Employment

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

Soaring Eagle Academy
800 Parkview Blvd Lombard, IL 60148

No phone calls please.

IMMEDIATE OPENINGS:

ASSISTANT TO THE PRINCIPAL

Duties

 The Assistant to the Principal role is primarily responsible for a variety of secretarial/clerical duties for the SEA Principal and other leadership staff members and assisting with the day-to-day operations of the Principal’s Office, and related work as required.  The Assistant position will report to and take direction primarily from the SEA Principal. The Assistant position is expected to comply with all procedures and policies contained in the Employee Handbook and communicated to the Assistant to the Principal.

Expected work hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00 pm in accordance with school calendar.  The following list of duties is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties and responsibilities of the position, which may include other duties as assigned at the discretion of SEA.

  • Perform a variety of clerical duties to relieve the Principal of administrative and clerical detail.
  • Schedule IEP meetings with parents and districts and coordinate with Principal’s schedule maintaining IEP and 3-year compliance schedule.
  • Maintain the IEP schedule indicating due dates and additional pre meetings.
  • Maintain the Principal’s schedule.
  • Complete invitations as needed for scheduled IEP meetings.
  • Maintain Embrace – assigning case loads, initiating meetings, and loading paperwork.
  • Print and send draft IEPs to districts and parents the required 3 days in advance of the meeting, after checking for completion and Principal approval.
  • Print and prepare IEP documents for all meetings and having available at meeting.
  • Make required reminder calls for meetings
  • Manage paperwork entry for districts requiring additional procedures.
  • Maintain google spreadsheets, coordinating with staff to keep the information up to date.
  • Schedule, coordinate and facilitate maintenance needed and service calls necessary through outside agencies under advisement of Principal, Executive Director and Business Manager.
  • Daily entry of maintenance requests in spreadsheet.
  • Facilitate communication with outside cleaning company as needed.
  • Schedule yearly drills with outside participants.
  • Maintain the building drill information including posted drill evacuation routes and instructions.
  • Maintain building signage and update when necessary.
  • Maintain the building keys and distribution
  • Manage staff PTO paid time off requests by: receiving staff PTO paid time off requests, reviewing SEA calendar and following protocol for approval, providing rejection/approval response to employee in Axiom payroll system and adding to SEA calendar as scheduled day off.
  • Produce, distribute, and manage the yearly student forms required at the start of each school year and for newly enrolled students throughout the school year and maintain a spreadsheet with data to be distributed.
  • Send required memos to families, districts, and SEA staff (illness, days off, etc) via email and through the remind app as appropriate
  • Coordinate logistics, set up, manage and copy/collate materials and supplies needed for institute days.
  • Coordinate, set up, manage and copy materials for weekly trainings as necessary
  • Coordinate report cards including ISBE course codes and progress updates to be completed quarterly and sent to districts and families as required.
  • Complete yearly transcripts for HS students at the end of each school year.
  • Coordinate yearly celebrations with Principal and founders (SEA Anniversary Sept 17, Halloween, Thanksgiving feast, Christmas, Teacher Appreciation week, custodian day etc)
  • File all student paperwork into permanent files on a weekly basis
  • Send dysregulation communications to districts and families daily.
  • Make copies and phone calls as needed.
  • Communicate busing concerns with district personnel.
  • Coordinate acts of kindness by ordering and sending flowers/gifts when asked by administration as needed.
  • Email SEA parents with upcoming area events that might interest their families.
  • 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 recommended by their supporting staff, that have been 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, moving quickly from sit to stand and stand to walk positions.
  • Ability to sit, stand and walk and work at a computer for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to bend, kneel or crouch to file materials and reach overhead and above shoulders to retrieve files and materials.
  • Ability to lift up to 15 pounds at times.
  • Hold confidential (from other SEA staff or individuals outside of SEA) information you are privy to in your role including but not limited to:  personnel information, personnel issues, SEA practices, policies or programming, student/family information, issues or enrollment, or issues related to placing school districts.
  • Assist the Principal, Expert Clinicians and Executive Director by performing related secretarial work as required/assigned.

 Qualifications

  • Minimum of a High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Previous experience working as a school administrative assistant required.
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills with staff, students, parents, districts and the general public using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills and appropriate telephone techniques and etiquette.
  • Ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions.
  • Knowledge of modern office practices, procedures and equipment.
  • Proficient computer skills including Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel, G Suite/Google docs, etc.
  • Good understanding of clerical procedures and systems such as record keeping and filing.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently completing tasks in a timely manner.
  • Ability to appreciate and respect each student and interact with children demonstrating patience, kindness and compassion.
  • Willingness to accept and request direction/guidance and suggestions from others and apply/implement those suggestions in the position.
  • Ability to modulate and demonstrate affect appropriate to the situation.
  • Ability to sustain a calm, positive presence during challenges and throughout the day.
  • Professional demeanor.
  • Ability to follow SEA governance and SEA procedures for interacting with and supporting/directing parents and staff when issues are brought to your attention, holding confidentiality.

Compensation and Benefits:

Competitive hourly rate commensurate with experience, working 40 hours per week for a 44.4 week year including the regular school year and summer session.  May be required to work an additional work week during student non-attendance weeks as needed. Eligible for medical and ancillary benefits. Benefits can include BCBS 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. 7 paid sick and personal days to be utilized by employee.  403B retirement plan is offered.

If invited to interview, you will be required to provide your Resume, SEA Employment Application, proof of education, and 2 letters of Recommendation, with at least one reflecting your school administrative assistant experience.

FULL TIME LICENSED SOCIAL WORKER OR LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR – Early Childhood – 4th grade

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 SOCIAL WORKER or LlCENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR starting immediately, to join our growing staff and student body. 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 Model approach and developmental thinking implementing principles of the DIR® Floor Time model, to understand and support students’ social, emotional, language and academic development.

This is a unique opportunity to do cutting edge work with dedicated staff, including SLP, OT, SW/Counselor, DIR® Specialist, special education teachers support staff 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 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.

Please mail the application and your resume to: Soaring Eagle Academy, 800 Parkview Boulevard, Lombard, IL 60148 or email to:  school@soaringeagleacademyorg.

 QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Licensed by the Department of Professional Regulation
  • Experience and interest working with Autism Spectrum Disorders and a range of ages and developmental level
  • Psychodynamic training preferred
  • Interactive style that is playful, affectual and engaging.
  • Experience providing services to families, students and colleagues
  • Strong knowledge/experience with group and reflective process
  • Knowledge and experience supporting interpersonal dynamics and group process with adults, including students’ families/caregivers, team members and co-workers.
  • Willingness to gain knowledge and participate in direct coaching/training in DIR Floortime and developmental language methodology
  • 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

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Evaluate, plan and implement Social Work / Counseling services according to DIR® and Developmental Language model methodology and practices for elementary age students.
  • 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 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 off for non-student attendance.

SALARY:
Competitive salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

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 reflective processing. Work in an environment with state of the art equipment. $250 reimbursement annually for continuing education. Mentoring and supervision from highly experienced mental health professional.

 

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 serve Early Childhood through 4th grade students, starting November 2019, to join our growing staff and student body. 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 occupational therapists have a central role in the support of our students and collaboration with teams.

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 playful, affectual and engaging.

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 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 off for non-student attendance.

SALARY:
Competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

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. Work in an environment with state of the art equipment. Weekly mentoring and supervision by a highly experienced occupational therapist. Receive $250 reimbursement for continuing education.

 

FULL TIME SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER- 1st-5th Grade 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 1st-5th grade program with IMMEDIATE start preferable, 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.
Please mail the application and your resume to: Soaring Eagle Academy, 800 Parkview Boulevard, Lombard, IL 60148.
QUALIFICATIONS:
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 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 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.
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.org

Please 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:

o      Sustain communication with all classroom staff

o      Ensure all trips are staffed appropriately including support staff.

o      Ensure Teacher Assistants know when to have students prepped and ready.

o      Write daily schedule on the board.

o      Confirm Teacher Assistants bring all needed student supports off-site.

o      Confirm medicine is brought on trips for appropriate students

o      Follow regulation protocol for trips.

o      Check in throughout the day to be sure staff are supported on and offsite.

o      Coordinate plan for recreation trips

o      Confirm all transportation.

  • 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.

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.

Full-Time SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST Immediate

 

FULL TIME 1:1 TEACHER ASSISTANT

Full Time 1:1 TEACHER ASSISTANT with passion to work in a special needs school in Lombard, IL serving students with Autism. 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 and nurturing environment, working together to harness each student’s joy for interaction, play, communication and learning. MUST hold paraprofessional license or a valid teacher/substitute teacher license. Computer skills for Word and Excel required.
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. 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 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 language-based strategies and emotional and sensory supports- our students are soaring.Join our team! Our 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
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, while walking/running in hallways, outside or at community outings) facilitating and supporting capacities for shared attention, regulation, engagement, ideation, 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 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.
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 full time position. Benefits can include 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.

PART TIME / FULL TIME SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

Part-Time or Full-Time SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST -November 2019 through March 2020 to cover maternity leaves and possibly beyond based on need.

Soaring Eagle Academy a not for profit, ISBE approved therapeutic day school in Lombard, IL is seeking a part time or full-time SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST from November 2019 through March 2020 to cover maternity leaves and possibly beyond based on current need, 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 of its kind to utilize a Developmental Language Model approach and developmental thinking implementing principles of the DIR® Floor Time model, to understand and support students’ social, emotional, language and academic development. This is a unique opportunity to do cutting edge work with dedicated staff including SLP, OT, SW/Counselor, DIR® Specialist, special education teachers, support staff 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 and challenges to process sensory and social/emotional information from their environment and communication partners and staying calm/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 speech-language pathologists have a central role in the support of our students.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

Licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations.

  • Knowledge and experience working with young children and their families.
  • Strong foundation and understanding of language development and willingness to embrace developmental language thinking.
  • Experience working with children and young adults with special needs and Autism Spectrum disorders.
  • Interactive style that is playful, affectual and engaging.
  • Willingness to gain knowledge and participate in direct coaching/training in Developmental Language Models and DIR® Methodology

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Evaluate, plan and implement Speech and Language Therapy services according to the Developmental Language model and DIR® methodology principles and practices.
  • Develop treatment plans for treatment sessions, keeping a log to document services, student progress, and data collection.
  • Support the facilitation and implementation of AAC devices as necessary for student communication.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary team members and parents to maximize services and support to each student.
  • Provide direction, instruction and coaching to staff in the classroom environment to support Speech and Language plan and goals.
  • Assist and facilitate student-directed play, student groups, interaction, and classroom work to sustain interactions, problem-solving and learning.
  • Ability to modulate and demonstrate affect appropriate to the situation to facilitate learning.
  • 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
  • Take direction and coaching from therapists and consultants.
  • Schedule and facilitate parent involvement in Speech and Language Therapy.
  • Report to parents as appropriate regarding student progress and home program.
  • Act and respond to each student’s behavior according to the strategies developed in the student’s Individual Regulatory Support Plan.
  • Support appropriate educational curriculum in accordance with Illinois Common Core Learning Standards
  • Assist in developing and maintaining Individual Education Plan goals and collect progress monitoring data to support student progress.
  • Provide and maintain a record of daily/weekly therapy times, treatment plans, attendance, absences, student performance, therapy notes, and other relevant data for students.
  • Attend parent conferences and IEP meetings prepared to speak to student current performance level and goals with data to support findings.
  • Assist in record keeping for students’ annual reviews
  • Establish a system of documentation that is professional, efficient and accountable and conforms to state and the Academy’s policy
  • Administer appropriate standardized and/or informal testing/ checklists at regular intervals.

 

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:

Start November 2019 through March 2020 covering maternity leaves and possibly beyond based on need (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 off for non-student attendance.

 

SALARY:

Competitive salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

 

BENEFITS:

Regular Full time position eligible for medical and ancillary benefits. 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 the employee. $250 annual stipend for continuing education. Work in a language-based environment with state of the art equipment supervised/mentored by seasoned SLP expert in developmental language model and DIR® Floor Time principles.

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