Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
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Teacher – Special Education
at Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
Lutheran Social Services of WI & Upper MI is currently seeking an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher to join our team serving the Waukesha County Birth to Three program. Birth to Three provides early intervention services in home to children and their families. We work directly with children on areas of development to bring the child up to age level while coaching parents and providing them tools and strategies to assist in bring the child up to the desired development level.
The Teacher-Special Education completes eligibility evaluations on children with developmental concerns and provides early intervention services, as a team member, to families with children who qualify for the program. Provides early intervention services designed to enhance child development within the context of family, focusing on strategies that promote parent-child interaction and functional skill development.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
This list of duties and responsibilities is not all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities, as management may deem necessary from time to time.
- Completes eligibility evaluations and assessments as assigned.
- Works as a team member, demonstrating expertise as an early childhood special educator, to assist families in fostering the development and learning of their child.
- Focuses on family driven priorities as the foundation for development of outcomes and the implementation of services.
- Provides ideas, strategies, and techniques to families and team members to enhance the child’s development within the context of their everyday lives. All ideas, strategies, and techniques focus on improving developmental skills that improve the child’s ability to function within daily routines.
- Provides services in such a way that takes into account that a child’s greatest resource is the family. Works in partnership with parents in any activity that serves their child.
- Expected to understand productivity expectations and meet those standards that have been established for the role and the program
- Provides services to families through support and adult learning, helping families to identify strengths, maximize parent-child interactions, and work toward fostering the development of their child.
- Participates as an active team member in IFSP meetings.
- Participates in staff meetings to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate services provided in order to meet “best practice” criteria and the needs of participants and their families. This includes identifying and utilizing materials that are accessible and familiar to the family.
- Coordinates services through consultation and collaboration with other professionals.
- Establishes and maintains effective public and working relationships with other staff, families, volunteers, and community organizations.
- Provides services at times and locations convenient for families.
- Attends team meetings and completes all paperwork and data entry as required to perform the above duties.
- Participates in professional development to ensure fidelity of practice.
- Performs other duties as required.
- Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
- Flex Spending for Dependent & Health Care
- Mileage reimbursement
- Paid Time Off
- 10 Paid Holidays
- Ability to Contribute to 403B
- Employee Assistance Program
- Service Awards and Recognition
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, skill, and/or ability required. Upon offer, candidates must successfully complete the necessary background, caregiver, medical and any other checks required, according to program requirements. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
- A Bachelor’s degree in Special Education in early childhood is required.
- A minimum of two years of experience working as an early childhood special educator, to include experience working with families and children with disabilities in natural environments.
- Knowledge of federal, state, and local rules and regulations governing Birth to Three Programs.
- Ability to complete continuing education as required by this program, professional organizations and /or regulatory agencies.
- Knowledge of the philosophy and delivery of early intervention services.
- Considerable knowledge of modern principles and practices used in early childhood special educator for children and their families.
- Working knowledge of techniques that promote positive behavior and success in young children.
- Working knowledge of techniques and strategies effective for adult learning (parents and care providers).
- The ability to establish effective working relationships with all stakeholders. An ability to work with diverse populations.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
- Must have a valid driver’s license and have reliable transportation to perform the essential duties of the role; a motor vehicle check (MVR) with a satisfactory driving record per the LSS Driver Safety Procedure is required, and ability to meet LSS auto insurance requirements.
- An 808 or 809 early childhood special educator license from the State of Wisconsin is required.
TRAVEL: Daily travel is required for this position. Some overnight travel may be required.
LSS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, disability status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.