Job: Speech/Language Pathologist

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Job Description

This is a full-time position with benefits.

JOB SUMMARY:

The Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) is responsible for providing screening, diagnostic assessment, therapy and consultation services in the area of communication disorders. Responsibilities also include the development of IEPs, IEP goals, report writing, classroom/teacher consultation, staff training, parent education, supervision of speech-language pathologist assistants (SLPA) and participation on school and IEP teams.   The Speech-Language Pathologist will be responsible to the Lead Speech-Language Pathologist and the Principal. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

The Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) performs the following tasks:

Conducts speech-language screenings using appropriate screening protocols at the request of the Teacher Assistance team (TAT) or upon referral by the parent or school team member.

Participates as a member of the Teacher Assistance Team (TAT), upon request, and when communication problem is suspected.

Participates as a member of the IEP team, provides input into the review of existing data process and recommends intervention strategies.

Conducts comprehensive speech and language assessments to determine the existence of speech-language impairments, functional communication skills, and communication needs.  

Conducts speech-language assessments to assist in determining requirements for assistive technology devices and services, as appropriate.

Creates individual evaluation reports summarizing assessment data, interpretation of results, and recommendations.  Creates other reports such as individualized education programs (IEP), progress reports, logs, etc. as needed and required.

Participates in determining eligibility for speech-language services as part of the IEP team and by using established district criteria.

Provides direct therapy for students identified through the evaluation and placement process.

Provides consultation to staff and parents in appropriate student management of communication deficits.

Measures and documents student progress toward goals and objectives using objective measures.

Supervises speech-language pathologist assistants, when assigned, and in accordance with ADHS requirements.

Prepares and submits appropriate logs and documentation for Medicaid reimbursement according to district procedures.

Schedules activities and prepares charts, records, graphs, or other displays of data.

Performs checks and maintenance of equipment.

Attends departmental meetings.

Participates in and provides in-service trainings.

Maintains coordination between general curriculum areas and therapy activities.

Maintains accurate and current student files.

Effectively utilizes district technologies appropriate to the position and assumes responsibility for attending district training needed to successfully perform designated responsibilities as directed by supervisor.

Other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

 

SKILLS are required to perform multiple, technical tasks with a need to periodically upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions.  Specific skills required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: development and implementation of appropriate therapy programs, including selecting appropriate strategies and materials; assessment of the impact of communication disorders on educational performance in the general curriculum as well as functional communication needs;

KNOWLEDGE is required in medical/developmental/pediatric information and indications for speech-language therapy treatment; to understand and appropriately apply the latest research in cognition, brain function and  language development relating to speech and language disorders to school age populations;  to appropriately evaluate students’ communication skills, grades pre-k-8, interpret test results and implications and to determine eligibility for services.  Specific knowledge required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job includes:  working knowledge of disabilities such as learning disabilities, mental retardation, autism, and motor disorders and how they may impact communication skills; pertinent codes, policies, regulations and/or various position specific information learned on the job.

ABILITY is required to schedule a significant number of activities, meetings, and/or events; gather, collate and/or classify data; and consider a wide variety of factors when using equipment.  Flexibility is required to independently work with others in a wide variety of circumstances; work with data utilizing defined but different processes; and operate equipment using a variety of standardized methods.  Ability is also required to work with a wide diversity of individuals, and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with school and central office based staff and parents by demonstrating excellent human relations skills and ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing work with specific, job-related data; and utilize a variety of job-related equipment and utilize computer special education records management software system.  In working with others, independent problem solving is required to analyze issues and create action plans.  Ability to collect data and generate reports is required. Problem solving with data requires independent interpretation of guidelines; and problem solving with equipment is moderate.  Specific abilities required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: adapting to changing work environment; working as part of a team; communicate with diverse groups; effectively present information and respond to questions; write measurable IEP goals that are in alignment with State Standards; document student progress and responses effectively so as to demonstrate progress toward IEP goals; supervise speech-language pathologist assistants (if eligible); relate to pre-school and school-aged students; write comprehensive reports and general correspondence.  The ability to travel to more than one work location in the course of the day as assigned is required.

QUALIFICATIONS

Current Arizona Department of Education Speech and Language Pathology certification

Current Arizona Department of Health Services License

Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology required

CCC-SP preferred

CFY permitted

Fingerprint card

Bilingual in Spanish preferred

 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Graduate from an ASHA accredited speech pathology/communication disorders program

Experience with preschool and school aged populations is preferred.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:     The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stoop, reach, stand, walk, lift, pull, push, grasp, talk, hear, see and use repetitive motions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee may frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds of materials, etc.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision such as to read handwritten or typed material, and the ability to adjust focus.  The position requires the individual to meet multiple demands from several people and interact with the public and other staff.

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT:   The Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is moderate to loud.

The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed by this position.  Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.



Primary Location: STUDENT SERVICES

Shift Type: Full-Time

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Name Jason Hammond
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Applications will be accepted beginning
Monday, January 8, 2018 12:00 AM
(Mountain Standard Time)