Thresholds, a national leader in mental health services, is a recipient of the Chicago Tribune “Top Workplaces" for four consecutive years and a 10 time winner of Chicago’s “101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For". Through our more than 100 Chicagoland locations and 30 innovative programs, Thresholds provides healthcare, housing and hope for over 15,000 adults and youth.
Thresholds High School is an Illinois State Board of Education certified Therapeutic Day School for students with ongoing serious mental health needs. The Thresholds High School provides a distinct combination of flexibility and support in order to help students achieve both their high school diploma and their transition goals.
Because students come from a multitude of suburban and Chicago home districts, Thresholds High School works closely with these school districts to ensure that students are successful in meeting their personal and Individual Education Plan goals, increasing academic achievement, graduating, and preparing for their next steps. Students take advantage of the robust Thresholds vocational services, which provides evidence-based Supported Employment and Supported Education for postsecondary endeavors. Students also benefit from the Young Adult Program’s rich therapeutic supports that address anxiety, frustration, school refusal, and other issues that derailed their academic success in other schools.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Assumes the leadership role in the program implied in the title of Teacher. The Teacher has the direct responsibility for the supervision of all children in the classroom or as assigned.
Plans and develops a course of study according to curriculum guidelines of school district and state requirements. Actual curriculum must often be tailored for three or more levels of academic ability and previous achievement.
Prepares assignments and tests for in-school preparation and homework. Monitors, assists, correct, and grades student performances.
Conducts standardized tests in accordance with district policies and state law.
Shares, with other Teachers and aides, lunchroom duties and responsibility for monitoring halls and recess periods.
Counsels students when academic difficulties or behavioral problems arise.
Keeps records of academic performance, attendance, and social acclimation.
Serves as classroom and/or skills teacher to members- of the Thresholds Young Adult Program. These duties shall include but not be limited to: completion and maintenance of daily and emergency lesson plans, completion and implementation of IEP's (Individual Education Plans), assessment of the student member abilities, needs and progress, effective instructional organization and planning, instruction in required academic areas as assigned.
At all times utilize strategies of positive reinforcement and materials are to be creative and motivational, and appropriate to the learning environment. The classroom is to be maintained in a clear and orderly fashion and supervision is to be provided at all times.
Participates in the therapeutic milieu as assigned but not limited to supervision of psychosocial programs, and other building assignments.
Intervenes with collateral sources, agencies, bureaucracies, facilities and families on the members’ behalf.
Cooperates with other staff members in the coordination of treatment and treatment planning and the developments and implementation of individualized service plans and individualized educational plans.
Completes all paperwork necessary for the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
Performs and participates in crisis intervention in accordance to Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) and Thresholds standards. Models best practices for crisis intervention as trained in TCI to other staff. Performs and supervises physical management when necessary.
Other duties as assigned.
MARGINAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
May be required to work flexible schedules and be available to work on weekends or evenings as required.
May be required to be on call.
Performs and participates in crisis intervention when necessary, in accordance to TCI and Thresholds standards.
Bachelor’s degree in Education required.
Computer proficiency, including the ability to use email, navigate and enter notes into electronic medical records and working knowledge of pertinent software.
Certified in Basic First Aid including the Heimlich Maneuver and CPR. (Or the ability to obtain certification within the first three months of hire).
Current LBS1 license.
Ability to travel to various sites in Chicagoland area.
Ability to stand, bend and stretch.
Ability to lift or move up to 30 lbs.
Internal Number: 18-0385
Thresholds, named as one of Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, provides more than 15,000 adults and youth with the skills and encouragement needed to live productive and fulfilling lives.
Consider being part of an organization that fosters collaboration between its staff and those we serve, our members, and where employees are recognized as invaluable assets who truly make a difference.
More than 75% of Thresholds’ services are delivered out in the community and include assertive outreach, case management, housing, employment, education, psychiatry, primary care and substance abuse treatment, as well as pioneering research at the Thresholds Research Institute.
Thresholds provides competitive wages and benefits, and excellent opportunities for career development and promotion.
Individuals with lived or shared experiences with mental illness are encouraged to apply.
Proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer: Disability/Veteran