The Quad Preparatory School
Upper School Psychosocial Advisor
2022-23 School Year
Reports to: Upper School Clinical Director
Annual Salary Range: $50-$60,000
At Quad Prep, we are on a mission — to transform the lives of neurodiverse, twice-exceptional people by redefining the experience of school. Through the collective, collaborative, and empathic work of our teachers and clinicians, we are empowering our students to engage with the exciting and wonderful diversity of this world.
As we enter our 10th year, we are excited to welcome fellow innovators and collaborative colleagues to our team to be a part of this inspiring and impactful mission. We are eager to create challenging and engaging learning experiences for our students, to seek diverse perspectives, and to work together to continuously refine and redefine best practices in neurodiverse education. The Quad Preparatory School actively seeks to advance diversity through its programs and hiring.
Why work at Quad Prep?
COMMUNITY: We are committed to building a joyful and inclusive culture where everybody is celebrated for who they are.
COLLEAGUES: Our colleagues are inspiring, consummate innovators and are at their happiest collaborating to create personalized solutions for each student.
STUDENTS We guarantee that you will learn something eye-opening every single day from our students — and have a lot of joy and laughter along the way!
DEEP PROFESSIONAL LEARNING: Quad Prep supports mission-driven educators and clinicians to grow their professional skills and influence in the neurodiversity educational space. Close collaboration with colleagues, coaching from supportive leaders, and thoughtful, in-depth professional learning programs keep us growing.
GENEROUS AND COMPREHENSIVE BENEFITS
Health: Medical, Dental, Vision
Student Loan repayment
Retirement Plan contribution
Group Life Plan
Generous Parental Leave
WORK LIFE BALANCE: We provide generous PTO and preparation periods so that you can live the life you wish for — inside and outside of our school.
PROTECTED TIME * NEW FOR 22–23: We provide coverage to allow you to learn from one another, participate in one of our special PD programs, conduct original research, develop special projects, and participate in our initiatives to create the culture YOU want to work in.
You can build a private practice or tutor onsite during after school hours at low-cost reduced rates, available only to our Quad Prep staff.
Who We Are
(If Quad Prep is for you, you'll read what's below and feel, "That's me!")
At Quad Prep, we are guided by values that we hold dear and we have developed an innovative set of practices to meet our mission. We are:
Groundbreaking: We ignite our students’ talents and are passionate about their futures. You are:
Passionate about our work and our mission
Creative and excited about reaching each and every learner in new ways
Excited to help create new, evidence-based best practices in this rapidly evolving field
Able to set high expectations of both students and yourself and discover ways to meet them
Collaborative: We function with an exceedingly deep degree of collaboration. You:
Communicate effectively with colleagues
Seek to understand yourself and others in order to welcome new perspectives
Are generous of spirit and willing to give and receive feedback and input freely
Are kind, welcoming, and inclusive
Trustworthy: We are steadfast and are accountable to our students and each other. You:
Can be counted on to do what you say you will do
Have a high level of ownership for personal and team results
Can purposefully develop skills to find success in your work and our learning community
Ask for support when you need it
Project an unflappable, firm, and kind presence to our students
Constantly Learning and Growing: We value continued growth and learning. You:
Seek opportunities to learn and grow in your professional practice
Support colleagues by sharing best practices and nurturing their learning
Help the organization grow and improve by developing and sharing new ideas and approaches
Resourceful: At Quad Prep, we dig deep to meet our mission. You:
Are highly effective and dedicated
Display good judgment and sensibility
Excellent at supporting students inside and outside theoom
Flexible: At Quad Prep, we never give up on each other and are driven by the ethos of “not if, but how.” You are:
Open to new ideas
Nimble in fluid, changing environments
Excited by growth, change, and innovation
WHAT YOU’LL DO
The Psychosocial Advisor is responsible for implementing psychosocial support for individuals and groups of students, assistingooms in designing psychosocial structure, and the supervision and coaching of psychosocial teachers. These psychosocial supports are developed in collaboration with the clinical team, Clinical Director(s), and in consultation with academic teachers.
Coachoom teams to effectively optimize student learning by providing all necessary scaffolding, modeling, materials, and resources, and consistently maintaining a high level of expectation for student success.
As needed, support students throughout the day (integration) in utilizing psychosocial and executive functioning skills in group settings, work periods, and transitions; this support is modeled by the Psychosocial Advisor so that the psychosocial teacher can learn and later implement these supports.
In collaboration with the psychosocial teacher, establish and continuously monitor students’ individual psychosocial goals and strategies; oversee and ensure implementation of this tracking by psychosocial teachers.
Actively model executive function and social communication skills such as consideration of others’ input, appropriate phrasing of personal opinions, and shared interactive play.
Coach other Psychosocial Teachers in effective psychosocial support through real-time observations/support and meetings as needed (determination of which Psychosocial Teachers are being coached by Senior Psychosocial Teacher made in collaboration with Clinical Director and other clinical supervisors).
Lead or co-lead integrated team meetings in collaboration with the Psychologist/ counseling team.
Provide skill-based sessions (in lieu of counseling) to a caseload of students acrossooms; lead case management for these students (i.e., lead monthly calls, parent and team communication).
Lead or co-lead health and wellness sessions as assigned.
Facilitate learning of self-regulation, anxiety management, social thinking and impulse control skills, in collaboration with the clinical andoom teams.
Provide scaffolding that relates to executive function and facilitating successful group work (e.g., create visual schedules, strategies for working in a group, pre-planning and pre-discussions prior to activities).
As assigned, collaborate with other senior faculty in presenting parent workshops on relevant topics.
Work cooperatively with school administrators, colleagues, and parents to deliver a fully-integrated, student-centered learning environment for each individual learner.
Participate in all training and staff development modules, including reading required books and articles on cutting-edge 2E and other educational developments.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Required Education and Experience:
At least 2 years of experience in psychosocial teacher position
Master’s degree (or currently working towards) in psychology, education, special education, or related field
Three years of experience working with school-age children
Experience working with twice-exceptional youth
Preferred Education and Experience:
Crisis prevention and intervention training
This job operates in a school setting. School is located on the 4th floor of the building. This role requires regular walking to various locations around the school.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and listen. This position is active and involves continuous standing, walking, and climbing stairs. The employee must be able to lift and/or move items above or around 100 pounds. Typing is required. 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 exempt position in an educational facility which is open eight hours a day. Teachers and Clinicians work ten months out of the year according to the academic calendar (late August to late June). Occasional evening or weekend hours may be required. In general, though, hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
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***Note that all employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Medical and Religious Exemptions may be provided.***
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.