Mary McDowell Friends School is a K-12 college preparatory program dedicated to the success of students with learning disabilities. Grounded in the Quaker values of equality, integrity, and social responsibility, we cultivate a diverse community in which all students can reach their full potential. Our specialized teaching methodologies and challenging curricula empower students to become academic achievers, creative thinkers, and contributing members of a global society.
Mary McDowell Friends School (MMFS) invites applications for a full-time Speech and Language Therapist beginning in August 2021.
Position Overview The Therapist will support the mission of the school by evaluating and providing therapeutic intervention for our students.
The essential duties of a Speech and Language Therapist include, but are not limited to:
Provide therapy and evaluate students during school year programming and summer extended school year program (if deemed necessary)
Collaborate with school administrators for effective planning, coordination, and implementation of speech/language pathology programs into the total educational system including services provided during the traditional school year and/or summer extended school year programs
Adapts and modifies the environment including assistive technology and training instructional staff to meet individual needs and to help students function as independently as possible
Keep abreast of best practices in speech and language therapy. Investigate and apply new strategies to deliver student services by conducting or participating in continuing education/staff development
Coordinate and schedule services in order to best meet the student’s needs
Complete treatment notes and progress reports in a timely manner and according to school policy. Document all aspects of work with students according to school, state, and national guidelines
Participate fully in the life of the school, including professional development, MMFS committees, weekly faculty meetings, regular supervisory meetings, and all school silence and staff meetings
Supervise student activities including study hall, student trips (including overnight trips), advisory, student clubs, etc.
Diversity and Equity Commitments:
Understand and participate in all school-wide diversity and equity initiatives
Examine teaching practice through the lens of race, identity, equity, and privilege.
Develop a curriculum that provides students with an opportunity to recognize their many identities
Staff and reporting relationships Speech and language therapists report to the Division Directors. They also work collaboratively with the faculty, school counselors, social workers, and school psychologists regularly.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
MA required; special education experience a plus
3-5 years of experience; independent or charter school experience a plus
Strong oral and written communication with parents, children, and colleagues
Commitment to equity and justice, including knowledge and skills related to cultural competencies
The ability to create a classroom environment where students feel safe, supported and challenged
Strong collaboration and teamwork skills
Growth mindset and ability to use feedback to improve practice
Familiarity with new technologies; GSuite and Veracross a plus
About Mary McDowell Friends School
Mary McDowell Friends School is a K–12 college preparatory program dedicated to the success of students with learning disabilities. Grounded in the Quaker values of equality, integrity, and social responsibility, we cultivate a diverse community in which all students can reach their full potential. Our specialized teaching methodologies and challenging curricula empower students to become academic achievers, creative thinkers, and contributing members of a global society.