Serendipity Center Inc
  • 05-Jun-2014 to 08-Jul-2014 (PST)
  • Program
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • D.O.E.
  • Hourly
  • Part Time

Serendipity Center, a private therapeutic school, provides specialized education and treatment to children and adolescents who lack the skills, confidence, and/or support to be successful learners. Annually Serendipity serves a variety of students, aged 6 to 21, and their families.

The Life Skills Teacher teaches basic life skills subjects to students with multiple and complex handicapping conditions (emotional, behavioral, neurological, cognitive and/or psychiatric). Integrates mental health supports into classroom environment with instruction characterized by individual approaches and accommodations.

Additionally, the Life Skills Teacher:
-Develops and implements lesson plans appropriate for age and developmental ability.
-Collaborates with mental health and classroom staff regarding goals, criteria, strategies, protocols and interventions for use inside and outside of class for individual students.
-Seeks advice, guidance and support from the mental health team when student behaviors are unmanageable.
-Establishes and monitors classroom learning culture defined by safety, respect, acceptance, creative problem solving, structure and positive responses to the efforts of students.
-Attends and participates actively in regular department and other staff meetings.
-Models appropriate behavior for students and professional behavior for staff.
-Provides constant supervision of students, particularly during transitions points in the school day (i.e. arrival, meals, breaks, restroom, etc.) in conjunction with other staff members.
-Performs crisis intervention and CPI approved physical management.

Topics covered in instruction should include:
-Basic Nutritional Awareness and Healthy Living
-Meal Planning and Preparation
-Basic Self Care
-Simple Budgeting
-Simple Clothing Care


-Experience working with students with emotional, behavioral, and developmental delays strongly preferred.
-Teaching experience required, although a teaching license is not required for this position.
-Education: Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university, and one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
-Certification/Licenses: current CPI certification (can be obtained on the job).

General Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of students or employees of the organization.
Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to bend, reach, twist, jump, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must be able to occasionally lift up to 25 pounds. The employee must occasionally perform physical management techniques on children. Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function.
Other Requirements: Pass a pre-employment drug screen and Mental Health and Development Disability Services Division criminal records check.

This position has been closed and is no longer available.
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