Special Education Teacher - Teacher for the Visually Impaired - LIMITED 20/21 School Year
First consideration will be midnight Wednesday, September 2.
This candidate will need to have reliable transportation due to working with scholars throughout the district.
The itinerant teacher for students with visual impairments travels to the students’ assigned school to provide direct and/or consultative special education services relating to vision loss. The teacher is responsible for evaluating students, coordinating and implementing programming to provide an appropriate education for students with visual impairments in their educational program placement. The students range in age from three through 21 years and may have only a visual impairment or additional disabilities.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. This list is meant to be representative, not exhaustive. Some incumbents may not perform all the duties listed while in other cases related duties may also be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Preparing, implementing, and evaluating an annual educational plan for each visually impaired student based on individually assessed needs in accordance with district procedures
- Participating on multidisciplinary teams for visually impaired students as appropriate
- Interpret and explain eye conditions and educational implications for school staff responsible for instruction of students with visual impairments
- Conducts functional vision evaluations and learning media assessments for enrolled and referred students with visual impairments
- Provides specially designed instruction in the appropriate educational media: regular print, large print, braille, auditory or a combination for students with visual impairments, as determined by the IEP
- Provide braille, recorded, enlarged materials and tactual symbols as appropriate for each student
- Knowledge of the function and use of assistive, accommodative devices for use by the students with visual impairments
- Assist in determining and procuring classroom equipment and materials necessary for the student with visual impairments to learn (braille, low vision devices, assistive technology, computer) including ensuring necessary room modifications and lighting changes
- Knowledge of basic orientation and mobility techniques used with visually impaired persons
- Knowledge of functional low vision and low vision aids prescribed for use by students with visual impairments
- Collects data to demonstrate educational progress of students
- Prepares instructional materials for student use
- Provide the classroom teacher with information regarding the specialized strategies needed to teach a visually impaired student
- Developing and conducting in-service program to inform building staff of the accommodations needed by the visually impaired student
- Provide training and support to parents of students with visual impairments regarding their individual needs and strategies to enhance their children’s independence
- Register students with visual impairments with appropriate agencies such as Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic, Washington Talking Book and Braille Library, Washington Instructional Resources Center and Department of Services for the Blind
The preceding list of responsibilities is not exhaustive and may be supplemented as necessary.
Education and Experience
A current Washington State Teacher’s Certificate with a Special Education Visual Impairment Endorsement
Highly qualified per NCLB regulations if teaching a CORE subject area is a requirement of assignment
Work scheduled hours on a consistent basis
Reliable transportation between sites
Training or experience in serving students with mild to severe disabilities
Proficiency in participating in a Functional Behavior Analysis and developing a Positive Behavior Support plan, including identifying and teaching replacement skills
CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:
Criminal background clearance
Washington State Driver’s license and proof of insurance
First Aid and CPR certificate and maintain certification
School board policies and procedures
Best practices in leading and motivating employees
Computer systems and various software programs
504 laws and regulations
Nursing professional standards
Health Board standards, state mandates, practices and procedures for school health programs
Research and development of grant proposals. Coordinate and supervise grants.
Medicaid Match and Direct Billing Programs
Establish and maintain effective working relationship with staff, parents, and the general public
Skill in operating a computer and ability to learn and use various software programs
Work effectively under pressure
Comply with school board policies and follow administrative procedures
Organize and perform job responsibilities efficiently and independently without close supervision and able to pay strict attention to detail
Communicate effectively through spoken and written word; read and follow written or verbal communications
Practice effective safety and security within individual work routines
Develop and maintain positive customer relations with staff and service providers
Work collaboratively with District staff and promote teamwork with co-workers
Practice ethical and professional standards of conduct including the requirements of confidentiality
Relate effectively with parents, staff, students and the public in a multicultural and multiracial community
Perform job responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodations
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES RELATED TO CULTURAL COMPETENCE AND EQUITY:
Knowledge/awareness of own cultural identity and how this influences behavior, and desire to learn about the cultural identity of others.
Ability to establish and nurture an environment that promotes cultural competence and equitable treatment of staff, students, and patrons of the District.
Ability to understand and hold self and others accountable for promoting the Federal Way Public Schools’ commitment to “Each Scholar: A Voice. A Dream. A Bright Future.”
Ability to recognize that each person is a unique individual even as we celebrate their group cultural heritage.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee will frequently be required to reach, bend, stoop, squat, kneel, handle/grasp, talk, and hear. The employee will occasionally be required to stand, walk, sit, climb stairs, lift and reach overhead, twist torso and neck, and fine motor manipulation. The employee will occasionally be required to lift/carry a maximum of 50 pounds. The employee will occasionally be required to push/pull a maximum weight of 100 pounds. Anything over the weight limits will be performed as a two-person lift or with a mechanical lift.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in indoor conditions and regularly works near video display. The employee will experience constant interruptions; required to meet deadlines. Exposed to infectious diseases carried by students. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
This position has a school year schedule.
Position reports to, and is evaluated by, the building administrator, department director, or designee.
Federal Way Education Association (FWEA)
LEVEL OF COMPENSATION
Federal Way Education Association (FWEA) salary schedule
The preceding list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented as necessary. The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the scope of responsibility and the level of knowledge and skills typically required, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements, skills or duties so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside their normal responsibilities from time to time as needed.
All employment open positions are made available on a nondiscriminatory basis without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, gender, age, disability or veteran status.
Job descriptions are written as a representative list of the ADA essential duties performed by the entire classification. They cannot include, and are not intended to include, every possible activity and task performed by every specific employee.