The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University

Position Announcements

Instructional Coach/Implementation Specialist

055205 - Utah State University, a nationally ranked special education institution, is seeking a motivated professional with an expertise in special education to serve as an instructional coach and implementation specialist with the Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education (TAESE).

The Instructional Coach/Implementation Specialist (ICIS) for the TAESE sponsored Utah Professional Development and Technical Assistance Project will display technical, curricular, assessment, and implementation planning behaviors supporting effective professional development and technical assistance (PD/TA) activities, intended to enhance socially valid outcomes for students with disabilities (SWD). The ICIS, in collaboration with the project director (PD), assistant director (AD), and other core team members, will provide PD/TA, instructional coaching, and implementation planning and support for charter schools in the Wasatch region (prefer candidates live in the Wasatch region), which will be directed by priorities identified by the Utah State Office of Education, Special Education Section (USOE-SES) based on analysis of relevant data and PD/TA advisory board input. Additionally, the ICIS's actions will be directed by their regional Local Education Agencies (LEAs), annual performance review (APR) determinations, and, more specifically, by their determinations in the Utah Program Improvement Planning System.

The candidate should be a self-starter exhibiting extensive experience in providing training and technical assistance. She/he needs to have integrity and credibility. Demonstrated abilities to work openly in a team environment are required. The selected candidate must have good communication and facilitation skills and be willing to travel as needed to complete special education technical assistance assignments.
Responsibilities Specific duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

A. Professional Development and Technical Assistance Development, Delivery, Coaching, and Evaluation (working knowledge of the elements of the approved Utah PD/TA contract; a knowledge and understanding of the accountability and results needs in special education; knowledge of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); comprehensive knowledge of the Utah Core Standards, Utah Extended Core Standards, and Utah Teaching and Leadership Standards.)

B. Collaborative Implementation Planning and Support Performance Standards and Requirements (theoretical and practical knowledge of implementation science principles; practical knowledge and skills in the use of implementation tools and frameworks that support LEAs to develop complete implementation plans calculated to implement evidence-based practices).
Minimum Qualifications Earned bachelor's degree in education, psychology, speech-language or project related skill/knowledge area.

Working knowledge and experience in implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and other special education laws.

Working knowledge and experience with technology and computers as they relate to special education.

Evidence of professional writing ability and excellent verbal communication skills.

Demonstrated ability to work with others in a positive manner.

Demonstrated ability to multi-task and work independently or as part of a team.

Speech and Language Pathologist

055247 - Provide speech and language services to children under the age of three with developmental delays/disabilities, including symptoms of autism. The successful applicant will also work closely with the children's family members.
Responsibilities Speech and Language Pathology Position Responsibilities include:
1) Evaluate speech, language, cognitive-communication, social communication. Administer a variety of norm-referenced and criterion-referenced assessments in order to analyze the nature and extent of speech, language and other impairments.
2) Coach parents and/or direct teach speech, language, cognitive-communication and social communication to toddlers and their families, utilizing an individualized plan with both long-term goals and short-term goals established for each individual's needs.
3) Instruct parents in small groups to implement evidence-based practice.
Minimum Qualifications 1. Master's Degree in Communication Disorders and Certificate of Clinical Competence. Consideration may be given to those who are eligible for CFY supervision. The clinical fellowship experience must be completed within one year of hiring. Continued employment is contingent on satisfactory completion of the clinical fellowship and CCC award.
2. Ability to obtain and maintain state licensure(s) required by the Utah Office of Occupational Licensing applicable to the profession.
3. Maintenance of appropriate professional affiliation(s) needed to supervise undergraduate and graduate students during practicum, student teaching and internships.
4. Excellent written and oral communication skills
Preferred Qualifications Preference will be given to professionals that have:
1. Second language (Spanish)
2. Education and/or experience instructing children with ASD and their families.
3. Educational background to evaluate and treat oral motor and feeding disorders.

Occupational Therapist

055296 - Occupational therapy services include:
Evaluation/assessment and treatment in the areas of: fine motor, self-help/adaptive, sensory motor, feeding, and postural development in children birth to 3.
Interpretation and integration of information needed to develop an individualized treatment plan to improve an individual's functional ability and adaptation to the environment and, other activities as assigned.
Responsibilities 1. Assessment in the area of fine motor, feeding, adaptive, sensory motor and postural development, using standardized norm-referenced, criterion, and/or curriculum based evaluations and assessments
2. Assessment practices to assist with the selection, design, fabrication, and referral (if necessary) for assistive and orthotic devices to allow the child to have increased function and participation in their home and other environments
3. Customize treatment programs related to:
a) Pervasive developmental disorders
b) Other disorders that impair functioning in home, school, and social environments
c) Visual impairment
d) Dysphagia
e) Ability to perform daily activities
f) Adaptive equipment recommendations and usage training
g) Guidance to family members and caregivers
4. Nature and demands of:
a) Family-centered service delivery
b) Facilitation and development of interdisciplinary treatment plans
c) The combined use of community programs, activities, and services to meet the needs identified by the individual treatment plans
Minimum Qualifications 1. Bachelor's or Master's in Occupational Therapy and Utah state licensure(s) required by the Utah Office of Occupational Licensing applicable to the profession (or eligible to apply);
2. At least 2 years' experience working with children under age 3 with disabilities and their families;
3. Baby Watch Early Intervention Credential II or ability to obtain and maintain credential;
4. Maintenance of appropriate professional affiliation(s) needed to supervise undergraduate and graduate students during practicum, student teaching and internships.
Preferred Qualifications Preference will be given to professionals able to demonstrate experience or knowledge in:
1. Certification in Sensory Integration;
2. Experience providing specialized services to children with Autism;
3 Course work and/or certification in Nero-developmental treatment.