Position: Director of Inclusion and Academic Support, Our Lady of Mercy School, Potomac, Maryland
Reports to: Principal
Position Overview: The Director of Inclusion and Academic Support is an integral part of the school’s instructional leadership team and is responsible for overseeing programs and faculty that provide educational assistance to children with exceptional needs including academic, behavioral, emotional, developmental, intellectual, and physical needs.
Job Summary: To help provide students with exceptional needs an inclusive education in a Catholic school setting with the goal of maximizing the growth potential of each student.
Advocate for inclusive education students.
Oversee/manage a caseload of students with exceptional needs and implement their Individual Catholic Educational Plan (ICEP) in inclusive and pull-out settings.
Support general education teachers and administrators in the implementation of appropriate strategies to meet the needs of students with ICEPs.
Maintain confidentiality of student records and student information.
Engage parents and families in their student’s learning and act as an ambassador for inclusive Catholic education in the community.
Maintain a high level of knowledge regarding developing special education issues in a Catholic school setting.
Work with faculty to deliver professional development and coaching on best inclusive teaching practices including Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Response to Interventions (RtI).
Communicate with national educational community on inclusive teaching strategies.
Maintain students’ ICEPs and other related files.
Coordinate formal assessments for related services with providers and outside vendors.
Manage relationships with outside vendors to ensure students receive all individual services (i.e. Occupational Therapy, Language and Speech, etc.).
Develop and manage Student Assistance Team.
Evaluate inclusion and academic support staff.
Manage Mercy’s inclusion and academic support admissions process.
Effectively communicate to parents and guardians the inclusive education process including the process for referrals, evaluations, annual ICEP meetings, etc.
Facilitate workshops/meetings and identify resources for teachers and parents of students with exceptional needs.
Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
Identify and develop appropriate curriculum, instructional plans, and school-based assessments to support the academic growth of students with ICEP plans. Knowledge of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) essential.
Coordinate with the faculty and the student assistance team to complete quarterly ICEP and academic support progress reports for parents/guardians.
Ensure ICEPs are developmentally appropriate, curriculum/standards-based, strength-based, and relevant to individual students.
Integrate new developments, research findings, and best practices into ongoing programs and new initiatives.
Develop Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP) and assist with appropriate behavior management techniques for students with exceptional needs.
Administer formal or informal observations/assessments as needed.
Collaborate with grade-level teams to discuss strategies to use with students in need of academic and behavioral support.
Provide tutoring in the classroom or one-on-one when necessary.
Furnish assessment accommodations based on ICEPs.
Coordinate standardized testing.
Facilitate the transition of student information among the appropriate staff.
Analyze assessment results to drive instruction and ICEP development.
Working Conditions: 11-month employee with reduced summer hours
Degree in Special Education or another related field
Masters in Special Education preferred
Administrative leadership experience preferred.
About Our Lady of Mercy School
A parish pre-school/elementary/middle school in the Archdiocese of Washington:
Be Inspired. Be Challenged. Be You.
Our Lady of Mercy School, guided by the heritage of our Catholic faith, provides each student the opportunity to reach full potential of mind, body and spirit. Through daily exposure to individualized instructional environments, technology and innovative teaching methods, Mercy students learn to think, question, collaborate and lead in 21st century society.