The following are required:
- Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology from an accredited university
- Valid Alaska type C certificate with an endorsement in Speech-Language Pathology
- There is no HQT (Highly Qualified Teacher) designation required for this position
Major Job Duties and Responsibilities:
The requirements listed below are representative of the essential functions of this position. The successful candidate:
- Competently uses standard spoken and written English
- Meets and maintains punctuality and attendance expectations
- Demonstrates knowledge of normal speech/language development
- Demonstrates knowledge of teaching/training methods, curricula and strategies regarding communication disorders
- Handles confidential matters and information in a professional manner
- Demonstrates organizational skills to assess, schedule, and manage a wide variety of students in multiple locations
- Participates with pre-referral teams and multidisciplinary teams for student screening, diagnosis, eligibility and intervention
- Appropriately selects and administers standardized and non-standardized assessments, scored according to procedural manuals, to determine eligibility for speech-language services in the educational setting
- Follows current departmental/district eligibility criteria for speech-language services
- Establishes appropriate functional, school-based goals for addressing student needs in the areas of articulation, language, voice and fluency skills within the school environment
- Efficiently uses technology (keyboarding, data entry, word processing) to manage work tasks including record keeping, IEP development, communication, research and to enhance instruction
- Maintains required records (attendance, IEP paperwork, log book, progress notes) based on department, district and state standards
- Supervises paraprofessionals, as assigned, in the provision of speech-language services
- Establishes and maintains standards of student behavior needed to provide an orderly, productive environment for learning in a variety of school settings
- Develops and varies therapy techniques and service delivery specific to each student’s communication needs, emphasizing integration within the general education curriculum
- Regularly collects and documents accurate data on speech-language goals and objectives to indicate student progress
- Reassesses therapy plans on an ongoing basis and modifies as needed
- Effectively presents information and responds to questions clearly and concisely from parents, supervisor(s) and team members regarding issues related to speech-language therapy
- Functions as a team member and collaborates with regular education and special education staff in planning, supporting and providing instruction in a variety of school settings
- Establishes and maintains high standards of professionalism and diplomacy when working with students, peers, parents, private providers, related medical agencies and community agencies
- Serves as a resource to school staff, parents and community
- Attends and participates in staff meetings and department committees
- Develops and maintains professional competency through in-service education, coursework and/or professional growth activities to apply “best practice” knowledge to speech-language therapy program
- Performs related duties as assigned
The physical demands of this job require frequent standing, walking, sitting, speaking and hearing. Specific visual abilities are also required. The employee is regularly required to reach with his/her hands and arms and occasionally lift items weighing less than 40 lbs. Additionally, the employee must be able to understand vague and implicit instructions, be able to readily recall facts and details, handle conflict and make effective decisions under pressure.
The Anchorage School District is committed to providing reasonable accommodations, according to applicable state and federal laws, to all individuals with a qualified physical or mental disability.
Work is performed in a professional environment with a wide variety of individuals having differing functions, personalities and abilities, including working with diverse groups of people in a variety of different settings.
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job related duties as requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments.
The Anchorage School District is an equal employment opportunity employer.