The Spectrum Program is a unique program designed to create educational options and interventions, within a regular school environment, for students that meet the diagnostic criteria specified in the revised DSM-5 for Autism Spectrum Disorder; formally categorized as Asperger’s Syndrome or High Functioning Autism. The program targets academically capable students diagnosed with ASD and takes a fresh approach to addressing their needs by both: a) including them in neurotypical academic classes and campus activities, and b) providing concentrated, daily focus on improving our students’ social and real-world functioning skills within the specialized Spectrum Life Skills Program. The Spectrum Program offers the following accommodations: extended time on tests, extended time on large projects, and preferential seating at the front of the room. Our main goal is to provide support to our students in developing executive functioning skills, organization, time management, calendaring, and self advocacy these life skills can be translated into students’ everyday lives and beyond graduation.
Reporting directly the Spectrum Program Co-Director, the Spectrum Coordinator is responsible for communicating the spirit and values of New Roads and managing the daily operations of and providing comprehensive administrative support for the Spectrum Program. The Spectrum Coordinator will also function as the administrative assistant to the Spectrum Program Co-Director as well as assisting the Upper School and Middle School teachers with organizational support of lesson plans and assignments.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Greet and welcome Spectrum Program visitors and prospective families
Schedule Spectrum Program admissions meetings/interviews
Answer phones, screen calls, take messages, including gathering all pertinent information for Spectrum Program Co-Director. Follow-up and direct messages to appropriate school personnel; providing updates on the status of important calls and initiating the appropriate follow-up in a timely manner.
Compose, update, edit, print, file and distribute correspondence and documents
Using the school’s database manage a report of all Spectrum Program outstanding and incomplete student work and and communication the status of all student work to the Spectrum Program teachers and the Spectrum Program Co-Director.
Coordinate Spectrum Program events for the school’s master calendar
Coordinate appointments and manage Spectrum Program calendar, anticipating and resolving scheduling conflicts and prioritizing appointments
Attend Spectrum Program faculty meetings, taking notes and follow up on action items
Assist all Spectrum teachers with organizational tasks and recording of student progress
Assist Spectrum Admissions in scheduling student shadow days and other visiting students
Work with Spectrum Co-Director and Spectrum teachers to coordinate details for Spectrum events, staff for special events including, when necessary, invitations, menu planning, volunteers, facility reservations and rental of supplies.
Maintain and manage Spectrum Study Hall daily
Serve as a member of the Emergency Response Team
Support Emergency protocol
Perform other duties as directed by the Spectrum Program Co-Director
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university required
Excellent organizational skills
Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
Ability to work with a diverse community of students, parents, and faculty
Ability to think quickly in high pressure situations
Collaborative work style leading to effective decision making and leadership
Strong technology skills- familiarity with using technology as a supportive tool for teachers, students, and parents
Enthusiasm for working with highly-motivated faculty and students