Early Learning Center Special Education Teacher

Atmore, AL
Full Time
Education
Experienced
Job Announcement: HR2024:88
Position Title: Early Learning Center Special Education Teacher
Advertising: Publicly
Department: Education
Division: Community Services
Immediate Supervisor: Director-Early Learning Center
Department Director: Director-Early Learning Center
Employment Status: Exempt
Position Type: Regular Full–Time
Mandatory Reporter: Yes
Background Check Required: Yes (child-sensitive)**
Opening Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Preference shall be given in accordance with the Title 33 (Tribal Employment Rights) of the Tribal Code/DFWP.

Overall Objectives of Position
The Early Learning Center Special Education Teacher is responsible for leading, teaching, inspiring, and providing guidance while effectively overseeing the daily operation of the Poarch Creek Indians Early Learning Center. This job description is not an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of this position. The Early Learning Center Special Education Teacher is expected to perform all duties and responsibilities necessary to meet the goal and objectives of applicable programs.
The Early Learning Center Special Education Teacher is expected to live the Purpose and Values of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and will go beyond the call of duty.

Primary Responsibilities of the Early Learning Center Special Education Teacher
  • Teaches lessons to students and make accommodations for their learning style or disability.
  • Provides support for students both academically and personally where necessary.
  • Teaches and reinforces socially acceptable behaviors.
  • Keeps accurate information about student progress that can be helpful during routine education assessments.
  • Collaborates with general education teachers and other specialists like speech therapists, behavioral health, occupational therapists, social workers, and physical therapists.
  • Serves as an advocate for a student with a disability.
  • Helps promote inclusive classrooms.
  • Provides appropriate testing assistance.
  • Works alongside ABA intervention team.
  • Respects students and treats them with dignity in the learning environment.
  • Prepares lessons in advance with the needs of learners in mind.
  • Designs activities to achieve the learning goals of the students.
  • Writes and evaluates IEPs and trains staff on appropriate teaching methods and skills to use with students.
  • Communicates with parents and works alongside the intervention staff to develop and implement BIPs.
  • Supervises the appropriate staff to include, but not limited to, general supervision, performance evaluations, leave approvals, and timesheets, and attendance records.
  • Brings daily inspiration to students and staff, creates a fun, loving, learning environment where meeting the needs of the children is the primary goal.
  • Creates a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity and interest of the students.
  • Prepares for classes and shows written evidence of preparation.
  • Uses a variety of instructional techniques, strategies, and media related to the lessons.
  • Assists in the implementation of all policies governing student conduct and develops reasonable rules of behavior. Maintains order in a fair and just manner.
  • Instructs students, individually, and in groups, using various teaching methods designed for young children.
  • Cultivates and maintains excellent communication with students, Education department/school staff, and parents.
  • Organizes and leads activities designed to promote physical, mental, and social development.
  • Prepares students for success as they move on to elementary school.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by appropriate person.
Day-to-day Responsibilities
  • Observes and evaluates student performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
  • Attends staff meetings as scheduled.
  • Establishes and enforces rules for behavior and for maintaining order among to students.
  • Keeps parents up to date on their child’s progress and any problems occurring in the classroom.
  • Praises and supports children using positive reinforcement techniques.
  • Acts as a leader among staff and parents, instilling confidence in ability to guide the program.
Education/License/Certification and Experience Requirements
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education with an ESE endorsement required.
  • Must have a Class A or B Early Childhood –or—Elementary Education teacher certification or obtain within one hundred eighty (180) days of employment.
  • Two (2) years of previous experience working with students with special needs in a classroom setting required.
  • Must possess certification of “Mandatory Reporter Training” or obtain during the first week of employment.
  • Must possess and maintain First Aid/CPR certification or obtain within ninety (90) days of employment.
  • Specialization in Special Education would be advantageous.
Skills Required
  • Absolute confidentiality.
  • Knowledge of teaching practice and pedagogy for students with special needs.
  • Ability to relate to students and reinforce lessons taught.
  • Understanding of classroom procedures and management.
  • Understanding of the developmental levels of students, as well as appropriate behavior management techniques.
  • Must possess a character that earns the confidence of the participants, parents, and community, and minimizes public criticism or complaints.
  • Ability to work in a high-performance, fast-paced, high-pressure environment.
  • Adept at multi-tasking, have unquestionable integrity, with an uncompromising commitment to quality.
  • Strong affinity for children.
  • Must be people oriented and relate well to people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to motivate children and families.
  • Excellent observation and analytical skills.
  • Must be friendly and courteous at all times and must possess exemplary customer service skills.
  • Must possess a high level of maturity.
  • Must have excellent computer skills, being proficient in Excel and Word.
  • Must be well organized and possess attention to details.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, both verbally and in writing
Additional Requirements
  • Ability to work odd and irregular hours, as needed.
  • Must successfully pass the required criminal and character background check.
  • Must possess a valid state driver’s license and insurable driving record according to Tribal insurance guidelines.
  • Ability to travel and participate in required training, leadership development and other events.
  • Ability to adequately and successfully perform all duties and responsibilities of this position.

Every applicant must complete an application provided by Human Resources. A resume will not be accepted in the place of an application.

**Please note ALL individuals selected for employment are required to complete a background investigation. Individuals being placed in positions designed as child-sensitive or data-sensitive must successfully complete a background check prior to employment.

INDIAN PREFERENCE, SPOUSAL PREFERENCE, OR FIRST GENERATION:

In the event more than one applicant meets the requirements, as stated in a job description, preference shall be given in the following order: (1) Tribal Member (2) First Generation Descendant of a Tribal Member (3) Spouse of Tribal Member (4) Indian (5) Non-Indian

In the event that a position of employment is funded in whole or in part my any federal grant and/or contract or other public funding, preference shall be given in the following order: (1) Indian (2) Non-Indian

In order to receive preference, the appropriate documentation must be submitted.

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