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 independent adult life and employment. 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. Our graduates live independently and have a purposeful, self-sustaining future, to the best of each student’s ability. After a few years of operation, Shrub Oak will have close to 600 staff and 390 students.
The Direct Support Professional (DSP) is a year round, non live-in position reporting to the Director of Campus Life. In collaboration with the Head of Campus Life, the DPS provides front line direct care and administrative support for daily operations. The DSP is responsible for guiding and mentoring students, assisting with emergency response procedures, and collaborating with all members of the Shrub Oak staff. As an educator and mentor, the DSP works closely with colleagues to create/maintain an inclusive community and foster specific skill 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 DSP also actively assists with other programs, events, and services administered through Campus Life, and have the opportunity to be involved in a wide range of Campus Life responsibilities.
Essential Functions – Primary duties of the position
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Manage the day-to-day direct care needs, operations and programs of our boarding students
Develop and maintain trusting, respectful relationships with students, including understanding his/her unique interests, needs and goals, as well as the student body generally, to maintain a positive and cooperative environment
Explain, enforce and support all policies and procedures to students ensuring an inclusive and respectful community, all to promote self-advocacy, collaboration, and independence
Complete administrative tasks, including but not limited to, assisting with move-in/move-out of students, shift logs, maintenance requests, incident reports, behavior intervention plans and progress tracking
Proactively work with students in crisis to de-escalate situations using school protocol
Attend to and report all emergencies and/or other situations requiring immediate attention in a timely manner to the appropriate staff member(s) in accordance with Shrub Oak policies/procedures
Facilitate on-campus and off-campus programming and community development based on the needs of each student outlined by the student’s IEP, faculty, clinicians or Campus Life model
Advise, support and mentor students on various life skills and issues collaborating with faculty and clinicians as necessary and follow up with all issues regularly
Support the individualized IEP and other developmental goals for each student, collaborating with the IEP team including documenting efforts and progress
Serve as a campus and community resource for students and staff by advising and providing guidance in planning programs, activities, academic support
Develop, present, track, and evaluate educational programs for students
Collaborate with Campus Life staff to ensure all students maintain a regular and appropriate schedule of events and daily living activities
Attend all required meetings and seminars as scheduled, including all staff orientation/training
Support other department responsibilities as needed and determined
Required Skills – Competencies – Qualifications
Experience working with adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum and/or students with developmental disabilities
Experience providing direct care to adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum and/or students with developmental disabilities
Passionate about working with and mentoring students (adolescents and young adults) within area of responsibilities, all to empower his/her self-determination, self-advocacy and development
Knowledge of and experience with crisis prevention and intervention strategies and practices, and behavior intervention plans
Knowledge of administrative operations, processes, techniques and procedures
Excellent organizational, communication and group facilitation skills
Excellent computer skills including but not limited to Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, etc.)
Ability to deal effectively, professionally and courteously with internal and external contacts, including all Shrub Oak staff, parents, and community constituents
Ability to maintain confidentiality and handle multiple tasks with frequent interruptions
Ability to work well within a team, as well as collaborate with colleagues, and others across disciplines within Shrub Oak staff
Ability to work flexible hours is required
Education and Experience
Relevant combination of post-secondary education and experience working with special needs populations as a DPS, Social Worker, Recreational Therapist, Registered Behavioral Technician, Behavioral Specialist or a related field
Experience working with adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum
1 year minimum of relevant professional experience required; previous experience working in a school and particularly a boarding program a plus
Experience working with individuals exhibiting challenging behaviors
Experience working cross-functionally in a transdisciplinary program to consistently support our students
Ability to speak multiple languages is a plus
Valid drivers license preferred
The work will generally be performed in a residential, campus school environment.
Physical demands are in excess of sitting, and require walking or standing to a significant degree. The DPS is required to move throughout the campus on a routine basis and execute program operations. Daily desk work including extensive amounts of computer and phone time as well as the ability to navigate stairs, mobility 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.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
Full time and part time overnight positions may be available. Full time staff work a traditional 40-hour work week.
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.
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