The Birchtree Center is an expanding not-for-profit organization based in Newington, NH, that provides year-round educational services to students with autism ranging in age from 2-21 years. The Birchtree Center offers comprehensive training and supervision within a supportive educational team environment.
The Birchtree Center is a very cool place to work–and we have an award to prove it! The Birchtree Center won an award in the Coolest Companies for Young Professionals category at the 2013 Rising Stars Awards.
This is a full-time position in our center-based program in Newington, NH. The qualified person will provide direct 1:1 instruction to a student with autism, utilizing Applied Behavior Analysis principles. Training and supervision are provided.
Some of the responsibilities include:
* One on one instruction and conducts, as appropriate, small group instruction
* Collects, tracks, graphs and analyzes data for assigned student(s)
* Assists with the development of student programming
* Maintains assigned student(s) individualized notebook of programs and data
* Prepares and implements teaching materials for assigned student(s)
* Communicates and works with designated families regarding educational concerns and opportunities and home and serving, for these families, as a communication link to the student(s) instructional team at Birchtree through daily communication logs, weekly phone calls and home visits
* Becomes knowledgeable and maintains an awareness of the contents of assigned students’ Individual Educational Plans (IEP) and all other related reports and evaluations
* Participates in team decisions, including teh development of assigned student’s IEPs adn implements same in the classroom
* Accompanies students on trips in the community
Qualifications: A BA/BS in a related field is required; General Special Education certification and experience working with students with autism is a plus. Must have exceptional verbal and written communication skills and have the ability to work in a fast paced environment.
Special Education Case Manager
- Writes assigned students’ Individual Education Plans (IEPs), collaborating with other members of the students’ teams for cohesion:
- Coordinates the development of students’ IEPs
- Monitors implementation of IEP components by all team members
- Monitors effectiveness of students’ IEPs by evaluating their academic development
- Maintains awareness of the students’ educational reports and evaluations
- Prepares reports of students’ educational profiles and progress
- Schedules IEP team meetings with parents and sending school districts and notifies all team members
- Serves as The Birchtree Center school district liaison for assigned students regarding IEP implementation, assessments and coordination of related services
- Facilitates IEP meetings of assigned students
- Facilitates the intake of new students by reviewing incoming records, notifying all team members of new student’s start date, coordinating initial evaluations, scheduling parent conference within first two weeks of enrollment and scheduling IEP within first 30 days of enrollment
- Administers any standardized and criterion-referenced evaluations that mandate that the administrator of the evaluative tools in use holds special education certification
- Coordinates Alternative Portfolio assessments (NHALPS & MCAS) for assigned students
- Identifies and implements curricular materials and resources that are appropriate to the educational programming for The Birchtree Center’s students
- Plans instruction and leads its implementation, providing the instructional team input to assigned students’ individualized instructional programs about appropriate academic curriculum to which the child should have access (i.e., which skills, within the context of autism, need to be addressed by individual students in keeping with age-appropriate sequences)
- Assures that assigned students’ goals and objectives are linked to the N.H. Curriculum Frameworks
- Supervises implementation of assigned students’ IEPs in the classroom by consulting with clinical instructors and may model one-to-one instruction and facilitate small group instructional sessions
- Develops, prepares and modifies academic lesson plans, data collection systems and teaching materials as appropriate
- Analyzes data for academic programming
- Develops theme-based units
- Attends staff meetings and other meetings or trainings as required
- Accompanies and sometimes drives student(s) on trips in the community
- Independently manages specific classroom or school-wide projects
- Models teaching of students’ academic programs in classroom
- Leads IEP team meetings, parent conferences and in house student meetings
- Contributes to the Birchtree community by actively participating in and contributing to working committees (at least one at any given time), and by performing work assignments that support Birchtree as a whole
- Adheres to policies and procedures for staff
- Conducts daily bus duty responsibilities as assigned
- Performs other activities as assigned by the Executive Director, Director of Special Education, Program Director and other members of the management and supervisory teams
Qualifications: Graduate Degree, or significant active progress in a graduate degree program in Special Education; N.H. Special Education Certification; ability to work effectively on a team; experience in teaching individuals with autism; basic computer literacy; excellent communication skills (written and spoken); and comprehensive fluency with varied and appropriate reading and/or math curricular resources. To perform essential functions of the job, must be physically capable of standing, stretching, bending, walking, running, and lifting/transporting a minimum of 60 lbs. Must be capable of moving and thinking quickly under stressful situations and able to function in a fast-paced environment.
The Birchtree Philosophy
The Birchtree staff has created a “Birchtree Philosophy” statement that describes how we work and the values we share:
BE THERE: Support one another in everything we do.
BE KIND: Treat everyone with respect and compassion.
HAVE FUN: Enjoy every moment and make learning fun.
PROMOTE POSITIVITY: Smiles are contagious.