(Job Opening) Teacher of the Deaf at NW Regional ESD

Position Title: TEACHER OF THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING
Position Location: NW Oregon
Department: Special Student Services - Related Services
Reports To: Coordinator of Special Student Services: Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services
Supervises: None
FSLA Status: Exempt
Bargaining Unit: NWEA
Salary: Per negotiated contract, Licensed Salary Schedule
FTE: 1.0
Days Per Year: 190
Start Date: August 20, 2017

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:
Provides itinerant academic and communication instruction for deaf and hard of hearing students in regular or special education settings. Develops and implements individualized programs to meet individual student needs, and supports school teams by assisting in the evaluation process for determining eligibility for Special Education services. Assists general education teachers in developing plans and programs to enhance transition in general classroom settings.
Provides direct intervention to deaf/hard of hearing students in the public school setting to assist students in the receptive and expressive processes of oral, written and/or signed language. May, in lieu of, or in conjunction with direct services, provide consultative services to deaf/hard of hearing students and/or their classroom teachers regarding functional communicative processes for learning and communication purposes.

QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

1. Oregon teaching license with hearing impairment endorsement.

2. Fluent in sign language at an advanced level.

3. Prior experience in general education is preferred.

4. Masters Degree preferred.

5. Experience in the use of FM systems is preferred.

6. Experience in working with both ASL-using Deaf children as well as those who use speech/audition in a classroom environment is preferred.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

* Assess children for language, personal-social, and cognitive development.

* Establish and reinforce developmentally appropriate curriculum to promote learning in all areas of development, e.g. language, social play, gross motor, fine motor, self-help, and behavior.

* Participate as a team member on eligibility, IFSP/IEP and three-year re-evaluation teams.

* Case management duties include review of child's eligibility for the program, preparing team reports, development and preparation of IFSP/IEP goals and related documents, maintenance of progress.

* Develop short-term goals and long term objectives that meet the students' individual needs in the area of communication and academics.

* Provide whole language instruction in language arts and academic subject areas. Provides speech-communication skills intervention within a whole language context. Signing competence on an advanced level in classrooms with deaf students is required.

* Work with general education classroom teachers and other school personnel to develop and implement instructional programs designed to enhance the student's transition into the general classroom setting. Monitor progress of included students. Maintain regular contact with all personnel working with deaf and hard of hearing students.

* Provide requisite data to the supervisor within designated deadlines.

* Attend scheduled staff meetings.

* Provide orientations about deafness/hearing loss and its implications to classroom to teachers, school personnel and hearing peers, as requested.

* Write lesson plans that can be clearly understood and used by teacher and/or substitute. Plans are aligned with individual and group goals.

* Monitor daily operational function of student amplification and teach each student to be responsible for use and care of his/her hearing aid(s) and/or FM system.

* Maintain regular and consistent attendance and punctuality

* Work collaboratively and communicate effectively with staff and customers at all organizational levels

* Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned


LANGUAGE SKILLS:
Ability to read and comprehend complex technical language. Ability to write correspondence and memos. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organizations through the use of spoken language as well as American Sign Language.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:
Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations with a high degree of accuracy.

REASONING ABILITY:
Ability to apply common sense to carry out detailed but basic written, signed, or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Ability to work collaboratively. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
The physical demands strength rating reflects the estimated overall strength requirements of the job. The strength rating is expressed by one of the five terms: Sedentary, Light, Medium, Heavy and Very Heavy. This position is classified as Medium.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

* Works in classroom and office environment.

* Able to use a telephone, operate a computer, use other office equipment.

* Ability to drive to other program sites and meetings.



Note: This is not necessarily an exhaustive or all-inclusive list of responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, functions or working conditions associated with the job. This job description is not a contract of employment or a promise or guarantee of any specific terms or conditions of employment. NWRESD may add to, modify or delete any aspect of this job (or the position itself) at any time as it deems advisable.

The Northwest Regional ESD is an equal opportunity employer and provides services to the public on an equal opportunity basis and does not discriminate in employment or the provision of public services on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief, citizenship or marital status. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities or individuals with limited proficiency in English. Contact the District Office for assistance.

Reasonable accommodations for the application and interview process will be provided upon request and as required in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Individuals with disabilities may contact the Chief Human Resources Officer at 503-614-1482 for additional information or assistance. Speech/Hearing impaired persons may contact the district for assistance through the Oregon telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

Laurie Harrison, Ed.D.

Coordinator of Deaf/HH Services

Northwest Regional Education Service District

Ph: 503-614-1350

VP: 503-828-9258

Fax: 503-614-1285