The Reno County Education Cooperative is looking to fill two openings for early childhood speech language pathologists serving children 2.5 to 5 years of age located in Hutchinson. The Early Education Center is a collaborative program of the Reno County Education Cooperative #610 and Hutchinson Public Schools USD #308. The Early Education Center is a progressive early childhood program based on a 50/50 service model. The early childhood speech language pathologist serves children at the Early Education Center in Hutchinson. The speech language pathologist supports the instructional program with specific responsibilities for identifying students with communication disorders; planning and implementing appropriate individual educational plans to minimize adverse impact on student success; and recommending direct and indirect services. The early childhood speech language pathologist serves as one member of a collaborative team serving children in the classrooms at the Early Education Center.
The speech language pathologist performs the following essential job functions:
1. Assesses students` communication skills (e.g. articulation, fluency, voice, expressive and receptive language, etc.) for the purpose of identifying communication disorders, determining program eligibility, and developing recommendations for treatment.
2. Collaborates with a variety of groups and individuals (e.g. parents, teachers, physicians, administration, team members, other professionals, etc.) for the purpose of communicating information, resolving issues, and providing services in compliance with established guidelines.
3. Coordinates meetings and processes for eligible students (e.g. testing and screening, IEPs, parent conferences, pre-referral staffing, etc.) for the purpose of presenting evaluation results, developing treatment plans, and providing training to parents, students, and staff.
4. Develops individual educational plans, interventions, and educational materials for the purpose of minimizing the adverse impact of communication disorders in compliance with regulatory requirements.
5. Interprets medical reports within the scope of the speech language pathologist`s experience for the purpose of providing information and ensuring that treatment and intervention plans are appropriate.
6. Maintains files and records (e.g. progress reports, activity logs, billing information, treatment plans, required documentation, quarterly reports, screening results, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring the availability of information as required for reference and compliance.
7. Participates in meetings, workshops, and seminars (e.g. training, IEPs, team meetings, general education intervention meetings, etc.) for the purpose of conveying and gathering information.
8. Prepares a wide variety of written materials (e.g. activity logs, correspondence, memos, educational plans, Medicaid billings, reports, required documentation, progress reports, etc.) for the purpose of documenting activities, providing written reference, and conveying information.
9. Provides speech and language therapy to students for the purpose of minimizing the adverse impact of speech and language disorders on student success.
10. Provides itinerant services at multiple work sites for the purpose of providing therapy and assistance as required.
11. Researches resources and methods (e.g. intervention and therapy techniques, assessment tools and methods, community resources, etc.) for the purpose of determining the appropriate approach for addressing students` needs.
12. Responds to inquiries (e.g. parents, teachers, staff, students, etc.) for the purpose of resolving problems, providing information, and/or referring to appropriate personnel.
13. Schedules student speech language therapy intervention sessions for the purpose of directing services in an efficient and timely manner.
14. Supervises paras and/or speech assistants for the purpose of monitoring performance and supporting the overall objectives of the instructional program to impact student success.
15. Transports supplies and equipment to a variety of sites for the purpose of ensuring the availability of items as needed.
Applicants for this position must hold a valid license or be eligible for a license from the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services.
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If you are unable to attach these items, you may email them to email@example.com, fax them to 620-663-1275 or mail them to Director of Special Education, Reno County Education Cooperative, 2500 E 30th Ave, Hutchinson, KS 67502. Please call Lena at 620-663-7178 should you have additional questions about the application process.
A more complete job description for the position is available upon request.
Reno County Education Cooperative (RCEC) is a progressive, team oriented interlocal providing special education services to students in the school districts of Buhler, Nickerson-South Hutchinson, Haven, Fairfield and Pretty Prairie. The RCEC office is located in Hutchinson, Kansas which is in the south-central part of the state. RCEC serves students from birth to 21 by providing both direct and indirect educational services. RCEC offers a continuum of educational services and partners with other school districts for early childhood programming and alternative education. RCEC employs over 250 licensed staff and paraeducators. RCEC offers competitive salaries and health benefits, tuition reimbursement for qualified applicants, and district-sponsored professional development.