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Orleans Central SU-COFEC

Orleans Central Supervisory Union

Barton, Vermont

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Orleans Central Supervisory Union is seeking a full time Early Childhood Special Educator to join our dynamic and multidisciplinary team. Responsibilities include providing services to young children in an inclusive classroom environment, small group and 1:1 services, case management of special needs preschoolers, and working with families to transition their young children into the public school setting. The early childhood team works collaboratively and meets together on a weekly basis. The ideal candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the Vermont Early Learning Standards, Teaching Strategies Gold assessment and VT Special Education Regulations. The candidate must have appropriate teacher certification.

Our preschool programs, in partnership with families and the community, provide high quality opportunities that support each child’s social and emotional well-being. We strive to foster learning, growth, and development in a mutually respectful manner within an inclusive environment. Our ultimate goal is to empower families and nurture young minds for a better tomorrow.

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily, in addition to the following:
Education and Experience.
Certifications and Licenses: Valid Vermont Professional Educator’s License with a Special Educator Endorsement (Level II preferred). Valid Vermont State driver’s license.
Necessary Skills: Ability to write reports, correspondence, and procedure manuals that conform to Special Education regulations. Ability to interpret and use test results by applying math concepts. Basic computer skills required. Knowledge of a variety of adaptive equipment and software. Ability to effectively, efficiently and regularly communicate and work cooperatively with a variety of individuals. Ability to effectively resolve conflicts.

POSITION OBJECTIVE(S): Case manages, coordinates and provides an effective and efficient system of support services designed to meet the needs of assigned students, consistent with local, state, and federal regulations, policies, procedures, and laws. Effectively integrate students into the least restrictive environment. Instruct students in basic skills using a variety of approaches and strategies. Establish and maintain effective relationships with students, parents/guardians, staff members, and other professionals to meet student development needs.

PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES: (These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties, herein, does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.)
Serves as case manager to special education students and provides direct services as needed. Write high quality IEPs and evaluation reports. Adhere to timelines.
Integrates current best practices, research, and special education laws into the education of students with disabilities, to assure compliance with state and federal laws, and to provide the most effective educational program for assigned students.
Prepares and maintains accurate, complete, timely, effective and confidential student records and reports as required by law, district policy, and administrative regulations.
Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of assigned students including: intellectual, social, and emotional characteristics of age group; students' varied approaches to learning; student skills and knowledge; student interests and cultural heritage; economic and cultural influences; student's family, school and community context.
Assists in the collection of data for service plans, time study documentation, child count and other studies as required by special services, business office and/or AOE
Works cooperatively with classroom teachers who have students with specific needs in their classrooms to help them design/modify classroom services (including activities, instructional groupings, lesson plans, materials, assessments, teaching strategies, etc).
Work with students who have self care needs. Help students develop communication skills through voice/AAC/sign language, develop job skills, meet physical needs and increase independent living skills. Coordinate related services.
Models a variety of instructional methods (such as differentiated instruction) and provides materials that are most appropriate for meeting stated objectives in the IEP, including behavioral and motivational techniques.
Administers and/or coordinates thorough assessments which may include language, behavior, visual motor, gross and fine motor, and cognitive skills using a variety of techniques including standardized tests, rubrics, checklists, curriculum based measures, developmental scales, observations, behavior objectives, etc. Interprets findings to accurately determine program eligibility and to assess student progress.
Researches, coordinates and effectively utilizes available school and community resources and outside agencies to ensure proper delivery of students' IEP
Plans, develops, and monitors and/or delivers extended school year programs for identified students to assure an effective educational program.
Facilitates effective meetings. Maintains accurate and complete records within timelines established by the federal and state regulations and the district policies.
Provides a safe learning environment for all students. Takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials and facilities. Creates and maintains an environment of respect and rapport.
Coordinates services and assures productive, effective, and efficient use of assigned paraprofessionals.
Identifies and implements appropriate assistive technology devices and other adaptive or augmentative systems that will enhance student communication and accessibility.
Develops, implements, and monitors behavior management plans and crisis prevention/intervention plans for assigned students as necessary.
Effectively provides academic instruction, social skills training and other direct services to assigned students individually, and in small/large groups.
Communicates/collaborates effectively with parents to keep them informed and effectively engages them to help meet the educational needs of the student.
Works effectively, cooperatively and respectfully with supervisors, colleagues, and subordinates. Implements strategies such as collaborative teaming, conflict resolution, and mediation strategies to facilitate team decisions around student programs.
Shows professionalism and advocates for students.
Assists the school principal and/or Director of Student Support Services in planning and evaluating program effectiveness and identifying program needs.
Actively participates in school events, workshops, in-service meetings, building level staff meetings, district meetings, and other school and district committees/projects.
Other appropriate duties as assigned.

The information contained in this job description is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this
position. Additional duties may be assigned.

The Orleans Central Supervisory Union is comprised of two school districts (Lake Region Union Elementary-Middle School and Lake Region Union High School) supporting six K-8 elementary schools, the Orleans Central Early Childhood Program, and Lake Region Union High School.

Orleans Central Supervisory Union is located in the heart of the Northeast Kingdom which is known for scenic and rugged area of hills, sugarbushes, farmland and lakes. While our communities are small, they are truly that, a community that people are proud to be a part of. While we are rural, scenic drives will land you at Burke Mountain, Craftsbury Outdoor Center, and Jay Peak for skiing, opportunities, mountain biking at Kingdom Trails, fishing at the local lakes, and other outdoor activities. Our area is known for its sugar houses, which features Sugar on Snow in early spring, offering enjoyment for all ages.

Our mission is to provide an environment that celebrates diversity and creativity, promotes inclusion and integrity, and partners with parents and community members to give students access to a 21st century education.

Visit our website ocsu.org or more information about our schools.
  • Job Category : Special Education > Early Essential Education
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