Employment Opportunities

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.

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Student & Instructor

Center-Based Clinical Instructors

(full-time)

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. A BA/BS in a related field is required; General Special Education certification and experience working with students with autism is a plus. Salary is competitive. Benefits include Medical, Dental and Long-Term Disability Insurance, and optional life insurance (all after waiting period); 401(k) retirement plan available.

To Apply
Please submit cover letter and resume to Sarah Ouellette, Human Resources Director at sarahouellette@birchtreecenter.org.

 

 

Special Education Case Manager

(full-time)

Function
Special Education Case Managers help to ensure that The Birchtree Center’s program maintains a standard of excellence within the field of special education, specifically in the context of students’ individualized academic programming. In addition to providing direct teaching, Special Education Case Managers have a leadership role on classroom teams through their coordination and development of assigned students’ IEPs and by providing input on the teaching of academic skills and in choosing curricular materials and resources.

Responsibilities

  • 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.

To Apply
Please submit cover letter and resume to Sarah Ouellette, Human Resources Director at sarahouellette@birchtreecenter.org.

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