Impact Learning & Development Special Education Teacher Rapid City, SD · Full time

K-5 Special Education Teacher with a focus on students with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities


Impact Learning & Development is a fast-paced, collaborative, multidisciplinary pediatric clinic that provides interventions to children who have language, communication, and behavioral needs. We provide interventions that are individualized to meet the needs of each child and used to decrease problem and (sometimes) aggressive behavior, as well as to promote skill acquisition. We are seeking a full time Special Education Teacher to provide intensive school based behavioral and academic intervention with children 5-12 years of age.

When you join Impact Learning & Development, you join a motivated and energetic team of peers who:

·      Impact the day-to-day development of clients affected by Autism and other disabilities and celebrate their success.

·      Work as part of a collaborative team towards changing the lives of children and their families.

·      Make a difference for families who care for children with Autism and other learning differences.

·      Develop new skills and prepare for new career opportunities in ABA or other disciplines we provide.

The special education teacher will implement an intensive instruction model, using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as directed and supervised by staff trained in this methodology. The ASD teacher is responsible for planning instruction and adaption of the general/special education curriculum to accommodate students in the learning process. The special education teacher will function as the case manager for students with individualized education programs (IEPs) and oversees compliance. It is the expectation that each duty will be performed effectively throughout the school year.

Role and Responsibilities

Provide treatment for clients with a variety of communication disorders including, but not limited to autism spectrum disorders (ASD), augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), fluency, literacy, pragmatic language (social skills), receptive and expressive language, and speech sound production.

The special education teacher’s responsibilities will include:

·      Comply with timelines, laws, and regulations as it relates to district, state, and federal     policies and procedures

·      Develop timely and compliant IEP’s for eligible students

·      Plan and implement academic instruction for students who exhibit communication, social, and behavioral challenges using evidence-based methods (i.e., Direct Instruction) and modified curriculum materials (i.e., VB-MAPP, Unique, SRA) as well as general education   curriculum

·      Plan and implement non-academic instruction in areas such as social skills, toilet training,  and community-based instruction

·      Document and share student progress on goals and objectives (utilizing Rethink software)

·      Collaborate with all service providers, general education teachers, and other staff to support and provide documentation for the review of existing evaluation data  process

·      Differentiate instruction to meet the needs of individual student’s progress per the Individual Treatment Plan

·      Provide individual-specific support to general education classroom teachers, as appropriate

·      Develop implement and evaluate the effectiveness of behavior support plans including a classroom plan and any needed individual plans as well as carry out these plans with fidelity until they are modified by the team

·   Utilize Safety Care training and an understanding of the function of behavior to prevent behavior and intervene safely and effectively, including restraint when part of a written plan

·   Maintain consistent contact with parents

·   Participate in individual student-focused meetings as directed by the building principal

·   Participate in Impact special education meetings as directed by Impact supervisor and collaborate with all staff involved with the students

·   Log and maintain monthly Medicaid reports

·   Maintain an electronic log to document students’ goals and objectives, accommodations, and other IEP related services in Rethink software

·   Fulfill district and state professional development requirements

·   Integrate technology use in the classroom where appropriate

·     Supervise, train and guide behavior technicians in treatment implementation

·     Other duties as assigned by Impact Supervisors

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • BS or BA in Special Education
  • Must be knowledgeable of Common Core State Standards and strategies to meet the  academic, developmental, and functional needs of students
  • Competency in the administration and interpretation of academic testing
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, peers,   parents, and community
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely (oral and written)
  • Certification in Safety Care Crisis Management (or willing to get and maintain yearly) and willingness to commit to   training in applied behavior analysis
  • Must be an energetic person who enjoys working with children.
  • Must have your own reliable transportation.
  • Must be able to lift and/or pull 50 pounds.
  • Must have full physical dexterity/agility or be able to independently position self and perform all movements required (bending, kneeling, computer/tablet typing, standing, running, crawling, sitting on the floor for periods of time).
  • Must have sufficient corrected or uncorrected vision and hearing to carry out all duties and responsibilities.
  • Must be able to pass a fingerprint, background clearance, and reference check.
  • Must be able to pass classes in and/or gain certification in crisis management, CPR, HIPAA, and mandated reporter (all trainings provided).

Preferred Skills

  • One year of work experience as a teacher.
  • Prior positive interactions and experience working with the pediatric special needs population.

Additional Notes

Rapid City makes the perfect base for explorations and Doing Big Things. With several national parks, monuments, and memorials as well as a host of state parks all within a one-hour drive, Rapid City offers a contemporary vibe and a rich cultural heritage experience. Downtown Rapid City and Main Street Square offer added urban pleasures as well as a vibrant arts and culture scene, great local restaurants and an assortment of boutiques and gift shops all surrounded by the City of Presidents.


$45,000 - $50,000 per year