Education Specialist - Full-Time

US-MI-Farmington Hills

Wellspring Lutheran Services

Req #: 4833
Type: Full-Time
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				Overview:

Responsible for coordinating programming to strengthen the academic skills of adolescents in a residential treatment program for youth with developmental disabilities and co-occurring emotional and behavioral challenges.  Arranges for appropriate vocational/educational services for each resident and serves as the liaison to community schools. Assesses the learning and academic needs of each resident, secures the appropriate special education placement and support services, and provide direct care and support that allows each resident to reach his/her potential. The Education Specialist facilitates communication and cooperative planning between the community special education classroom teachers and the group living and therapy components of the New Directions program. Job responsibilities are both on campus and in the community schools.

Responsibilities:

* Register the residents in school; arrange for necessary supports for successful school transition.
* Enroll residents to school, jobs or training sites to establish or maintain proper relationships between the school setting and the program.
* Supervise class attendance, monitor academic progress and act as an agency representative at IEPS, METS and other functions required for special education students. 
* Provide crisis counseling around school behaviors to reduce suspensions.
* Assist in determining the vocational needs of each resident as he/she enters the program and seeks out and enlists the support of community resources in meeting the educational and vocational needs of the resident including post-placement resources.
* Prepare education reports for service plans. Enter contacts into service plans.
* Coordinate work of EPIC tutors and provide supplemental tutoring for residents
* Plan for and conduct appropriate educational field trips during school vacations. Develop and coordinate 10 week summer program for residents.
* Provide support to the clinical team which may include carrying a small caseload (case management and therapy), conducting groups or providing contract required aftercare services. 
* Assist with intake planning by gathering all materials and records from previous placements (testing, IEPs, report cards etc.) necessary to complete an assessment of each incoming residents' academic needs. 
* Secure any additional clothing, book bag, school supplies; hygiene supplies, or any other material necessary during the school day. 
* Monitor the success and needs of the student through regular reading of daily progress reports carried home from the teacher. Establish procedures for personnel to keep school and teacher informed of critical medical/familiar/legal activities and events in the life of a resident that might affect school behavior/performance. Promote collaboration between teacher and residential program. Develop individualized motivational behavior contracts and incentives that engage students. 
* Engage and include parents of residents in the educational process whenever possible and appropriate. 
* Attend and contribute to the multi-disciplinary team meetings. Provide feedback to the psychiatrist regarding residents' school functioning when so requested. 

Qualifications:

* Bachelor's degree in education, social work or related human service field
* Experience working with cognitively impaired, emotionally impaired, and/ or physically impaired or otherwise developmentally disabled youth in a special education or residential treatment service setting 
* Experience working with children who have experienced significant trauma, loss and separation

**Wellspring Lutheran Services, New Directions, Farmington Hills, Social Work, Human Services, Residential**
			
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