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:

FULL TIME OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST – Summer June 2019

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) supporting Kindergarten through 5th grade students, starting immediately Summer 2019/Fall 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. 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 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. =
Please mail the application and resume to: Soaring Eagle Academy, 800 Parkview Boulevard, Lombard, IL 60148. Please no calls.
QUALIFICATIONS
Licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations
  • Experience working with young children with special needs and Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families.
  • Strong foundation and knowledge in sensory processing disorders, regulation and modulation.
  • 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 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 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. 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.

PRINCIPAL – Interim or Permanent / Part or Full Time

Soaring Eagle Academy a not for profit, ISBE approved therapeutic day school in Lombard, IL is seeking a PRINCIPAL, serving in a non-traditional role, (Immediate opening for Interim or Permanent- Part Time or Full Time) 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 approach implementing principles of the DIR® Floor Time model, to understanding and supporting students’ social, language, sensory motor, emotional and academic development. This is a unique opportunity to serve in a non-traditional Principal role, with a dedicated staff implementing cutting-edge developmental work, who understand and support developmental language, sensory processing strategies, emotional and academic development, and how this impacts children with autism. We believe that the “behaviors” others see as impacting education for these students are a result of their lack of comprehension, challenges to communicate and process sensory information from their environment and stay regulated around a broad range of emotions. With our appropriate interpretation of their intentions and actions, appropriate language-based strategies, emotional and sensory supports, and an individualized, multi-sensory, engaging and meaningful curriculum, our students are soaring. Join our team!
Please mail the application and your resume to: Soaring Eagle Academy, 800 Parkview Boulevard, Lombard, IL 60148. Please, no phone calls.
 
QUALIFICATIONS
Endorsement or Approval on the Professional Educator License of either General Administrative, Principal or Director of Special Education AND an endorsement as Learning Behavior Specialist 1 (LBS1) is REQUIRED. 
  • Willing to use your knowledge/expertise in a non-traditional Principal role to work within SEA’s unique philosophy, therapeutic thinking and governance framework.
  • Willing to report to, take direction from and collaborate with Behavior DIR® Expert Clinician supporting program and Behavior DIR® Expert Clinician supporting curriculum, related to SEA philosophy/programmatic thinking and decision-making.
  • Willing to report to, take direction from and collaborate with the Executive Director, for issues related to ISBE policies/compliance, school law/liability and HR/employment practices.
  • Significant experience with nonpublic and public school operations/regulations.
  • Significant knowledge related to Illinois Learning Standards, Common Core, IDEA and Illinois State Board of Education guidelines.
  • Significant experience supporting and facilitating the IEP process.
  • Willingness to gain knowledge and participate in training in SEA philosophy methodology of Developmental Language Models including getting certified in the DIR® Floortime principles through taking courses, as determined necessary.
  • Understanding of complex systems and the impact on staff and families.
  • Willing to work in collaboration with all systems across the school communicating with teams and staff, supporting SEA thinking that empowers team decision-making.
  • Must possess good interpersonal relationship skills and be adept at conflict resolution within the SEA collaborative process and governance.
  • Ability to maintain a regulated emotional state within a highly emotional student/staff/family environment, initiating need for support when appropriate, that follows SEA governance.
  • Ability to recognize and hold appropriate boundaries with SEA students, staff and families, in a consistent, kind and respectful manner within SEA governance structure.
  • Appreciate and respect reflective process related to student, family and staff challenges, and decision-making.
  • Ability to work with children and families demonstrating patience, kindness and compassion.
  • Ability to work a flexible daily schedule that may include an 8:30 am arrival and 3:00 pm departure on weekdays during the regular school year of 181 days and summer session of 39 days. Not required to work on site during the 6 weeks of non-student attendance but expected to complete projects, preparation for IEPs, support challenges, etc as needed.
  • Consider interim or permanent position that is part time or full time.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
Utilize your knowledge and expertise in nonpublic/public school regulations (IDEA, Part 401, ISBE mandates), Illinois Learning Standards and the IEP process, to support the work of the Program Development Team, Behavior DIR® Expert Clinician Program, Behavior DIR® Expert Clinician Curriculum, teachers, support staff and teacher assistants, as they implement developmental thinking in SEA programming.
  • Conduct and facilitate student IEP meeting and process in accordance with IDEA and ISBE mandates keeping in mind SEA developmental thinking and support of parents- including, annual review, domain/EDC, and transition planning.
  • Meet with the Expert Clinicians assigned to the IEP, to discuss in advance any information relevant to the IEP meeting.
  • Review and edit paperwork for IEP, annual review and domain EDC, transition planning.
  • Review and support goals for measurability and compliance as requested by discipline supervisors.
  • Oversee and coordinate with Administrative Assistant regarding tracking and scheduling of IEP and domain/EDC dates.
  • Supervise and direct the school Nurse as it relates to providing nursing services to students, nursing needs per the IEP, communication with parents and medical providers, adherence to ISBE policies for medication administration, first aid and seizure/allergy response protocol and communication announcements regarding contagious disease among our staff and/or students.
  • Supervise and direct the day custodian and evening cleaning staff.
  • Coordinate and support student arrival and departure as well as all other transportation issues, including planning and challenges within SEA and with placing districts and the transportation crew.
  • Supervise and monitor weekly routine bus inspections done by SEA transition bus driver staff to insure the SEA bus is in safe working order in accordance with regulations.
  • Coordinate all bus maintenance and bus driver license/testing process compliance as needed.
  • Coordinate and monitor cleanliness and building/grounds upkeep, including necessary repairs, etc.
  • Review student dysregulation and injury reports but refer to Expert Clinician with question and concerns as needed.
  • Schedule and document fire, tornado, law enforcement active shooter drills and procedures for ISBE purposes.
  • Adhere to Lombard fire and police requirements for drills.
  • Monitor fire extinguisher/alarm inspections.
  • Monitor the student record file for each student enrolled according to section 401.270 Student records of the ISBE compliance.
  • Direct administrative staff and cleaning staff in conjunction with the SEA founders.
  • Meet weekly with SEA founders to discuss ISBE compliance, student, district or family concerns and maintain open communication regarding day-to-day matters.
  • Act as the liaison between SEA and home school district regarding IEP or busing issues.
  • Comply with all ISBE, school policy, educational best practices, rules, regulations, and policies.
  • Communicate with staff, students, parents and districts in a transparent, calm, reflective, respectful, non-defensive manner.
  • Maintain a collegial environment, respectful of all staff.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT
Immediate start date with flexible hours and days, working as an interim or permanent administrator at least 10 hours per week or up to 35 hours per week (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 weeks of non-student attendance.
SALARY
Competitive salary commensurate with experience and essential duties of the non-traditional Principal position.
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. Receive $250 continuing education reimbursement annually.

FULL TIME SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST – Summer June 2019

Soaring Eagle Academy a not for profit, ISBE approved therapeutic day school in Lombard, IL is seeking a full-time SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST in our High School Program for June Summer 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 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.

Please mail the application and your resume to: Soaring Eagle Academy, 800 Parkview Boulevard, Lombard, IL 60148. Please no phone calls.

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 June 2019 (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. 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.

 

FULL TIME Licensed Social Worker or Licensed Professional Counselor

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. 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 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. 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:

* 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 SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER K-4TH GRADE

Soaring Eagle Academy a not for profit, ISBE approved therapeutic day school in Lombard, IL is seeking a full time SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER for K-4th grade 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, 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 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 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 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.

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