Principal/ Education Director

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health
May 10, 2022
Downingtown, PA
Job Type


Are you interested in Evidence-Based Educational Curricula, Leadership, Fiscal Management, Project Management, Program Quality Improvement, and Staff Development? Do you enjoy being a creative leader who implements best-practice services to students with disabilities?

If you answered YES, then consider joining our Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health team!

Being a Principal/Education Director at Devereux has its Advantages

You will work with other dedicated professionals who share your passion for helping individuals in need.

Devereux Center for Autism Research and Education Services (CARES) provides programs and services for children and adolescents with autism and developmental disabilities. Located in Downingtown, PA, this position is responsible for directing and leading the school program to ensure the provision of appropriate student services in a safe and healthy environment. The Principal/Education Director engages the school in a process of continual development to provide best-practice services to students with disabilities in compliance with all regulations from the PA Department of Education (PDE). Other responsibilities include but are not limited to Project Management, Fiscal Management, Compliance with PA State regulations governing Private Academic Schools and Approved Private Schools, recommending and implementing educational changes as necessary. You recognize that Devereux CARES is a school of ch and work effectively with local school districts to maintain a high quality program and adequate enrollment.

The Devereux Center for Autism Research and Education Services (CARES) is an educational program licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education that provides services to students, ages five to 21, diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. CARES provides an environment that focuses on teaching each student based on his or her unique strengths and needs. Programming is focused on increasing independence for each student, particularly in the areas of:

  • Communication
  • Social skills
  • Self-care routines
  • Community inclusion
  • Recreation and leisure
  • Domestic skills
  • Self-determination
  • Employment

You will be offered:

  • A team-oriented environment
  • The opportunity to lead and mentor staff working with children with various diagnoses
  • Teacher loan forgiveness eligibility
  • Staff throughout school use a strengths-based approach emphasizing positive behavioral supports (PBIS)
  • BENEFIT ELIGIBILITY AFTER 30 DAYS OF EMPLOYMENT (1st day of the 1st pay period after 30 days)

Devereux requires all individuals interviewing for a position involving contact with children to complete The Diana Screen, a screening that assesses a candidate’s understanding of appropriate boundaries between adults and children.

What is Devereux doing to support and protect the health and safety of our staff during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Devereux is committed to the health and safety of our staff. All Devereux centers have formal infectious-disease and emergency-management plans tailored to specifically address the unique aspects of communicable disease prevention including COVID-19. We adhere to all mandates and guidelines in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization and practice all protocols that protect the health and safety of our staff. To learn more of how Devereux is supporting and protecting our staff during the pandemic, please visit

As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we will continue to adapt our response (and protocols) in real-time to meet any challenges and to ensure the safety of our staff and those we are so privileged to serve and support. #devereuxstrong


  • EDUCATION: Master’s degree in Education or Special Education required. Doctorate in Education or Special Education preferred. PDE Instructional or Education Specialist degree required. PDE Principal Certification or Special Education Supervisor certificate required.
  • EXPERIENCE: Five years’ experience in an educational setting with individuals with behavior disorders and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities. Five years’ experience working with children/adolescents with autism and/or autism spectrum disorders as well as experience in applied behavior analysis preferred. Experience supervising others in an educational setting. Strong organizational skills. Ability to manage multiple tasks and adjust to a flexible work schedule including nights and weekends as needed. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to lead large group meetings and interface with the public. Proficient computer skills, mastery of Microsoft Office Applications, experience with data collection/analyzing platforms (Radar, Pro-Filer, and/or other internal and external software applications pertinent to the position). Strong organizational skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Requires ability to work independently, prioritize, manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and adhere to established guidelines. Valid driver's license must be maintained.

Keywords: Principal, Educational Leadership, PBIS, Autism Services, Intellectual disabilities, Servant Leader,

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