|| Director of Clinical Services
||VFES Central Administration
||Full-time, 12 months
||Monday to Friday, 8AM to 4PM
Valley Forge Educational Services (VFES) seeks an experienced, doctoral-level psychologist to serve as Director of Clinical Services and actively lead the implementation and development of clinical services offered within VFES’ educational and therapeutic programs, specifically The Vanguard School and Summer Matters. Reporting to the VFES Executive Director, the Director will be responsible for leading a staff of 40 clinicians, maintaining quality service delivery in all areas, ensuring the safety and welfare of all students, and complying with all applicable laws and regulations. Working closely with the Director of The Vanguard School, the Director will also ensure compliance with related services as outlined on each student’s IEP. As a member of the VFES leadership team, the Director will serve as a consultant to other VFES directors and supervisors.
Beginning on or before June 1, 2014, this is a full-time, year-round opportunity offering a competitive salary, excellent benefit & retirement packages, and generous vacation time. Interested candidates should send cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae by January 31, 2014.
- Directly supervises occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech and language therapists assigned to The Vanguard School and Summer Matters programs.
- Assists the Clinical Supervisor in oversight relating to school psychologists, school nurses, school guidance counselors, and behavior support staff assigned to The Vanguard School and Summer Matters.
- Conducts regular department meetings for Clinical Services staff to ensure the proper delivery of services and alignment with IEP goals.
- Ensures clinical services staff receive up to date training to maintain research-based standards of care, skills in assessment and treatment appropriate for the student population served, and certification/licensure in their respective professions.
- Participates in assessment and development of new program components as identified through ongoing quality assurance assessments and community-based needs assessments.
- Serves as consultant to the Executive Director in matters related to parent conflict, mental health issues, and parameters of all clinical services delivery.
- Maintains a clinical services manual outlining all related services, purposes, and required policies to support implementation of school based related services.
- Provides oversight and direction for all Inquiry/Admissions processes for all VFES programs.
- Provides direction and oversight of ACCESS funded related services, including delivery of services, timely entry of required electronic documentation, and submission of required data for purposes of reimbursement.
- Oversees compliance with all applicable federal, state, PA State Mental Health and PA Department of Education laws and regulations.
- Develops and monitors the annual budget for the department, identifying programming needs, staffing changes, and capital expense items.
- Maintains a professional, confidential and ethical relationship with all constituents (board members, administrators, colleagues, faculty, parents, students, and others).
- Serves as a member of the VFES Leadership Team. Collaborates with colleagues to foster a sense of community and support VFES initiatives.
- Attends and actively participates in other meetings as assigned.
- Maintains proper credentials for assignment and remains educationally informed in all related areas including PDE and national regulations for special education and PA State Mental Health regulations through continued professional study and attending workshops and conferences.
- Performs related duties, special assignments and projects as assigned.
- Ph.D., Psy.D., or Ed.D. from an accredited institution in clinical, counseling or school psychology.
- Current, valid Pennsylvania certification in school psychology is required. Current PA license to practice psychology preferred.
- PA Certification (or willing to pursue) as a Supervisor of Special Education or Pupil Personnel Services preferred.
- Minimum of five years’ experience working in a clinical capacity with special education students, preferably ASD, NI, and ED.
- Minimum of three years’ experience supervising clinical staff and the delivery of related services.
- Familiarity with admissions processes and systems within an educational and/or clinical environment.
- Ability to engage intellectually and physically in all components of the job duties and responsibilities.
- Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with all constituents (administrators, colleagues, students, parents, community based professionals and others).
- Knowledge of correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.
- Ability to use computers and to perform computer based clerical skills at a proficient level.