Safe Life Teachers work remotely, in a variety of community settings, or in an in-person/online hybrid situation, to deliver lessons of the Safe Life Project, serving individuals who have disabilities, including autism. Classes generally serve 8-12 students, or in special cases, may be conducted in 1:1 settings (one teacher and one student). Lessons are usually team-taught (two teachers per class) on a predetermined schedule, with one class being taught each week over a 12-week period.
- Teach individuals with disabilities skills for abuse prevention, personal safety, reporting, healthy relationships, self-determination, and overall well-being, as outlined in the Safe Life Project.
- Teach class sessions following the lesson topic schedule and prescribed concentration areas for each student.
- Be able to adapt materials, presentation methods, and class environment to enable all students to reach their learning potential.
- Have knowledge of and ability to appropriately apply skills for positive behavior management.
- Take student attendance, follow up on absences, coordinate with co-teacher to arrange for and teach make-up work needed.
- Provide class evaluations for each student to complete and collect at the end of each class. Keep the evaluation in the class binder/digital folder until the completion of class when you will return the class materials and equipment to the CEO Team or Safe Life Project Program Manager.
- Assist the post-assessment team by completing requirements for teacher feedback and student progress. Submit all completed reports to the Safe Life Project Program Manager.
- Consider confidentiality when providing/completing and collecting/submitting all evaluations and reports.
- Commit to and teach one class per week for 12 weeks (unless classes for the session are scheduled differently, such as two classes per week for 6 weeks).
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE:
- Undergraduate degree preferred (BA, BS or AA) with successful experiences in working with students with developmental disabilities, or
- Some college and other successful relevant experiences in teaching, facilitating, or coaching and a desire to work with individuals, who have developmental disabilities, to help improve their overall well-being and quality of life, and
- A current CPR/First Aide certification.
Other Knowledge Needed:
- Teachers must have basic computer skills including the use of the programs PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, and email to the extent necessary for lesson presentation, record keeping, and family/staff communication.
- Teachers must be able to learn to use an iPad and/or MacBook Air, projection equipment, and virtual classroom programs such as Zoom.
- Teachers must be able to work with a wide range of disabilities, from mild to severe, including those with behavioral challenges, and those with very limited experience (the naïve and vulnerable) to those with very extensive experience (those who may have been abused, are sexually active, and/or those coming from the criminal justice system).
- Successful Safe Life Teacher candidates must participate in training before being assigned a class. Compensation is provided.
- Class settings are located in a variety of community facilities, from public buildings to church settings, etc. They may also be taught online or in an in-person/online hybrid situation. There is not a one-stop location or one-type of classroom style.
- Teachers will need to check out/carry/set up/repack/care for general presentation equipment provided by the Safe Life Project, such as a projector or laptop.
- Teachers will be provided a budget or cash to provide student incentives and snacks for in-person classes. Receipts and any left-over cash to be returned to Program Manager or CEO Team Member at end of the 12-week session.
- Teachers may need to assist students in wheelchairs periodically, adjusting chair position for optimal classroom learning.
- At times, drivers for student pick-up may be late, and staff must wait for their arrival.
WORK YEAR: Safe Life Teachers are part of an at-will employee pool. Work opportunities may vary depending upon client intake. No health benefits are connected to this position.
COMPENSATION*: $50 per class, usually a two-hour class @ 12 CLASSES PER SESSION. Staff are usually compensated $25 per hour for in-service and trainings.
*Compensation rates are subject to change as determined by the Safe Life Board of Directors.
POSITION REPORTS TO: The Safe Life Teacher reports to the CEO Team.
How to Apply: If you are interested in applying for this position, you will need to complete a letter of introduction and an application and send both documents to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can download the application form by clicking the link below. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com
The Safe Life Project is a 501(C)(3) non-profit charitable organization.
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