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Duties

 You can be part of a special team dedicated to helping children and strengthening the community. Hammitt School is a premier special education facility serving 40 school districts throughout Illinois.

WORK HOURS: Full-time, generally 8:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M., Monday through Friday, following the school calendar

BASIC FUNCTION: The P.E. Teacher Therapist is responsible for instructing elementary school students with severe emotional, behavioral, and/or developmental disabilities in a program of physical education. Positively motivates students to develop appropriate skills, attitudes, and knowledge; utilizes a variety of instructional techniques appropriate for students’ abilities; and creates a safe and orderly learning environment. Develops, implements, and coordinates wellness activities that promote and encourage physical fitness, good hygiene and healthy behaviors. Demonstrates an ability to apply trauma-informed principles and integrates them into daily practice. Communicates effectively and promotes collaborative problem solving by demonstrating care and respect in considering the diverse experiences and perspectives of others.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Physical Education
    • Designs and implements comprehensive adaptive P.E. curriculum which meets the individual, behavioral, developmental and life skills needs of students.
    • Collects and prepares behavioral and motor progress data for establishing individual programs and to report progress at staffings.
    • Coordinates and participates in initial/annual motor screening/assessments as necessary.
  • Interdisciplinary Team Structure
    • Collaborates with classroom teaching and other support staff in planning for and scheduling programming and/or services for students.
    • Cooperates with the supervisory and administrative staff in team decision making and the implementation of team decisions relative to instruction and behavioral treatment.
    • Coordinates information and programming with the occupational therapist. Consults with the occupational therapist related to students with motor goals.
    • Assists with classroom coverage, as needed.
  • Program Services: Cooperates with administrative staff in scheduling special programming. Assists with the supervision of students during arrival and dismissal times. Attends and participates in student staffings.
  • Staff/Student Interaction:
    • Promotes a positive, mutually respectful relationship with assigned students.
    • Utilizes approved behavior management techniques.
    • Provides a healthy role model for students by teaching and modeling appropriate social, behavioral, and life skills.
    • Communicates and interacts in a way which is positive and developmentally appropriate, using proper tone, volume, and cadence of voice. 
    • Maintains professional boundaries with students and their families.
  • Materials, Equipment and Supplies: Inventories and orders materials and supplies for implementation of the P.E. program, according to guidelines and within the school budget. Prepares and maintains gym equipment. Provides appropriate safety instruction and makes safety checks on equipment and field areas to insure the overall safety of students.
  • Treatment Team: Attends meetings and provides input to the long range planning of the total school program.
  • Quality Improvement: Contributes to quality improvement through active participation in Quality Improvement activities, as needed.

 

 

Qualifications

 

  1. Bachelor’s degree in physical education, special education, or related field.
  2. Professional Educator License with the State of Illinois with approval to teach Physical Education required.
  3. At least one year of teaching in a special education program in a public or private facility is preferred. Previous experience with a physical education program and/or working with adolescents with developmental, learning or behavioral disabilities preferred.
  4. Willingness and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team structure.
  5. Knowledge of and skill in utilizing behavioral/social learning approaches to working with adolescents. Ability to establish rapport, communicate effectively, maintain consistency and boundaries with and effectively motivate student population.
  6. Good physical and mental health, including the physical ability to maintain the safety and well-being of children for whom there is responsibility and implement The Baby Fold’s approved physical crisis intervention procedures.
  7. Must pass drug screen and necessary background checks.
  8. Ability and willingness to transport students for job responsibilities, including a valid Illinois driver’s license, which has not been revoked or suspended within the past three years.
  9. Demonstrated competence in serving a culturally diverse population. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a diverse workforce.
  10. Mission-oriented and willing to apply The Baby Fold’s standards and beliefs to the performance of job duties.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: 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 read, write, talk and hear; sit, stand or walk;  kneel, crouch, bend, stretch, and twist; demonstrate balance and reflexes; bend, pivot, lunge, pull, remain balanced, grasp, push;  use hands to type, write, grasp, hold, or handle objects, and reach overhead with hands and arms.  The employee must occasionally team lift and/or move students up to 150 pounds; and physically restrain aggressive students according to therapeutic crisis intervention guidelines.  Must have the physical ability stamina and to demonstrate basic skills, knowledge, and strategies of formal sports, games rhythms, and fundamentals of body movement. Must be able to ascend/descend stairs and enter other work-related environments that are not handicap accessible.

Duties are regularly performed both indoors and outdoors, in either a recreation, school/classroom, or community environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.

Vision and hearing requirements: Close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus; visually and auditorially assess a child’s well-being and provide auditory assessments of the mental and emotional condition of a child; and communicate effectively with, staff, clients, and others in person, by telephone, and in writing.

Cognitive abilities: Employees must be able to use deductive reasoning to apply general rules to specific problems; demonstrate problem sensitivity to tell when something is wrong or likely to go wrong; demonstrate Social perceptiveness by being aware of others’ reactions and why they act as they do; and use self-awareness to be aware of one’s feelings and behaviors.

Salary/Benefits

Your benefits would include SIGN-ON BONUS, year-round salary, small class size (always under 10 students), mentoring program, direct supervisory support and training, medical insurance, dental insurance, vision, 403B retirement plan, tuition reimbursement, paid sick leave bank, school day hours and schedule, positive team environments, and meaningful work. You can come to work in a highly-skilled, special education-focused school with a team environment.

How to Apply

Apply online at TheBabyFold.org 

Job Posting Date

8/5/2022

Start Date

N/A