Unique opportunity to be on a growing team, at an innovative charter boarding school targeting foster care youth

About Monument Academy

Working with the most at-risk adolescents and established on an innovative model integrating excellent academics with evidence-based, trauma-informed practices, Monument Academy is a weekday boarding school that opened in the 2015-2016 school year with a 5th grade class of 40 students and will have 160 students when we reach full enrollment through 8th grade in 2018/19. The school is currently authorized to expand to 8th grade and maintains the goal of growing through high school so that students will graduate from Monument Academy.

The mission of Monument Academy is to provide students, particularly those who have had or might have contact with the foster care system, with the requisite academic, social, emotional, and life skills to be successful in college, career, and community, and to create an outstanding school that attracts, supports, and retains exceptional and caring people. Monument Academy will fulfill its mission by providing stability, adult connection, high-quality academics, therapeutic support, and life skills for pre-teens and teens. Monument Academy graduates will be prepared for post-secondary education, on a career trajectory, and have the social, emotional, and self-care skills to maintain a healthy, connected, and economically self-supporting life.

About the Position

As a member of the Well-Being team, the School Psychologist will play an integral role in the development and implementation of a mission-aligned clinical program throughout all aspects of the school. The school psychologist will work closely with the Clinical Director to develop, train, and execute clinical and well-being approaches for the students and staff. Monument Academy is adopting a school-wide Dialectical Behavioral Therapeutic model to increase students’ emotional regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness. As such, the school psychologist will be provided extensive training on DBT principles, as well as weekly individual supervision and biweekly group supervision.

The school psychologist will conduct psychological evaluations to provide diagnostic clarification, inform treatment, and determine eligibility for an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). They will also have an opportunity to supervise evaluations for post-doctoral candidates conducting psychological evaluations. The job will require close collaboration with the special education coordinator to ensure compliance of student assessments and evaluations.

Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, development and training of therapeutic groups in the evening, mental health training and psychoeducation for staff and teachers, Consulting with student life homes on best-practices in the homes and collaborating with the clinical Director to develops assessment measures for fidelity to clinical models , measures of effectiveness and benchmarks for success.

Experience, Credentials, and Skills

  • Psychologist must hold a license issued by the District of Columbia Department of Health
  • Applicants should have a Ph.D./Psy.D. in clinical or school psychology, and have completed their Pre-doctoral Internship working within the child/adolescent population
  • Experience in administering child and/or adolescent psychological evaluations – preferable experience with executive functioning and trauma measures.
  • Experience with supervision of graduate students
  • Experience in a residential or school setting, and/or program that works directly with at-risk youth
  • Experience working with at-risk populations in an urban/diverse setting, and/or working with families involved in the child-welfare system
  • Preferred experience providing individual and group therapy to youth and demonstrated success with children and adolescents with high social, emotional, and behavioral needs
  • Experience working with traumatized youth
  • Cultural competence in working with students and families from different racial, ethnic, linguistic, and sexual orientation backgrounds
  • Experience with DBT therapy a plus
  • Excellent quantitative and analytical skills for understanding and interpreting data to inform instruction and other practices
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • Outstanding organizational skills and ability to prioritize, delegate, manage time and tasks to meet deadlines
  • Proven track record working collaboratively with a team and ability to connect with families/caregivers

Candidates should possess the following:

Character Traits and Values

  • Commitment to the mission of Monument Academy

  • Passion for teaching and learning

  • Emotional self-regulation, patience, maturity and humility

  • Honesty and integrity

  • Curiosity and creativity

  • Optimism and enthusiasm

  • Excellent people skills

  • Respect for students, families, and staff

  • Ability to accept and integrate feedback into practice

  • Proactive and able to anticipate issues and manage unanticipated events with thoughtfulness and grace

  • Commitment to positive behavioral approaches

  • Willingness to learn and grow in a new school environment

  • Thoughtful self-reflection and good self-care skills

  • Commitment to teamwork  

Location: Washington, D.C.

Compensation: Monument Academy offers competitive salaries, commensurate with experience. The school offers a strong benefits package that includes health care (HMO and PPO options), retirement plan (employer match available), Flexible Spending accounts, and generous vacation leave for its administrators.

To Apply: Visit the “Careers” page on www.monumentacademy.org. Click the “Apply Here” link. You will be asked to create a profile, then fill out an application, including uploading your resume and cover letter. Salary and benefits are competitive, and commensurate with education, and level of work experience. Monument Academy is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and encourages applicants from all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, marital status, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, disability, or any other protected status. All employment decisions are made solely on the basis of the individual’s qualifications, as related to the requirements of the position being filled.