Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) at NMSD (1) have integral roles in education and are essential members of school faculty, (2) help students meet the performance standards of NMSD and the state by assuming a range of responsibilities, (3) work in partnership with others to meet students' needs, and (4) provide direction in defining their roles and responsibilities and in ensuring appropriate services to students. It is anticipated and expected that all functions of this position will be performed in a positive and receptive manner, while helping to advance the mission and vision of New Mexico School for the Deaf.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities(Other duties may be assigned)
Works closely with an educational team to perform evaluations.
Performs on-going assessments.
Prepares and submits comprehensive evaluation reports and periodic reports on student’s activities and progress.
Performs comprehensive evaluations for deaf and hard of hearing students for various NMSD departments including Early Intervention and Involvement Department (EIID) and the Center for Educational Consultation and Training (CECT).
Keeps current on best practices and current research in the field.
Cultural sensitivity and knowledge of bilingual language acquisition
Ability to work with students ranging in age from 18 months-22 years of age
Maintains up to date therapy logs and Medicaid documentation.
Creates and implements individual educational plans for students with the educational team.
Works with the educational team to create and implement plans to support and improve communicative ability including: language development (American Sign Language /English), pragmatics, speech and oral motor development, auditory skills, and reading and writing skills.
Provides one-on-one or small group speech, language, and/or listening therapy, when appropriate.
Integrates services into the classroom and other school settings, when appropriate.
Work closely with the Audiologist and educational team to implement and support amplification use for individual students to optimize auditory access as appropriate.
Adheres to NMSD’s Vision, Mission and Belief statements.
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: Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology with progressive and directly related experience with children who are deaf or hard of hearing, preferred. A Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP) or Clinical Fellowship (CCC-CF) from ASHA is required.
Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret speech and language periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write evaluations and business correspondence. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from teachers and parents.
Sign Language: American Sign Language skills at hire are favorable, but not mandatory. The applicant can participate in sign language classes offered at NMSD.
Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute standard scores, percentile ranks, and age equivalents for evaluations based on standardization charts.
Reasoning Ability: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have working knowledge of Microsoft Windows, as well as various software packages including Microsoft Office.
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 frequently required to stand, walk, sit, and play on the floor with students. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and peripheral vision.
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
Additional Salary Information: Depends on experience
New Mexico School for the Deaf (NMSD), New Mexico’s first public school, provides for the unique needs of children and students who are deaf/hard of hearing, their families, and professional partners by providing a comprehensive array of school and statewide programs.As a school, NMSD provides an American Sign Language and English bilingual learning environment that includes direct, ongoing access... to language and communication in and out of the classroom with a wide range of peers and adults. The students are interactive learners who receive dynamic high quality standards-based instruction in a variety of curricular and extra-curricular activities.As a statewide service agency, NMSD collaborates with families, school districts, agencies and communities throughout the state to meet the critical language, communication, and learning needs of children and students in New Mexico who are deaf/hard of hearing, birth through high school.