjustments needed to attendance entries; provide the LEA representatives attendance reports as required
  • Prepare, copy, and distribute truancy letters and notifications to parents or guardians, and LEA representatives; collaborate with appropriate staff on truancy issues to ensure documents are completed and notifications have been provided to the required people within established deadlines
  • Maintain data on students’ absences and complete internal notifications to staff; coordinate with therapists about students’ absences; file annual student attendance reports
  • Monitor access of the students’ files and ensure files are secure and locked when not in use and a signature record is kept regarding every time a student’s file is accessed
  • File student documents and conduct audits as needed
  • Prepare, copy, and distribute student/parent handbooks, enrollment packets and lunch applications to parents or guardians at the beginning of each school year and as students enroll during the year; track returned documents and follow up on missing or incomplete documents as needed
  • Complete immunization record checks on new students and conduct annual audits to ensure the school is in compliance; send letters to parents about immunization records’ status and other documentation required annually by the state
  • Provide front desk’s coverage in a friendly and professional manner as needed; greet all students, parents or guardians, and visitors; document arrivals and departures of students, parents or guardians, and other visitors
  • Provide general clerical support to the school to include but not limited to filing paperwork, distributing student and employee communications or mailings, managing school supplies, and updating and maintaining calendar of events
  • Manage and reconcile the petty cash system and submit documentation to accounts payable for reimbursement as required to maintain appropriate balance; complete all payment requests, obtain required documentation and signatures, and submit requests in accordance with company procedures and due dates; act as a point of contact for the Finance Department
  • Assist in the management of students’ breakfast and lunch programs, including but not limited to the coordination of meal distribution, monitoring, tracking and recording of school meals in accordance with MSDE food regulations, oversight of dietary menus, and communicating with county representatives as the school liaison
  • Manage all in-coming and out-going mail and faxes; ensure all documents are are distributed to the appropriate people in a timely manner; ensure all student mailings are accurately mailed with established guidelines and timeframes
  • Record and document student information in databases to ensure the correct contact and medical information is entered
  • Maintain property damage logs, prepare property damage letters to send to parents or guardians, and record any payments received
  • Assist with the new hire interview process; provide appropriate applications to candidates, collect completed applications and resumes for interviewer, complete references as necessary and forward documentation to human resources upon hiring decision
  • Maintain list of staff contact data to include phone and room assignments; ensure staff mailboxes are updated as staff changes; assist staff with changes to phone extension and voice mail system
  • Oversee copy equipment and supplies; ensure copier is in good repair and call for service as needed; maintain adequate supplies for the copy equipment
  • Coordinate building maintenance work with the appropriate vendors and the Director of Operations; review and submit work orders
  • 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 knowledge of special education laws and regulations regarding confidential student information and ensure information is shared only when appropriate and in accordance with company policies and procedures, as well as with all federal, state, and local laws
  • Manage staff training information; prepare sign-in sheets, notify staff of training dates and times, collect completed training documents, scan training documents to the Human Resources Department, maintain tracking, and copies of documents on site for future reference; notify the Principal or other members of the management team of any outstanding issues regarding training documentation
  • Demonstrate an awareness of how our students’ disabilities impact their behavior and ability to learn; model appropriate behavior for the students during the school day
  • Identify red flag behaviors or situations, and communicate to the appropriate staff
  • 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

 

 

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