Job: Special Education Teacher

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Posted: 04/05/2017

Job Status: Full Time

Job Description

Hillsides is a premier provider dedicated to improving the overall well-being and functioning of vulnerable children, youth, and their families. We provide high quality care, advocacy, and innovative services that promote safe, permanent environments where young people can thrive.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Other duties may be assigned.

The essential functions include: 

  • Provide educational leadership in the classroom
  • Develop appropriate learning materials
  • Implement specific educational strategies to meet the unique needs of individual students
  • Provide direction for and collaboration with the Teachers’ Assistants
  • Prepare and present individual educational plans at IEP meetings
  • Evaluate student progress and prepare reports
  • Evaluate Teacher Assistants on yearly basis
  • Communicate with agency staff and parents
  • Maintain an interesting and dynamic room environment that promotes hands-on learning
  • Provide varied creative learning experiences for students
  • Engage in recreational and/or therapeutic sports activities with clients as needed
  • Able to drive for prolonged periods, stretch, reach, push, pull, bend, carry, lift, run, and walk
  • Other duties as required

SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED TO PERFORM THE ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

Communication Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from clients,  office personnel, other employees and the general public
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret manuals and office documents

      Mental/Interpersonal Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to define problems, gather, transcribe and post data, analyze, synthesize and classify information, and draw valid conclusions
  • Ability to work independently and with others – including other employees, clients and members of the public -- in face-to-face and telephonic contexts
  • Ability to multi-task, establish priorities and manage time, meet deadlines and perform duties under time constraints
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing work demands
  • Maintain high level of concentration and attention to detail for extended periods of time
  • Ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or complaints
  • Maintain a high level of ethical and professional standards in accordance with agency and community policy 

Physical Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to talk or hear in order to give and receive information and instructions
  • Ability to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls
  • Ability to reach with hands and arms
  • Ability to use computer keyboard up to 30% of the day
  • Visual acuity, ability to adjust focus and peripheral vision for work on a laptop or other computer equipment
  • Lift and/or move up to 20 pounds 

Equipment and Computer Software Skills and Abilities:

  • Computer literate (basic working knowledge of Microsoft WORD, Excel, and Outlook)

  • Able to use telephone, office copier, calculator, fax machine, computer printer and scanner, or other equipment as required

Job Requirements

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, CERTIFICATES & TRAINING

  • A valid California Education Specialist teaching credential
  • Background in classroom teaching; experience with students identified as emotionally disturbed and/or learning disabled
  • Experience working with culturally diverse populations
  • Skills in collaboration with general education and paraprofessionals
  • Valid California drivers license, driving record and personal vehicle insurance acceptable to Hillsides’ insurance carrier

In exchange for your skill and experience, Hillsides offers an excellent benefits package, which includes:

  • Medical insurance   

  • Dental insurance   

  • 401k   

  • Paid time off (PTO)   

  • Long term disability   

  • Life insurance   

  • Competitive salary   

  • Supportive work environment

Hillsides is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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