Pine Tree Society seeks to hire a Speech-Language Pathologist to join our Communication Pathways team.
Summary of Position: Our Speech-Language Pathologists are responsible for providing comprehensive services to meet the communication and learning needs of children and adults with disabilities. This includes, but may not be limited to, consultations, evaluations, direct service provision with its related tasks (i.e. IEP development, progress reporting), education and training to clients, service providers, caregivers, family members and the community, as well as similar services as they relate to speech and language, including support and programming of a person’s augmentative communication device.
- Performs speech and language and AAC evaluations by using appropriate standardized, modified and/or social pragmatics criterion-referenced assessments, interviews service providers, family members and caregivers, reviews related documentation, feature matching (when required) and makes appropriate recommendations for meeting the speech/language or AAC needs of the clients based on information gathered.
- Provides direct service with students exhibiting the full range of communication disorders, including those involving language, articulation (speech sound disorders), fluency, voice/resonance, social pragmatics and swallowing using systematic and evidence-based intervention methods and materials to foster communicative competence.
- Maintains accurate records and monitors progress through data collection and analysis.
- Provides ongoing service to maintain the effectiveness of AAC systems by monitoring whether at-site contacts are meeting the AAC needs of the user, providers and caregivers as defined in educational/vocational planning meetings.
- Markets speech/language, social pragmatics and AAC services to the community by networking with other speech pathologists and AAC providers and through phone contacts, mail, web contacts, conferences/workshops and on-site meetings.
- Acts as a resource to the Pine Tree Society program staff for increasing knowledge, awareness and breadth of understanding of areas within speech and language, social pragmatics and AAC.
- Plans, designs and implements programming for Camp Communicate, the annual Pine Tree Society AAC weekend retreat and social pragmatics groups in collaboration with the Director of Communication Pathways. Assists in writing and presenting appropriate workshop topics when required during the Camp Communicate weekend.
- Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending speech/language/AAC workshops, conferences and in-service training sessions, developing and maintaining vendor contacts and reviewing periodicals and online information.
- Adheres to a safety/risk management program that includes assessment, evaluation, establishment of procedures, incident review, workplace engineering, training and such other measures that ensure a safe and healthy workplace environment.
- Recognizes the primary importance of the organization’s stated mission. This job position will require flexibility and continuous development of job performance to achieve its intended purpose.
- Adheres to Pine Tree Society’s communication platform and media policies to ensure consistent brand messaging and image to internal and external stakeholders.
- Respects confidentiality and abides by the Society’s HIPAA policy when discussing client, staff, volunteer and organizational matters including fiscal and related information.
- Performs other appropriate and necessary duties as requested by the Director of Communication Pathways.
Qualifications; knowledge, skills and abilities:
- Knowledge of a variety of speech and language delays and disorders, AAC systems, vendors and products including search strategies for locating specific systems and methods to access these systems.
- Ability to use standardized, modified and criterion-referenced assessment procedures and techniques to identify a communicative need. Ability to document findings and recommendations in comprehensive written evaluation reports.
- Ability to identify goals and objectives, AAC systems and/or strategies and procedures that will meet identified needs as well as the short- and long-term outcomes hoped for, point out a variety of options when necessary and guide a team through the choices.
- Communication skills necessary to respond to questions and to clearly explain, the options, research and theories behind speech and language recommendations, or AAC use to clients, families, caregivers, service providers and others involved in supporting a client. Ability to respond to questions and teach computer-based common and special needs systems in a clear, comfortable and non-threatening manner.
- Ability to organize time effectively and remain flexible in order to meet occasionally competing demands also requiring time and attention.
- Ability to maintain work hours, which may extend beyond the 40-hour workweek.
- Possess a valid driver’s license without restrictions, have a reliable vehicle with at least the state minimum automobile insurance coverage and the ability and willingness to travel and to off-site locations.
- Ability to pass a criminal background check, Adult Protective Services and Child Protective Services and Medicaid background checks.
- Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology
- State of Maine Speech-Language Pathologist license
- Certificate of Clinical Competence
We offer a competitive salary and benefit package including health, dental, short-term disability and voluntary benefits, a generous PTO policy, 11 paid holidays, a 403(b) retirement plan and a workplace atmosphere focused on impact. EOE
This position is primarily located in our Bath location with travel to Scarborough and other locations on a regular basis.