Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Teacher for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing
DEPARTMENT: Regional Programs
REPORTS TO: Director of Special Education
FLSA STATUS: Exempt
SUMMARY: Provide varying levels of instruction and support to deaf and hard of hearing students from birth through high school based upon the student’s needs as determined by the MDT so the student(s) can be successful in the least restrictive setting.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Plan curriculum, modify curriculum and prepare lessons and other instructional materials according to student needs.
- Provide specialized instruction in the areas of auditory training, hearing aid wearer training, speech reading, communication, and parent training.
- Use various forms of communication (sign language, finger spelling, gestures, and speech) and facilitate growth of these skills in students as determined by student needs when instructing students.
- Monitor the condition and use of appropriate amplification equipment for each student
- Participate in in-service training with other educational staff as appropriate.
- Develop and/or participate in the development and implementation of each deaf or hard of hearing student’s individual education plan (IEP) and/or Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP).
- Provide evaluation and direct intervention strategies for deaf and hard of hearing students in academics, functional listening skills, language, communication skills, or other areas as determined by the MDT.
- Serves as a consultant to other teachers, principals, parents, speech and language clinicians, audiologists and other professionals or agencies. This may take the form of group in-services, individual consultation, child staffing, and/or family counseling and training.
- Provide consultation for deaf and hard of hearing children not requiring direct intervention.
- Develop and maintain complete and accurate records and reports of all services provided for deaf and hard of hearing children being served.
- Develop and implement systems for evaluating the effectiveness of intervention procedures and keep appropriate personnel informed of findings.
- Operate in each school under the building principal’s direction and keep appropriate school personnel informed of activities, accommodations, modifications and services for deaf and hard of hearing students.
- Coordinate educational services for deaf and hard of hearing students with existing school programs. This includes existing classroom activities and special education services.
- Use good organizational skills and flexibility to establish appropriate schedules for student and self
- Establish and maintain a positive atmosphere in working with staff in order that this atmosphere may be carried over for the hearing impaired student
- Perform other reasonable duties that from time to time may be assigned to meet the usual and unusual demands placed on the organization.
QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Individual will hold a valid drivers license and have reliable, insured transportation for required travel between schools.
EDUCATION / WORK EXPERIENCE / CERTIFICATES / LICENSES:
- MS or MA Degree.
- Must be eligible for Basic Oregon Hearing Impaired License.
- Experience with itinerant public school services preferred.
- Signed English required, familiarity of ASL preferred.
- Proficient in sign language.
- Knowledge of current trends and practices in the field of education of the deaf.
- Knowledge of use and application of amplification systems for deaf and hard of hearing students.
- Work collaboratively with the general education staff to develop appropriate educational programs for students who are deaf and hard of hearing
- Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.
- Demonstrated interest in and aptitude for, working with children.
- Demonstrated patience, warmth, and capacity for acceptance of children with special needs.
- Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.
- Commitment to follow through without direct supervision.
- Microsoft Office Suite
- Internet browser
- Online Resources to support curriculum
TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS: Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Impaired may be required to travel to and from school locations in the IMESD service area and on over night assignments.
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. While performing the duties of this job, individual will regularly be required to reach with hands and arms. Position will require standing for extended periods. Will occasionally lift and / or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Individual will work in school buildings, children’s homes, Head Start facilities etc.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Individual will work on an annual contract. Any changes in contract days will be stipulated in each individual contract. Salary and benefits to be established by IMESD in accordance with negotiated agreement with the Board of Directors. Schedule and assignments to be established by department director.
This is not necessarily an exhaustive or all-inclusive list of responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, functions, or working conditions associated with the job. This job description is not a contract of employment or a promise or guarantee of any specific terms or conditions of employment. The ESD may add to, modify, or delete any aspect of this (or the position itself) at any time as it deems advisable.
Qualifying veterans and disabled veterans may obtain preference by submitting as verification of elgibility a copy of the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214 or 215) or a letter from the US Dept. of Veterans' Affairs indicating receipt of a non-service connected pension to your application. Disabled Veterans must also submit a copy of their Veteran's disability preference letter from the Dept. of Veteran Affairs, unless the information is included in the DD Form 214/215.