Special Education Teacher
Special Education Teacher
Children’s Learning Center Helen Keller Services for the Blind
Established in 1893, Helen Keller Services mission is to enable individuals who are blind or have vision loss to live, work and thrive in their communities of choice. We are a pioneer in the field of blindness rehabilitation and education and now we are expanding into services for preschool children on the Autistic Spectrum. Serving children from birth to age 5, the Children’s Learning Center is the only center in New York City that specializes in serving children who are visually impaired, blind and/or have multiple disabilities and now we are opening classrooms for children on the Spectrum.
This is an exciting time to join our team here at Helen Keller Services. We have opened a new school that we designed from the ground up. The new classrooms are large and well furnished with lots of adaptive toys and equipment. The classrooms have 8 children, 1 teacher and 2 assistant teachers in them. The teaching staff is encouraged to be creative in their lesson planning and learning materials are plentiful. We are centrally located at 180 Livingston Street which is accessible by the B, D, F, A, C, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, and 5 trains. This is a full time staff positions with full benefits including a 403B retirement plan and a tuition reimbursement program. We follow the New York City Department of Education calendar plus a 6 week summer session
The Special Education Teacher will conduct a special education preschool classroom for children with developmental delays. The children may also have multiple impairments, autism and have severe medical issues. Maintaining positive communication with parents, other staff members and professionals outside of HKSB is critical to success. Must demonstrate a sincere commitment to HKSB’s Mission and Values and conduct him/herself at a high professional level at all times and project a positive image of HKSB internally and externally.
The teacher is responsible for the direct supervision of 2 teacher assistants in his / her classroom.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The teacher is responsible for all aspects of running and managing a preschool classroom for visually impaired, multiply impaired children and those with pervasive developmental delays. Collaborates with parents and members of each child’s therapy team to discuss progress regarding IEP outcomes. Works 1:1 with children and parents, providing each child with functional vision services. Implements activities to correlate with IEP outcomes. Attends weekly team meetings and IEP meetings. Facilitates functional vision evaluations for new children in early intervention and preschool. Supervises assistant teachers assigned to his/her classroom and is responsible for evaluating their performance via their annual evaluation. Responsible for other duties as may be assigned or requested by the School Principal, the Managing Director of Rehabilitation Services and/or any senior management
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be New York State Certified as a special education teacher. He / she must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Master’s Degree from an accredited college and university in Special Education. Experience with autistic preschoolers is preferred.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Valid New York State Education Department Teachers Certification as a Special Education Teacher / Birth through 2ndGrade.
To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org