Center Director – Orange, CA

FAST@CHOC (Families And Schools Together) refers to a collaborative team of professionals at the Thompson Autism Center at CHOC Children’s and the Thompson Policy Institute at Chapman University.
The FAST@CHOC Center Director is responsible for the implementation of interventions and outcomes of the FAST team. FAST is a group of trained professionals and select graduate students specifically designated to meet the needs of each individual and family who are characterized by especially challenging circumstances in the school environment. The FAST Center Director serves in the areas of psychoeducational assessment review, school-based interventions, and Individualized Education Plan advisement and monitoring, and provides direct supervision to the FAST team. The FAST team serves as an advocate for the child, and an ombudsman between the family and the responsibilities of the school system, toward the ultimate mission of developing a collaborative approach that supports the intervention plan that will provide the highest quality of life and learning for the individual with a special need. The FAST@CHOC Center Directors works closely and collaborative with the Executive Director of the Thompson Autism Center at CHOC Children’s.

This is an exempt Administrator position scheduled to work full-time and will be extended based on continued funding. This position is eligible for participation in our health and welfare benefits and our supplemental retirement plan.

• Identify cases in need of FAST services by obtaining referrals, reviewing case histories, identifying the issue(s) needing solution, and then assigning an intervention plan.

• Supervise a team of graduate students (at various levels of training) from the Attallah College of Educational Studies graduate program at Chapman University. Provide consultation, guidance, and training to students as they work to support families referred to the FAST team. Supervise and direct the development of a plan of action for FAST cases with families and school partners, gathering any additional data from essential individuals and leading the development of the plan of action. Collaborate with families and school professionals to identify appropriate plan, and include other specialists as needed. Supervise FAST students as they work with parents through each step of the plan. Hold monthly team meetings to discuss cases and refine policy and procedures.

• Coordinate a caseload of FAST referrals, working directly with the families, and the school team and medical or service providers to provide consultation, increase collaboration between all stakeholders, and develop a collaborative intervention plan for the child.

• Review and approve FAST team member notes, ensure logs are correctly filled out and data is accurately being kept, for accountability and research purposes consistent with regulations related to confidentiality.

• Work collaboratively with the TPI Director, Deputy Director to develop and host educational workshops for parents and professionals as identified in the FAST@CHOC consultation model.

Required Qualifications:
Master’s degree or higher in an Education related field. Doctorate degree highly preferred.Certification or licensure for conducting psychoeducational assessment. Professional experience in the field of Education for at least five years.Successful experience in supervising students and collaborating with teams of professionals.Knowledge and experience with psychoeducational assessment (i.e., planning, administration & interpretation of commonly used evaluation tools, data synthesis and integration, sharing results with consumers), IDEA, and IEP development and implementation. Well-developed understanding of classroom and school environments, as well as the organization and operation of schools and agencies. Substantial knowledge and successful experience in working with children, ages 0-22, with Autism or other Neurodevelopmental disorders and their families. Strong interpersonal skills to interact with diverse constituents, with proven ability to demonstrate sensitivity to individual and family needs. Proven ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality. Strong collaboration and leadership skills. Ability to understand, follow and apply applicable policies and procedures.

This position will require a Background Check & Live Scan.

This position work primarily at the Thompson Autism Center at CHOC (approximately 4 days per week), and at Chapman University.

Experience in developing and using progress monitoring and outcome measures is desired.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Applicants for Staff and Administrator positions must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Chapman University does not sponsor applicants for Staff and Administrator positions for work visas.

The offer of employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion and outcomes of a criminal background screening, and returning to the Office of Human Resources a signed original acceptance of the Chapman University Agreement to Arbitrate.

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