Student Support at DC

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DC is committed to an equitable and transformative education for all. At the heart of this work are our student support staff who support mental health, language skills, lead special education compliance, work one-on-one with students with Individualized Education Plans, and much much more.

Why Join DC

Impact

DC is committed to the mental well being of students, families and staff and our student support team is at the center of this important work. From promoting wellness initiatives, providing direct services to students, and advocating for all students – you are doing crucial work that advances this mission.

Grow

At DC, we believe we are always learning. We’ve identified core competencies that drive our work and aligned development opportunities to these competencies. All student support staff have funds to seek professional development; access to educational opportunities for licensure, and there are weekly meetings to develop and collaborate.

Robust Team

At DC, we provide a full continuum of services for students with a wide range of disabilities. Our whole-child approach includes multi-tiered systems of support to address student needs. Through wraparound services, we work to improve student learning and build healthier communities by addressing the environmental, health, and economic challenges that can hinder a student’s academic or social growth.

Equity Focus

We also aim to identify and confront institutional racism to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization for staff and students. By joining the student support team, you would be part of a team that includes diversity equity and inclusion in every decision.

Additional Benefits

DC offers for student support roles that take into consideration years of experience. For school-based student support staff, we offer a renewal add-on of up to $5,000 for each year you return. DC offers a robust benefits package including medical, dental, vision, various voluntary benefits, and employer paid benefits such as short-term disability, long-term disability, life insurance, and a membership to One Medical. DC also offers a 403(b) retirement account with employer contributions and match, vesting after three years.

Student Support Positions

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Special educator
Special educators at DC provide interventions that support students meeting their Individualized Education Plan goals in inclusion, resource, and pull-out settings. We require a bachelor’s degree and strongly prefer special education teaching experience.

Student Support compliance manager
These year-round staff members manage the Individualized Education Plan process at a DC campus. We look for candidates with at least 4 years of special education experience.

Mental Health Practitioner
Our mental health team is staffed by social workers and counselors who provide direct services to students and families. To be qualified, you mast have a masters degree in social work or counseling and be licensed by the District of Columbia Department of Health.

School Psychologist
Our school psychologists manage evaluations for students referred to the student support team. They play a key role in the creation of students’ Individualized Education Plans. School Psychologists must hold a Master’s Degree in School Psychology, Educational or Clinical Psychology and be certified by the District of Columbia Department of Health.

Occupational Therapist
Licensed occupational therapists provide push-in and pull-out supports to facilitate occupational performance. OTs must successfully complete and graduate from an accredited occupational therapy professional program recognized by NBCOT.

Speech language Pathologist
Licensed speech language pathologists provide push-in and pull-out supports to address existing speech or language impairments. SLPs must have earned a masters from an accredited speech language program and be ASHA certified or Clinical Fellow.

Additional roles, such as dedicated aide, behavior analyst, campus director of student support, special education instructional coach, etc. are also part of our robust student support team.

Connect with Us

Upcoming Events

  • Behind The Scenes Smilow Campus Visit

    March 29 9-11am

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  • DC Hiring Fair

    May 18 9am -1pm

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  • Teach at DC Webinar

    April 25 5-6:15pm

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Talk to a recruiter

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with Karen Griffin our Student Support Recruitment manager. You can also email Karen here.

"For me, it was seeing the DC mindset and structure around education, and the hours and work they put into students. During my program at the University of Michigan, I always wanted to work with students that looked like me because I wished I had that when I was growing up. Therefore, I was able to achieve my goals through DC."

LaTeasha Squirrell Manager of Primary School Mental Health

Application Process

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For most candidates who progress beyond the online application, the selection process involves the following steps:

Online Application
Our application is quick! An upload of your resume and a few short answer questions. Depending on the requirements of the role, you may be asked to provide proof of licensure.

Initial Interview
We’ll connect with you via phone or video for a 30-45 minute interview to learn more about you.

Performance Task
Depending on the role, you may be asked to submit a performance task aligned with the duties of the role.

Virtual Final Interview
You’ll get to meet virtually with team members via zoom to share more about yourself and learn more about the position.

References
We’ll ask you to share three professional references that we’ll reach out to.

Offer extended
You’re a member of the DC Public Schools team!