Speech-Language Pathologist (Immediate)

  • Lynn, MA, USA
  • Full-time
  • Department: School-based Support
  • Grade Level: Middle
  • Start Date: Immediate opening

Company Description

The mission of all of KIPP Massachusetts schools is to create an environment where students develop the academic skills, intellectual habits, and character traits necessary to maximize their potential in high school, college, and the world beyond. Our program is based on:

  • A focus on high-quality instruction supported by rigorous professional development to ensure that our students develop the academic skills necessary to pursue the life they choose.
  • High regard for character development to ensure that our students and staff celebrate and develop their character and identity strengths.
  • An emphasis on family engagement, because we believe that our students are most likely to be able to maximize their potential when we work in partnership with our students and their families.
  • A focus on college readiness for all students so that all students can make choices about their post-secondary education and future.

What We Do

We seek to provide a world-class education for students from educationally underserved communities in Lynn and Boston. Our student demographics mirror those of neighborhood schools in terms of race, socioeconomic status, English Language Learners, and students who receive special education services.

Our promise to families is that their children will enter college and the professional world able to thrive academically due to their literacy, numeracy, and core knowledge in science and social studies. We also promise that our students will develop the zest for learning and grit necessary to persevere as they climb the mountain to and through college and career. Our graduates will be prepared to return to their community as teachers, leaders, and architects of continued growth in Lynn and Boston.

Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity Vision

At KIPP Massachusetts, we believe that Knowledge is Power. Every day, our team and family have the opportunity to either perpetuate systems of oppression or disrupt them. We are compelled by the ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusivity. Therefore, we continuously commit to operating as an anti-racist organization.  Read more at Diversity Equity Inclusivity Vision.

Who We Are

KIPP Massachusetts began enrolling students in 2004. We currently hold two charters, operating two “districts.” Our first district, KIPP Academy Lynn Charter School, is based in Lynn, MA.  Our second district, KIPP Academy Boston Charter School, is based in Mattapan, MA. Each district is housed on one or more “campuses,” which we use to refer to different grade spans, for example, elementary grades, middle school grades, or high school grades.

In Lynn, KIPP Academy Lynn Elementary (serving grades K-4), KIPP Academy Lynn Middle (serving grades 5-8), and KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate (serving grades 9-12), are all under our Lynn charter.  Admission to any grade in the Lynn district is admission to all remaining grades in the Lynn district K-12. 66% of our students in Lynn are Hispanic, 23% are Black, and 11% are other races/ethnicities.

KIPP Academy Boston(serving grades K-8) operates under our Boston charter. Admission to any grade in the Boston district is admission to all remaining grades in the Boston district, K-8. 68% of our students in Boston are Black, 30% are Hispanic and 2% are other races/ethnicities.

Across both districts, in the school year, 2020-2021 KIPP Massachusetts will serve over 2,100 students.

KIPP National

KIPP Massachusetts is part of the nation-wide KIPP non-profit network of 255 college-preparatory, public charter schools educating more than 100,000 early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students.

KIPP Massachusetts is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for all of our students, families, teachers, staff, and community members.

Job Description

Speech-Language Pathologist

KIPP Massachusetts is seeking a dynamic Speech and Language Pathologist who will work with students who exhibit difficulties in the areas of language, speech, voice and fluency.  By providing assessment, consultation and direct services, the Speech Pathologist will work to help students meet their educational goals.  

Duties and Responsibilities:

Screening, Testing, Diagnosing and Consulting:

  • Serve as a member of individual schools’ Health & Wellness team; attend H&W team meetings as part of the Response to Intervention (RTI) process upon request.
  • Develop research-supported Speech interventions for classroom implementation.
  • Keep organized the current data collection for students in RTI and Special Education.
  • Conduct initial evaluations and reevaluations and administer necessary and requested assessments
  • Write reports using a reader friendly index and explain to parents and students evaluation findings in clear, understandable language with cultural sensitivity
  • Abide by a 45 day turn-around time from date of receipt of referral packet

Conduct Therapy:

  • Provide group and individual sessions as indicated by the Individual Education Plan (IEP)
  • Write annual IEP goals/objectives in language that empowers students to transfer intervention strategies to classroom and academic performance
  • Participate in annual IEP meetings, as needed
  • Write monthly progress notes as required by Medicaid regulations - treatment ties directly to IEP goals/objectives; willingness to be trained on and to use electronic encounter tracking system
  • Write progress reports toward achieving goals and objectives on IEPs to be sent home with report cards every 9 weeks

Collaborate with Teachers, Parents and Other Providers:

  • Provide consultation on services in inclusive settings to the maximum extent possible
  • Maintain positive, supportive relationships with families

Constant Learning:

  • Remain knowledgeable of current trends, federal and state regulations in the field of speech-language pathology and special education to ensure competency
  • Keep certifications and licensure current

Additionally, excellent candidates for the Speech Pathologist or Clinical Fellow position will have:

  • Prior clinical or school-based experience providing speech therapy to students, preferably in a school serving low-income families.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a team.
  • Strong project management and organizational skills.
  • Strong communication skills.

General responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

At KIPP, we believe that an excellent staff member does the following:

  • Believes that all of us can and will learn and creates a positive learning environment with high expectations for all students and staff throughout the school;
  • Thrives as part of a team-oriented, mission-driven culture;
  • Exudes joy and a love of learning every single day;
  • Demonstrates a growth mindset and a desire to continually improve through feedback, coaching, and professional development;
  • Constantly assesses progress, communicates results clearly, and uses data to inform decisions and set ambitious goals.
  • Has a strong work ethic and commits to doing whatever it takes for students to excel, including committing to an extended work day and remaining available to colleagues, students, and families outside of school hours

Qualifications

Qualified candidates have the following:

  • A belief in the mission and values of KIPP
  • Certificate of Clinical Competency in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP), strongly preferred.
  • Valid MA license, required for SLP.
  • Master’s degree in communication disorders.
  • Ability to travel between school sites, as requested.
  • Experience with various Augmentative and Alternative Communication systems preferred, not required
  • All KIPP MA Staff will be required to be fully vaccinated by November 12th, 2021

Additional Information

Compensation

Compensation is commensurate with experience and includes a comprehensive benefits package.

Application process:

  1. Submit your resume and application through our online job board  at https://careers.smartrecruiters.com/KIPP/massachusetts
  2. The KIPP MA Recruitment Team will select candidates to move forward to the phone interview stage.
  3. Following the phone interview, the KIPP MA team will invite qualified candidates to interview with KIPP MA School or Regional Office Teams. 

KIPP Massachusetts, KIPP Academy Lynn, and KIPP Academy Boston are equal opportunity employers. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, gender identity, religion, creed, ethnicity, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, age, ancestry, special need, proficiency in the English language, or a foreign language. We are committed to hiring a diverse and multicultural staff and encourage applications from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.

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