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Location:Chicago, IL
Benefits:Medical, Dental, generous employer match 401k, employer paid life insurance/LTD/AD & D
Employment Type:Full Time
Department:Therapeutic Day School
Description:Make a difference! Join a reputable, first rate child welfare agency serving at-risk youth and their families through residential treatment, education, foster care and older adolescent programs. Reports directly to the Program Manager. Works with small groups of students within a self-contained classroom or departmentalized structure, striving for the improvement of classroom performance on an individual basis. Plans and implements a therapeutic individual educational program (IEP) for a specific group of children with long and short range goals. Writes planning and evaluation reports due on each student every six months. Participate in staff meetings/conferences related to position. Responsible for keen observation and control of attitudes/behaviors of students, including utilization of verbal and physical intervention techniques (students weighing a minimum of 50 lbs). in the classroom, school, as necessary. The use of intervention skills requires frequent kneeling and return to standing position without assistance.


• Uphold agency policies.
• Abide by rules and regulations found in the Educational Staff Manual.
• Plans and implements a therapeutic individual educational (IEP) for a specific group of children with long and short range goals. IEPs are to be reviewed and updated monthly and used to write the planning and evaluation (P&E) report due on each student every six months.
• Plans effective individualization of social, emotional and academic reward system for each student according to needs.
• Utilize diagnostic testing results to plan and implement individualized student IEPs using appropriate choice of texts and equipment with assistance from the curriculum cooperative instructor. Also, recommend equipment and /or materials for use in the educational program.
• Observe students' functioning and level of ability to assist in planning.
• Uses special education materials and methods combined with traditional concepts as needed.
• Discusses with students, on regular basis, progress being made.
• Maintain records, writes reports, participates in study groups and keeps accountable for classroom progress through curriculum notebook of subject materials and instructor-made projects.
• Substitutes for other education staff as needed.
• Participate in weekly education staff meetings, department meetings and individual conferences as designated.
• Participate in educational in-service programs.
• Participate in agency seminars and in-service programs as designated by administration.
• Serves as team member and homeroom Teacher as decided by the Director of Education.
• Uses relationship with Director of Education, Coordinators, and peers to develop positive work atmosphere allowing professional growth to occur.
• Shares concerns about students, program and staff with coordinator and Director of Education to prevent escalation of problems and negative feelings.
• Discusses program with social workers and units through channels provided in the educational system, such as unit team meetings.
• Participates in the development and implementation of continuous quality improvement activities as assigned.
• Demonstrates a commitment to continuous quality improvement in all aspects of the position.
• Ability to work effectively with clients and staff in a culturally diverse environment


• The position requires a teaching certificate from the State of Illinois or a reciprocal state
• Master’s Degree in Special Education – Behavior disorders or Educational Therapy from an accredited institution preferred
• Or a B.A. from an accredited institution has been earned or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
• No history of child abuse or neglect.

Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V

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