Speech and Language Pathologist (SY 21-22)
- Camden, NJ, USA
- Hiring Start Time: August 2021 Start
Uncommon Schools is a non-profit network of 53 outstanding public charter schools in grades K-12 across New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Our mission is to start and manage outstanding urban public charter schools that close the achievement gap and prepare students from low-income backgrounds for success in college and beyond. We are accomplishing that mission every day, with a college graduation rate that is well above the national average and thousands of stories of our students and alumni achieving their dreams.
The speech and language pathologist is primarily responsible for providing research-based therapeutic intervention for students with identified speech and language deficits and supporting the success of these students in the larger classroom setting. The speech and language pathologist is also responsible for evaluating students with suspected speech and language deficits. The speech and language pathologist should be committed to continuously improving the speech and language skills of students through collaboration with teachers, school leaders, IEP team members, and parents.
- Demonstrate a relentless drive to improve the minds, characters & lives of students both in and out of school.
- Show unwavering commitment to urban youth achieving greatness.
- Create a positive, structured learning environment to ensure that students observe the school’s core values, high expectations, and strict code of conduct.
- Exhibit resilience to persevere and turn challenges into opportunities.
- Focus constantly on student learning, thinking critically and strategically to respond to student learning needs.
- Communicate effectively with students, families, and colleagues.
- Engage families in their children’s education.
- Commit to continual professional growth.
- Will participate in grade level team meetings, faculty meetings, Intervention & Referral Services meetings, and Child Study Team meetings.
- Provide consistent rewards for student behavior to ensure that students observe the school’s core values, high expectations, and code of conduct.
- Implement curricula and activities to meet IEP goals and objectives.
- Design and implement assessments that measure progress towards IEP standards.
- Use assessment data to refine therapeutic intervention and inform therapy practices.
- Be accountable for students’ mastery of IEP standards.
- Provide small group and/or individual speech and language therapy for identified students in grades K-10
- Assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent speech, language, cognitive-communication, voice, fluency, and other related disorders.
- Effectively communicate diagnostic test results, diagnoses, present level of speech and language functioning and proposed treatment goals in a manner easily understood by students and their families.
- Use qualitative and quantitative assessment methods, including screenings, standardized tests, and special instruments, to analyze and diagnose the nature and extent of speech and language impairments.
- Develop an individualized plan of care, tailored to each student’s needs. Provide present levels of speech and language functioning and speech and language goals and objectives for students’ IEP annual reviews.
- Select augmentative or alternative communication methods, including automated devices and sign language, and teach their use.
- Maintain records on the initial evaluation, progress, and discharge of students to identify problems, track progress, and justify treatment.
- Produce quarterly progress reports describing progress towards IEP goals and present level of performance.
- Provide direct clinical services to students with speech, language, cognitive-communication, voice, fluency, and other related disorders.
- Collaborate with teachers, special educators, audiologists, school psychologists, related service providers, and parents to develop and implement individual or group programs, provide counseling, and support classroom activities.
- Counsel students and their families concerning communication disorders and work with family members to recognize and change behavior patterns that impede communication and treatment and show them communication-enhancing techniques to use at home.
Engage in one’s learning; seek out and act on feedback regularly. Seek out and engage in continuing professional education to maintain ASHA membership and New Jersey State licensure.
- Drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of the classroom.
- Proven track-record of high achievement in the therapeutic setting.
- Mastery of and enthusiasm for language and articulation strategies.
- Evidence of self-motivation and willingness to be a team player.
- Master’s degree, Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech-Language Pathology, current NJ DOE certification for Speech Language Specialist, and current ASHA membership required.
- Minimum of two years experience in an urban public school or charter school setting preferred. Clinical Fellow applicants will not be considered.
- Belief in and alignment with Camden Prep and Uncommon Schools’ core beliefs and educational philosophy non-negotiable.
Uncommon Schools offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package. Aside from extensive professional development, all our staff members are equipped with a laptop computer, email, and all necessary supplies.
Uncommon believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization that enables our students and staff to thrive. We are committed to building a talented team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. At the same time, we work to ensure an inclusive community through creating a space for important dialogue about issues of race and identity for our staff and students. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.