New City, NY
Salary: $45,000.00 to $47,000.00 /year

Build a brighter future…For those with special needs AND for yourself!

Since 1947, Jawonio has advanced the independence, well-being and equality for people with disabilities and special needs. We take tremendous pride in making a positive difference in the lives of the individuals and families whom we support and now we’re looking for a compassionate and caring person who wants to enrich their own life and the lives of others by working alongside a talented team of professionals in a working environment of personal accountability, mutual respect and most of all a true sense of teamwork.

JOB SUMMARY: To teach pre-school children requiring general and special education; to carry out evaluations and prepare curricula and other teaching strategies.

BACKGROUND/FORMAL EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: NYS certification in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood or related field. Experience with preschool children. Experience with children with special needs preferred.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Initial/Professional certification in Birth to Grade 2 by the NYS Education Department. Must complete 30 hours of OCFS training every 2 years, with 15 hours completed during first 6 months of employment. Will be observed in work environment and evaluated at least annually by supervisor.

Essential Elements

  • Works collaboratively with Special Education Teacher to plan and write a full curriculum appropriate for individual children and group based on a wide range of information developed from the Creative Curriculum, consumer files, observations during classroom activities, previous lesson plans, review of individual educational programs and evaluations, and the individual goals targeted for each child during daily activities. Innovates or develops new material tailored to specific children. Reviews plans with staff in order to ensure the carrying out of curriculum during the school day or while teacher is working individually with a child.
  • Performs a variety of general education classroom assessments on children on a continuing basis including individualized screening of basic skills (UPK-Brigance and Creative Curriculum Assessment) Prepares reports of evaluations and finding for submission to appropriate school districts and parents for follow through and use.
  • Understands CPSE and CSE process and expectations for implementation of IEP goals and works collaboratively with Special Education Teacher to carry out instruction to meet these goals.
  • When necessary for individual students, monitors and facilitates child’s physical presence in the classroom including positioning in sitting, prone position, supported standing, etc. appropriate to each child’s needs. Monitors physical and equipment needs to ensure all orthotics and seating systems fit and function properly.
  • Participates in team conferences with supervisor, therapists, classroom team, and other agency professionals to gain and share knowledge of individual children in a variety of situations and to better understand and meet their needs in the classroom. Confers with parents to discuss child in a supportive manner, and to educate parents as to how they can be supportive and carry out other activities to support the overall program. Trains or works with staff to meet with and confer with parents and to carry out other parent guidance activities.
  • Works collaboratively with Special Education Teacher to supervise the work of the Teacher’s Aide, assigning groups of children to each TA, providing instruction and guidance in working with individual children in a variety of ways. Develops schedule for Aides, assigning classroom duties for daily lessons providing guidance in the details of their work including the use of materials and equipment, assisting of children with any appliances or physical aids, etc. Works with Special Education Teacher to complete annual performance appraisal for TA.
  • Assists children with daily living activities such as diapering, toileting, dressing and feeding.
  • Keeps abreast of best practices in fields of early childhood education and incorporates new strategies, materials and programs as appropriate.
  • Works with Special Education teacher to supervise or guide volunteers or graduate students as may be assigned.

Nonessential Elements

  • Maintain safe, orderly and professional work area and work practices.
  • Performs other duties as necessary.

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