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Cumberland Heights (ARCH Academy)

Teaching Principle (ARCH Academy)

Cumberland Heights (ARCH Academy)


Job Summary

The Teaching Principal supports Cumberland Heights’ and ARCH Academy’s mission of transforming lives, giving hope and healing to those affected by alcohol and drug addiction.


The Teaching Principal oversees and provides classroom instruction for multiple grade levels of adolescents, ages 13-18 years, in a non-traditional classroom setting.  This position is responsible for managing student records, communicating with school systems, and ensuring that individual learning plans and curriculums are followed. This position ensures that all educational services provided are in compliance with Tennessee Department of Education Rules and Regulations governing residential (transient) school services.  This position reports directly to the Executive Director of ARCH Academy, which is an accredited Category I non-public high school.

Job Responsibilities


  1. Provides year-round, multi-grade level instruction to primary and extended care patients participating in residential rehabilitation at an alcohol and drug addiction treatment center.
  2. Communicates and consults with referring family members and/or guardians, zoned school systems, teaching colleagues and other referral sources concerned with student achievement, behavior and development while in treatment setting.
  3. Supervises and oversees Teachers/Tutors of ARCH Academy in planning, record keeping, and delivery of curriculum provided by individual schools to students
  4. Gathers information from a variety of sources (i.e., home school, administrators, teachers and/or parents) for assessment of referred primary and extended care patients and in identifying the learning needs of students.
  5. Assists in development, selection and delivery of classroom materials, considering factors such as individual needs, abilities, learning levels and physical limitations of students.
  6. Accommodates the varied learning styles and developmental levels within the self-contained classroom setting.
  7. Arranges and adjusts assistive technology and equipment utilized by the students in the classroom to assist in meeting individual needs
  8. Manages behavior in ways that motivate the learning process and the development of self-esteem in conjunction with Twelve Step philosophy
  9. Reports student progress, maintains up-to-date records of student progress, and delivers instruction according to appropriate grade level placement and IEP expectations.
  10. Maintains and provides up-to-date lesson plans and program planning for students with special needs.
  11. Assists in integrating primary and extended care students back into their regular school setting upon completion of residential treatment program
  12. Participates in the evaluation process with teachers and executive director as provided by the Tennessee Department of Education Rules and Regulations.
  13. Participates in training, feedback, and daily supervision of students in primary and extended care program
  14. Participates in training as described by the Tennessee Department of Education School Approval Process.
  15. Documents pertinent clinical information into the electronic patient record.
  16. Works to obtain and maintain accreditation in organizations or entities as approved or directed by the Executive Director, such as SEVIS, NATSAP.
  17. Ensures that a welcoming, safe and healing environment is maintained for each patient and family throughout the continuum of care.
  18. Recommends ways to improve the quality and delivery of services.
  19. Ensures proper handling and distribution of company funds.
  20. Maintains confidentiality of company and patient information.
  21. Reacts productively to change.
  22. Performs other duties as assigned.



Teacher and Tutor



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



Masters degree required; Current Tennessee Professional teaching license, with ability to become certified in Special Education endorsement through Praxis testing. Ability to instruct all high school subjects. Minimum two (2) years experience in teaching field as a principal or lead of a facility educational program.



  • Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds and push/pull up to 20 pounds
  • Must be able to speak and articulate clearly in English
  • Must be able to see, hear and move quickly enough to provide for the safety and instructional needs of the patients
  • Must be able to sit, walk, stand, and reach for extended periods
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal, problem-solving, judgment and analytical skills
  • Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Must be able to use computers, keyboards, software programs, and other related classroom equipment
  • Must be able to instruct multiple subjects at one time in a self-contained classroom setting
  • Must possess knowledge of student state testing requirements, including AYP/EOC
  • Must possess knowledge or be able to attain knowledge of appropriate management and spending of Title 1 funding
  • Must possess excellent organizational skills for managing student records, individual learning plans, and multi-grade curriculum delivery;
  • Must be able to motivate students in the learning process while managing behavior in ways that motivate the learning process and the development of self-esteem in conjunction with Twelve Step philosophy
  • Must possess knowledge of and ability to apply information regarding age/cultural/population specific characteristics to patients in self-contained classroom setting
  • Must be able to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with other employees and to effectively communicate with all customers
  • Must be able to maintain a therapeutic environment using a variety of behavior management skills, including the ability to de-escalate a person in crisis in a calm and supportive manner;
  • Must be able to become and maintain Handle With Care, CPR/AED, and First Aid certified
  • Must have knowledge or be able to attain knowledge of the Twelve Step philosophy with the ability to apply information regarding specific characteristics to the self-contained classroom setting;
  • If recovering, one year of abstinence required with five years strongly preferred.



Position is in an office setting that involves everyday risks or discomforts requiring normal safety precautions.  Position may have direct contact with volatile persons who require additional safety precautions.  This position has HIPAA clearance in regard to the medical records of patients in assigned area.


Additional Information


Discussed during interview

How to Apply

Please visit our website @cumberlandheights.org to apply


  • Date Posted: April 30, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Administrative
  • Service Area: Children / Youth