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OPRF – WHO WE ARE…
Oak Park and River Forest High School, or OPRF, is a comprehensive public high school located in Oak Park, Ill., a suburb eight miles due west of downtown Chicago. We are a one-school district, with the majority of our students coming from two sender districts, River Forest Public Schools District 90 and Oak Park Elementary School District 97. We offer more than 200 courses, a variety of programs for students with special needs, 75 clubs and activities, and 29 competitive sports. We prepare our students well for post-secondary success, with an average ACT composite score of 24 and a 94% graduation rate.
Oak Park and River Forest are communities that highly value diversity. OPRF is a founding member of the national Minority Student Achievement Network, and our school is racially and economically diverse, with about 44% of our 3,300 students identifying as African-American, Hispanic, multiracial, or Asian. Our villages have long embraced the LGBTQ community, and we have a significant mix of homeowners and renters.
We seek faculty and staff who have high expectations for all students, and who value student voice in education. As a school, we are particularly focused on closing opportunity gaps for our students of color.
OPRF is an equal opportunity employer that provides equal employment opportunities to all without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. OPRF’s goal is to increase its representation of people of color.
Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 is a progressive district that is focused not only on our tradition of excellence but our future. The District prides itself in offering our students a comprehensive 9-12 college and career readiness curriculum and a rich arts education program. Our students are curious, creative, and they come ready to learn. More than 90 percent of our students go on to college.
Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 believes that we can “become an ever-improving model of equity and excellence that will enable all students to achieve their full potential.” We can accomplish this through dedicated teachers, staff, and administration who build relationships with students and have high expectations for themselves and their students. We believe in planning for and providing the academic and developmental support students need to meet those expectations. We further believe that every student can learn through exposure to academically challenging content, feedback during learning, and the educator’s knowledge and skill.
Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 is a great place for those who are interested in an environment that supports creativity, leadership at all levels, innovation, a focus on professional and curriculum development, and the best practices of instruction. We are currently seeking individuals to join our team where we enable all students to achieve their full potential every day.
- Hold valid Illinois Professional Educator’s License with appropriate endorsement.
- Minimum 3 years’ experience in working with students with emotional, behavioral, intellectual and academic needs in the area of counseling and social work.
- Knowledgeable about the IDEA and the laws that govern working with students with disabilities.
The employee in this position must provide innovative practice to students with emotional, behavioral, intellectual, and academic needs.
Essential Duties: (Other duties may be assigned.)
- To organize and implement social emotional needs for students who are identified with counseling services through their IEP.
- Serve as LEA at special education domain meetings.
- Co-Facilitate Student Support Team Meetings; identifies training that facilitates use of best practices in the special education evaluation and pre-intervention MTSS process; collects and maintains inventory of testing protocols.
- Ability to create, write, monitor and facilitate IEPs for students on caseload; including written evaluation reports and goals.
- Participate in parent meetings outside of the IEP to support student needs.
- Prepare materials and plan daily instruction appropriate to provide individual and group counseling services.
- Establish reasonable expectations and keep detailed records for students on caseload.
- Extensive understanding of Response to Intervention the areas of academic and social emotional learning for students at the high school level.
- Deliver procedural requirements for Special Education: case study evaluations, facilitate Functional Behavioral Analysis, ensure timeliness of evaluations, complete assessments that help design effective interventions.
- Perform behavior observations for the purpose of problem solving, developing classroom management strategies, creating interventions for students who are having attentional, executive functioning and or social-emotional difficulties.
- Collaborate with administration and teachers to plan and conduct staff development in identified areas of need.
- Provide outreach services to students and families in the form of possible home visits, phone calls and written correspondence.
- Provide crisis/emergency intervention to students and families.
- Maintain desirable discipline standards in the classroom and assist, when needed, in other school areas with student disciplinary management.
- Develop and administer appropriate evaluations as it relates to the needs of students with varying disabilities.
- Be sensitive to physical, intellectual, emotional and learning disabilities of students and take appropriate measures to assist them.
- Promote student respect for the rights of others in the classroom.
- Recognize safety and health hazards and work to eliminate them.
- Support and promote the student activities program by attendance at athletic and activities contests or events.
- Attend department meetings.
- Work with Division Head and other staff members in curriculum development as it relates to social/emotional learning.
- Observe all professional days and maintain positive professional relations with colleagues.
- Hold high expectations for all students and demonstrate a deep belief that all students can learn and succeed.
- Communicate openly with students, staff, parents and other stakeholders regarding student’s achievement and progress in the classroom.
- Commitment to equity and eliminating systemic obstacles for students of color.
- Provide a positive image of the high school within the community and the profession.
Job Responsibilities: (Others responsibilities may be assigned.)
- Works within the policies and regulations of the OPRF; Illinois public acts and regulations as described by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE); and applicable Federal laws, regulations and guidelines applicable to the education of high school students and staff.
- Makes professional decisions that demonstrate support of the mission, goals and best interests of OPRF as expressed by Board of Education approved documents including the Strategic Plan and Building Improvement Plans.
Skills, Physical Demands and the Work Environment:
In order to perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform all essential duties and responsibilities. The requirements listed below are representative of the skills, physical demands, and work environment required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.
Skills Required: The employee in this position must have the ability to:
- read, analyze and interpret documents including correspondence in print or electronic formats;
- establish and maintain effective working relationships with all members of the school community;
- communicate clearly and concisely in verbal or written form;
- write reports as needed. The ability to effectively present information and respond to questions is required.
Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:
- sit, stand, talk and hear for extended periods of time, operate electronic equipment; and reach with hands and arms and will repeat actions with the same hand, arm or finger motion;
- have vision abilities required include close vision, and the ability to adjust focus (The ability to withstand long-term use of computer devices is required.);
- to have occasional lifting carrying, pushing, and/or pulling and dexterity actions within job standards.
- The noise level in the work environment is usually low. However, on occasion, the noise level will be moderate.
- Work is usually conducted indoors. This work could be conducted at any assigned school district location.
Employee Performance Evaluation:
Job performance evaluations are completed annually by the Special Education Division Head.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Employees are expected to perform other related functions as assigned. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and is not an exhaustive listing of the duties performed in this position. The individuals currently holding this position perform additional duties and additional duties may be assigned.
Oak Park & River Forest High School District 200 (OPRF) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
This position description should not be considered to contain every function/responsibility that an individual may be asked to perform by his/her supervisor. Employees are expected to perform other related functions as assigned.