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Career Opportunities - State Special Schools

Full-Time Openings

Reports To:

Kristi Lindsey

Location:

West Tennessee School for the Deaf
100 Berryhill Drive
Jackson, Tennessee 38301

Position Description:

The American Sign Language Specialist will assess students’ competence in ASL at grade level standards and motivate each pupil to develop understanding of such in an effort to prepare students for academic success to ensure that they are able to move toward grade level skills and understanding. The candidate will also work to enhance the skills of teachers and staff in American Sign Language by providing ASL assessment and instructional support for all staff.

Terms of Employment:

Full-time executive ten month employee

Specific Position Responsibilities:

Classroom Management

  • Establishes and maintains appropriate behavior management strategies
  • Develops and upholds a classroom climate conducive to learning and respect for others
  • Makes effective use of classroom resources
  • Follows State Special Schools – Tennessee School for the Deaf – discipline policy and procedures

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

(These are not exclusive or all-inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.)

  • Demonstrate and teach American Sign Language concepts in the classroom through individual and small group instruction
  • Develops lesson plans and appropriate instructional aids stressing ASL learning methods
  • Design learning activities that will connect ASL concepts to the student’s physical world, to other content areas, and to prior work related concepts
  • Seeks out ASL development opportunities to promote students language acquisition and foster positive relationships with all stakeholders who can serve as resources
  • Maintains knowledge of best practices as it relates to ASL standards
  • Differentiates instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners
  • Administer an ASL proficiency assessment for all students and staff
  • Work with instructional staff to assess ASL goals for classroom based instruction and individual student needs
  • Develop and facilitate use of ASL based video materials and assessments for professional development needs
  • Provide ongoing professional development opportunities for staff
  • Provide family ASL instructional support
  • Prepare quarterly, annual and assessment reports in the areas of ASL and related academic skills, as needed
  • Attends faculty, department and/or grade level meetings and serves on committees upon requests
  • Creates and maintains an inviting and stimulating instructional area with attractive student learning centers, and projects consistent with the physical limitations of teaching areas
  • Follow K-12 ASL Content Standards as developed and distributed by National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University

Teaching Strategies

Provides a clear description of the learning task and its content, monitors learner understanding and re-teaches as necessary.  Ability to use differentiated instructional strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners.  Provide learners with appropriate practice and reviews, establishes, and maintains learner involvement in the learning task.

Knowledge of Job

  • Applicant must have considerable knowledge of the policies, procedures, and activities of the school system and supervisory practices as they pertain to the performance of duties relating to the position
  • Applicant must have the capability to develop and implement long-term goals,  and knows how to keep abreast of any changes in statutes, policy,  procedures and methods as they pertain to public education
  • Applicant is able to assemble information and make written reports and documents in a concise, clear, and effective manner
  • Has good organizational, management, interpersonal, and technical skills
  • Applicant is able to use independent judgment and discretion in supervising students, including the handling of emergency situations, determining and deciding upon procedures to be implemented, setting priorities, maintaining standards, and resolving problems

Qualifications:

  • Background in Linguistics, American Sign Language, Sign Language/Deaf Studies
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA) Certificate
  • ASLPI score of a 3 + or higher or SLPI Advanced or higher or equivalent proficiency interviews
  • Valid Tennessee Driver’s License

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

Salary and Benefits:

State of Tennessee Salary Grade 036, $4,295 - $6,837.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to klindsey@wtsd.tn.org. Applications are due by August 1, 2018.

Reports To:

Principal

Location:

West Tennessee School for the Deaf
100 Berryhill Drive
Jackson, TN 38301

Position Description:

Under general supervision, is responsible for evaluating and treating the pediatric population with hearing disorders, including infants, toddlers and school age children in accordance with professional and Tennessee State Department of Education quality standards.  The appointed shall provide services as assigned by the immediate supervisor and Principal of the West Tennessee School for the Deaf in furtherance, of the school’s mission and goals of child and family care, education, outreach, and public service.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Conducts pediatric audiological diagnostic evaluations specifically for WTSD students, and also for infants, toddlers, and school age children in the West Tennessee Region.  Test protocol includes, as appropriate, visual reinforcement audiometry, conditioned play audiometry, pure tone and speech audiometry, auditory brainstem response studies, optoacoustic emission testing and middle ear studies.
  • Audiologically manages the students who attend WTSD, and hearing impaired infants, toddlers, and school age children in the West Tennessee region, by providing scheduled and requested hearing evaluations, personal amplification programming and follow up to include hearing aids and cochlear implants, school amplification system fitting and management.
  • Interprets the hearing test data and amplification outcomes and communicates this information clearly to the child’s guardian and, if appropriate, the child.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of current amplification technologies, fitting practices and validation procedures and is flexible in applying this knowledge to deliver individualized care to the child as it applies to the home and educational environment.
  • Under the direction of the immediate supervisor and school Principal, delivers school based instruction to educational staff working with hearing impaired toddlers and school age children concerning specific explanation of hearing loss, amplification management and maintenance, and delivery of aural habilitation.
  • Communicates effectively and clearly and in a timely manner with the child’s hearing health and education team members, to include parents, physicians, speech pathologists, audiologists, educators, and administrators.
  • Demonstrate initiative in identifying opportunities for self-development and enhancement of professional competency through self-study, on the job training, and attending professional meetings.
  • Demonstrate effective client relations skills, promote a positive work environment and contribute to the department’s overall team effort.
  • Demonstrate a work ethic that is exemplified by reporting to work on time, dressed appropriately and prepared to deliver services in a timely manner with efficient documentation.
  • Demonstrate behavior that is consistent with the ASHA and AAA Code of Ethics.

Qualifications:

  • A valid State of Tennessee driver’s license is required when driving on campus whether in a personal car or state vehicle.
  • Applicant must be willing to be fingerprinted and required to have a TBI/FBI background check.  In addition, background checks will be conducted through the Tennessee of Registry of Sexual Offences, the Tennessee Registry of Abuses, and the Tennessee Child Protective Services Background Check.
  • Applicants are required to have a Doctoral Level degree in Audiology (AuD), Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology CCC-A, and a license to practice Audiology in the State of Tennessee, issued by the Tennessee Health related board.  Prior experience as a pediatric/educational audiologist is preferred but not required.
  • Applicants must become proficient in sign language at the level established for this position.  Training will be provided.

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

Salary and Benefits:

Salary range is $48,280 - $66,370 annually.  In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Jeannie Luckey, luckeyj@wtsd.tn.org

Pursuant to the State of TN's policy of non-discrimination, the Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, or military services in its policies, or in the admission of, access to, treatment, or employment in its programs, services, or activities.