Full Job Description
Organization and Position Summary
Shrub Oak International School is a world-class, private, special education boarding and day school preparing students for to lead more meaningful lives. We serve the sophisticated needs of an international co-ed population of young adults on the Autism Spectrum. Our innovative relationship-based model grounded in evidence-based principles builds on students' strengths and interests, maximizing therapeutic and learning opportunities. Our renowned experts work with students to individualize life and career development paths based on each student’s specific needs and interests. Each student’s team of clinicians, teachers, and student- life staff collaborate closely to address the student’s issues quickly and reinforce therapies and learning paths, so that the student progresses more rapidly. Our modern, technology-infused facility is set on 127 acres of agriculture and farmland where students learn in a natural environment full of sensory experiences.
The Nurse will serve as a Director of Health and Wellness is a full time, professional position, providing leadership, administrative oversight and direct service for the Health and Wellness office and program, as well as the supervision of the department staff. The Director will provide front line administrative oversight for daily operations and is responsible for guiding and mentoring staff and students, coordinating all medical, health and wellness appointments and events for students, and implementation of staff recruitment and retention efforts. The Director will ensure that procedures are consistent with regulations set forth by appropriate oversight agencies.
The Director will closely collaborate with all levels of staff from all areas of Clinical, Education and Campus Life to develop comprehensive health and wellness activities that enrich student development and experience. As an educator, the Director works closely with colleagues to deliver inclusive community and specific skills development to meet the individualized needs of Shrub Oak’s student population.
Having access to confidential information regarding Shrub Oak and its students, discretion and independent judgement is required. The Director also actively assists with other SOIS programs, events, and services, and has the opportunity to be involved in a wider range of Clinical responsibilities.
Essential Functions – Primary duties of the position
Lead and supervise and staff a comprehensive health and wellness program 365 days/per year on a 24/7 basis including medical services, nutrition, fitness and wellness education
Establish and maintain outstanding relationships with a variety of medical, psychiatric and related providers and local hospitals to facilitate outside referrals and care of our students as needed and required
Facilitate all student referrals to outside medical, psychiatric and related care as needed in accordance with established Shrub Oak policy and practice in consultation with families
Establish and maintain good communication with student’s family members, acknowledging the important role that they play in the student’s health and well-being
Assist with hiring, development, training, leadership and management of the Health and Wellness staff, including documenting employee progress, development, and performance, and implementing employee disciplinary action if necessary in collaboration with the Head of Clinical and Head of Human Resources
Complete (and/or oversee the completion of) performance planning and review documentation as required for departmental staff
Assist with the development, implementation, and oversight of the budget in collaboration with the Director of Clinical as needed and required
Closely coordinate colleagues in Clinical, Education and Campus Life teams to ensure required information is contained in an individual departmental plan, aligned with the mission, vision, goals, strategic plan and learning outcomes
Ensure that quality care is provided to all students using a student-centric approach by monitoring and evaluating patient/client care processes and outcomes utilizing continuous process improvement
With the Director of Clinical Services, establish policies, procedures and protocol for the Health and Wellness
Ensure the proper maintenance (and security) of all medical equipment and facilities are in good working in coordination with the Director of Clinical and the Head of Operations
Attend and participate in regular staff meetings, professional development opportunities, staff retreats and other meetings as needed
Develop and implement annual area goals aligned with the overall Clinical goals
Coordinate assessment/evaluation activities for all aspects of Health and Wellness
Attend school and community programs and meetings as needed
Work a flexible schedule which may not necessarily be limited to traditional "office hours" and appropriately respond to emergency situations as needed in accordance with Shrub Oak policies, procedures and protocols
Perform any and all other responsibilities may be required and needed
Required Skills – Competencies – Qualifications
Knowledge of public health standards and pathological medicine and the ability to accurately diagnose, treat, and prescribe for a broad range of medical problems while recognizing those cases that need to be referred to outside medical care
Ability to establish and maintain outstanding connections with outside medical and related providers and local hospitals to refer students for specialized care
Demonstrated ability to achieve desired results working collaboratively in a dynamic environment with multiple stakeholders while being sensitive and responsive to the diverse needs of students, families, faculty, and staff, with a high degree of cultural competency and collegiality
Experience in program design, management, and implementation as well as assessment and evaluation
Ability to effectively and proactively interact with a wide variety of people in a manner that values diversity, and positively portrays Shrub Oak, its programs, personnel, and philosophies
Outstanding and effective verbal and written communication skills with the ability to prepare and deliver presentations. Must be able to communicate and interact effectively with all levels of students, faculty, staff and all external constituencies
Ability to adapt, remain flexible and have the ability to make sound and appropriate decisions under pressure where situations/circumstances are continually evolving
Ability to multi-task, and handle multiple situations with discretion, sensitivity to a variety of factors, and utilizing sound judgment
Proficiency in computer skills including the Microsoft Office Suite, databases, electronic communication, and web based applications
Interest in collaborating beyond the confines of Health and Wellness including programming, education, professional development and outreach
Education and Experience (i.e. certifications)
A minimum of a Master's Degree in nursing or related field, advanced practice nursing degree in pediatrics preferred
Licensed as a nurse practitioner in the State of New York (in good standing) with knowledge and competence in all areas of patient assessment and outpatient care
A minimum of five (5) years in student health care management, health education, and/or wellness programs in an education setting is preferred
A minimum of three (3) years related work experience in an education setting with students with ASD, special needs and/or other developmental disabilities preferred
A minimum of 3 years’ professional experience and specifically demonstrated progressive experience in hiring, leading and developing staff
Demonstrated ability to operate independently with little supervision
Must be able to respond to emergencies on a twenty-four-hour basis
Valid driver’s license is preferred
The work will generally be performed in an office environment.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Physical demands are in excess of sitting; They include the ability to use the computer and phone. The role requires walking or standing to a significant degree, as well as the ability to navigate stairs, move around a large campus with uneven pavement, bending and squatting, lifting/carrying boxes up to 25 pounds, and the ability to rearrange furniture for events is occasionally required. The Director of Health and Wellness is required to move throughout the campus on a routine basis and act as a first responder to any medical crisis on campus.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full time, year round position.
Shrub Oak International School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to apply for a job or to perform the essentials functions of his/her job. Please advise us if you require a reasonable accommodation.