Colchester School District

125 Laker Lane, PO Box 27, Colchester, VT 05446 Telephone: 802-264-5999 Fax: 802-863-4774

COMMUNICATION FACILITATOR


Colchester Middle School
Colchester School District
Colchester, Vermont

Job Details
Job ID: 3056743 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Re-posted: March 22, 2019 Starting Date: July 1, 2019

Job Description
POSITION TITLE: Communication Facilitator

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: In collaboration with professional staff, the communication facilitator will facilitate the skills necessary for the development of language, social-emotional skills. In addition, this individual makes it possible for the child who is deaf/hard of hearing/non-verbal to access activities of their school program and encourages appropriate interaction with peers. The communication facilitator communicates using language appropriate for the child and must clarify student’s understanding of their surroundings (i.e., routines, rules, and concepts). The communication facilitator assists staff and peers in developing appropriate ASL communication strategies with the child. This individual interprets or paraphrases instructions or other spoken exchanges of the teachers and classmates.
WAGE CATEGORY: Grade 6. Non-Exempt (hourly)

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Per School Board and Support Staff Agreement if position exceeds 20 hours per week; otherwise, per current Handbook for Non-Union Support Staff Personnel.

REPORTS TO: Building Principal or Designee

EVALUATION: Performance in this position will be evaluated annually, in person and in
writing, by the Building Principal or Designee in consultation with classroom teachers and/or
instructional support service teachers, coordinators and/or administrators. This evaluation
process will be consistent with that described in the School Board/Support Staff Agreement.

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Ability to collaborate with teachers and providers
• General knowledge of expressive and receptive sign language skills
• Proficient in child’s language/communication mode such as; American Sign Language (with a score of 2-3 on the ASLPI-American Sign Language Proficiency Interview), Cued Speech and Total Communication. Proficient in English;
• Become and remain well-versed in the ASL education course materials in order to demonstrate competency.
• Be informed, monitor and report to the special educator when/if concerns arise about the student’s attention, comprehension, general academic progress and accommodations/modifications
• Ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with students, parents/guardians and school staff;
• Experience working with children with autism.
• Ability to follow verbal and written instructions
• Ability to communicate effectively




ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
1. Support the developmental growth of the student through:
a. Facilitating children’s engagement in school activities by:
• enthusiastically engaging children in learning opportunities
• adapting curriculum and/or program according to the child’s communication needs in conjunction with the teacher, special educator, or ASL consultant
• facilitating communication and joint attention between child and peers and staff members
• asking children open ended questions about the child’s activity offering children suggestions/adding more complex materials and ideas
• assist with personal care routines including hygiene and toileting

b. Facilitate language development by:
• increase your ASL knowledge as necessary to include new signs recommended by ASL consultant
• be able to communicate with student through sign without speaking per recommendation of ASL consultant
• communicate information from teachers and peers in child appropriate language
• describing to children their activity as well as the adult’s activity as they are happening
• providing language modeling (both spoken and child’s language/communication mode) during child’s school day.
• expanding on the child’s language

c. Use motivation/positive behavior management techniques
• respond appropriately to children’s acting out/negative behaviors by modelling, encouraging acceptable behavior, redirecting, setting clear limits
• support children through problem solving when frustrated or having personal struggles
• Effectively model to children ways of handling frustration with calming strategies
• Reinforce positive behavior and redirect children in a positive way and helping children make good choices
• Teaches self reliance
• Is sensitive and develops an understanding of how a child’s disability may impact his/her development

2. Work Collaboratively with Teaching Team by:
• Following IEP Objectives and Behavior Plans
• Using methods, materials prescribed by the teaching team and ASL consultant
• Actively participating in team planning by giving input and offering ideas
• Assist with all duties related to the ASL education and/or general education setting of your student including implementation of classroom programs, including self-help, behavior management, and instructional programs.
• Participate in scheduled para educator in-service and trainings
• Assist professional staff with the collation, collating and recording of data

3. Maintain Professionalism
• Be open to constructive feedback and suggestions
• Accept constructive feedback from teaching team and use the information to enhance/improve one’s work with children
• Maintain positive attitude and working relationship with both students and colleagues
• Maintain high level attendance, with established days/hours of work, arriving on time, being ready to work, following protocol when absent
• Effectively handle stress and stressful situations at work
• Seek and ask for help if needed
• Be willing to continue to learn the principles of child development
• Maintain a high level of confidentiality in accordance with Federal Law (FERPA)
• Participate in scheduled para educator in-service days
• Maintain a respectful demeanor with co-workers, parents, guardians and students

WORKING CONDITIONS:
• Noise Level in the work environment is moderate
• Occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
• Regularly required to sit, use hands to finger, or handle
• Regularly required to talk and hear
• Occasionally required to stand and walk
• Regularly required to reach with hands and arms
• Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds

Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 1


Welcome to Colchester Middle School!

Colchester Middle School, part of the Colchester School District, is located on beautiful Malletts Bay and the home of the CMS "Cougars."
Equal Opportunity Employer
Colchester School District is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.

Job Requirements
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

  • Application Questions
    There are no application questions required for this job posting.

    Contact Information
    Carrie Lutz, Director of Special Education
    P.O. Box 27
    Colchester, Vermont 05446
    Phone: 802-264-5999
    Fax: 802-863-4774
    Email: Carrie.Lutz@colchestersd.org