Company Description: The mission of the North Adams Public Schools is to provide all students with the values, knowledge, and skills needed to reach their full potential, with the ultimate goal of becoming lifelong learners and productive members of the 21st Century.
As a district, we are committed to providing a safe environment in which all individuals embrace the core values of diversity, inclusiveness, shared community responsibility, breadth of learning, and continuous growth and improvement.
Speech and Language Pathologist
Job Goal: To help reduce or eliminate speech and hearing impediments that interferes with the individual student’s ability to derive full benefit from the school system’s educational program.
This position is for the school year only.
Supervision: Reports to the Director of Student Support Services. Supervises Speech and Language Therapists.
Serves as a resource to school staff members in the development of a balanced program for oral communication and speech improvement.
Provides a therapeutic program to meet individual needs of speech and hearing handicapped children.
Assists and guides teachers in observing, describing, and referring suspected and identified speech and language impairments.
Provides a thorough assessment and diagnosis of speech, voice, hearing, and language impairments.
Provides screening to identify speech handicapped children at regular intervals and at specified levels, including preschool.
Provides parents and teachers with required remedial materials.
Assists in proper referrals of individuals to agencies and specialists in the community as appropriate.
Participates in full-TEAM evaluations if they involve children with speech handicaps.
Schedules intermediate evaluation meetings, if they involve children with speech handicaps, and serves as chairperson.
Writes and provides appropriate individualized programs of therapy to meet individual students’ needs and correct existing speech or language handicaps.
Collaborates with classroom teachers and other school staff members to implement therapy by suggestions for the students’ daily activities.
Provides information, support, and counseling to parents and families when appropriate.
Maintains regular contact with teachers and parents, concerning student progress, through quarterly reports.
Provides in-service education and serves as a consultant to teachers and school staff members on topics concerning speech improvement.
Keeps a thorough ongoing record for the individual student receiving therapy or other school-provided speech services.
Maintains lists of referred, screened, and eligible students, as well as a directory of outside agencies, consultants, specialists, and related services.
Compiles case history data on those cases where additional family history, health history, early development history, and environmental history are deemed appropriate.
Assumes primary responsibility for requisitioning and maintaining needed equipment and supplies.
Prepares and administers the annual budget for speech therapy services.
Any other related duties as may be assigned by Administration.
Special Knowledge/Abilities For Position: Working knowledge of basic office procedures and the operation of common office equipment and machines. Ability to work well with numerous departments and agencies. Must be able to work independently. Must be able to comprehend verbal and written instructions. Fluent in Microsoft Word.
The Committee's policy of nondiscrimination will extend to students, staff, the general public, and individuals with whom it does business; No person shall be excluded from or discriminated against in admission to a public school of any town or in obtaining the advantages, privileges, and courses of study of such public school on account of age, race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness.
Education, Work Experience, and Licensure:
Required: Valid Massachusetts license as a speech pathologist. Masters Degree. Certificate of Clinical Competence. At least two years of prior experience as a Speech Pathologist.
Preferred: More than three years of prior experience as a Speech Pathologist.
Physical Requirements:The position requires a moderate amount of walking, standing, sitting and climbing stairs and step stool whenever necessary. Activities also include moderate physical exertion in body movement such as reaching, bending, twisting, grasping, pushing, and pulling of objects. The position requires lifting of objects of 20 pounds on a frequent basis, and over 20 pounds occasionally. There is a frequent requirement of fine manipulation associated with the required use of a computer, typewriter, keyboard, calculator, and other business machines.
Environmental Conditions:The occupant is required to work indoors. The regular chemical solvents used are toners, inks, and cleaning fluids. The occupant may come into contact with medical and/or bodily fluids.