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The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB), located in Colorado Springs at the foot of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, invites you to consider our employment opportunities.   Interested persons are invited to visit CSDB’s website at … http://csdb.org/, where the official job announcement for Transition Teacher / Employability Center may be found in its entirety, including major duties/responsibilities, under Non-Classified employment.  This job announcement is open until the positions are filled.

BROAD SCOPE OF POSITION

This position reports to the Director of Outreach Programs, and is responsible for providing standards-based instruction to students in Pre-K through 12th grade who are Deaf / hard-of- hearing and who may have additional disabilities. The services are provided through contracts between the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) and school districts and Boards of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES) in the state of Colorado. The teacher utilizes Colorado Academic Standards and benchmarks in establishing instructional goals; and provides assessments that measure whether students meet standards, in a safe and civil school environment. Additional duties include developing and organizing events for students and/or their parents according to the CSDB Strategic Plan.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Performs work associated with standards-based student instruction: prepares lesson plans, adapts instructional materials, develops input for and presents instructional/learning activities based upon the Individualized Education Program (IEP). Maintains a positive instructional environment utilizing appropriate behavior management strategies, keeps students on task and engaged in learning.

Demonstrates knowledge / skill in the areas of task analysis, assessment, progress monitoring, behavior management, organization / planning, curriculum adaptation, current technology practices, parent relations and teamwork.

Utilizes technology to model, teach and assist students relative to classroom instruction and activities.

Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of services in public school settings for students with hearing loss.

Works as part of the education / assessment team responsible for identifying, developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating individual objectives for assigned students.

Utilizes appropriate communication skills with a commitment to literacy development for each student.

Understands and supports students’ social-emotional development.

Provides consultation and professional development activities for school staff throughout Colorado, as needed.

Coordinates effectively with other service staff in providing student instruction, supporting school reform efforts, strategic planning, and positively contributing to co-curricular activities.

Positively serves as a team member of Outreach Programs and of the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) as a whole. Participates in regular team and departmental meetings, school and instructional meetings as required.

Provides parent consultation; participates in selected parent-focused activities.

Seeks opportunities for and participates in activities related to professional development and training/workshops as appropriate.

Performs other appropriate duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS, SUBSTITUTIONS, CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT & APPEAL RIGHTS:

QUALIFICATIONS:

Master’s Degree in Education or closely related field from an accredited college or university, with specialization in Deaf Education

Must hold or be eligible for appropriate educator licensure in the State of Colorado, endorsed as a Special Education Specialist: Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing, or comparable endorsement

Experience teaching / working with children (in an educational environment) who are Deaf/ hard-of-hearing.

Preferred: five (5) years successful experience working in public school settings Proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL) at the Advanced (3+, ASLPI) skill level as demonstrated through an appropriate assessment tool and according to school policy/procedures

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES:

Knowledge of and ability to apply current standards-based educational practices associated with students who are Deaf / hard-of-hearing to a variety of settings.

Knowledge of and ability to assess and apply technology to perform the requirements of   the position; ability to effectively utilize a variety of computer software applications, which may include but is not limited to e-mail, Internet, word processing, electronic calendar, presentation development, spreadsheet, database, video-conferencing technology, etc.; willingness to stay current and develop skills as needed with or without direct support from CSDB.

Knowledge of and ability to effectively adapt and apply teaching skills, classroom management and lesson preparation to a technology rich environment, which may include but is not limited to on-site classroom, tele-intervention, and multiple distance education technologies and delivery modes; ability to effectively implement technology necessary to model, teach, and assist students relative to classroom instruction and activities.

Ability to establish high standards for what students must know and be able to do. Knowledge of and ability to apply listening and spoken language strategies within instructional environments.

Ability to communicate effectively with students who are Deaf / hard-of-hearing. Ability to respond effectively and positively to feedback.

Ability to work cooperatively with others and participate effectively in a team setting. Strong, positive interpersonal skills and leadership skills.

Ability and willingness to travel (frequently) throughout the state of Colorado.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:

Full-time; scheduled to work the standard number of days in the academic year (as per established School Calendar, currently 195 days, August to June).

The annual base salary shall be established pursuant to the Teacher Salary Schedule, and based upon appropriate education and experience.

Employment is at-will, with no actual, expressed or implied contract.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

Selected applicants must verify experience / highest degree held. Direct deposit of paycheck is required.

CSDB is a non-smoking facility in its entirety.

Selected applicant must comply with the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind Drug- Free Workplace Policy, and other policies.

As required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), selected applicant must verify, within 72 hours of employment, his/her legal right to be employed in the United States.

Selected applicant(s) will be required to submit to and pass a background check, to include Colorado and Federal criminal history checks, employment verification, and professional/personal reference checks.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:

THIS JOB ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL THE POSITION IS FILLED.

How To Apply:

In addition to the submission of a complete on-line application (to include references), please upload the items listed below to your on-line application:

Formal Letter of Interest Current Resume

Recent Letters of Recommendation, with signature Copies of All Transcripts

Copy of Educator Certification, if applicable

CSDB is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind and its Board are committed to providing a safe learning and work environment where all members of the school community are treated with dignity and respect. CSDB does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, or veteran status. Accordingly, no otherwise qualified student, employee, applicant for employment or member of the public shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to unlawful  discrimination,  harassment, or unwelcome behavior under any CSDB program or activity on the basis of  disability, race, color,  sex, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, or veteran status.   The  following  persons  are  designated  to  handle  inquiries  regarding this policy:

Chelle Lutz, Human Resources Manager (employee complaints) / Kathy Emter, Director of Special Education (student/parent/public complaints) at CSDB, 33 N. Institute Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 (Phone:  719-578-2100 / Fax: 719-578-2239). *Nondiscrimination in relation to genetic information is applicable to employment only.

ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments   Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Chelle Lutz, Human Resources Manager by phone 719-578-2114  or  email  clutz@csdb.org at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.

HOW TO APPLY: Thank you for your interest. Submit an on-line application by clicking the link below or submit a State of Colorado Application for Announced Vacancy and all supplemental questions according to the instructions provided below. Failure to submit a complete and timely application may result in the rejection of your application. Applicants are responsible for  ensuring that application materials are received by the appropriate Human Resources office before the closing date and time listed above.

TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED:

An unofficial copy of transcripts must be submitted at the time of application. Transcripts from colleges or universities outside the United States must be assessed for U.S. equivalency by a NACES educational credential evaluation service. This documentation is the responsibility of the applicant and must be included as part of your application materials. Failure to provide a transcript or credential evaluation report may result in your application being rejected and you will not be able to continue in the selection process for this announcement.

IF NOT APPLYING ON-LINE, SUBMIT APPLICATION TO:

Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind; Attention: Human Resources Office; 33 North Institute Street; Colorado Springs, CO 80903; FAX#: (719) 578-2239

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