Soaring Eagle Academy

Now Hiring! *SIGN ON BONUS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2021*

Current positions available

Please complete the employee application and mail it with your resume to:

Soaring Eagle Academy
800 Parkview Blvd Lombard, IL 60148

or email to school@soaringeagleacademy.org

No phone calls please.

Sign on bonus

Teacher Assistants get a $300 Sign on Bonus, Teachers and Occupational therapists get a $500 Sign on Bonus, through September 2021 for full time hires.  Sign on Bonus details given upon hire. 

FULL TIME LICENSED REGISTERED NURSE or SCHOOL NURSE

Soaring Eagle Academy, a not for profit, ISBE approved therapeutic day school, serving students ages 3 through 21 years old, faced with the challenges of Autism, located in Lombard IL, is seeking a FULL TIME LICENSED REGISTERED or SCHOOL NURSE starting immediately, to work 7:30 to 3:00pm weekdays, in tandem with the part time nurse, for the 2021-22 school year. Applicant should be a caring and sympathetic individual able to multitask through a variety of difficult situations related to physical, mental, and emotional health needs. Possess excellent listening skills, able to instruct both students and adults about a variety of health issues and treatments. Organized and confident individual able to cope with potentially challenging situations.

Nursing and all staff work in-person in our school building 5 full days per week. SEA is following strict IDPH, CDC and ISBE COVID-19 guidelines including use of PPE, social distancing and hand washing/cleaning and sanitizing measures to the best of our ability.

  •  TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Immediate (Students are in attendance for 220 school days, 181 regular days and 39 summer session days).  FULL TIME- Work an hourly regular full time schedule with hours Monday through Friday 7:30 to 3:00pm but may be asked to work additional hours as needed Work a total of 44.4 weeks per year since there are 6 weeks of non-student attendance. Those weeks and holiday days of non-student attendance are unpaid.  You may be asked to work some hours during breaks as warranted and will be compensated accordingly.
  • BENEFITS: Eligible for medical and ancillary benefits for this full-time position. Benefits can include BCBS medical, with SEA contributing a portion of the total cost, employee funded dental and vision insurance benefits. Short-term, long-term disability insurance and a life insurance benefit are offered at no cost. 12 paid sick and personal days to be utilized by employee. Receive $250 reimbursement annually for continuing education.
  • SALARY: Competitive hourly rate commensurate with experience and qualifications

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Work in tandem with the part-time registered nurse on staff.
  • Perform nursing duties in person within the school building.
  • Lead and support COVID-19 related practices, policies and protocols for students and staff.
  • Serve on the COVID-19 Response Planning Committee, advising SEA leadership on the school’s response to COVID-19, as well as, developing policies and protocol as needed.
  • Perform temperature and health screening checks as needed.
  • Respond to student illness and symptoms possibly related to COVID19, following up as needed, in accordance with current guidance, policies and protocol.
  • Review current student files for medical related information and communicate appropriate health information to staff.
  • Review new student paperwork for medical related information, monitor all supplies (ex. Epi pen) needed on site and communicate appropriate health information to staff.
  • Assist with, train staff in and provide student feedings with G-tubes as needed.
  • Providing and/or delegating services including first aid, care for ill students, and emergency care to students and staff
  • Acting as a liaison between home and school by communicating with parents regarding students’ health and safety needs
  • Developing and maintaining healthcare plans for students who need special nursing interventions during the school day (ie seizure plans, asthma plans, allergy plans, diabetic plans, tube feeding plans)
  • Maintain student health records 
  • Provide health related education to students and staff in both individual and group settings
  • Participate in school wide institute days
  • Maintain daily communication through nursing notes with your supervisor and SEA leadership
  • Determining the impact of students’ contagious illnesses and acting to prevent the spread of communicable diseases in the school setting.  
  • Acting as a member of the school crisis team when needed
  • Assist families with locating outside care and obtaining health insurance as needed.
  • Administering and monitoring effectiveness of medications given at school
  • Monitoring monthly attendance related to student absences/trends.
  • Providing school staff with current information about students’ health concerns and care on a confidential need-to-know basis
  • Communicating regularly with families to acquire up to date health information on each student
  • Following up with families to receive doctors’ reports and information after a release is acquired. 
  • Writing health updates for all scheduled IEP meetings
  • Recommending modifications within the school environment for students that have health concerns.
  • Attending and actively participating in Pods safety meetings when appropriate
  • Maintaining confidentiality regarding all school and health related issues
  • Assessing staff injuries and making professional recommendations on next steps
  • Signing off on all staff injuries that occur within the building
  • Signing off on all student injuries that occur within the building and communicating with parents.
  • Work with leadership regarding medical information and medical needs of new students to ensure all information and supplies are at the academy.
  • Review and monitor medical information submitted yearly for all students.
  • Notify leadership on a weekly basis when necessary paperwork is not submitted.
  • Contact parents with medically related questions after reviewing student files.
  • Communicate appropriate health information obtained from student files and/or parent report/communication to staff.
  • Adhere to HIPAA guidelines and standards in regard to confidentiality.
  • Assist students and their families to obtain optimum health and well-being through education or referral
  • Serve as an intermediary between school, home, and private physician regarding health status of students as needed.
  • Interpret medical evaluations to parents, and staff and provide an understanding of implications for the educational performance of students. Ensure that all parents feel comfortable with plans in place to care for their child during school hours.
  • Develop and provide training for school staff to support children with healthcare needs, e.g. first aid, asthma, diabetes, seizures or epilepsy. Ensure that staff feel comfortable with plans in place to care for students with medical concerns during school hours.
  • Provide support and advice for parents, caregivers and staff on childhood illnesses and the management and control of infection and communicable diseases
  • Develop and provide training related to the facility’s policy and procedures regarding student privacy and dignity, disposal of hazardous waste material, procedures for preventing the transmission of blood-borne pathogens, the use of non-violent crisis intervention procedures and the administration of medication.
  • Recommend and implement school policies to comply with established health laws such as immunization laws, communicable disease etc.
  • Educate staff in understanding students’ allergies, special diets keeping up to date lists of all allergies, diet restrictions, seizure plans and medications.
  • Review all incident reports.
  • Build relationships with students, always working to expand your relationship, to support regulation, interaction, comprehension, engagement and learning.
  • Attune and respond to the students’ intentions providing meaning to their actions.
  • Acknowledge and reflect on students’ feelings and behavior in a caring and respectful manner.
  • Demonstrate appropriate and modulated affect for a variety of situations to facilitate interaction and learning.
  • Ability to wear a facemask and all additional PPE as required at all times in the school building, even when social distance is maintained, except while drinking or eating.
  • Ability to bend, kneel, sit (on a chair or the floor) and stand, moving easily and quickly from kneel to stand, sit to stand and stand to walk positions.
  • Ability to walk up to a mile in distance.
  • Ability to run to an urgent situation.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds easily.
  • Ability to engage in and support physical activities initiated by a student including but not limited to, jumping, running, climbing, rolling, sitting/lying on the floor, swinging.
  • Ability to act and respond to a student’s dysregulation/behavior/combative and aggressive actions (which may include unpredictable physical conduct by the student against you) according to the strategies developed in the student’s Individualized Regulatory Support Plan and Safety Plan.
  • Ability to quickly move away from and avoid combative/aggressive actions or behaviors of students.
  • Ability to physically follow in close proximity and support a student when he/she flees (runs) from a nursing intervention, an activity, an interaction or the learning environment.

 QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Licensed by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation as a Registered Nurse or hold a Professional Educator License as a School Nurse
  • Direct experience with special needs population.
  • Experience creating student/children healthcare plans including but not limited to seizure, allergy, asthma, tube feeding, etc.
  • Experience creating and performing training presentations.
  • Experience administering medication to a pediatric/special needs population.
  • Experience creating health/medical status reports for special needs population according to state regulations.
  • COVID-19 school/workplace and PPE compliance knowledge and experience.
  • Willingness to gain knowledge in DIR® Methodology and developmental thinking.
  • Ability to work with children and families demonstrating patience, kindness, compassion and empathy.
  • Appreciate and respect each child’s challenges and accomplishments.
  • Appreciate and respect each parent’s challenges and beliefs.
  • Willingness to accept and request direction/guidance and suggestions from others.
  • Ability to modulate and demonstrate affect appropriate to the situation to facilitate learning.
  • Ability to build relationships with students, always working to expand your relationship, to support regulation, interaction, comprehension, engagement and learning.
  • Ability to attune and respond to the students’ intentions providing meaning to their actions.
  • Ability to acknowledge and reflect on students’ feelings and behavior in a caring and respectful manner.
  • Proper professional well-groomed demeanor.

 Soaring Eagle Academy is a specialized therapeutic day school serving children and young adults with Autism and complex emotional and behavioral challenges, that may result in students becoming verbally and/or physically aggressive (in some cases without warning), within a fast paced, student and family-centered, highly relational and collaborative environment. 

 The Academy was founded by three Speech-Language Pathologists with an accumulation of over 80 years serving children and families with Autism and other related disorders, and a passion to showcase the amazing capacities of students with Autism to interact, communicate, think and learn. The academic and social programming is developed, expanded and supported by the SEA founders with support from the SEA Staff. We utilize a developmental language approach and developmental thinking, implementing DIR® Floortime principles, to understand and support students’ social and academic development. This is a unique opportunity to work with support staff, teachers and teacher assistants who understand developmental language, sensory processing and emotional development and how they impact children with autism. We believe that the “behaviors” others see as impacting education for these students are a result of their lack of comprehension and challenges to process sensory and social/emotional information from their environment and communication partners. With our appropriate interpretation of their intentions, our language-based strategies and emotional and sensory supports- our students are soaring. Join our team! For more information, please visit our website at www.soaringeagleacademy.org.  Please respond with your interest via the Indeed job posting.  Be prepared with your resume and valid nursing license and letters of reference. Thank you for your consideration.

FULL TIME LICENSED SOCIAL WORKER OR LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR

Soaring Eagle Academy a not for profit, ISBE approved therapeutic day school in Lombard IL serving students ages 3 through 21 years old, faced with the challenges of Autism, is seeking a full time LICENSED SOCIAL WORKER or PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR starting immediately, to join our growing staff and student body, for the 2021-22 school year teaching in person 5 full days. SEA is following strict IDPH, CDC and ISBE COVID-19 guidelines including use of PPE, social distancing and hand washing/cleaning and sanitizing measures to the best of our ability. ($500 Sign on Bonus through September 2021)* 

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Immediate (Students are in attendance for 220 school days, 181 regular days and 39 summer session days). FULL TIME– Work a salaried regular full-time position with typical hours Monday through Friday 8:00 to 3:00pm. While the work schedule is typically 8:00 to 3:00pm, as a salaried employee, you will be expected to report to work sufficiently in advance of the start of the school day and to remain after the end of the school day, so that student needs may be met and preparations for the next day can be made. Work a total of 46 weeks per year since there are 6 weeks of non-student attendance paid vacation breaks (2-week winter break, spring break, 2 week summer break and one week break before the new school year) with salary based on these hours, weeks of service and experience. Full-time staff employed 52 weeks of the year with 6 paid weeks off for non-student attendance.

BENEFITS Eligible for medical and ancillary benefits for this full time position. Benefits can include BCBS medical, with SEA contributing a portion of the total cost, employee funded dental and vision insurance benefits. Short-term, long-term disability insurance and a life insurance benefit are offered at no cost. 12 paid sick and personal days to be utilized by employee. Receive $250 reimbursement annually for continuing education.

SALARY: Competitive salary aligned with work hours/weeks and commensurate with experience and qualifications$500 Sign on BONUS details given upon hire.*

The Academy was founded by three Speech Language Pathologists with an accumulation of over 80 years serving children and families with Autism and other related disorders, and a passion to showcase the amazing capacities of students with Autism to interact, communicate, think and learn. SEA is the only school of its kind to utilize a developmental language approach and developmental thinking implementing principles of DIR(r) Floortime, to understand and support students’ social, emotional, language, sensory motor and academic development. This is a unique opportunity to do cutting edge work with fellow therapists, teachers, support staff and 1:1 teacher assistants assigned to each student, who understand developmental language, sensory processing and emotional development and how they impact children with autism. We believe that the “behaviors” others see as impacting education for these students are a result of their lack of comprehension and challenges to process sensory and social/emotional information from their environment and communication partners. With our appropriate interpretation of their intentions, our language-based strategies and emotional and sensory supports- our students are soaring. Join our team! Our mental health professionals have a central role in the support of our students. For more information, please visit our website at www.soaringeagleacademy.org

QUALIFICATIONS:

* Licensed by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

* Experience and interest working with Autism Spectrum Disorders and a range of ages and developmental level.

*Interactive style that is playful, affectual and engaging.

* Strong foundation and understanding of psychosocial development of children and the influences of family and community, and cultural differences as they interact within the educational process.

* Psychodynamic training preferred.

* Experience providing mental health services to students and supporting their families.

* Strong knowledge/experience with reflective process.

* Willingness to gain knowledge and participate in direct coaching/training in DIR Floortime and developmental language methodology.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Evaluate, plan and implement Social Work / Counseling services according to DIR® and Developmental Language model methodology and practices.
  • Develop treatment plans for each therapy session and keep a therapy log to document services, student performance, and data collection.
  • Conduct family needs assessments and social developmental case studies for students.
  • Provide individual or group intervention as needed (i.e. social emotional/peer groups).
  • Provide ongoing interaction and support to student families bridging home and school.
  • Provide reflective processing to individual staff.
  • Ability to modulate and demonstrate affect appropriate to the situation to facilitate learning.
  • Ability to wear a facemask at all times in the school building, even when social distance is maintained, except while drinking or eating.
  • Ability to bend, kneel, sit (on a chair or the floor) and stand moving easily and quickly from kneel to stand, sit to stand and stand to walk positions.
  • Ability to walk up to a mile in distance.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds easily with no assistance from others.
  • Ability to engage in and support physical activities initiated by students including but not limited to, jumping, running, climbing, rolling, sitting/lying on the floor, swinging.
  • Ability to act and respond to a student’s dysregulation/behavior/combative and aggressive actions according to the strategies developed in the student’s Individualized Regulatory Support Plan, Safety Plan and SEA non-violent crisis intervention policy and procedures.
  • Ability to quickly move away from and avoid combative/aggressive actions or behaviors of students.
  • Ability to physically follow in close proximity and support students when he/she flees (runs) from an activity, an interaction or the learning environment.
  • Ability to physically support students on indoor/outdoor therapeutic equipment
  • Acknowledge and reflect on student’s feelings and behavior in a caring and respectful manner

FULL TIME LICENSED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Unique Opportunity

Soaring Eagle Academy a not for profit, ISBE approved therapeutic day school in Lombard IL, serving students ages 3 through 21 years old, faced with the challenges of Autism, is seeking a Full-time Licensed OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST (OTR/L) to start immediately in our Early Learning Pod serving K-3rd grade with a caseload of up to 20 students. ($500 Sign on Bonus through August 2021)

Please join our growing staff and student body, beginning during our Summer school extended school year program currently in session with program teaching staff and students attending 4 days per week (Tuesday through Friday) in person within the school building and 1 day (Monday) teaching via e-learning remotely in Zoom classrooms through 12:00 noon, followed by all staff afternoon trainings through August 6, with plans to return to 5 full days in person teaching for the new school year to begin August 16. SEA is following strict IDPH, CDC and ISBE COVID-19 guidelines including use of PPE, social distancing and hand washing/cleaning and sanitizing measures to the best of our ability.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Immediate (Students are in attendance for 220 school days, 181 regular days and 39 summer session days). FULL TIME– Work a salaried regular full-time position with typical hours Monday through Friday 8:00 to 3:00pm. While the work schedule is typically 8:00 to 3:00pm, as a salaried employee, you will be expected to report to work sufficiently in advance of the start of the school day and to remain after the end of the school day, so that student needs may be met and preparations for the next day can be made. Work a total of 44.4 weeks per year since there are 6 weeks of non-student attendance paid vacation breaks (2-week winter break, spring break, 2 week summer break and one week break before the new school year) with salary based on these hours, weeks of service and experience. Full-time staff employed 52 weeks of the year with 6 paid weeks off for non-student attendance. 

BENEFITS: FULL TIME only- Eligible for medical and ancillary benefits for this full time position. Benefits can include BCBS medical, with SEA contributing a portion of the total cost, employee funded dental and vision insurance benefits. Short-term, long-term disability insurance and a life insurance benefit are offered at no cost. 12 paid sick and personal days to be utilized by employee. Receive $250 reimbursement annually for continuing education.  Supervision and mentoring by an Occupational Therapist with extensive experience in autism, sensory processing disorder and developmental thinking. 

SALARY: Competitive salary aligned with work hours/weeks and commensurate with experience and qualifications.  $500 Sign on BONUS details given upon hire.

The Academy was founded by three Speech Language Pathologists with an accumulation of over 80 years serving children and families with Autism and other related disorders, and a passion to showcase the amazing capacities of students with Autism to interact, communicate, think and learn. SEA is the only school of its kind to utilize a developmental language approach and developmental thinking implementing principles of DIR(r) Floortime to, understand and support students’ social, emotional, language, sensory motor and academic development. We focus on supporting students to be calm and regulated, interactive and engaged in meaningful learning, that is driven by student interests, ideas and levels of development. Students have a 1:1 teacher assistant specially matched to support their unique needs. This is a unique opportunity to do cutting edge work with fellow therapists, teachers, support staff and 1:1 teacher assistants, who understand developmental language, sensory processing and emotional development and how they impact children with autism. We believe that the “behaviors” others see as impacting education for these students are a result of their lack of comprehension and challenges to process sensory and social/emotional information from their environment and communication partners. With our appropriate interpretation of their intentions, our language-based strategies and emotional and sensory supports – our students are soaring. We are a hands-off school utilizing proactive strategies to interpret the actions and behaviors of students, instead of using behavioral methods of time out, consequences and rewards or physical restraint/carry/holds.  SEA is a specialized therapeutic day school serving children and young adults with Autism and complex emotional and behavioral challenges, that may result in students becoming verbally and/or physically aggressive (in some cases without warning), within a fast paced, student and family-centered, highly relational and collaborative environment. 

Our occupational therapists have a central role in the support of our students and collaboration with teams. Join our Team!  For more information, please visit our website at www.soaringeagleacademy.org.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Must be Licensed by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

* Experience and interest working with Autism Spectrum Disorders and a range of ages and developmental level

* Willingness to gain knowledge and participate in direct coaching/training in DIR® Floortime and developmental language methodology

* Strong foundation and knowledge in sensory processing disorders, regulation and modulation.

* Interactive style that is naturally playful, affectual and engaging.

*Experience supporting young adults with special needs during vocational, recreation/leisure and life skills activities for the Transition part time position.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Evaluate, plan and implement Occupational Therapy services according to DIR® and Developmental Language model methodology and practices.
  • Develop treatment plans for each therapy session and keep a therapy log to document services, student performance, and data collection.
  • Provide individual or group intervention as needed.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary team members to maximum student learning.
  • Ability to modulate and demonstrate affect appropriate to the situation to facilitate learning.
  • Ability to wear a facemask at all times in the school building, even when social distance is maintained, except while drinking or eating.
  • Ability to bend, kneel, sit (on a chair or the floor) and stand moving easily and quickly from kneel to stand, sit to stand and stand to walk positions.
  • Ability to walk up to a mile in distance.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds easily with no assistance from others.
  • Ability to engage in and support physical activities initiated by students including but not limited to, jumping, running, climbing, rolling, sitting/lying on the floor, swinging.
  • Ability to act and respond to a student’s dysregulation/behavior/combative and aggressive actions according to the strategies developed in the student’s Individualized Regulatory Support Plan, Safety Plan and SEA non-violent crisis intervention policy and procedures.
  • Ability to quickly move away from and avoid combative/aggressive actions or behaviors of students.
  • Ability to physically follow in close proximity and support students when he/she flees (runs) from an activity, an interaction or the learning environment.
  • Ability to physically support students on indoor/outdoor therapeutic equipment.
  • Acknowledge and reflect on student’s feelings and behavior in a caring and respectful manner.

FULL TIME 1:1 TEACHER ASSISTANT

Full Time 1:1 TEACHER ASSISTANT- Paraprofessional/Substitute Teacher – Fantastic hours 8:15-2:45 and great hourly rate with great benefits! Make a difference in the life of a child with Autism! Seeking an individual with a passion to work in a one-of-a-kind special needs school in Lombard, IL serving students with Autism, ages 3 to 21 years old, with more openings in our Transition 18-21 year old program supporting academic, vocational and life skill experiences in school and in the community. Currently during May, program staff and students attend 3 days per week in person and 2 days via e-learning remotely in Zoom classrooms. Summer session beginning June 15, program teaching staff and students will attend 4 days (Tuesday through Friday) in person within the school building and 1 day (Monday) teaching via e-learning remotely in zoom classrooms. Will monitor data regarding COVID-19 symptoms, cases and local metrics/trends with hopes to return to full 5 days in person teaching in the Fall beginning August 16.

SEA is following strict IDPH, CDC and ISBE COVID-19 guidelines including use of PPE, social distancing and handwashing/cleaning and sanitizing measures to the best of our ability.

Experience with children and teens with Autism preferred. Patience and compassion for individual differences of students with special needs. Join a comprehensive team of dedicated, child-centered professionals supporting our students and their families, in a calm/nurturing but fast paced and dynamic environment, working together to harness each student’s joy for interaction, play, communication and learning. Position requires a Paraprofessional license or a valid teacher/substitute teacher license. Easy to acquire with 60 or more college credit hours.

Soaring Eagle Academy is a not for profit, ISBE approved therapeutic day school founded by three Speech-Language Pathologists with an accumulation of over 80 years serving children and families with Autism and other related disorders, and a passion to showcase the amazing capacities of students with Autism to interact, communicate, think and learn. SEA is the only school in the world to utilize a developmental language approach and developmental thinking, implementing DIR® Floortime principles, to understand and support students’ social and academic development. This is a unique opportunity to work with teachers, therapists, support staff and other teacher assistants who understand developmental language, sensory processing and emotional development and how they impact children with autism. We believe that the “behaviors” others see as impacting education for these students are a result of their lack of comprehension and challenges to process sensory and social/emotional information from their environment and communication partners. With our appropriate interpretation of their intentions, our hands-off, language-based strategies and emotional and sensory supports- our students are soaring. Join our team! Our 1:1 Teacher Assistants have a central role, the heart of our model, in the support of our students. For more information, please visit our website at www.soaringeagleacademy.org

Compensation: Hourly rate $15.00 to $17.00 per hour based on level of education completed for 6.5 hours day, 32.5 hours per week, for a 44 week year including regular school year and summer session. Eligible for medical and ancillary benefits for this full time position. $300 Sign on Bonus through August 2021 for full time hires.  Sign on Bonus details given upon hire.

Benefits: Can include BCBS medical, dental and vision, with SEA contributing a portion of the total cost. Short-term disability insurance and a life insurance benefit are offered at no cost. 7 paid sick and personal days to be utilized by employee. 2 paid holidays of Christmas and New Year’s Day. Option to participate in 403B retirement plan. Receive reflective processing to support you in your work serving our student population.

 

Essential Functions:

  • Act as the student’s one on one player in a variety of settings, (including interaction on the floor or at student’s work station, during academics, while walking/running in hallways, outside or at community outings) facilitating and supporting capacities for shared attention, regulation, engagement, forming ideas, problem-solving and thinking.
  • Attune and respond to the student’s intentions providing meaning to their actions.
  • Build a relationship with your student, always working to expand the relationship, critical for supporting the student’s ability to be engaged and available for learning throughout the day.
  • Support and facilitate student capacities for language development, comprehension and communication, including using appropriate language levels according to your student’s profile.
  • Recognize student’s interests and follow the student’s lead to engage in interactions allowing for elaboration and challenge of the student’s capacities.
  • Support and lead individual and small group social and educational activities under direction of the classroom teacher.
  • Ability to wear a facemask at all times in the school building, even when social distance is maintained, except while drinking or eating.
  • Ability to kneel, sit (on a chair or the floor) and stand moving easily and quickly from kneel to stand, sit to stand and stand to walk positions.
  • Ability to walk up to a mile in distance.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds easily.
  • Ability to engage in and support physical activities initiated by your assigned student including but not limited to, jumping, running, climbing, rolling, sitting/lying on the floor, swinging.
  • Ability to act and respond to a student’s (yours and others’) dysregulation/behavior/combative and aggressive actions (which may include unpredictable physical conduct by the student against you) according to the strategies developed in the student’s Individualized Regulatory Support Plan and Safety Plan.
  • Ability to quickly move away from and avoid combative/aggressive actions or behaviors of students.
  • Ability to physically follow in close proximity and support your assigned student when he/she flees (runs) from an activity, an interaction or the learning environment.
  • Ability to physically support students on indoor/outdoor therapeutic equipment

SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER K-4TH GRADE

Soaring Eagle Academy a not for profit, ISBE approved therapeutic day school in Lombard, IL serving students ages 3 through 21 years old, faced with the challenges of Autism, is seeking a full time SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER for K-4th grade classroom in our Primary Elementary Pod, with immediate start preferable, to join our growing staff and student body, currently in our 2021 Summer session teaching 4 days per week in person Tuesday through Friday and teaching Mondays remotely until 12:00 noon with students dismissed for staff training in the afternoon, with plans to return to 5 full days in person for the 2021-2022 school year set to begin August 16. SEA is following strict IDPH, CDC and ISBE COVID-19 guidelines including use of PPE, social distancing and hand washing/cleaning and sanitizing measures to the best of our ability.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Immediate (Students are in attendance for 220 school days, 181 regular days and 39 summer session days). FULL TIME– Work a salaried regular full-time position with typical hours Monday through Friday 8:00 to 3:00pm. While the work schedule is typically 8:00 to 3:00pm, as a salaried employee, you will be expected to report to work sufficiently in advance of the start of the school day and to remain after the end of the school day, so that student needs may be met and preparations for the next day can be made. Work a total of 44.4 weeks per year since there are 6 weeks of non-student attendance. Full-time staff employed 52 weeks of the year with 6 paid weeks off for non-student attendance.

BENEFITSFULL TIME – Eligible for medical and ancillary benefits for this full-time position. Benefits can include BCBS medical, with SEA contributing a portion of the total cost, employee funded dental and vision insurance benefits. Short-term, long-term disability insurance and a life insurance benefit are offered at no cost. 12 paid sick and personal days to be utilized by employee. Receive $250 reimbursement annually for continuing education. Supervision and mentoring provided by DIR® Expert Clinician/SLP/SEA Co-Founder that leads the Teachers and Curriculum Team, with extensive experience in autism, developmental language thinking, curriculum development and is a Trainer in the DIR® Floortime model as well as reflective processing offered. Participation in our 403B retirement plan. Work in an environment with state-of-the art materials and equipment.

SALARY: Competitive salary aligned with work hours/weeks and commensurate with experience and qualifications. $500 Sign on Bonus through August 2021 for full time hires.  Sign on Bonus details given upon hire. 

 The Academy was founded by three Speech Language Pathologists, with an accumulation of over 80 years experience serving children and families with Autism and other related disorders, and a passion to showcase the amazing capacities of students with Autism to interact, communicate, think and learn. SEA is the only school in the world to utilize a Developmental Language approach implementing principles of the DIR® Floor Time model, to understanding and supporting students’ social, emotional and academic development. This is a unique opportunity to do cutting edge work with dedicated support staff including SLP, OT, SW, fellow teachers and 1:1 teacher assistants assigned to each student, who understand and support developmental language, sensory processing strategies, emotional development, and how they impact children with autism. We believe that the “behaviors” others see as impacting education for these students are a result of their lack of comprehension, inability to communicate, challenges in processing sensory information from their environment and staying regulated around a broad range of emotions. We are a hands-off school utilizing proactive strategies to interpret the actions and behaviors of students, versus using behavioral methods of time out, consequences and rewards or physical restraint/carry/holds. 

With our appropriate interpretation of their intentions, appropriate language-based strategies, emotional and sensory supports, and an individualized, multi-sensory, engaging and meaningful curriculum, our students are soaring. Join our team! Our Teachers have a central role in the support of our students. For more information, please visit our website at www.soaringeagleacademy.org

QUALIFICATIONS:

* Must have LBS1 Special Education License for K-12 

* Experience in an early learning/elementary environment where developmental thinking/approach was utilized.

* Knowledge and expertise in child development.

* Knowledge and experience working with young children and their families.

* Interactive style that is naturally playful, affectual and engaging.

* Experience with children with special needs and/or Autism Spectrum Disorders.

* Willingness to gain knowledge and participate in direct coaching/training in Developmental Language Models and DIR® methodology.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Ability to create, implement and adapt developmentally based curriculum for students of varied ages, learning styles and developmental levels.
  • Ability to move flexibly between students of varied developmental capacities.
  • Ability to manage a classroom and multiple teacher assistants, and collaborate within a multidisciplinary model.
  • Effectively communicate with and support parents/caregivers.
  • Ability to modulate and demonstrate affect appropriate to the situation to facilitate learning.
  • Ability to support students in personal care including toileting, feeding/eating, etc.
  • Ability to wear a facemask at all times in the school building, even when social distance is maintained, except while drinking or eating.
  • Ability to kneel, sit (on a chair or the floor) and stand moving easily and quickly from kneel to stand, sit to stand and stand to walk positions.
  • Ability to walk up to a mile in distance.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds easily with no assistance from others.
  • Ability to engage in and support physical activities initiated by students including but not limited to, jumping, running, climbing, rolling, sitting/lying on the floor, swinging.
  • Ability to act and respond to a student’s dysregulation/behavior/combative and aggressive actions according to the strategies developed in the student’s Individualized Regulatory Support Plan, Safety Plan and SEA non-violent crisis intervention policy and procedures.
  • Ability to quickly move away from and avoid combative/aggressive actions or behaviors of students.
  • Ability to physically follow in close proximity and support students when he/she flees (runs) from an activity, an interaction or the learning environment.
  • Ability to physically support students on indoor/outdoor therapeutic equipment.
  • Acknowledge and reflect on student’s feelings and behavior in a caring and respectful manner.

FULL TIME SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER – High School

Soaring Eagle Academy a not for profit, ISBE approved therapeutic day school in Lombard, IL is seeking a full-time SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER for High School program with IMMEDIATE start, to join our growing staff and student body. The Academy was founded by three Speech Language Pathologists, with an accumulation of over 80 years experience serving children and families with Autism and other related disorders,and a passion to showcase the amazing capacities of students with Autism to interact, communicate, think and learn. The academic and social programming is developed, expanded and supported by the SEA founders, with support from the SEA staff. SEA is the only school in the world to utilize a Developmental Language approach implementing principles of the DIR® Floor Time model, to understanding and supporting students’ social, emotional and academic development. This is a unique opportunity to do cutting edge work with dedicated support staff including SLP, OT, SW, fellow teachers and 1:1 teacher assistants assigned to each student, who understand and support developmental language, sensory processing strategies, emotional development, and how they impact children with autism. We believe that the “behaviors” others see as impacting education for these students are a result of their lack of comprehension, inability to communicate, challenges in processing sensory information from their environment and staying regulated around a broad range of emotions. With our appropriate interpretation of their intentions, appropriate language-based strategies, emotional and sensory supports, and an individualized, multi-sensory, engaging and meaningful curriculum, our students are soaring. Join our team! Our Teachers have a central role in the support of our students.

QUALIFICATIONS:LBS1 Special Education License for K-12 

  • Strong interest in the high school 14 to 18-year-old student population.
  • Experience in a high school program environment with attention to academics and individualized, dynamic learning.
  • Knowledge and experience leading teacher assistants, working within a collaborative team and supporting students’ families.
  • An interactive style that is supportive, affectual and engaging.
  • Experience with children with special needs and/or Autism Spectrum Disorders.
  • Willingness to gain knowledge and participate in direct coaching/training in Developmental Language Models and DIR® Floortime methodology.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
*Conduct the classroom according to DIR® and developmental language model methodology practices.
*Ability to create, implement and adapt developmentally-based curriculum for students of varied ages, learning styles and developmental levels.*Complete lesson plans for individual and group activities.*Teach academics individually and in groups.*Plan and implement curriculum in accordance with the Illinois Common Core State Standards.*Ability to move flexibly between students of varied developmental capacities.*Ability to manage a classroom and multiple teacher assistants, and collaborate within a multidisciplinary model.*Effectively communicate with and support parents/caregivers.*Ability to modulate and demonstrate affect appropriate to the situation to facilitate learning.*Provide direction, instruction, and coaching to Teacher Assistants in the classroom environment.*Support Teacher Assistants in understanding individual lesson plans.*Supervise and monitor Teacher Assistants for preparation of classroom materials, maintenance of a clean and safe environment.*Ability to kneel, sit (on a chair or the floor) and stand moving easily and quickly from kneel to stand, sit to stand and stand to walk positions.*Ability to walk up to a mile in distance.*Ability to lift up to 50 pounds easily with no assistance from others.*Ability to engage in and support physical activities initiated by students including but not limited to, jumping, running, climbing, rolling, sitting/lying on the floor, swinging.*Ability to act and respond to a student’s dysregulation/behavior/combative and aggressive actions according to the strategies developed in the student’s Individualized Regulatory Support Plan, Safety Plan, and SEA non-violent crisis intervention policy and procedures.*Ability to quickly move away from and avoid combative/aggressive actions or behaviors of students.*Ability to physically follow in close proximity and support students when he/she flees (runs) from an activity, interaction or the learning environment.*Ability to physically support students on indoor/outdoor therapeutic equipment.*Acknowledge and reflect on student’s feelings and behavior in a caring and respectful manner.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Immediate (Students are in attendance for 220 school days, 181 regular days and 39 summer session days). Full time staff employed 52 weeks of the year with 6 paid weeks of non-student attendance.

SALARY:
Competitive salary commensurate with experience. $500 Sign on Bonus through August 2021 for full time hires.  Sign on Bonus details given upon hire. 

BENEFITS:
Eligible for medical and ancillary benefits for full-time position. Benefits can include medical, dental and vision, with SEA contributing a generous portion of the total cost. Short term and long term disability insurance and a life insurance benefit are offered at no cost. 403B participation is offered. 12 paid sick/personal days to be utilized by employee. Supported with weekly teacher and lesson plan/curriculum mentoring and reflective processing. Work in an environment with state of the art equipment. Receive $250 continuing education reimbursement annually.

FULL TIME SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER (Transition 18-21 year old program)

Soaring Eagle Academy a not for profit, ISBE approved therapeutic day school in Lombard, IL is seeking a full time SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER for our Transition classroom serving 18 to 21 year old students, with immediate start preferably, to join our growing staff and student body. The Academy was founded by three Speech Language Pathologists, with an accumulation of over 80 years experience serving children and families with Autism and other related disorders,and a passion to showcase the amazing capacities of students with Autism to interact, communicate, think and learn. The academic and social programming is developed, expanded and supported by the SEA founders, with support from the SEA staff. SEA is the only school in the world to utilize a Developmental Language approach implementing principles of the DIR® Floor Time model, to understanding and supporting students’ social, emotional and academic development. This is a unique opportunity to do cutting edge work with dedicated support staff including SLP, OT, SW, fellow teachers and 1:1 teacher assistants assigned to each student, who understand and support developmental language, sensory processing strategies, emotional development, and how they impact children with autism. We believe that the “behaviors” others see as impacting education for these students are a result of their lack of comprehension, inability to communicate, challenges in processing sensory information from their environment and staying regulated around a broad range of emotions. With our appropriate interpretation of their intentions, appropriate language-based strategies, emotional and sensory supports, and an individualized, multi-sensory, engaging and meaningful curriculum on site and within the community doing vocational, life skills and recreational experiences, our students are soaring. Join our team! Our Teachers have a central role in the support of our students. For more information, please visit our website at www.soaringeagleacademy.orgPlease mail the application and your resume to: Soaring Eagle Academy, 800 Parkview Boulevard, Lombard, IL 60148. Our application can be found on our website. Please no phone calls. 

QUALIFICATIONS:LBS1 Special Education License

  • Strong interest in the transition 18 to 21 year old student population to facilitate hope for the future for students, their families and the staff you support.
  • Experience in a high school or transition program environment with academic, vocational, life skills, recreational and community programming components.
  • Knowledge and experience leading teacher assistants, working within a collaborative team and supporting students’ families.
  • Interactive style that is supportive, affectual and engaging.
  • Experience with children with special needs and/or Autism Spectrum Disorders.
  • Willingness to gain knowledge and participate in direct coaching/training in Developmental Language Models and DIR® Floortime methodology.

 ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Conduct the classroom according to DIR® and developmental language model methodology practices.
  • Ability to create, implement and adapt developmentally based curriculum for students of varied ages, learning styles and developmental levels.
  • Complete lesson plans for individual and group activities on and off-site.
  • Teach academic, vocational, life skills and recreational groups.
  • Plan and implement appropriate educational, vocational and recreational curriculum in accordance with the Illinois Common Core State Standards.
  • Ability to move flexibly between students of varied developmental capacities.
  • Ability to manage a classroom and multiple teacher assistants, and collaborate within a multidisciplinary model.
  • Effectively communicate with and support parents/caregivers.
  • Ability to modulate and demonstrate affect appropriate to the situation to facilitate learning.
  • Check in daily with student station work and rotate through various stations during academic/on-site and off-site jobs.
  • Create visuals for supporting student comprehension for daily activities and groups.
  • Provide direction, instruction and coaching to Teacher Assistants in the classroom environment.
  • Support Teacher Assistants in understanding individual lesson plans for onsite and offsite activities.
  • Supervise and monitor Teacher Assistants for preparation of classroom materials, maintenance of a clean and safe environment.
  • Management for off-site trips including but not limited to the following
  • Ability to support students in personal care including toileting, feeding/eating, etc.
  • Ability to kneel, sit (on a chair or the floor) and stand moving easily and quickly from kneel to stand, sit to stand and stand to walk positions.
  • Ability to walk up to a mile in distance.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds easily with no assistance from others.
  • Ability to engage in and support physical activities initiated by students including but not limited to, jumping, running, climbing, rolling, sitting/lying on the floor, swinging.
  • Ability to act and respond to a student’s dysregulation/behavior/combative and aggressive actions according to the strategies developed in the student’s Individualized Regulatory Support Plan, Safety Plan and SEA non-violent crisis intervention policy and procedures.
  • Ability to quickly move away from and avoid combative/aggressive actions or behaviors of students.
  • Ability to physically follow in close proximity and support students when he/she flees (runs) from an activity, an interaction or the learning environment.
  • Ability to physically support students on indoor/outdoor therapeutic equipment.
  • Acknowledge and reflect on student’s feelings and behavior in a caring and respectful manner.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:

Immediate (Students are in attendance for 220 school days, 181 regular days and 39 summer session days). Full time staff employed 52 weeks of the year with 6 paid weeks of non-student attendance.

SALARY:

Competitive salary commensurate with experience. $500 Sign on Bonus through August 2021 for full time hires.  Sign on Bonus details given upon hire. 

BENEFITS:

Eligible for medical and ancillary benefits for full-time position. Benefits can include medical, dental and vision, with SEA contributing a generous portion of the total cost. Short term and long-term disability insurance and a life insurance benefit are offered at no cost. 403B participation is offered. 12 paid sick/personal days to be utilized by employee. Supported with teacher and curriculum mentoring and reflective processing. Work in an environment with state of the art equipment. Receive $250 continuing education reimbursement annually.