This position is responsible for leading a student-centered team to optimize student learning and growth.
Duties and Responsibilities
Implements the individualized program established for each student in his/her Individualized Education Program (IEP)
Through use of approved curriculum, provides instruction in specific skill areas to a diverse student population
Prepares appropriate supplemental instructional materials and experiences which will enhance learning opportunities for all students
Assesses student learning
Utilizes a variety of teaching techniques/modalities
Engages students in the learning process
Adheres to company policies and procedures
Completes any other essential duties that may be assigned
The responsibilities listed above are representative and not all inclusive. Other duties may be assigned by supervisors.
Knowledge and Skills
Ability to effectively interpret and communicate assessment results, evaluations, and proposed treatment in a manner easily understood by team members, the district, and parents
Knowledge of autism spectrum disorders
Ability to treat students with autism spectrum disorders
Familiarity with relevant diagnostic tools and procedures
Ability to maintain quality, safety, and infection control standards
Knowledge of the use and maintenance of facilities and equipment
Knowledge of sensory and behavioral strategies
Knowledge of child development theory
Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements
Ability to use computers (word processing software, therapeutic/educational software)
Strong written and communication skills
Strong organizational skills
The Special Education Teacher is an exempt position under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Annual Performance Review
An annual performance review will be conducted each spring by the Program Coordinator.
The Special Education Teacher will complete a self-assessment of his/her performance and submit the self-assessment to the Program Coordinator two weeks prior to his/her annual review each spring.
Minimum Job Requirements
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in in education, Special Education Certification (LBS1, Emergency certification from ISBE, Provisional certification from ISBE)
Conditions of Employment
Pre-employment physical, drug screening, and criminal background check
Possesses appropriate professional credentials
Passing PCM training is a requirement of this position. Participation in PCM training and adherence to the Professional Crisis Management Association’s guidelines require at least average physical fitness. Any physical limitations or conditions that may impact one’s ability to participate in PCM training or PCM must be made known to Giant Steps upon application, as performance of various physical tasks is a bona fide occupational requirement of this position.
Working Conditions and Physical Effort
Work is typically performed indoors within the school facility
Moderate physical movement is required for the job
Moderate exposure to physical risk is anticipated
The noise level in this work environment varies from quiet to very loud.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is continually required to stand, walk, sit, run, squat, kneel, crawl, climb, balance, crouch, talk, hear, smell, and see. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50+ pounds.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with level of education and experience.
Giant Steps Illinois, Inc. provides a competitive benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision coverage to all full time employees who work a minimum of 30 hours/week.
About GIANT STEPS ILLINOIS INC
Since our inception in 1996, Giant Steps has been focused on providing education, therapeutic and recreational programs for Elementary, Junior High and High School students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), their families and the community. Giant Steps is currently designated as a therapeutic day school in the State of Illinois licensed and certified to exclusively serve students with a primary diagnosis of autism.
Giant Steps is also committed to providing adults with autism the support they need. Our adult program, Canopy, is currently operating a day program at Rich harvest Farms offering both work experience and recreational opportunities:
Unique work settings that will allow adults with autism to gain lifelong work experience in a wide variety of environments including tending the horses at the stables, harvesting vegetables in the on-site garden, food service and hospitality opportunities, housekeeping and administrative office experience based on their individual strengths and interests.
Unique leisure opportunities to develop and practice age appropriate leisure skills such as fishing, hiking, horseback riding, creative arts, special rec all while interacting with the staff at Rich Harvest