Nexus Family Healing

Special Education Teacher - Nexus Indian Oaks

Posted Date 4 months ago(7/30/2020 12:02 PM)
Position Type Regular Full-Time
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Nexus - Indian Oaks Family Healing


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

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in an educational discipline is required.
  • Active teacher’s licensure/certification required; specialization in the areas of EBD, LD, SED and TMH preferred.
  • 2 years previous teaching experience preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license required. Must meet state regulating agency and Corporate driving requirements. 


Knowledge, Skills and Personal Attributes

  • Remain current in the latest, accepted teaching techniques, and be able to tailor teaching techniques to meet the needs of emotionally and behaviorally challenged students within a residential setting.
  • Demonstrate exceptional written and oral communication skills to be able to clearly convey lesson plans and instructions to students, as well as communicate effectively with other team staff.
  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize organizational skills and tools to proactively manage assigned class load.
  • Exhibit the ability to lead and provide direction by example in a manner that is patient, positive, respectful, non-threatening and supportive of Nexus methods, culture and values.
  • Exhibit a spirit of cooperation among coworkers with the ultimate goal of achieving the best learning environment possible for our students while insuring appropriate supervision and safety.
  • Display ethical conduct and professionalism at all times, with particular emphasis on maintaining healthy relationships and appropriate boundaries with students/residents to insure a positive, effective learning environment.
  • Continually seek knowledge of and an understanding of differences in gender, race, age, culture, ethnicity, class, religion and disability, to eliminate biases toward differing talents, abilities, sexual orientation and faiths.
  • Comply with all organization policies and procedures; adhere to all organizational confidentiality policies and ensure that information regarding students is discussed only with appropriate staff and parents. Be cognizant of and comply with Nexus HIPAA policies regarding client confidentiality.
  • Adhere to department policy & procedures regarding punctuality and attendance.
  • Supports the mission of Nexus (“Changing lives through our Cornerstone Values”) by exemplifying the Cornerstone Values and the Nexus Guiding Principles in all interactions with internal and external customers, and in all work performed on behalf of the organization.


Physical Demands

  • Must be able to assist staff in physical and non-physical interventions with residents.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds unassisted and up to 100+ pounds with assistance.
  • Must be able to stand and walk for extended periods of time (2-4 hours).
  • Must be able to twist, bend and stretch in a manner conducive to the execution of daily activities within a school. 


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