Instructional Therapist

Maryland, United States
$38,536- $52,989
28 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
28 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Classified Title: Instructional Therapist 
Working Title: Autism Teacher ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MB 
Starting Salary Range: $38,536- $52,989
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt ​​​​​​​ 
Location: ​​​​​​​New York City - Some travel to Connecticut or domestic locations.  
Department name: 10003516-SOM Neuro Cognitive Neurology 
Personnel area: School of Medicine
Location: New York City (some Connecticut, with possible travel to other domestic locations)

General information:

We are looking for energetic, flexible, and motivated teachers to work full-time with a young adult with autism.  Teachers work on a multi-disciplinary team with specialists in autism, special education, speech-language pathology, fitness, art, and behavior analysis to address communication, academic, daily living, vocational, and leisure skills in home, educational, and community settings in and around New York City. All team members are expected to contribute to program development by working together to create new educational, vocational, and social opportunities for this individual, and for a small group of others with related conditions. The ideal candidate willingly accepts responsibility, takes initiative, can work autonomously, and sees tasks through to completion with creative approaches and a “can do” attitude.  We are looking for dynamic professionals who want to use their time and talent to evolve our organization in collaboration with the team to create and maintain new educational, vocational, and social activities for young adults on the autism spectrum, particularly those at Level 3.  Experience working with learners with autism and/or significant communicative impairments is preferred.

The position offers an excellent salary and benefits package as well as opportunities for conducting research and professional development. 

Specific duties & responsibilities:

  • Creation and maintenance of educational materials
  • Creation and implementation of individualized and differentiated lesson plans for learner in particular, but also for 1:1, 1:2, or small group instruction
  • Assessment of individual learner needs, identification of corresponding measurable goals, and monitoring of learner progress, in order to meet designated goals
  • Management of behind the scenes details required for teaching designated skills
  • Record designated behavior data
  • Implement behavior treatment plans
  • Monitor learner’s health status at all times (e.g., note irregular food and drink consumption, informally track energy/fatigue level, be aware of medical history, etc.)
  • Transport learner in Hopkins’ vehicle as needed
  • Availability to work on a flexible schedule when needed (early mornings/evenings/weekends), not to exceed standard workweek hours

Minimum qualifications (mandatory):

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Psychology, Special Education, Speech Pathology, Social Work or related discipline required. 
  • 3-years’ experience working with individuals with Level 3 autism
  • Valid driver’s license required.
  • Certification in CPR and First Aid required.
  • Must pass reference checks, a background check and a 5-year driving record verification

Preferred qualifications:

  • Specific training and experience in Special Education Instruction
  • Experience working with adults with autism in particular
  • Five or more years of experience working with individuals with Level 3 autism
  • Knowledge of a variety of educational approaches and instructional strategies
  • Familiarity with the New York City environment

Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Experience working with individuals with Level 3 autism

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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