- Minimum of 18 years of age.
- Authorized to work in the United States.
- Must pass state and federal background checks as required by the State of Colorado in order to be in contact with children.
- Must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education. Master’s degree is preferred.
- Must hold a valid and current license from Colorado Department of Education with a Special Education Generalist endorsement or desire/ability to obtain Sped Certification.
- Understanding and experience working with students with autism or SED and/or at-risk youth.
- Ability to operate a computer and basic office equipment including Microsoft Office products.
- Abide by all Colorado and federal rules and regulations guiding the organization including, but not limited to:
- HIPAA (Health Information Privacy and Accountability Act)
- Colorado Code of Regulations 503-1 Developmental Disabilities Services
- Colorado Code of Regulations 16.500 Service and Support Planning, Supporting People with Challenging Behavior and Protections
- Behavior Analyst Certification Board Guidelines for Responsible Conduct
- Ethical Principles and Codes of Conduct of the American Psychological Association
- Conduct self in accordance with organization’s Employee Handbook.
- Demonstrate ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, colleagues, and the public.
- Excellent verbal and written skills.
- Teaching experience in a facility school program.
- Experience in writing Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs) and communicating the contents in an understandable way.
- Experience compiling and managing special education reporting data.
- Experience or familiarity analyzing data and using data to inform decisions and/or instruction.
- Ability to supervise paraeducators who work in the same classroom.
- Organizational and good time-management skills
- Desire to continue development as professional and help the school maintain status of “Good Standing” as an Approved Facility School.
- Able to take responsibility for student outcomes and achievement.
- Ability to differentiate in a small class size setting.
- Desire and ability to suggest and implement new ideas to grow and strengthen the academic services provided to clients.
- First aid/CPR training
Job Summary: The special education teacher will provide special education services, pre-vocational and life skills training Spectra students in a Day Treatment setting.
Job Duties: Academic Services, Classroom Management
- Provide an optimal classroom environment and learning experience.
- Establishes and maintains strong classroom management.
- Completes and/or participates in academic and diagnostic assessments.
- Participate with family and/or guardian and team in the development of IEP.
- Facilitate and monitor activities in accordance with each student’s IEP goals.
- Follow classroom schedule.
- Meet the individual academic and therapeutic needs of each student.
- Provide information for school staffing meetings when child transitions to a new school.
- Complete all necessary paperwork before the end of work day, i.e. incident reports.
- Complete monthly education summaries and quarterly academic report cards.
- Develop lesson plans in accordance with standardized curriculum that allow for self-paced and individualized learning, and support emotional/behavioral disabilities.
- Knowledge of behavior/emotional support plans, crisis intervention techniques, and proactive/preventative techniques.
- Be familiar with the Exceptional Children’s Educational Act Rules and Regulations.
- School records shall be maintained and transmitted according to State law, pursuant to Section24-72-204, C.R.S., and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
- Be knowledgeable of LEA “child find” requirements to assess any suspected disabling conditions.
- Maintains professional boundaries with students and acts as a positive role model.
- Communicates with students in a strengths-based, trauma-informed, and respectful manner.
- Demonstrates ability to identify concerning behaviors, anticipate potential problems, and provide for the child’s individual needs on an ongoing basis.
- Supervise the paraprofessional so that he/she maintains routine, consistency, structure and democratic environment on an ongoing basis.
- Regularly assess student mastery of key skills and concepts and uses this data to differentiate instruction to meet student needs.
- Maintain teaching license by accumulating CEUs and/or credits and submitting application for renewal to CDE before current license expires.
- Facilitate Extended School Year services during the summer
Environmental Conditions / Physical Demands
Some clients may demonstrate physically aggressive behavior, which can include
throwing objects, kicking, pinching, punching, biting, or various forms of self-injurious
behavior. Employees will be provided with the level of safety training needed to ensure
that they are able to work safely with their clients. Staff will be required to implement
behavior plans which may include things such as response blocking, redirecting, or
extinction. Such a response may require a level of agility, quick reflex, and the ability to
physically protect themselves, the client, and others from harm. If you are not
comfortable in situations such as this, please notify a Director at this point, as this
position may not be for you.
Lifting 10 – 50 pounds, Frequently
Lifting over 50 pounds, Occasional
Carrying 10 – 50 pounds, Frequently
Carrying over 50 pounds, Rarely
Standing, Walking, Sitting, Kneeling, Frequently
Crouching, Squatting, Grasping, Frequently
Reaching, Bending, Running, Frequently
Limitations and Disclaimer
The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work
being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all
qualifications, skills, duties, responsibilities, or working conditions associated with the
position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with
disabilities to perform the essential functions. Please notify your Facility Director with any requests that you may have. Due to the nature of the organization, the noise level in
the work environment ranges from moderate to high. Interruptions may occur due to
severe or intensive client needs and behaviors. As a team, staff are expected to lend a hand and assist if and where they can. This description is intended to provide only basic guidelines for meeting job requirements. Responsibilities, skills and working conditions may change as needs evolve.
Job Type: Full-time