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Director of Social Pragmatic Programs & Services

Landmark College
Putney, Vermont
Posted Date
Apr 18, 2023


Primary Function

Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs, this position is responsible for developing and managing the educational and operational aspects of the co-curricular programs and services that support the development of Social Pragmatic skills.

Specific Responsibilities

1.  Envision, develop, implement, and facilitate individual and group programming, activities, and services for Landmark College students and their families that support the development of social skills, interpersonal communication, social language development and self-advocacy. This includes programming & services in Landmark College short-term and online programming, as well as the traditional degree programs.

2.  Provide training & support for staff and faculty who work directly with students — especially residential life and academic advising staff. Consult with staff regarding difficult behaviors.

3.  Work with individual students & their families to support the transition into College and College living. Specific tasks to include:

                                a. Pre-arrival interviews & file screening

                                b. Coordinating the Social Pragmatic components of new student orientation (Fall & Spring semesters)                                     including program and staff oversight.

                                c. Work with Residential life to determine residential placement & roommate assignments.

 4   Develop student mentoring opportunities and curriculum. Facilitate placement in work-study, on-campus             internships, or volunteer opportunities as they benefit individual students and support best practices in social pragmatic     development.

5.  Be accessible and available to staff members in need of assistance and support while responding to emergencies and crisis interventions with students.

6.  Participate in Family Orientation, Family Weekend, Open House programs and other presentations as necessary. Serve as a resource and connection with outside professionals and agencies serving who might benefit from program referral, consultation or collaboration.

7.  Provide consultation services to student groups, and to faculty, and staff, which address the psychological and emotional well-being of students on the autism spectrum or with social pragmatic deficits and their developmental needs.

General Activities

1.  Remain current with developments in

                                 a.  serving students with Autism Spectrum Disorders,

                                 b.  serving students with pragmatic deficits, and

                                 c.  counseling and mental health issues, which specifically relate to college students and college                                                 community life.

2.  Supervise staff that includes the Assistant Director of Social Pragmatics, Social Coaches, interns, and student employees.

3.  Perform other duties as assigned or directed.

Required Qualifications & Skills

Essential qualifications include a master's degree in the field of psychological counseling and demonstrable training, skill, and professional experience to carry out job responsibilities or equivalent experience. PEERS@ Certification or the ability to become PEERS@ Certified within the first three months of employment. Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills. The ability to handle responsibly confidential/sensitive information is critical.

Physical Demand

The work is sedentary. Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to do the work. However, there may be some walking, standing, bending, carrying of light items such as papers, books, small parts. No special physical demands are required to perform the work.

Work Environment

General office and campus environment. Some travel, and night and weekend work will be required. Interactions with students on mental health issues that could become tense and potentially volatile. 

Interested individuals should provide a cover letter, resume or CV, and the names of three work references. Electronic submissions are preferred. Please email your application to Applications may also be mailed to Director of Human Resources, Landmark College, 19 River Road South, Putney, Vermont 05346. Review of applications will begin immediately. No phone calls please.

Diversifying the student body, faculty, and administration is congruent with our mission. We value diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, neurodiversity, race, and religion. Landmark College is an EO/AA/Vet/Disability employer.

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