The Lead Special Education Teacher is responsible for providing educational instruction to assigned students in a structured classroom environment designed to promote intellectual, emotional and social growth. He or she will develop teaching plans that are appropriate to the ages and populations served, specifically children and adolescents (ages 3-21 years) with emotional, developmental and/or behavioral needs.
- Minimum of a Master's Degree in Special Education. Candidates without Master's will be considered provided they are eligible for DESE waiver by verification of enrollment in a Master's degree in Special Education and continue to show evidence of continuous progress if hired on a waiver until DESE licensure requirements are met.
- Special Education certification (Severe Disabilities) issued by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). BCBA preferred. A valid US driver's license and a minimum age of twenty-one (21) years old. Must be capable of attaining approved Melmark driver status. Must meet Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) background check requirements. Successful completion of employer provided certification in CPR, First Aid, Crisis Intervention, and Melmark's Orientation Program and New Hire Onsite training program.
- Must demonstrate strong reading, written and oral language skills. Strong teaching skills with emphasis on students who are emotionally, behaviorally, physically and/or developmentally challenged. Experience or interest in the principles and application of Applied Behavior Analysis, curriculum and special education (Autism Spectrum Disorders). Strong interpersonal skills are required.
- Prefer at least two (2) years experience with specialized populations. Advanced skills in educational and clinical services will be required in this role.
- Works cooperatively with all members of the multidisciplinary team (Nursing Services, Vocational Services, Clinical Services, Residential Staff, Allied Health Services), families and other accrediting agencies/school districts.