Speech-Language Pathologist

The Birchtree Center is an expanding not-for-profit organization based in Portsmouth, 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.  The Speech-Language Pathologist helps to ensure that The Birchtree Center’s Communication Program maintains a standard of excellence within the field of special education, specifically in the context of students’ individualized instructional programming. 

The Speech-Language Pathologist will demonstrate leadership in the creation, implementation and overall supervision of the Communication Program in our school.  This person will be responsible for the evaluation/reevaluation of students as needed to facilitate the development of IEPs and individualized communication programs.   There will be ongoing collaboration with a multidisciplinary team (e.g., OTs, case managers, BCBAs) to promote success, a just-right challenge, and individual, student specific educational programs. The Speech/Language Pathologist will integrate communication programming within the framework of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).  The Speech-Language Pathologist will consult with non-communication support personnel (Clinical Instructors) to achieve student outcomes, problem solve challenges, and ensure best practice.  The Speech Language Pathologist will also provide continuing education and in-services for school personnel and parents. They are expected to complete all documentation of consult services, quarterly progress reports, and monthly billing services to Medicaid. The successful candidate will become familiar with our electronic data collection and management system that allows practitioners to gather a variety of data on a mobile device and then access those data online for analysis and reporting. The Speech Language Pathologist will also attend scheduled meetings (e.g., IEP meetings, parent conferences, management meetings, etc.) as required.

Education & Qualifications: A graduate degree from an accredited speech language pathology professional program is required.  Experience working with students with autism.  Must be registered and/or eligible for certification by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and must hold a current license from the State of New Hampshire Office of Licensed Allied Health Professionals. Supervision available for CFY (Clinical Fellowship Year) applicants.  Must be able to work effectively on a team, demonstrate basic computer literacy, multitask, and have excellent communication skills (written and spoken). First aid/CPR training highly recommended.

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.

Benefits: We offer a competitive salary, a great benefit package with FREE dental and long-term disability insurance and 97% of the health insurance costs are covered by Birchtree. In addition, our staff start with 6.5 weeks of vacation in their first year.

Contact Information: Qualified candidates should send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Sarah Ouellette, Human Resources Director, sarahouellette@birchtreecenter.org.