Wellspring Community (Wellspring) is a successful, growing non-profit organization with a mission to provide educational, enrichment and business enterprise opportunities to adults with special needs such that they are empowered to live full, productive and satisfying lives in a God-centered and nurturing environment. We are innovators in the field, having conceived, designed and executed a brand new delivery model of services to the adult IDD community.
We are seeking a high energy, creative and passionate Special Education Program Teacher to join us in the amazing mission of empowering the lives of adults with special needs. Qualified candidates will have a passion for working with adults with special needs, a great deal of patience, high energy, excellent problem-solving and communication skills. The Special Education Program Teacher would also enjoy working in an innovative and entrepreneurial atmosphere and have the capacity to be very flexible in our fast-paced environment.
Primary Job Duties:
- Communicate effectively and regularly with participants, family members, other staff and volunteers.
- Teach or assist in the instruction of enrichment, vocational or educational activities using approved curriculum.
- Assist with the organization of daily schedules and the successful execution of such.
- Protect the health and safety of participants while providing enrichment instruction or recreation activities.
- Assist with the management of participant behaviors.
- Meet regularly with the program staff to identify what’s working well, inform of problems and assist in strategizing to make improvements.
- Assist with the analysis and modification of tasks to adapt them to the skill level of all participants.
- Transport participants to local activities, as necessary.
- Perform other special projects as requested by Program Manager or administrative staff.
- Encourage, empower participants.
- Must be able to stand 75% or more of the day.
- Must possess acceptable hearing and visual capabilities in order to monitor the environment and the participants’ well being.
- Must be able to assist participants with toileting needs in confined spaces.
- Must be able to assist participants when walking up or down stairs.
- Must be able to move chairs, tables or other heavy equipment.
- Bend to perform numerous tasks throughout the day.
- May be required to be outside for regular, prolonged activities.
- Ability to sit on floor, move from a seated position to a standing position promptly to respond to emergency situations.
- Perform a variety of activities with participants (e.g., jump, dance, run, etc)
- Bachelors degree in special education or a human services field preferred.
- Minimum of one year experience working with special needs population in any setting, preferred. Experience with physical, emotional, cognitive and mental health challenges.
- Demonstrates leadership qualities and personal characteristics necessary for working effectively with special needs adults, parents, volunteers and other personnel.
- Excellent organizational skills with ability to manage multiple priorities.
- Excellent communication and relational skills to manage the multiple relationships within the program environment.
- Ability to multi-task, problem solve effectively and manage the demands of a fast-paced, constantly changing environment.
- Valid Driver’s license and possess the willingness and skills necessary to drive 15 passenger vehicles to transport participants to various outings and activities.
Expectations of Position:
- Attends training of specific Wellspring policies and practices (annually) and adheres to such policies and practices.
- Cooperates and assists in preparing jobs for volunteers and other paid staff for the program.
- Effectively communicates with those involved in the program.
- Has a servant heart and demonstrates support of Wellspring’s Christian culture through positive words and actions.
- Serves as a positive and appropriate role model for all involved in the program.
- Cooperates and assists in the organization of each day’s activities for the program setting.
- Arrival to work is on time with sufficient time to be prepared for participants and families when they arrive and departs after all families have picked up participants. Time off is requested with sufficient time to arrange for a substitute (with the exception of illness).
- Family communications are timely, sensitive and clear.
- Collaborative planning and execution of program activities occurs with all team members.
- Approaches learning opportunities with enthusiasm and respects the mentoring of senior positions.
- Engages participants in instruction/activities with an attitude that creates a fun atmosphere as well as educational.
- Demonstrates ability to manage challenging behaviors through the execution of positive behavior supports for each individual/unique situation or seeks help from senior positions when necessary.
- Assists in the analysis of tasks and assists with modifications for a variety of skill levels to ensure successful execution by all participants.
- Will assist in the inventory of supplies at the end of each day/week.
- Performs physical demands of job as requested or needed.
- Demonstrates flexibility to adapt to changing situations.
- Demonstrates the ability to creatively problem-solve.
Job Type: Full-time
· Working with Special Needs Population: 1 year
Required license or certification:
Valid Driver’s License
How to Apply
Interested candidates should submit their resumes and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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