Thresholds, a national leader in mental health services, is a recipient of the Chicago Tribune “Top Workplaces" for five 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 ages 16 to 21 years old 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.
Special Education Teacher – Young Adult Program
The Special Education Teacher – YAP educates the members of the Thresholds Young Adult Program School, and develops a sound academic curriculum that is stimulating and effective. This position reports to the Principal.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Assumes a leadership role in the program, with direct responsibility for the supervision of all students in the classroom or as assigned.
Plans and develops a course of study according to curriculum guidelines of the 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 lesson plans weekly. Monitors, assists, corrects, and grades student performance.
Conducts standardized tests in accordance with district policies and state laws.
Shares, with other Teachers and Aides, the responsibilities of monitoring the lunchroom and gym.
Counsels students when academic difficulties or behavioral problems arise.
Keeps records of academic performance, attendance, and social acclimation.
Utilizes strategies of positive reinforcement while maintaining the classroom in a clear and orderly fashion. Classroom supervision is to be provided at all times.
Participates in the therapeutic milieu as assigned, including but not limited to supervision of psychosocial programs and other building assignments.
Interacts with family members, funding sources, school districts, and other collateral contacts.
Cooperates with other staff in the coordination of treatment and treatment planning, as well as the developments and implementation of individualized service and educational plans.
Completes all required paperwork for the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), Chicago Public Schools (CPS), and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), including student progress reports and report cards, incident reports, IEPs, etc.
Performs and participates in crisis intervention in accordance with Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) and Thresholds standards. Models best practices for crisis intervention to other staff, as trained in TCI. Performs and supervises physical management when necessary.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree in Education is required; Master’s Degree in Special Education is preferred.
Current Learning Behavior Specialist (LBS1) license.
Previous experience working with high school aged children dealing with mental illness is preferred.
Computer proficiency, including the ability to use email and complete documents electronically.
Certified in Basic First Aid including Choking Rescue Procedure (previously referred to as Heimlich Maneuver) and CPR, or the ability to obtain certification within the first three months of hire.
TCI certification is obtained within the Young Adult Program.
Ability to stand, bend and stretch.
Ability to lift or move up to 30 lbs.
Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word.
The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.
Internal Number: SPECI03032
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