Somerville Public Schools
Employment Opportunities

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIST - SPED ALTERNATIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT


Edgerly Evaluation Center
Somerville Public Schools
Somerville, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 3191628 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: October 29, 2019 Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description
ANNOUNCEMENT OF ANTICIPATED VACANCY FOR THE
2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR

Assistive Technologist
Special Education Department
DISTRICT WIDE

Responsibilities:
• Completes assistive technology assessments as part of the students’ special education services and reports on findings at Team Meetings; makes recommendations for students’ IEPs for the purpose of enhancing the learning opportunities of special education students
• Create written reports with recommendations, technology integration plans, and evaluation protocols when needed
• Evaluate the functional and academic Assistive technology needs for students referred for AT via formal and informal process
• Adapts specialized assistive devices to individual student needs (e.g. adjusting equipment, keyboards, communication devices, configuring software, etc.) for the purpose of enhancing the learning opportunities of special education students.
• Attends professional development activities for the purpose of conveying and/or receiving information related to performing functions of their job.
• Identifies computer software for the purpose of minimizing basic problems with assistive technology programs and devices.
• Maintains documents, files and records (e.g. site license information, usage logs, inventory, etc.) for the purpose of providing up-to-date reference and audit trail.
• Maintains inventories of supplies and materials (e.g. assistive devices, iPads, adaptive software, cameras, VCR, keyboards, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring items' availability to meet students’ needs.
• Prepares written materials (e.g. product evaluations, procedures, instructions, memos, letters, etc.) for the purpose of documenting activities, providing written reference and/or conveying information.
• Provides technical assistance and training to school staff and students for the purpose of ensuring their ability to use new and/or existing devices and collaborating with appropriate Instructional Technology and Assistive Technology staff
• Repairs assistive devices, peripherals, and reinstalls software for the purpose of maintaining computers and related equipment in a safe and functional operating condition.
• Researches assistive devices, computer hardware and software applications, vendors, consultants, etc. for the purpose of being knowledgeable on trends and recommending acquisitions.
• Serves as a resource to students and staff for the purpose of providing the latest technology options, ensuring tasks are completed and/or providing task analyses processes.
• Trains staff (e.g. teachers, paraprofessionals), students, and family on use of assistive devices (e.g. in-services, workshops, individual sessions, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring proper use of new and/or existing devices.
• Transports a variety of items (e.g. devices, equipment, building supplies, etc.) for the purpose of providing materials in classroom or transporting equipment for repair and/or modification
• Order, install upgrade and maintain needed software, peripherals; maintain data base of software devices and materials in use, on loan, and available.
• Work closely with Speech, Physical and Occupational Therapist
• Support and collaborate with regards to Augmentative communication data collection, devices and software
• Work collaboratively and in conjunction with SPS IT Department regarding technology and services.
• Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit.

Qualifications:
• Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education certification in Special Education, Technology Instruction or a related field
• Master’s Degree in Technology Instruction, Special Education, or a related field preferred
• Working knowledge of a variety of technology tools and programs used to assist special education students in learning and accessing media
• Ability to physically navigate the school buildings effectively to deliver instruction/consultation
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills
• Highly organized
• Able to create and maintain inventories of hardware, software as requested
• Able to be sufficiently organized to serve students in all buildings within the Somerville Public School system
• Ability to work well with other staff members and model new practices
• Experience writing measurable IEP goals

Position Reports to: Director of Special Education

NOTE:
Applications are only accepted online through School Spring.

Please do not mail or email resumes. Only resumes that are submitted through School Spring will be considered.

Should you need assistance with the online application process, please contact the Human Resources Office via email at jcabral@k12.somerville.ma.us

Somerville Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Somerville Public Schools actively seeks applicants with diverse backgrounds. Grade level and content licensure is required when applicable. Dual licensure including SPED, ESL, ELL, or bilingual licensure and/or proficiency in a language or languages other than English is preferred

Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 1


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Education - Inspiration - Excellence are the themes that characterize the instructional services, departments and programs of the Somerville Public Schools.

Our Mission: The Somerville Public Schools is dedicated to the realization of the full intellectual, physical, social, and emotional potential of all students. Our talented team of teachers and other professionals provides every student with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to be successful throughout their lives. This is accomplished through the delivery of innovative instruction guided by the Massachusetts Curriculum and Somerville Curriculum Frameworks, and supported through partnerships with organizations such as Primary Source, and the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach at Tufts University.

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

  • Application Questions
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    Contact Information
    Marilyn Vrountas
    8 Bonair Street
    Somerville, Massachusetts 02145
    Phone: 617-625-6600
    Email: mvrountas@k12.somerville.ma.us