High School Secondary Functional Classroom Teacher

Saturday, June 1, 2019
Harper Creek Community Schools
Position Details: 


Date:  April 17, 2019

Notice is hereby given that the following position is available August 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year in the Harper Creek Community School District, Battle Creek, Michigan.

POSITION:     1 – High School Teacher for Students in a Functional Classroom


Under the direction of the high school principal, the special education teacher plans and provides for appropriate learning experiences for students with multiple disability eligibilities within a self-contained classroom and in a variety of educational settings. The person in this position is responsible for creating a flexible program and learning environment that provides specialized instruction for students with ,multiple disabilities, such that the students benefit from the general education curriculum to the greatest extent possible when supported with supplemental aides, accommodations, and other needed supports.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

(These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.)

  • Teach District-approved curriculum through both direct and inquiry-based instruction.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively within a department/grade level
  • Employ special educational strategies and techniques as appropriate during instruction to improve the development of sensory- and perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, and memory.
  • Demonstrates ability to use data to drive instructional decisions including the implementation of  interventions time
  • Able to use effective classroom management skills to develop positive working relationships with students and a productive learning environment
  • Teach socially acceptable behavior, as determined by the students’ individualized education programs (IEPs) by employing techniques in an overall positive behavioral support system.
  • Effectively apply and integrate technology to support meaningful teaching and successful student learning.
  • Articulate to students their learning objectives and the reasons for their importance.
  • Modify the general education curriculum for students with disabilities based upon a variety of instructional techniques and technologies.
  • Develop plans for effective communication, monitoring, and follow-up of students in inclusive classroom settings.
  •  Provide crisis intervention, as needed, for students in inclusive classrooms
  • Confer with parents, administrators, testing specialists, social workers, and other professionals to develop individualized education programs (IEPs) and transition plans designed to promote students' educational, physical, and social/emotional development.
  • Evaluate pupils' academic and social growth, keeping appropriate records and prepare progress reports and report cards
  • Maintains accurate records in a manner consistent with state and federal law as required by the District, to include student accommodations/modifications as specified in students’  IEPs.
  • Communicate frequently with parents and guardians by such means as conferences, newsletters, notes, telephone calls, and email – both during and outside the school day.
  • Participate in continual professional growth opportunities which are aligned with school and District priorities.
  • Participates in District level staff meetings, in-service activities, staff development/special programs, school improvement teams and planning committees as appropriate to the assignment.
  • Represent the Harper Creek Community Schools in an affirmative manner in the community.
  • Performs such other tasks as may from time to time be assigned by the supervisor.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

Supervises classroom, students, Para educators, classroom aides, and volunteers


Qualification Requirements: 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

  • Must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Prefer someone who has experience with high-school aged students; experience writing and implementing Transition Plans; and/or experience with Work-Based Learning                                             


             Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

                Valid Michigan Teaching Certificate with appropriate endorsement(s) in area of Special Education


Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of administrators, staff and the general public.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

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.           

Other Skills and Abilities:

Ability to apply knowledge of current research and theory to instructional program; ability to plan and implement lessons based on department and school objectives and the needs and abilities of students to whom assigned.  Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with students, peers and parents; skill in oral and written communication.  Ability to perform duties with awareness of all District requirements and Board of Education policies.

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 and talk or hear and sometimes to walk and sit.  Occasionally the employee will bend or twist at the neck more than the average person.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee may occasionally push or lift up to 50 lbs.such as boxes of books. Ability to roll a fully loaded technology device cart.


Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.  The employee is frequently required to interact with the public and other staff. May be exposed to public illnesses, paper dust, bodily fluids. The employee is directly responsible for the safety, well-being and work out-put of students.


TO APPLY:  Visit www.harpercreek.net  and follow the Employment Opportunities link.

Applicant must include the following documents with their electronic application:

  • Cover Letter and resume including a review of experience appropriate to the position.
  • Transcript of Degree and graduate credit (student copy acceptable at this time)
  • Up-to-date credentials including at least two (2) recent letters of recommendation.
  • Applicants with current employment as a teacher  - Must submit most recent Evaluation Summary


Deadline for applying:          Open until filled – Minimally open through Tuesday, April 23, 2019


The Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, (including sexual orientation or transgender identity), disability, age, religion, height, weight, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, (collectively, "Protected Classes"), in its programs and activities, including employment opportunities.


Please provide written notice for any special needs accommodation.


The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position.  Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.




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