Nexus- Indian Oaks Family Healing is part of Nexus Family Healing, a national nonprofit network of mental health agencies with over 45 years of restoring hope for thousands of children and families through outpatient/community mental health services, foster care and adoption, and residential treatment. Safe Harbor School is our very own private school. Safe Harbor School is the on-campus, non-public school that serves youth receiving treatment at Nexus- Indian Oaks. Safe Harbor School serve grade level 6 - 12, and students participate in a curriculum that is tailored to their unique needs and current grade level. The school provides a special education curriculum that is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, and approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. Credits transfer to any school upon the clients discharge.
Classroom instruction is provided by teaching staff who are Special Education-certified and licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education. Curriculum is linked to the new Common Core Learning Standards. All students follow the graduation requirements for their home school district.
Nexus- Indian Oaks is looking for a skilled special education teacher to join our Safe Harbor School. In this position you will have the opportunity to assist our youth and help them navigate through their treatment plans and individual IEP's.
If you care about the next generation and have what it takes: dedication, a kind spirit, and an overall compassion to help our clients, please apply!
At Nexus Family Healing, we not only support diversity – we celebrate it and rely on it for the betterment of our employees, our services, and our impact on the community. We strive to provide the best quality care for our youth and the best work environment for our employees through an inclusive team culture. Nexus Family Healing is proud to be an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard for race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, familial status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran, or disability status.
1. In cooperation with other members of the school team, assess educational needs and the progress of assigned students.
2. Provide instruction to assigned students in classes of expertise as assigned.
a. Prepare lesson plans suitable to the environment, age group and class mix on the assigned subject area(s).
b. Assist students individually where necessary.
c. Provide assessments of progress to academic goals.
d. Continually look for new approaches to instruction, class content and be responsive to students’ needs.
3. Provide crisis intervention within the classroom setting and apply TCI or approved de-escalation techniques appropriate to the situation at hand; ask for assistance when warranted through appropriate procedures and keep other academic and clinical treatment staff appraised of inappropriate behaviors.
4. Create a classroom climate that is positive and supportive for both learning and treatment.
a. Establish and maintain appropriate relationships with students and emphasize student responsibility in the educational program.
b. Recognize student achievement and provide appropriate reinforcement while redirecting and consequenting student misbehavior.
c. Communicate students’ academic and behavioral successes and failures through both written and verbal communication to both fellow educational staff and treatment team staff.
d. Incorporate cultural diversity into all aspects of educational programming and instruction; attend trainings and other educational opportunities to become better informed and respectful of other cultures.
5. Ensure confidentiality regarding students is in compliance with all licensing agencies, company policy, COA and HIPAA guidelines.
6. Develop or assist in developing IEPs, test ability levels and coordinate meetings with other members of the IEP team where appropriate.
7. Attend faculty/staff meetings, IEP staffings and participate in additional meetings and training sessions as required; understand and support the Nexus treatment philosophy and modalities.
8. Other duties as assigned.
Education, Credentials and Experience
Knowledge, Skills and Personal Attributes