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NON-CLASSIFIED: School Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) / School for the Deaf

at State of Colorado

Posted: 9/15/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2486713

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Department Information

Vision Statement:  CSDB ... Learning, Thriving, Leading

Mission Statement: 
The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) provides children and families statewide with comprehensive, specialized educational services in safe, nurturing environments.  We empower learners to become self-determined, independent contributing citizens within their communities.

Core Values:
Collaboration; Open, Honest Communication; Respect; Responsibility

Description of Job

This position reports to the Director of Special Education, and is responsible for providing speech language instruction to Preschool through Transition age students who are Deaf / hard-of-hearing with possible vision loss.

  • Performs work associated with speech language instruction:  organizes speech therapy to meet the goals and objectives of student IEPs (Individual Education Program); organizes and keeps a system of records related to student attendance, student progress and other required information; develops objectives and presents lessons or strategies which meet the needs of individuals and groups, and promotes high levels of success; performs speech/language diagnostic evaluations and makes recommendations regarding communication habilitation strategies for students who are Deaf, blind and/or multiply disabled sensory impaired students.
  • Demonstrates knowledge / skill in the areas of task analysis, assessment, behavior management, organization / planning, curriculum development, parent relations and teamwork.
  • Works as part of the education / diagnostics team related to the assessment process and the development of students' IEPs to accomplish lesson objectives, work with current curriculum, and maximize students' communication potential.
  • Utilizes appropriate communication skills with each student.
  • Provides outreach services as assigned, including consultation services regarding communication habilitation programs for students who are Deaf, blind and/or multiply disabled sensory impaired.
  • Positively serves as a team member of the Student Services team, and the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) as a whole; and participates in regular team and departmental meetings, Professional Learning Community meetings, school and instructional meetings as required.
  • Provides parent consultation; participates in selected parent-focused activities, etc., and provides information to students, peers when speech concerns are at issue, utilizing appropriate local community resources.
  • Participates in activities related to professional development and training/workshops as appropriate, including presentation of information to CSDB / LEA (Local Education Agency) staff and parents as requested.
  • Performs other appropriate duties as assigned, including activities related to Medicaid billing.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

  • Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology or Communication Disorders from a regionally accredited college or university, with interest in serving students with special needs.
  • Must hold or be eligible for appropriate Educator / Special Services Provider (SSP) licensure in the State of Colorado, endorsed as a School Speech-Language Pathologist (i.e., requires ASHA (American Speech-Language Hearing Association) certification OR a passing score on the PRAXIS Speech-Language Pathology exam).
  • Must hold Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC), or ability to obtain within one (1) year of hire.
  • Experience teaching / working with children (in an educational environment) who are Deaf / hard-of-hearing.
  • Proficiency or commitment to work toward proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL) at the Advanced (3+, ASLPI) skill level, as demonstrated through an appropriate assessment tool and according to school policy / procedures.
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply current speech-language educational practices associated with students who are Deaf / Hard-of-hearing including knowledge of hearing aids, FM systems, auditory training techniques, and cochlear implant technology.
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply use of best practices related to augmentative alternative communication.
  • Knowledge of and ability to assess and apply technology to perform the requirements of the position; ability to effectively utilize a variety of computer software applications, which may include but is not limited to e-mail, Internet, word processing, electronic calendar, presentation development, spreadsheet, database, etc.; willingness to stay current and develop skills as needed with or without direct support from CSDB.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with students and staff who are Deaf.
  • Ability to respond effectively and positively to feedback.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others and participate effectively in a team setting.
  • Strong, positive interpersonal skills.
  • Full-time; scheduled to work the standard number of days in the academic year (as per established School Calendar, currently 195 days, August – June).
  • Annual base salary shall be established pursuant to the Teacher Salary Schedule, and based upon appropriate education and experience.
  • Employment is at-will, with no actual, expressed or implied contract.
  • Selected applicants must verify experience / highest degree held.
  • Direct deposit of paycheck is required.
  • CSDB is a non-smoking facility in its entirety.
  • Selected applicant must comply with the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind Drug-Free Workplace Policy, and other policies.
  • As required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), selected applicant must verify, within 72 hours of employment, his/her legal right to be employed in the United States.
  • Selected applicant(s) will be required to submit to and pass a background check, to include Colorado and Federal criminal history checks, employment verification, and professional/personal reference checks.

Supplemental Information

How To Apply:
In addition to the submission of a complete on-line application (to include references), please upload the items listed below to your on-line application:
  • Formal Letter of Interest
  • Current Resume
  • Recent Letters of Recommendation, with signature
  • Copies of All Transcripts
  • Copy of Educator Certification, if applicable
  • Copy of ASHA (American Speech-Language Hearing Association) Certification OR Copy of PRAXIS Speech-Language Pathology exam results, if applicable
  • Copy of Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC), if applicable


The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind and its Board are committed to providing a safe learning and work environment where all members of the school community are treated with dignity and respect. CSDB does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, or veteran status. Accordingly, no otherwise qualified student, employee, applicant for employment or member of the public shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to unlawful discrimination, harassment, or unwelcome behavior under any CSDB program or activity on the basis of disability, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, or veteran status.  The following persons are designated to handle inquiries regarding this policy:  Chelle Lutz, Human Resources Manager (employee complaints) / Kathy Emter, Director of Special Education (student/parent/public complaints) at CSDB, 33 N. Institute Street, Colorado Springs, CO  80903 (Phone:  719-578-2100 / Fax: 719-578-2239). *Nondiscrimination in relation to genetic information is applicable to employment only.
"ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Chelle Lutz, Human Resources Manager by phone 719-578-2114 or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date."