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Autism Special Education Teacher 

About the Organization CP Rochester and Happiness House are private nonprofit health, educational, residential and human service organizations that have been serving communities in the Finger Lakes Region since 1969 and the Greater Rochester Area since 1946. Today with sites in Rochester, Canandaigua, Geneva, Gorham, Midlakes and Waterloo, our agencies offer an array of educational, therapeutic, recreational, residential and family support programs and services for children and adults with and without disabilities. On average, our agencies serve 3,650 families each year and employ approximately 600 people.

Our staff consists of dedicated and knowledgeable professionals and clinicians with expertise in the areas of Special Education, Early Childhood Education, Physical, Occupational, Speech and Music Therapies, Psychology, Service Coordination, Nursing, Dental Services, and Developmental Disabilities.

Committed to serving individuals with autism, traumatic brain injury, neurological impairments, as well as a wide variety of developmental disabilities such as cerebral palsy and Down syndrome, our staff partners with individuals and their families to support them in meeting their goals.

EOE Statement CP Rochester and Happiness House are an equal opportunity employers. We do not discriminate against employees or applicants in the hiring, promotion, compensation, placement, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence or any other term or condition of employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty or status as a covered veteran, domestic violence victim status, prior arrest and conviction records or any other protected category in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.  

Full Time (37.5 hours per week), School Year position at the Golisano Autism Center in Rochester, NY starting in September 2019.

Required Education and Experience:

  1. Bachelor's degree in Education with NYS Certification for Students with Disabilities (Birth - Grade 2).
  2. Experience with young children with developmental delays.
  3. Knowledge of child development, developmental disabilities and student learning.
  4. Knowledge of content and instructional planning and implementation.
  5. Proficient computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.
  6. Ability to modify classroom activities to accommodate the individual needs of the children.
  7. Must have demonstrated commitment to performing job duties and tasks at a high level of performance.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  1. Promotes the Golisano Autism Center's Vision, Mission and Philosophy.
  2. Administers standardized assessment tools to obtain data necessary for the development of the identified special needs student's Individual Education Program (IEP) following all NYS learning standards set forth for the Preschool student.
  3. Develops Individual Education Program (IEP) goals for each child identified. Documents progress through quarterly goal updates and amends goals as needed.
  4. Organizes a structured instructional program providing for the individual developmental needs of children with an Autism diagnosis.
  5. Maintains all required paperwork, including data collections and entry of benchmarks, assessments and anecdote notes for both IEP and non-IEP students.
  6. Adapts and modifies the early childhood curriculum/lesson plans to meet the individual needs of the children with an Autism Diagnosis.
  7. Participates in all parent-teacher conferences for special needs children.
  8. Coordinates classroom team and planning meetings to facilitate appropriate programming for each child.
  9. Participates in school district Committee on Preschool Special Education meetings as well as district UPK professional development meetings.
  10. Orients, mentors and supervises new staff by discussing and implementing a formal plan which encompasses direct training, shadowing, mentoring and meetings to ensure that there is a thorough understanding of roles and responsibilities.
  11. Directly supervisors 1:1 Aides assigned to special needs children in their classroom.
  12. Meets regularly with 1:1 Aides to review 1:1 Aide plans, behavior plans and IEP goals/bench marks to ensure compliance and to monitor progress. Address issues and questions and provides support and feedback.
  13. Develops 1:1 Aide plans and defines roles and responsibilities of 1:1 Aides assigned to the ASD students in the classroom. Trains 1:1 Aides and ensures the Aides understand and appropriately work with children on the ASD as defined by the 1:1 Aide plan.
  14. Utilizes techniques/methods specific for children on the ASD (discrete trials, visual strategies etc).
  15. Defines programs/lessons in conjunction with the Teaching Assistant and Autism Coordinator.
  16. Provides feedback to classroom staff on techniques to improve student success. Assists with training and retraining as needed along with Elementary Education Teacher, if applicable.
Position Requirements  
Location Happiness House - Golisano Autism Center  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Category Education  
Number of Openings 1  
Req Number EDU-19-00014  

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