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Autism Teacher

April 05, 2021

Around New York City, Connecticut, and via Zoom

General Summary/Purpose:

JHU is looking for an energetic, flexible, and motivated teacher needed to work full-time with a young adult with autism. Teachers work on a multi-disciplinary team with specialists in autism, special education, speech-language pathology, fitness, art, and behavior analysis to address communication, academic, daily living, vocational, and leisure skills in home, educational, and community settings in and around New York City, Connecticut, and via Zoom.

All team members are expected to contribute to program development by working together to create new educational, vocational, and social opportunities for this individual, and for a small group of others with related conditions. The ideal candidate willingly accepts responsibility, takes initiative, can work autonomously, and sees tasks through to completion with creative approaches and a “can do” attitude. We are looking for dynamic professionals who want to use their time and talent to evolve our organization in collaboration with the team to create and maintain new educational, vocational, and social activities for young adults on the autism spectrum, particularly those at Level 3. Experience working with learners with autism and/or significant communicative impairments is preferred. Adherence to strict COVID-19 prevention protocols is required until further notice.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Creation and maintenance of educational materials for use in in-person and virtual (online) settings
  • Creation and implementation of individualized and differentiated lesson plans for learner in particular, but also for 1:1, 1:2, or small group instruction for use in in-person and virtual (online) settings
  • Assessment of individual learner needs, identification of corresponding measurable goals, and monitoring of learner progress, in order to meet designated goals
  • Management of behind the scenes details required for teaching designated skills, both in person and online
  • Recording of designated behavior data
  • Implementation of designated behavior treatment plans/protocols
  • Monitoring of learner's health status at all times (e.g., notation of irregular food and drink consumption, informal tracking of energy/fatigue level, awareness of medical history and typical responses to various experiences, etc.)
  • Transporting of learner in Hopkins' vehicle as needed
  • Availability to work on a flexible schedule when needed (early mornings/evenings/weekends/designated overnights), not to exceed standard waking workweek hours in a given week

Minimum Qualifications (mandatory):

  • Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Special Education, Speech Pathology, Social Work or related discipline required
  • 3-years' experience working with individuals with Level 3 autism required
  • Valid driver's license required
  • Certification in CPR and First Aid required
  • Must pass a 5-year driving record verification
  • Adherence to strict COVID-19 prevention protocols, including but not limited to mask use at all times when on duty, submission of temperature readings and other health screening questions, routine COVID-19 testing, etc.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Psychology, Special Education, Speech Pathology, Social Work or related discipline.
  • Specific training and experience in Special Education Instruction
  • Experience working with adults with autism in particular
  • Five or more years of experience working with individuals with Level 3 autism
  • Knowledge of a variety of educational approaches and instructional strategies
  • Familiarity with the New York City environment

Technical Qualifications or Specialized Certifications:

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Zoom, as well as ability to learn additional skills related to computing and audio-visual equipment handling required.

Any Specific Physical Requirements for the Job:

  • Ability to travel within New York City, using public transportation, to various work and educational settings throughout the day.
  • The candidate must have sufficient physical fitness to keep up with the many physical aspects of the position, including the ability to lift and carry weights up to 10 lbs for short walking distances, climb stairs frequently and while carrying items, and/or using public transportation or taxicabs.
  • Ability to stand, for observations, up to 45 minutes.
  • Ability to perform observations in the community, while walking at least 2-3 miles with the subject(s) and other instructor(s), staff, or contractors in an urban or rural setting.
  • Ability to ride a bicycle.

Classified Title: Instructional Therapist

Working Title: Teacher ​​​​​

Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MB

Starting Salary Range: $38,920-$53,520 (commensurate with experience)

Employee group: Full Time

Schedule: 5 days per week/8 hours per day

Exempt Status: Exempt

Location: 01-NY:New York

Department name: 10003516-SOM Neuro Cognitive Neurology

Personnel area: School of Medicine

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.

The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

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