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Special Educator

Company: Easter Seals Hawaii
Location: Hilo
Posted on: March 26, 2020

Job Description:

Program Location:Program Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00a - 5:00p, occasional weekends may be required based on clients service plan or as requestedProgram Schedule: Flexible start time to be discussed and determined with Program ManagerReport To: Program ManagerStatus:EASTERSEALS HAWAIIS MISSION STATEMENTEasterseals Hawaii (ESH) provides exceptional, individualized, family-centered services to empower people with disabilities or special needs to achieve their goals and live independent fulfilling lives.ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONSAs a member of a multidisciplinary team, provide support to families using a Primary Service Provider model and evidence-based coaching techniques. This position is under the direct supervision of the Early Intervention Program Manager.Daily Responsibilities:* Adheres to Department of Health-Early Intervention Section (DOH-EIS) and ESH guidelines.* Participates in the planning and implementation of a comprehensive developmentally appropriate program for children with special needs and their families.* Participates as an evaluator and member of a multidisciplinary team that determines eligibility for Early Intervention (EI) services. Supports the child and family through the evaluation process.* Administers, interprets, and shares results from special instruction assessments.* Provides Care Coordination services, if selected by the family.* Participates in the development of the Individualized Family Support Plan (IFSP) with the family and other team members.* As part of an IFSP team, helps families develop outcomes that are functional and based on childrens and families needs and family-identified priorities.* Pre-plans and debriefs with teammates in order to effectively coach families through routine-based activities which incorporate communication skills, motor skills (gross/fine), adaptive skills, cognitive skills, and social emotional/personal social skills, utilizing a Primary Service Provider model.* Provides consultative services to parents and other team members; interprets and applies special instruction techniques; and ensures proper follow through and competence with techniques using a coaching approach.* Provides ongoing monitoring of the child and familys needs, concerns, and strengths and assists with linking the child and family to appropriate resources as needed.* Establishes and maintains cooperative and collaborative relationships with families and community agencies, public and private.* Participates and assists with the transition planning for children exiting the program.* Maintains billable hours as outlined by the DOH-EIS and keeps participant records in accordance with Federal, State, and ESH requirements.* Attends and participates in staff and team meetings.* Provides services within natural environments (e.g. home, day care, and community).Other Responsibilities:* Attend, participate and collaborate in organization as well as department meetings, training, volunteer (and practicum) programs and events* Assists with other department duties as outline by manager* Assists in maintaining a clean, hygienic, safe and childproof environment. Reports any safety concerns to the Program Manager.Equipment Used:* Program materials and template documents to carry out assessments or sessions* Computer software, Microsoft 365 applications and 10 Key Calculator* Multi-line telephone with intercom system, company issued company equipment (work cellphone, computer, Ipad)* General office equipmentQUALIFICATIONSMinimum Education & Experience Equivalent To:* Bachelors Degree in Special Education from an accredited college or university program, Masters of Special Education is highly preferred.* Current First Aid and CPR certification.* One (1) year minimum experience working as a special educator is highly preferred.* Experience working with children with special needs in the field of early intervention is highly preferred.Skills & Abilities:* Significant knowledge with developmental disabilities, familiarity with ADA and Individuals with Disabilities Educational Act (IDEA) guidelines, and inclusion.* The ability, understanding and compatibility to interact with families, professionals, and paraprofessionals within a Primary Service Provider model of service delivery, using an approach that involves giving and receiving peer coaching.* Understanding of and respect for children with special needs and their families. Ability to be attentive to input from families regarding their childs preferences by utilizing a strength-based approach with culturally competent practices.* Positive public relations attitude and approach when interacting with those we serve and the general public.* Organizational ability to work independently and take initiative to complete assignments.* Clear and concise verbal and written communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels.* Operating knowledge of a computer, applications and software, standard office equipment and Microsoft (Outlook, Word and Excel). Must be able to use an iPhone or work cell phone if applicable.Mental Requirements:* Ability to work calmly with behavioral and health related incidents.* Alertness to respond to audio and visual cues from participants and their families, other staff members and the environment.* Ability to handle multiple tasks, adhere to timelines, and process urgent projects while maintaining an attention to detail.* Ability to respond appropriately and immediately to emergencies as defined by ESH Emergency Procedure Guide/Safety Manual.* Logic and reasoning for forecasting future needs, goals, and events.Physical Requirements:* Frequent bending, reaching, squatting, kneeling, twisting in order to observe, assess, and interact with clients.* Ability to sit in office chair and typing for periods of up to one hour without a break.* Ability to sit on the floor in families homes to administer evaluations that can last up to 90 minutes.* Occasional lifting, carrying, and loading/unloading toys and materials up to and including 25 lbs. to 50 lbs. used in home visits.* Visual and auditory ability to work with clients, staff and others in the workplace continuously.* Frequent speaking and listening (50%) to clients, staff, and other professionals in meetings and on the phone.* Frequent driving (to and from office and client homes).* Frequent exposure to disability disorders in clients; occasional emergency situation; occasional exposure to trauma; constant client contact and decision making; constant concentration required when working with clients.* Frequent work inside client homes; occasional work in outdoor settings.Conditions of Employment:* Ability to successfully clear and maintain background check clearances through ESH's partnering vendors:* FBI Criminal reports* Department of Justice, Hawaii Criminal Justice, Office of Inspector General, National Sex Offender reports in accordance with Federal, State, and Local laws* Drug Test* Reference* Education* Valid State of Hawaii, Association certification* Ability to travel to multiple work sites and client homes:* Valid drivers license* Current auto insurance for vehicle used as means of reliable transportation* Must clear annual TB testing based on company policies* Valid First Aid and CPR certificate or cardEasterseals Hawaii is an equal opportunity employer

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