Uncommon Schools is a nonprofit network of high-performing, public charter schools providing an outstanding K-12 education in historically under-resourced communities. We have proudly built schools that reflect our student population, with more than 60% of our teachers and staff across our network identifying as a person of color. Uncommon currently manages 55 schools serving more than 21,000 students in six cities: Boston, Camden, New York City, Newark, Rochester, and Troy. We are proud that Uncommon graduates persist in and graduate from college at five times the rate of their peers nationally. We achieve this by offering strong academic, co-curricular, and social-emotional learning that prepares students for success in college and beyond.
North Star Academy currently manages fourteen schools in Newark, NJ serving students in grades K through 12. We believe in strong authentic relationships between teachers and students, supported by effective school systems and an engaging instructional model that enables students to flourish academically and personally. North Star Academy is NJ’s #1 highest performing public charter school and has served Newark families for over 20 years.
The Speech and Language Pathologist is school-based and provides services which help reduce or eliminate speech and language deficits that interfere with a student’s ability to achieve academic success. The Speech and Language Pathologist also works closely with the Principal, Child Study Team, Director of Special Education Compliance, and Senior Director of Special Education.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
- Serves as a case manager as assigned and maintains appropriate case records.
- Performs all duties required as a member of the child study team by administrative code, state and federal laws, and board policy.
- Participates in the evaluation, classification and placement of students with communication needs.
- Plans, prepares, and delivers services for children with speech and language needs.
- Develops and implements an individualized educational program (IEP) in collaboration with parents and teachers for pupils who are eligible for speech correction and identifies students in need of related services.
- Conducts ongoing evaluation of all children in the program to determine appropriateness of their program.
- Acts as educational consultant to classroom teachers, social workers, and administrators as needed.
- Maintains professional competence through professional development and other professional growth activities.
- Assumes other related duties as assigned by the Senior Director of Special Education, Director of Special Education Compliance, and/or building school leaders.
- Demonstrate a relentless drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of school
- Implement and enhance the school’s systems and culture;
- Build professional relationships and collaborate with the Supervisor of Social Work, Child Study Team Supervisor, members of the Child Study Team, Principal, Dean of Students, the Special Education Coordinator, and other school staff to maximize the ability of Uncommon Schools to support students’ academic and socio-emotional development
- Performs other related duties as required and assigned
- Valid New Jersey Speech-Language Specialist Endorsement required
- Experience administering standardized speech assessment highly preferred
- Drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of the classroom;
- Evidence of self-motivation and willingness to be a team player;
- Knowledge of laws and regulations governing special education;
- Effective problem-solving, human relations, and communication skills
- Belief in and alignment with Uncommon’s core beliefs and educational philosophy is non-negotiable.
- Strong organizational skills; extremely careful attention to detail and follow-through.
- Exceptional ability to bridge and enhance cooperative working relationships.
- Experience working with and in urban schools is highly preferred
- Case management experience highly preferred
- Demonstrated comprehensive knowledge in the field of speech-language pathology
Uncommon Schools offers salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package. All staff members receive extensive professional development, and are equipped with a laptop computer and all necessary supplies.
Uncommon believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization that enables our students and staff to thrive. We are committed to building an exceptional team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. We also strive to ensure an inclusive community by creating a space for meaningful dialogue about issues of race and identity for our staff and students. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability. We also ensure that individuals with disabilities receive all privileges and benefits associated with employment and are provided reasonable accommodations for the interview process and to perform core job functions.