The Birchtree Center is an expanding not-for-profit organization based in Newington, NH, that provides year-round educational services to students with autism. The Birchtree Center offers comprehensive training and supervision within a supportive educational team environment.
The mission of The Birchtree Center is to promote independence, engaging relationships and productive lives for children and youth with autism at school, home and in the community. 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.
- 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 and facilitates all IEP team meetings, parent conferences and in house student meetings for assigned students and notifies all anticipated participants in a timely manner
- Serves as The Birchtree Center school district liaison for assigned students regarding IEP implementation, assessments and coordination of related services
- Facilitates the intake of new students.
- Administers any standardized and criterion-referenced evaluations that mandate the administrator of the evaluative tools in use holds special education certification
- Coordinates and implements all required state and alternative assessments 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 New Hampshire Curriculum Frameworks
- Works directly with assigned students on a regular basis in order to deliver specially designed instruction and monitor progress with academic programming
- Supervises implementation of assigned students’ IEPs in the classroom by consulting with clinical instructors, modeling one-to-one instruction and facilitating 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 and actively participates in all staff, management, clinical management, classroom coordinator 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
- Conducts daily bus duty responsibilities as assigned
Graduate Degree, or significant active progress in a graduate degree program in Special Education and/or New Hampshire Department of Education 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.