In collaboration with interdisciplinary teams and our families, the Early Childhood Special Educator executes educational programming focused on improving cognitive, communication, motor and social skills in children with neuromuscular or developmental delays. With oversight of the Education Department Coordinator, the Early Childhood Special Educator assists in developing and refining programs designed to promote successful, independent exploration while meeting each child at their ability. The right person will be able to work with many different kinds of people, while maintaining a focus on our overall mission. The individual in this position needs to also be able to quickly adapt to a lot of different situations. This role will be part-time with future potential opportunity to increase hours.
Essential Functions include but are not limited to:
- Facilitate the development, scheduling, and review of the Educational Programming in compliance with regulatory and company guidelines.
- Coordinate the educational program for agency children, in client homes, at other community sites, and in the center.
- Serve as primary education contact person for parents of assigned children.
- Coordinate the completion of assessments, initial and all subsequent evaluations.
- Develop appropriate individualized educational programs (IFSP’s/Bridge Service Plans) for all children on the basis of assessment results.
- Develop teaching plans and coordinate the planning and preparation of all parent-toddler playgroup activities.
- Provide adequate documentation on all programs, including the preparation of summary reports.
- Conduct parent-toddler playgroup staffings and production of team agendas.
- Coordinate services with other agency programs, i.e. participate in conferences, staffings, in-services, etc.
- Participate and help schedule parent conferences following annual and 6-month reviews.
- Participating in public relations and collaboration with members of the community and external stakeholders. This includes, but is not limited to giving tours of the facility, introducing external visitors and potential families to the mission of the education department and attending field related events or trainings.
- Assist in overseeing teacher aides/instructional assistants.
- Be responsible for the teacher aides’/instructional assistants’ performance in the parent-toddler playgroup.
- Complete performance evaluations on teacher aides/assistants in conjunction with the Education Department Coordinator.
- Provide training for aides/assistants and volunteers in parent-toddler playgroups.
- Perform administrative duties and other projects as assigned by the Education Department Coordinator.
- Demonstrated leadership skills. Ability to provide oversight to junior education staff to meet individual and departmental goals.
- Action-oriented and solution-oriented with superior attention to detail and strong organizational skills
- Ability to express self effectively, both orally and in writing. Bilingual applicants are strongly encouraged to apply
- Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to earn trust and communicate, both in writing and verbally, at all levels and disciplines within and outside the organization
Qualifications & Role Requirements:
- Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.), in Special Education or related field from four-year college or university, or 6 years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Master’s Degree (M.A) in Early Childhood Special Education preferred.
- 5 or more years of practical teaching experience with infants through children six years of age, including developing and writing Individual Family Service Plans or equivalent.
- Must possess State of Washington Teacher Certificate
- Pass Washington State DSHS criminal history and background check and FBI fingerprint check.
- Must be First Aid and CPR certified.
- Must possess valid Washington State Driver’s License, automobile insurance, and a reliable means of transportation.
Physical Activities and Requirements of this Position
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee frequently is required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds (average three-year-old). Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions
Who we are:
Boyer was organized in 1942 by a group of doctors, parents and volunteers to provide services for children with cerebral palsy in a community setting. Today, over 75 years later, Boyer continues to be a leader and highly-valued resource in the community promoting services for children with neuromuscular disabilities and developmental delays. We are medical professionals, therapists, educators and other professionals who are dedicated to the children and families we serve. We provide the uniquely team-directed and family centered services and professional training that has distinguished the agency since inception far into the future.
As we grow, we’re looking for passionate, driven and civic-minded employees who embrace innovation, change and diversity, and embody our values.
Why you should join our team:
- Be treated like a person, not a number. We operate in small teams and departments, allowing our employees to form lifelong bonds and relationships.
- We offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits package.
- Flexible environment; Depending on the position, this can mean anything from a casual dress code to the option to work from home on occasion, or working outside the traditional 9-to-5 routine
- If you are employed by a nonprofit or government and have student loan debt through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program, you may be eligible for loan forgiveness, cancellation, and/or consolidation under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program (PSLF). Please direct your questions regarding your eligibility to your student loan program
- Make a difference! Our work supports each of our children’s unique abilities, and helps our families become their child’s best advocate.
Interested? We’d love to hear from you – apply now at firstname.lastname@example.org
Since 1942, Boyer Children’s Clinic has worked to empower families and improve the lives of children with special needs. We recognize the impact of a diverse staff who reflect the families we serve, and we continuously strive to extend our core values of equity and inclusion into the broader community. We encourage all qualified individuals to apply for employment at Boyer, especially members of underrepresented groups and veterans.