Full Job Description
Shrub Oak International School is the new benchmark in autism education. We are a private day and boarding school in northern Westchester County, serving the needs of an international coed population of children, adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum. Shrub Oak is a school where each student is respected as an individual and surrounded by experts who care and work to bring out each student’s greatest strengths. Our curriculum brings together the most advanced and successful evidence-based clinical and academic approaches in ASD education to prepare our students for independent adult life and employment. Offering two distinct educational programs, with both day and boarding options, Shrub Oak truly is a school like no other.
Reporting to the Director of Education, the Special Education Teacher is a 12-month, professional position provides instructional leadership in academic content, life skills, vocational skills, etc. based on ITEP goals and/or diploma requirements. In addition, the Teacher will have a strong partnership with the clinical staff to provide an individualized, evidence-based educational program considering each student's interests, strengths and needs. The Teacher will also oversee Educational Assistants and 1:1s as appropriate providing training and mentoring on instructional practices. Daily instruction by the Teacher will occur within the school building, on the school grounds and in the community. The Teacher will communicate closely with all levels of staff from all areas of Clinical and Campus Life to develop a unique enhanced educational experience. Each student's educational program will be designed to enrich their academic, activities of daily life and vocational development using hands-on, student driven activities that are goal-oriented and self-directed. The Teacher also actively assists with other programs, events, and services, and has the opportunity to be involved in a wide range of educational responsibilities. Having access to confidential information regarding Shrub Oak and its students, discretion and independent judgement is required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Master's Degree in Special Education or related degree
Eligible for a NYS Teaching Certificate (or equivalent); or a Ph.D. in the content area
Demonstrates knowledge of federal law (IDEA), state law, and national standards related to special education
Demonstrates knowledge and experience with technology applications as they relate to instructional resources and strategies
Demonstrates excellent oral and written communication skills
Demonstrates interpersonal and organizational skills
Ability to use Shrub Oak’s technology system
Ability to adapt, remain flexible and make appropriate decisions under pressure and evolving circumstances
Experience with middle and high school students with Autism and related disorders
Regular and consistent attendance is required
Credentials in middle or adolescent special education
Expertise in a specific academic content area
Knowledge of best practices in special education
Knowledge of educational and vocational assessment tools
Knowledge of data collection and analysis for decision-making
Knowledge of a second language
Participate and work in all areas of the campus, indoors, outdoors.
Sitting at a desk, walking up and down stairs (building has 6 floors), around a hilly campus as needed, may also require walking between floors or between buildings at a moment’s notice.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
Full time staff work a traditional 40-hour work week, with expected participation in extra-curricular school activities.
Shrub Oak International School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to apply for a job or to perform the essentials functions of his/her job. Please advise us if you require a reasonable accommodation.