Employment

Dearborn Academy is a private therapeutic day school located in Newton, Mass. We enroll up to 60 students in Grades 3-12 who have specific learning disabilities and/or mild to moderate emotional challenges. We offer a rich academic program, which includes college and career preparation, diversified student support and explicit instruction, combined with our strong clinical component. This allows students who have been unsuccessful in previous school settings to achieve substantial gains. 

 

The school offers a rewarding workplace for those interested in a broad range of careers in education from teaching to counseling to administration and more. A diverse workforce with a variety of talents and perspectives, we share a commitment to the dignity of every student and the idea that the best learning is never one-size-fits-all.

 

We offer a competitive compensation package, a lively group of colleagues, and opportunities to make a real impact in the lives of students and our communities.

 

Application Components Required

  • Cover letter

  • Resume

  • Contact information for three professional references

 

Application Submission

Submit application information to:

Rebecca Altepeter, Head of School

 

Dearborn Is an EOE/AA Employer

Dearborn Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, genetic information, or disability in admission to, access to, employment in or treatment in its programs and activities. Dearborn Academy is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity in our workplace. The school system’s educational philosophy and personnel goals, including the goal of equal employment opportunity, will be considered in filling all positions.

 

Current Openings

Temporary Clinician

 

Start date: Immediately

 

Dearborn Academy is seeking a full-time temporary Clinician for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Candidates will also be considered for full-time employment if space is available. 

 

Clinicians work closely with the Principal to develop goals and interventions that support students to learn the necessary skills to become engaged members of their community and when indicated, return to lesser restrictive academic settings. Clinicians have a critical role as lead members of the team in creating a trauma-informed school where students feel secure in learning from their successes and their mistakes. Dearborn seeks candidates with experience in culturally-responsive approaches and practices.

 

Qualities and Experience

The successful candidate for this challenging and rewarding position will have the following qualities and experience.

 

  • Demonstrated compassion and kindness towards students, families and staff

  • Belief that students who demonstrate unexpected behaviors have gaps in their skills, with a drive to identify these gaps and then teach to the skill areas to address these gaps

  • Proven ability to form relationships with families, state agency representatives and public school district liaisons in order to create integrated student support teams

  • Belief that suspension is a last resort; with interest/experience in restorative justice practices

  • Strong and effective written and oral communication, meeting facilitation and decision-making skills

  • Self-starter with a collaborative style who values a community of highly-engaged team members

  • Demonstrated ability to observe therapeutic interventions and provide objective feedback and skill development for team members

  • Experience using data to help inform and shape teaching and therapeutic interventions

 

Responsibilities

  • Deliver individual counseling to support students social and emotional health and well-being
  • Complete family and developmental histories, conduct observations, and assigned formal and informal psycho-social evaluations 
  • Maintain communication with teachers, parents and outside providers regarding the social/emotional needs and functioning of students
  • Assist students in transferring their skills from counseling sessions to the larger school community by observing and supporting in classes and the milieu
  • Help teachers and others understand the impact of socio-cultural factors as they pertain to student performance in school to maximize student learning 
  • Provide stewardship around the planning and implementation of schoolwide SEL programs and other pro-social, community-building activities
  • Participate as an active member of our therapeutic sports classes by engaging as an active and/or supportive member of the team
  • Work collaboratively with other school professionals to analyze data, determine effective interventions, and progress monitor the effectiveness of such interventions.
  • Make referrals, coordinate, and maintain outreach to parents and outside agencies to address mental health needs
  • If working with students ages 14+, work closely with the College and Career Department to coordinate and plan for transition from high school
  • In collaboration with school professionals and administrators, intervene during crisis situations and make appropriate referrals
  • Prepare reports and written communications as necessary, including IEP goals, progress reports and annual review reports
  • Work with administration to inform staff of mandated reporting law and facilitate 51A filing 
  • Actively participate in IEP meetings and other student services meetings
  • Actively participate in program, departmental and school-wide trainings, meetings and activities 
  • Provide training and conduct teacher and/or parent groups as appropriate 
  • Other duties as assigned by Principal and Head of School

 

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in social work, counseling, psychology or a related field
  • LICSW/LMHC or license-eligible strongly preferred
  • Experience in a school environment preferred
  • Excellent relational skills and a strong capacity to relate to students and parents

 

Dearborn provides a supportive team environment with a competitive wage/benefit program. If interested, please apply by providing a cover letter, resume and three references to:

Sheilah Gauch, Principal

Two Open Positions for Assistant Teacher, FT, 2020-2021 School Year

 

Start date: Immediately

 

Dearborn Academy is seeking a full-time Assistant Teacher. The Assistant Teacher will work closely with Head Teachers to assist in the planning / delivery of classroom instruction and the monitoring / documentation of student progress, in addition to providing students with the supports they need to be successful in both the classroom and in the milieu. The Assistant Teacher is assigned to both academic classes and specials, as well as homeroom and enrichment classes throughout the day.

 

Qualities and Experience

The successful candidate for this challenging and rewarding position will have the following qualities and experience.

 

  • Demonstrated compassion and kindness towards students, families and staff

  • Belief that students who demonstrate unexpected behaviors have gaps in their skills, with a drive to identify these gaps and then teach to the skill areas to address these gaps

  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively as a team

  • Demonstrated experience working successfully with students in Grades 3-12

  • Demonstrated desire to pursue a career in the education or clinical field

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Experience working with elementary/middle school and/or high school students (Grades 3-12) required
  • Experience working with students with moderate disabilities preferred

 

Job Requirements

  • At least one year of relevant experience preferred

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

  • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

 

Dearborn provides a supportive team environment with a competitive wage/benefit program.

 

If interested, please apply by providing a cover letter, resume, and three references to:

Suzanne Rivard, Milieu Coordinator

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2020-2021 School Year at Dearborn

Learn about Dearborn Academy’s plans for the 2020-2021 school year, which began with a hybrid model of in-person and remote learning – guided by the priorities of safety and security for our students and staff.