SUMMARY: Speech-Language Pathologists' are communication specialists who work with both the general education and special education population with language disabilities, articulation deficits, and voice disorders.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:Other duties may be assigned.
Serves as a resource to school staff members in the development of a balanced program for oral communication and speech improvement.
Assists and guides teachers in observing, describing, and referring suspected and identified speech and language impairments.
Provides a thorough assessment and diagnosis of speech, voice and language impairments.
Provides screening to identify speech disability children at regular intervals and at specified levels.
Assists in proper referrals of individuals to agencies and/or specialists in the community.
Provides appropriate individualized programs of therapy to meet individual students' needs and correct existing speech and language handicaps.
Develops and coordinates Speech-Language Pathologist programs within the total educational curriculum.
Consults and collaborates with classroom teachers and other educational team members, when appropriate, to implement therapy by suggestions for the student's daily activities.
Provides consultation, information, education, support and counseling to parents and families when appropriate.
May provide in-service education to other education team members.
Provides supervision to students.
QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Masters degree (M. A.) in speech-language pathology from a four-year college or university; and one to two years' related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience as determined by the District. A minimum of 60 semester hours of academic credit in normal aspects of human communication, development thereof, and/or clinical techniques for evaluation and management of speech and language disorders. A minimum of 300 clock hours of supervised practicum experience with persons who present a variety of communication disorders, to be acquired in conjunction with academic training, 150 hours of which shall be obtained on the graduate level.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from school district personnel, students, parents, and the school community.
Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
Must be licensed by the Montana Board of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. CCC is a plus.
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Ability to apply knowledge of current research and theory to instructional program; ability to plan and implement lessons based on department and school objectives and the needs and abilities of students to whom assigned. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and writing. Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with students, peers, parents, staff, and the school community. Ability to perform duties with awareness of all district requirements and Board of Education policies.
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 regularly required to sit and occasionally walk and stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. While performing the duties of this position the employee will continuously hear conversation in a quiet and/or noisy environment. The employee will continuously need the ability to tell where a sound is coming from and tell the difference among bells, buzzers, beeps, horns etc.
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 usually quiet to moderate. The employee is directly responsible for the safety, well-being and work output of students.
The Helena Public Schools are accepting applications for a Speech-Language Pathologist. Candidates are encouraged to make application with the school district by establishing a pre-employment file for this position.
This position requires a Montana Teaching Specialist License with appropriate endorsement at the time of employment. Entry-level salary is $40,000+ depending upon education level and applicable experience. The District provides a comprehensive cafeteria style benefit package which includes: retirement plan, sick and personal leave, tuition reimbursement, health insurance with dental and vision coverage, life insurance, long term disability insurance, long term care insurance, a section 125 plan and numerous tax sheltered annuities (403b's).
Required application materials include: completed district online application, letter of interest, resume, and college transcript copies. Applications accepted immediately. This position will remain open until filled. Helena School District # 1 is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
Working in the Helena Public Schools:The Helena Public Schools, as a district, employs about 580 certified staff and 375 classified staff. The district recruits quality, skilled and dedicated professionals for employment. Salaries and benefits for all employees in the Helena Public Schools are very competitive when compared to other districts across Montana and the northwest. In addition, the dist...rict implemented a mentor teacher program for teachers new to the District in an effort to provide more support and guidance for new teachers.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 191,500 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students.