POSITION AVAILABLE: Special Education Teacher
POSITION LOCATION: Southwest West Central Service Cooperative (SWWC SC), with placement at Project SEARCH in Worthington, MN.
POSITION SUMMARY: To identify a student’s strengths, interests and abilities related to job skill acquisition, job development and placement; to facilitate job placement within an appropriate community job site consistent with the students interests and skills; to determine and refer to appropriate community support services for training and successful employment; to work with local business and industry to meet their employment needs.
· Recruit appropriate students with disabilities for Project SEARCH program (ages 18-22, last year of high school)
· Attend IEP meetings
· Identify internship sites within the host business so that students can participate in a variety of work experiences in order to build marketable, competitive skills leading to employment.
· Develop internship sites within the host business that will increase job specific skills, work quality and productivity.
· Instruct students to learn employability skills such as communication, problem solving, and teamwork, grooming, budgeting and self-advocacy.
· Provide universal design in the accommodations and adaptations needed at work sites.
· Develop work portfolios for each student to include credentialing of skills attained, letter of recommendations from internship sites, etc.
· Coordinate job coach activities.
· Develop linkages among other agencies to assure effective transition from school to work or from current placement to successful community employment.
· Refer students to appropriate agencies for support and services related to successful employment.
· Develop Summary of Performance Plans with each exiting student.
· Be knowledgeable of current “best practices” in the field of supported employment.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES: Designs and implements appropriate educational and/or behavioral programs for students to meet specific needs and goals of the students; conducts periodic assessments to determine educational progress of the students; conducts and/or participates in IEP meetings for students in the program; generally provides direction, training, and work assignments to paraprofessionals/job coaches on a daily basis if appropriate; adheres to all due process procedures and compliance requirements; plans work-based learning skills instruction in conjunction with the job coach in daily scheduling of students within their internship departments.
EDUCATION/QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s Degree required. MN licensure as Special Education Teacher from MN Department of Education is required, must be willing/able to obtain Work Based Learning license. Valid driver’s license required.
CONTRACT/SALARY: 185-day contract for 2024-2025 school year. Beginning salary dependent upon education, qualifications and experience. Excellent fringe benefits, including an opportunity for tuition assistance. Position to begin August, 2024, with an opportunity for up to 4 additional planning days during the 2023-2024 school year. Teaching position is in a unique high school transition program called Project SEARCH. Visit: www.swsc.org/projectsearch for more information on the program.
APPLICATION MATERIALS: Complete online application at www.swsc.org/application and include cover letter, application form, copies of licenses (if applicable), college transcripts, resume, and two letters of reference.
QUESTIONS ABOUT APPLICATION/REQUEST COMPLETE JOB DESCRIPTION/REQUEST AN ACCOMMODATION: Contact Kari Bailey at 507-828-6374 or [email protected]
DUE DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Position will remain open until filled.
WHAT IS THE SWWC?: The Southwest West Central Service Cooperative is a regional service agency committed to advancing the work of our members (schools, cities, counties, and other governmental agencies). With a focus on leadership, partnership, innovation and services, we are committed to building relationships with our members to ensure our work is about supporting and enhancing their work. Authorized by MN Statute as a regional resource for our members; we are a public agency that provides a comprehensive range of educational and administrative programs and services to our members.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: It is the policy of the Southwest West Central Service Cooperative (SWWC) to provide equal employment opportunity for all, without discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, familial status, membership or activity in a local commission, disability, sexual orientation or age.
DIVERSITY STATEMENT: SWWC’s mission is to support and enhance the work of our members by providing programs and services to meet their needs. To support and enhance all of our members, we need to embrace and celebrate all of our members. SWWC works to identify unique frameworks within the various communities we serve and actively responds by adjusting our practices to meet the ever changing needs. We strive to recruit diverse and inclusive teams that will have a positive impact on our programs and services and help us better serve our members, customers and employees.
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