Quad Preparatory School
Lower School Post-Doctoral Fellow in Clinical Psychology (2021-2022 School Year)
Updated: March 26, 2021
Reports to: Lower School Clinical Director
The Quad Preparatory School is an alternative, non-profit, K-12 college preparatory school dedicated to the education of twice-exceptional students, bright and creative children who learn differently. Quad Prep is a young, fast-growing school founded in 2013 that is a vibrant professional and collegial learning community for employees.
The Quad Preparatory School transforms the lives of twice-exceptional people – those who are gifted and learn differently – by redefining the experience of school. Our personalized model fully integrates social and emotional learning with challenging academics, empowering our students to rise to the level of their extraordinary talents. Through our innovative programs we are leading a larger movement in service of both twice-exceptional people and society at large.
Our teachers, clinicians, and staff joined together to craft our statement of values, which we are proud to share:
Quad Prep is a kind and joyful learning community where everyone is celebrated for who they are.
We ignite students’ strengths and passions and allow for safe academic pursuit at the highest levels by learning from mistakes.
We are trustworthy and steadfast, and our high academic expectations challenge students to grow uniquely as people and in the way they learn.
We widen our students’ perspectives, giving them the tools to know themselves and find success in the future of their choosing.
We never give up on each other and are driven by the ethos of “not if, but how.”
As Quad Prep is rooted in the community of New York City, we commit, as a matter of justice and equity, that we shall work toward enrolling a student body and employing a staff that fully reflects the makeup of our community.
As education at Quad Prep is rooted in the idea that our neurodiverse students are to be proudly celebrated for their unique talents and potential, we commit that the whole self of every individual student, parent, and staff member shall be welcomed, valued, included, and treated always with the deepest respect and empathy.
And, as at Quad Prep our community is a single fabric supporting the development of all, we commit that every student shall benefit from the richness of the backgrounds and experiences that make up that fabric, so that they leave Quad fully prepared to engage with the exciting and wonderful diversity of this world.
The Quad Preparatory School is looking for a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Clinical Psychology to join our team of Lower School clinicians in providing effective, integrated school-based intervention. The post-doctoral fellow will be supervised in carrying a caseload of Lower School students primarily ranging from 2nd through 5th grade. The post-doctoral fellow’s role also includes supervising psychosocial teachers in carrying over clinical strategies throughout the school day and implementing psychosocial lessons. The post-doctoral fellow will receive internal trainings on frameworks adopted at the Quad Prep, including Collaborative and Proactive Solutions and the Social Thinking methodology; additional professional development includes weekly didactics, attendance at the annual Breakthroughs in Twice Exceptional Education conference hosted by Quad Prep, and two weeks of staff training prior to the beginning of the school year. The clinical team at Quad Prep is highly collaborative, a trait that the post-doctoral fellow must uphold to provide personalized support to each enrolled student. While the post-doctoral fellow position is a one-year position, our growing program has opportunities at times for staff trained on site to grow into a licensed professional position.
Provide individual and group counseling to a direct caseload of students, and complete session notes and other data tracking of student goals.
Provide psychosocial guidance in classrooms.
Lead sub-specialty area/project of the clinical team, to be determined by supervisor; examples include specialized therapy approach coaching across staff teams, research/data collection, psychosocial curriculum implementation
Supervise undergraduate or pre-graduate level psychosocial interns, psychosocial teachers, and/or paraprofessionals; evaluate performance of pre-graduate level psychosocial interns; oversee psychosocial interns’ and psychosocial teachers’ data tracking of students’ goals through Daily Report Cards.
Conduct weekly supervision/consultation with supervisees and ensure responsibilities of supervisees are carried out.
Perform timely risk assessment and ensure all follow-up.
Before the start of the school year, along with the child’s psychosocial team, identify goals for each student to begin tracking immediately upon commencement of the school year. Assure the development and timely revision of each student’s plan to allow for tracking of goals.
Schedule monthly collaborative calls with each student’s outside providers and student’s parents (all parties on the same call), and collaborate with parents and outside providers as frequently as needed.
Participate in weekly Psychosocial Team meetings with all faculty and staff.
Organize daily after-school meetings as needed with faculty and staff to cover any changes to students’ plans needed for the following day.
Advise and coach teachers and staff in regards to each child's individual therapeutic needs, the psychosocial curriculum and psychosocial clinical best practices; collaborate with other clinicians on students’ teams to determine the best approach for each student.
Competently utilize Google Suite, in particular Google Drive and Docs.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Passion for working with children
Desire and ability to work with students with special needs
Ability to connect with elementary-age children
Knowledge of various clinical interventions and use of a collaborative approach to meet the unique needs of each child
Effective oral and written communication skills
A solid understanding of elementary-age children’s academic, social, and emotional development
Attention to detail
Maintaining confidentiality and privacy
Time management and the ability to multitask
Teamwork and collaboration
Patience and flexibility
This job operates in a school setting. The school is located on the fourth floor of a building with two elevators. This role requires working in various locations around the school and the potential for accompanying students to a local park or outings in the community.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and listen. This position is very active and requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, and stooping all day. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move items under 20 pounds. During fire drills, the employee, unless physically unable, will need to use the stairs to go to ground level from the fourth floor. Typing is required for composing emails and writing reports. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Position Type and Expected Hours of Work:
This is a full-time position in an educational facility which is open eight hours a day. The 2021-2022 school year contract begins August 23, 2021. Occasional evening or weekend hours may be required. In general, though, hours are Monday-Friday 8 A.M.-4 P.M.
Compensation and Benefits:
Compensation is dependent upon experience and degree obtained.
At Quad Prep you’ll have access to a full range of benefits, including medical, dental, and vision coverage; pre-tax transit and dependent care accounts; a 401K match and student loan repayment contributions (after one year of employment); and a range of professional development opportunities, including our First Year Support Program for all new facility and staff; our Leadership Development Institute for those wishing to gain supervisory experience; and a full tuition waiver for candidates wishing to participate in our annual Certificate Program in Meeting the Needs of Twice-Exceptional Students.
You’ll engage with your colleagues in our ongoing staff wellness groups, relax at our game nights and happy hours, and collaborate in meaningful work as a valued member of our voluntary groups, including our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce; our Staff Ambassador Program; and our Peer Mentorship Program.
Required Education and Experience:
Doctoral level psychology degree, PsyD or PhD, GPA 3.6 or above
Maintain New York State limited permit to practice psychology
School-based experience with elementary population
Experience with students who have social-cognitive challenges and learning differences
Knowledge of evidence-based treatment, particularly CBT and DBT
Interpersonal style that builds consensus and compels constructive problem solving
Preferred Education and Experience:
Experience working with twice-exceptional youth
AAP/EEO Statement: The Quad Preparatory School is based on an inclusive philosophy that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital status, creed, sexual orientation, familial status, citizenship, veteran or military status, or any other characteristic protected by law in its hiring procedures and policies.