Job Title: Teacher, Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE Homebased)
Reports To: Program/Department Supervisor
Work Schedule/FLSA Status: As per negotiated agreement (Stretch Calendar)/ Exempt
Salary Schedule: As outlined in applicable negotiated agreement
Providing services and support for families with children from birth to age 3 who have disabilities. Early Childhood Special Education Homebased teachers work with other disciplines to evaluate and address needs in the areas of cognition, language, motor, adaptive and social development through a coaching model. The settings for services include the home, childcare settings and other natural environments.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education or Inclusive required.
- Ability to obtain and maintain a valid NE Teaching Certificate with endorsement in Early Childhood Special Education/Inclusive.
- Excellent attendance record.
- Professional verification of successful classroom teacher performance and/or student teaching experience.
- Evidence of the willingness and ability to comply with standards for ethical and professional performance established by the State Board of Education.
- This individual will exhibit skills pertinent to foster positive human relationships and the ability to work effectively with infants and young children, staff, parents and the community.
- Skill in organization, time management, communication, and positive interpersonal skills.
- Ability to conform to proper standards of professional dress and appearance.
- Excellent skills in verbal and written communication.
- A demonstrated philosophy that all students can and will learn.
- Ability to evaluate infants and young children through formal assessment, observation, and parent report.
- Ability to work collaboratively with team members to schedule and conduct home visits.
- Ability to receive and share coaching strategies with colleagues and parents.
- Ability to understand the individual needs of each child and family.
- Ability to conduct Routines based Interviews to gather information about families and develop Individualized Family Service Plans.
- Ability to effectively use Microsoft Outlook and the student information system.
- Displays a significant degree of professionalism and confidentiality.
- Knowledge of current teaching methods and educational pedagogy.
- Knowledge of applicable federal and state laws regarding education and special education students.
- Knowledge of OPS’s mission, purpose, goals and the role of every employee in achieving each of them.
Essential Performance Responsibilities
- Work closely with team members to evaluate and serve children and families.
- Conduct evaluations to determine eligibility for Early Intervention.
- Prepare Multidisciplinary Team Reports (MDT) on Infinite Campus.
- Complete Routines-Based Interviews with families to identify primary areas of concern.
- Assess infants and toddlers’ entry and exit data through Teaching Strategies GOLD.
- Develop Individual Family Service Plans (IFSP).
- Participate in MDT and IFSP meetings with team members and families.
- Schedule and conduct home visits with parents/caregivers.
- Coach families/caregivers to increase their confidence and competence in facilitating their child’s learning and development through daily routines.
- Collaborate with community agencies serving children and families.
- Support toddlers with a verification of Autism in a center-based setting.
- Support families as they transition to center-based settings.
- Working with and understanding a diverse student population.
- Plans for and guides the learning process to help children and families achieve their program objectives.
- Selects and uses effective instructional methods and learning materials.
- Support the ongoing curriculum development of the program.
- Establishes a cooperative relationship with all assigned families.
- Maintains open lines of communications with parents, guardians and staff.
- Engages in professional growth activities through an ongoing program of job related knowledge and skill development.
- Organizes and maintains a system for accurate and complete record-keeping and lesson planning and child progress toward IFSP goals as required by district procedures and applicable laws.
- Evidence of the willingness and the ability to comply with the standards with ethical and professional performance established by district policy as well as the State Board of Education.
- Works collaboratively to achieve the overall purpose of the visually impaired program and support the District’s vision, aims and goals.
Performs other related tasks as assigned by the Central Office Administrators as designated by the Superintendent.
Equipment: This position may require the ability to use assistive technology in addition to basic office equipment such as computers, copiers, scanners, and fax machine. Must always comply with OPS’s guidelines for equipment use.
Travel: Travel is required to homes & child care settings to provide IEP services.
Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards:
- Must be able to respond rapidly in emergency situations.
- Must have organization, time management, communication, and interpersonal skills.
- Work in school building environments.
- Demonstrates flexibility and adaptability within various home settings/natural environments.
- Interact with child/parents on the floor or various locations.
- Support parents with wide range of needs.
- Contact with other professional disciplines to schedule and serve families.
- Will be working under the direct supervision of the department supervisor in order to complete day to day tasks.
- Will be working with a diverse population requiring the ability to handle all situations with tact and diplomacy.
- Will be working closely with interpreters to communicate with families.
- Must understand and respond appropriately to customer needs and maintain a positive attitude with all customers and colleagues.
- Expected to interact with all internal and external personnel in a friendly, professional manner and provide quick, responsive customer service through phone contacts, written and direct communications.
Employee Punctuality and Appearance
- In order for schools to operate effectively, employees are expected to perform all assigned duties and work all scheduled hours during each designated workday, unless the employee has received approved leave.
- Any deviation from assigned hours must have prior approval from the employee’s supervisor or building administrator.
- All employees are required to report to work dressed in a manner that reflects a positive image of Omaha Public Schools and is appropriate for their position.
Terms of Employment
This position is treated as a full-time exempt certified position. The terms of your employment will be governed by applicable state laws regulating employment or teaching in a Nebraska public school and Board of Education policies, as those laws and policies may change from time to time, and the Teacher Contract. If your position is represented by a collective bargaining representative, then your employment will also be governed by a negotiated agreement between OPS and that collective bargaining representative.
Terms of employment are contingent upon:
- Verification of a valid Nebraska Teaching License or other required license.
- A background check which demonstrates background is acceptable for the position sought and working with or around students.
- Verification of U.S. Citizenship or legal authorization to work in the United States.
- Successful completion of a tuberculosis skin test (if required by federal law for your position).
- Execution and delivery to OPS of a Teacher Contract presented by OPS.
Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or economic status in its programs, activities, employment, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director for the Office of Equity and Diversity, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131. (531-299-0307)
The Omaha Public School District is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process please contact the human resources department at 531-299-0240.