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I am thrilled to be a part of this amazing team of educators, families and staff all dedicated to excellence and change to impact the lives of our students. Gersh Academy is a warm and wonderful community sincerely dedicated to all we serve!"
– Diana DeVivio, Superintendent of Educational Programs

"I love the difference we make at Gersh Academy! With the magic created by being able to think 'outside the box' we are giving these kids the education and support they need and deserve."
– Karen Tarricone, Assistant Principal

Together We Change Lives

Gersh Academy is always looking for highly qualified employees to join our team of dedicated, hardworking staff members.
Please feel free to browse the list of open positions below.

If you are interested in any of the positions below, please email your resume, contact information and the position you are seeking to careers@gershacademy.org.

Thank you for helping us change lives.

Please note: this list may not be complete. If you do not see a position listed, please email your resume to careers@gershacademy.org and they will assist you.

Gersh Academy Open Positions

West Hempstead, NY

Positions

Special Education Teacher

Job Purpose

Responsible for teaching all academic subjects and life skills, modifying when necessary to meet the individual needs of students.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Use appropriate methodologies when working with students such as Applied Behavior Analysis or Collaborative Problem Solving or any agreed upon method which acts in the best interest of the student
  • Create an authentic environment by displaying student work and projects both in and out of the classroom
  • Maintain a consistent and safe environment for the students
  • Plan daily lessons which meet the needs of individual students as well as appropriate group lessons
  • Modify any materials needed to successfully teach students
  • Maintain accurate records by recording relevant information in each students’ binder
  • Write annual reports for each student following specific guidelines
  • Participate in and Implement the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and Behavior Intervention Plans for each student
  • Administer assessments to evaluate student progress and identify areas of deficit or concern
  • Collaborate with other professionals including guidance, speech therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, behavior specialists, and vocational directors to create a team approach
  • Communicate as directed with parents
  • Promote health and safety concepts and social interaction with other students
  • Participate in all necessary trainings, team meetings, community activities and school functions
  • Communicate regularly with supervisors regarding classroom dynamics and student development
  • Conduct weekly daily meetings with classroom staff
  • Manage and evaluate performance of classroom staff to include teacher assistant and paraprofessionals
  • Responsible to follow directives given by administration and duties assigned

Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree in education, special education or related field or professional certification required
  • Master’s Degree in special education preferred
  • Experience working with students on the autism spectrum preferred
  • Experience using Applied Behavioral Analysis preferred
  • Experience in assessment and report writing preferred
Working Conditions
  • Monday – Friday / 8:00am – 4:00pm
  • Occasional before and after school work hours at the discretion of the Administrative staff
  • School / Classroom setting
Physical Requirements
  • Must be able to keep students safe from themselves and others and in some cases may need to implement CPI procedures.
  • Must be able to remove oneself from potentially harmful situations and in some cases be able to lift a child

Teacher Assistant

Job Purpose

Responsible for supporting the teacher who is teaching students on the Autism Spectrum who may demonstrate academic, behavioral, and/or social deficits. Teaching all academic subjects and life skills, modifying when necessary to meet the individual needs of students.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Support the teacher in using appropriate methodologies when working with students such as Applied Behavior Analysis or Collaborative Problem Solving or any agreed upon method which acts in the best interest of the student
  • Create an authentic environment by displaying student work and projects both in and out of the classroom
  • Maintain a consistent and safe environment for the students
  • Support the teacher in planning and executing daily lessons which meet the needs of individual students as well as appropriate group lessons
  • Modify any materials needed to successfully teach students
  • Maintain accurate records by recording relevant information in each students’ binder
  • Write annual reports for each student following specific guidelines
  • Support the implementation of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and Behavior Intervention Plans for each student
  • Administer assessments to evaluate student progress and identify areas of deficit or concern
  • Collaborate with other professionals including guidance, speech therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, behavior specialists, and vocational directors to create a team approach
  • Promote health and safety concepts and social interaction with other students
  • Participate in all necessary trainings, team meetings, community activities and school functions
  • Communicate regularly with supervisors regarding classroom dynamics and student development
  • Complete daily attendance reports
  • Supervise and assist students in bathroom activities including hourly diaper checks/ diaper changing (when required)
  • Supervise all mealtime activities including cleaning up after snacks and meals
  • Assist in rest time by putting out / putting away cots, folding of blankets and washing and returning bottles (when required)
  • Assisting in the ordered arrangement, appearance and learning environment of the rooms to include sweeping floors, cleaning counters, shelves, refrigerators, microwaves etc.
  • Attendance at all staff meetings, required workshops and open houses

Qualifications
  • High School diploma required
  • Bachelor's Degree preferred
  • Teaching Assistant Skills Test (ATAS) preferred
  • Experience working with children on the autism spectrum preferred
Working Conditions
  • Monday – Friday / 8:00am – 4:00pm
  • Occasional before and after school work hours at the discretion of the Administrative staff
  • School / Classroom setting
Physical Requirements
  • Must be able to keep students safe from themselves and others and in some cases may need to implement CPI procedures.
  • Must be able to remove oneself from potentially harmful situations and in some cases be able to lift a child

Paraprofessional

Job Purpose

Assist the classroom teacher and teacher assistant in the attainment of student goals for students on the Autism Spectrum who may demonstrate academic, behavioral, and/or social deficits with the goal to assist the student in functioning as independently as possible.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Maintain a consistent and safe environment for the students
  • Assists and accompanies children in all activities throughout the day
  • Always maintain positive and supportive communication with every student regardless of their behaviors
  • Support the teacher / teacher assistant in delivering an education curriculum to meet child's needs through an individual or small group setting
  • Support the teacher / teacher assistant in implement the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and behavior plans for each student.
  • Assist in the daily planning of classroom and outdoor activities
  • Promote health and safety concepts and social interaction with other students
  • Assists teacher in devising strategies to reinforce materials and skills to students
  • Operates and cares for equipment and/or instructional materials assigned by teacher
  • Distributes and collects workbooks, papers and other materials for instruction
  • Guides independent study, enrichment work and remedial work
  • Assists with supervision of students during emergency drills, special events and field trips
  • Accompany assigned student at all times, whether it is in the hallways, bathrooms, cafeteria, free time, etc. (as required by teacher)
  • Keeps bulletin boards and classroom displays up to date
  • Administers, scores and records achievements and diagnostic tests
  • Takes daily data accurately to inform Behavior Intervention Plans
  • Assists with large group activities as per teacher’s directive which may include reading to students, listening to students’ read and participating in other forms of oral communication with students
  • Checks notebooks, corrects papers and supervises test taking and make-up work as assigned by the teacher
  • Checks and records student attendance
  • Alerts teacher to any problems or special information about individual students
  • Serves as the chief source of information and helps the substitute teacher in the absence of the regular teacher
  • Participates in service training programs as required
Qualifications
  • High School diploma plus at least 30 credits from an accredited institution required
  • Teaching Assistant Skills Test (ATAS) preferred
  • Experience working with children on the autism spectrum preferred
Working Conditions
  • Monday – Friday / 8am – 3:00pm
  • Occasional before and after school work hours at the discretion of the Administrative staff
  • School / Classroom setting
Physical Requirements
  • Must be able to keep students safe from themselves and others and in some cases may need to implement CPI procedures.
  • Must be able to remove oneself from potentially harmful situations and in some cases be able to lift a child

Speech & Language Pathologist

Job Purpose

Provide speech therapy support to children ages 4-21. The Speech Pathologist will regularly collaborate with other disciplines and services at departmental and system levels. Speech Pathologist is expected to independently review outcomes and modify intervention programs. Clinical reasoning and professional judgment are essential and the ideal candidate will have experience with screening, evaluation, educational program and transition planning, and therapeutic intervention for students with disabilities.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Speech and Language pathologists will promote optimal function and engagement in meaningful activities.
  • They will provide support to families, and collaborate with other disciplines, as needed in order to address goals and objectives as indicated in each student's IFSP or IEP.
  • Provide speech and language therapy/evaluations for language, auditory processing disorder, articulation, and voice fluency
  • Work with children who have autism
  • Utilize behavior management techniques
  • Write evaluations and progress reports
  • Consult and collaborate with parents, school teachers, and fellow colleagues
  • In compliance with state and local requirements, each therapist will be responsible for maintaining appropriate documentation regarding student services and subsequent needs
Qualifications
  • Master's Degree in Speech and Language Pathology or Communicative Disorders
  • New York State licensure in Speech and Language Pathology
  • TSSLD certification preferred
Working Conditions
  • Monday – Friday / 8:00am – 4:00pm
  • Occasional before and after school work hours at the discretion of the Administrative staff
  • School / Classroom setting
Physical Requirements
  • Must be able to keep students safe from themselves and others and in some cases may need to implement CPI procedures.
  • Must be able to remove oneself from potentially harmful situations and in some cases be able to lift a child

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

Job Purpose

Provide services to children with disabilities and to educate staff on the needs of the students. COTA’s will be supervised by the Lead Occupational Therapist and will follow a treatment plan/IEP goals developed to improve, develop, restore, or maintain a child’s active participation in self-maintenance, work, leisure, and play in educational environments.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Provides direct service according to a written treatment plan/IEP that the OT develops alone or with the OTA.
  • Maintain high standards of confidentiality, attendance, and flexibility, while working cooperatively with Supervisors and other employees.
  • Maintains records and documentation.
  • Recommends modification of treatment approaches to the OT to reflect the child’s changing needs.
  • Communicates and interacts with other team members, school personnel, and families in collaboration with an OT.
  • Maintains treatment areas, equipment, and supply inventory.
  • Develop and maintain a daily schedule, which includes sites, students/classrooms and other activities/duties.
  • Collaborate with OT a minimum of twice monthly.
  • Other responsibilities related to the position as shall be assigned by the Director of Therapeutic Services.
Qualifications
  • Must hold a NYS COTA License that is not expired and registered
  • A.S. in Occupational Therapy
  • Must have sensory knowledge
  • Experience working with children with disabilities is a plus
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Must have a passion for working with children
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
Working Conditions
  • Monday – Friday / 8:00am – 4:00pm
  • Occasional before and after school work hours at the discretion of the Administrative staff
  • School / Classroom setting
Physical Requirements
  • The job may require lifting up to 25lbs
  • Must be able to keep students safe from themselves and others and in some cases may need to implement CPI procedures
  • Must be able to remove oneself from potentially harmful situations and in some cases be able to lift a child

Assistant Principal

Job Purpose

The Gersh Organization is dedicated to changing the lives of children on the autism spectrum. Our team of professionals is committed to providing opportunities, inspiration, and guidance for every child to reach their full potential, regardless of the challenges they face. With our family of programs in various locations on Long Island and in Puerto Rico, Gersh is the leading provider of educational and support services for children on the autism spectrum and their families.

The primary function of this role is to support the Academic Director in the implementation of the academic curriculum and the professional development of the staff.

Duties and Responsibilities

Special Education Curriculum

  • Supervise instructional programs, evaluate lesson plans, observe classes and encourage the use of a variety of instructional strategies and materials consistent with research on learning and child development.
  • Ensure instructional programs address each student’s needs, interests and skill levels and encourage the student to define individual goals and accept responsibility for learning while providing a variety of methods for the student to demonstrate performance and accomplishments.
  • Analyze and report student performance data and utilize as a basis for curriculum improvement and staff development needs.
  • Oversee implementation of Individual Education Plans.
  • Continue to develop curriculum, program evaluation, allocation of instructional materials and resources, and coordination of activities, ensuring the curriculum is current and addresses the Learning Standards.
  • Keep abreast of new information, evidence-based practices and innovative ideas.

Teacher Trainer

  • Supervise and manage staff performance and facilitate professional growth of the school staff.
  • Establish a professional rapport with students and staff. Display the highest ethical and professional behavior and standards when working with students, parents and school personnel.
  • Serve as a role model for teachers and students, dressing professionally, demonstrating the importance and relevance of learning, accepting responsibility and demonstrating pride in the education profession.
  • Assume responsibility for the health, safety and welfare of students, employees and visitors.
Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education or Related Field
  • Master’s Degree preferred with SBL/SDL Certification
  • At least 4 years’ experience working in special education
  • Extensive experience working with children on the Autism Spectrum
  • Highly developed communication skills
  • Teaching Experience preferred
  • Proven ability to collaborate with multiple stakeholders
  • Experience in influencing both internal and external stakeholders / decision makers
Working Conditions
  • Location: West Hempstead, NY
  • Monday – Friday; 8:00am-4:00pm
  • Must have flexibility to work evenings and weekends as needed based on school events
  • School Office environment
Physical requirements
  • Ability to sit for long periods
  • Ability to move freely throughout building with no restrictions
  • Must be able to keep students safe from themselves and others and in some cases, may need to implement CPI procedures
  • Must be able to remove oneself from potentially harmful situations and in some cases be able to lift a child
Direct Reports
  • Classroom Staff
  • Job Type: Full-time

Hauppauge, NY

Positions

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Positions

There are currently no open positions at this location. Please check our other locations or send a resume to careers@gershacademy.org for consideration when a position opens up.

Issaquah, WA

Positions

Special Education Teacher

Job Purpose

The Gersh Organization is dedicated to changing the lives of children on the autism spectrum. Our team of professionals is committed to providing opportunities, inspiration, and guidance for every child to reach their full potential, regardless of the challenges they face. With our family of programs in various locations on Long Island and in Puerto Rico, Gersh is the leading provider of educational and support services for children on the autism spectrum and their families. Gersh Academy at Cougar Mountain provides an environment where programs and services are customized around our student’s individual needs both inside and outside the classroom. Expanding our program to the Pacific North West and at Cougar Mountain allows for limitless opportunities to use our curriculum and vocational philosophies to create new and exciting experiences that benefit our students, their families and the community. Gersh Academy at Cougar Mountain is seeking an energetic, experienced and certified Special Education Teacher. The Special Education Teacher will be responsible for teaching all academic subjects and life skills, modifying when necessary to meet the individual needs of students.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Use appropriate methodologies when working with students such as Applied Behavior Analysis or Collaborative Problem Solving or any agreed upon method which acts in the best interest of the student
  • Create an authentic environment by displaying student work and projects both in and out of the classroom
  • Maintain a consistent and safe environment for the students
  • Plan daily lessons which meet the needs of individual students as well as appropriate group lessons
  • Modify any materials needed to successfully teach students
  • Maintain accurate records by recording relevant information in each students’ binder
  • Write annual reports for each student following specific guidelines
  • Participate in and Implement the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and Behavior Intervention Plans for each student
  • Administer assessments to evaluate student progress and identify areas of deficit or concern
  • Collaborate with other professionals including guidance, speech therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, behavior specialists, and vocational directors to create a team approach
  • Communicate as directed with parents
  • Promote health and safety concepts and social interaction with other students
  • Participate in all necessary trainings, team meetings, community activities and school functions
  • Communicate regularly with supervisors regarding classroom dynamics and student development
  • Conduct weekly daily meetings with classroom staff
  • Manage and evaluate performance of classroom staff to include teacher assistant and paraprofessionals
  • Responsible to follow directives given by administration and duties assigned

Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree in education, special education or related field or professional certification required
  • Master’s Degree in special education preferred
  • Experience working with students on the autism spectrum preferred
  • Experience using Applied Behavioral Analysis preferred
  • Experience in assessment and report writing preferred
Working Conditions
  • Occasional before and after school work hours at the discretion of the Administrative staff
  • School / Classroom setting
Physical Requirements
  • Must be able to keep students safe from themselves and others and in some cases may need to implement CPI procedures.
  • Must be able to remove oneself from potentially harmful situations and in some cases be able to lift a child

Paraprofessional

Job Purpose

Assist the classroom teacher and teacher assistant in the attainment of student goals for students on the Autism Spectrum who may demonstrate academic, behavioral, and/or social deficits with the goal to assist the student in functioning as independently as possible.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Maintain a consistent and safe environment for the students
  • Assists and accompanies children in all activities throughout the day
  • Always maintain positive and supportive communication with every student regardless of their behaviors
  • Support the teacher / teacher assistant in delivering an education curriculum to meet child's needs through an individual or small group setting
  • Support the teacher / teacher assistant in implement the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and behavior plans for each student.
  • Assist in the daily planning of classroom and outdoor activities
  • Promote health and safety concepts and social interaction with other students
  • Assists teacher in devising strategies to reinforce materials and skills to students
  • Operates and cares for equipment and/or instructional materials assigned by teacher
  • Distributes and collects workbooks, papers and other materials for instruction
  • Guides independent study, enrichment work and remedial work
  • Assists with supervision of students during emergency drills, special events and field trips
  • Accompany assigned student at all times, whether it is in the hallways, bathrooms, cafeteria, free time, etc. (as required by teacher)
  • Keeps bulletin boards and classroom displays up to date
  • Administers, scores and records achievements and diagnostic tests
  • Takes daily data accurately to inform Behavior Intervention Plans
  • Assists with large group activities as per teacher’s directive which may include reading to students, listening to students’ read and participating in other forms of oral communication with students
  • Checks notebooks, corrects papers and supervises test taking and make-up work as assigned by the teacher
  • Checks and records student attendance
  • Alerts teacher to any problems or special information about individual students
  • Serves as the chief source of information and helps the substitute teacher in the absence of the regular teacher
  • Participates in service training programs as required
Qualifications
  • High School diploma plus at least 30 credits from an accredited institution required
  • Teaching Assistant Skills Test (ATAS) preferred
  • Experience working with children on the autism spectrum preferred
Working Conditions
  • Monday – Friday / 8:00am – 3:00pm
  • Occasional before and after school work hours at the discretion of the Administrative staff
  • School / Classroom setting
Physical Requirements
  • Must be able to keep students safe from themselves and others and in some cases may need to implement CPI procedures.
  • Must be able to remove oneself from potentially harmful situations and in some cases be able to lift a child

Physical Therapist

Job purpose

The Gersh Organization is dedicated to changing the lives of children on the autism spectrum. Our team of professionals is committed to providing opportunities, inspiration, and guidance for every child to reach their full potential, regardless of the challenges they face. With our family of programs in various locations on Long Island and in Puerto Rico, Gersh is the leading provider of educational and support services for children on the autism spectrum and their families.

Gersh Academy at Cougar Mountain provides an environment where programs and services are customized around our student’s individual needs both inside and outside the classroom. Expanding our program to the Pacific North West and at Cougar Mountain allows for limitless opportunities to use our curriculum and vocational philosophies to create new and exciting experiences that benefit our students, their families and the community.

Gersh Academy at Cougar Mountain is seeking an experienced and ehtusiatic Physical Therapist. The Physical Therapist will work with students with disabilities and serious health impairments to create and carry out treatment plans, evaluate needs of students, screen students who may be appropriate candidates for physical therapy services, make environmental modifications and work with staff to manage physical needs.

Duties and responsibilities
  • Evaluates the student’s ability and formulates the student’s profile through a variety of functional, behavioral, and standardized assessments, skilled observation, checklists, histories, and interviews.
  • Synthesizes evaluation results into a comprehensive written report which reflects strengths and barriers to student participation in the educational environment; directs program development; and guides evidence-based intervention.
  • Implements individual and group treatment for Physical Therapy.
  • Develops and presents therapeutic activities to benefit special education students in the least restrictive environment.
  • Reviewing clinical records of students receiving Physical Therapy for completeness of data.
  • Maintaining attendance and anecdotal records for students receiving Physical Therapy.
  • Participating in multidisciplinary and parent conferences to discuss student progress, as well as offering recommendations for specific therapy programs relating to both individuals and groups of students.
  • Consulting with school and supervisory staff on matters relating to Physical Therapy including: instruction on therapeutic intervention; appropriate use of therapeutic equipment, methods, and instruction; and student’s current level of function.
  • Consulting with parents/guardians regarding treatment goals, specialized therapeutic equipment, and other recommendations to enhance the student’s functional ability within the classroom and home setting.
  • Ordering supplies and equipment as needed to carry out Physical Therapy program, and maintaining ongoing inventory of these materials.
  • Contacting primary care facilities regarding student’s medical issues, adaptive equipment needs, etc, as they relate to the continuity of services both in school and in the home setting
Qualifications
  • Valid Washington State Physical Therapy license required
  • Masters or Doctoral degree from a CAPTE-accredited program required
Working Conditions
  • Occasional before and after school work hours at the discretion of the Administrative staff
  • School / Classroom setting
Physical requirements
  • Must be able to lift 50lbs and more
Be able to stand and sit for prolonged periods of time

Mental Health Counselor

Job purpose

The Gersh Organization is dedicated to changing the lives of children and young adults on the autism spectrum. Our team of professionals is committed to providing opportunities, inspiration, and guidance for every student to reach their full potential, regardless of the challenges they face. With our family of programs in various locations on Long Island and in Puerto Rico, Gersh is the leading provider of educational and support services for children and young adults on the autism spectrum and their families.

Gersh Academy at Cougar Mountain provides an environment where programs and services are customized around our student’s individual needs both inside and outside the classroom. Expanding our program to the Pacific North West and at Cougar Mountain allows for limitless opportunities to use our curriculum and vocational philosophies to create new and exciting experiences that benefit our students, their families and the community.

Gersh Academy at Cougar Mountain is seeking an energetic, nurturing, and confident Mental Health Counselor for our students. This individual will conduct mental health assessments, develop individualized treatment plans, lead individual or group therapy sessions, run preventative mental wellness classes or workshops and make treatment referrals. The ideal candidate will be able to contribute to the development of a healthy, safe, and caring environment by providing emotional and social support to young adults.

Duties and responsibilities
  • Develop and implement treatment plans based on clinical experience and knowledge.
  • Conduct Cognitive Behavioral Interventions and other treatment modalities based on student needs and IEP goals.
  • Conduct individual and group sessions through the school environment.
  • Responsible for all counseling mandates and review of evaluations, overall treatment planning for high risk students and immediate mental health concerns.
  • Caseload will consist of most behaviorally challenging and students with most significant psychiatric need.
  • Modify treatment activities or approaches as needed to comply with changes in students' status.
  • Complete student process reports and ongoing treatment benchmarks.
  • Develop long-term and short-term intervention plans consistent with curriculum
  • Monitors progress and evaluates treatment effectiveness regularly, maintaining high rates of progress.
  • Will attend Student Support Meetings, Team Treatment meetings and CSE’s as needed.
  • Perform crisis interventions with students.
  • Use assessment and evaluation results to develop appropriate interventions for students, families, and staff.
  • Will advise on any emergency Mental Health Concerns and or Crisis Intervention emergencies.
  • If mental health crisis does occur, Mental Health personnel will consult with the Crisis Behavioral Intervention Team, in conjunction with Education and Clinical Administration about next best steps.
  • Evaluate overall risk of students in compliance with Crisis Protocol.
  • Participate in student conferences, and team meetings with other stakeholders.
  • Act as student advocate to coordinate required services or to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations.
  • Collaborate with other treatment stakeholders to coordinate best practices for the student.
  • Collaborate with other staff members to perform clinical assessments, treatment and behavioral intervention plans.
  • Gather information about community mental health needs or resources that could be used in conjunction with therapy and refer students and family members to community resources or to specialists as necessary.
  • Develop and implement professional development workshops for school staff and provide parent training.
  • Provides supervision to other mental health providers, as well as the practicum and internship program.
  • Maintain confidentiality of student records.
  • Complete and maintain student-related paperwork, including federal- and state-mandated forms, student diagnostic records, and progress notes.
  • Frequent communication with families to assist in overall progress and interventions.
  • Maintain knowledge of best practices, professional standards and ethical care.
Qualifications
  • Master’s in Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy or Psychology.
  • Licensed in Washington, or license eligible in Washington within first month of employment.
  • Minimum of one year of relevant experience with youth and or adults on the Autism Spectrum required.
  • Extensive knowledge of therapeutic treatment techniques and interventions.
  • Must have both strong verbal and written communication skills.
Working conditions
  • Occasional before and after work hours at the discretion of the administrative staff
  • School environment
Physical requirements
  • Must be able to keep student’s safe from themselves and others and in some cases may need to implement Crisis Intervention procedures
  • Must be able to remove oneself quickly from potentially harmful situations

Maintenance Lead

Job description

In this position, the responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

Keep building in good mechanical order
  • Maintain and repair basic plumbing, HVAC and electric in building.
  • Manage inventory of all maintenance supplies needed to run school – i.e. light bulbs, ballasts, salt, sand, etc.
  • Maintain and service all equipment on the premises and keep accurate records of all services performed with our own staff and third-party vendors
  • Medium duty maintenance: replacing bulbs, resolving issues with door knobs/locks, touch up paint, etc.
  • Keep all rooms in good condition and working order
  • Keep all equipment on campus in good working order
  • Drive to pick up necessary supplies for repairs
  • Coordinate and communicate needs of location with corporate facilities staff
Facilities maintenance
  • Clear walkways and steps of building and surrounding areas in the event of inclement weather. Spread rock salt, sand or other materials to ensure staff and student safety.
  • Ensure play equipment is safe and secured.
  • Maintain barn and out buildings (keep gutters clear and maintain equipment).
  • General repair and cleanup on campus.
  • Move heavy furniture, equipment, or supplies, either manually or by using hand trucks. Help set up classrooms
  • Walk grounds and keep free of debris (leaves, pine needles and cones, apples, branches etc.)
  • Walk school daily to verify cleanliness and organization of building
  • Daily opening and closing of facility
    • Secure windows, shut off lights, walk through building to ensure all windows are closed and secured at the end of each shift
  • Monitor building temperature and make sure it’s comfortable throughout the buildings
  • Identify areas that need work, create and submit budget for approval to VP of Operations
  • Notify managers concerning the need for major repairs or additions to building operating systems
  • Setup and Breakdown of special events (including overnights)
  • Support security of building by ensuring all entry points are secure
  • Keep an eye on the property and report suspicious activity to management
Custodial

***Custodial staff are on site 3 times each week. Custodial duties will be minimal and primarily needed during spills, accidents, breakages that require immediate attention***

  • Clean building floors by sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, or vacuuming.
  • Service, clean, or supply restrooms.
  • Clean windows, glass partitions, or mirrors, using soapy water or other cleaners, sponges, or squeegees.
  • Gather and empty trash.
  • Complete daily cleaning check lists for each assigned room
  • Dust furniture, walls, machines, or equipment.
  • Clean and polish furniture and fixtures.
  • Steam clean or shampoo carpets as needed
  • Strip, seal, finish, and polish floors as needed
  • Follow procedures for the use of chemical cleaners and power equipment to prevent damage to floors and fixtures.

Other duties as assigned. This position is a full-time exempt position, and as such you are eligible to participate in the company’s benefit programs.

Qualifications
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Minimum one-year experience cleaning
  • Must have clean and valid driver’s license and own car
Working Conditions
  • Location: Issaquah, WA
  • Must be able to work in inclement weather
  • Monday – Friday / various shifts
  • Occasional before and after school work hours as needed
Physical requirements
  • Ability to lift heavy objects and machinery over 50lbs
  • Ability to move freely throughout building with no restrictions
Direct Reports

School Admin / Facilities Coordinator

Gersh Management

Management Office | Huntington, NY

Positions

Social Media Manager

The Gersh Organization’s family of programs provide support to children on the autism spectrum and their families. They are looking for a talented Social Media Manager to oversee and administer all social media activities for their 9 (and counting) programs.

Through social media administration and content management, this position will be accountable for the public face of each individual program across all social media channels, ensuring high levels of web traffic and customer engagement. This role will be responsible for creating original content, managing posts and responding to followers. They will manage multiple brand images in a cohesive way to achieve our marketing goals and ultimately drive enrollment in all Gersh programs.

Reports to VP Marketing & Communications.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Passion for creating and consuming all types of content: new social platforms, blogs, podcasts, etc.
  • Perform research on current benchmark trends and audience preferences
  • Design and implement social media strategy to align with business goals for all organization brand entities (currently 9)
  • Set specific objectives and report on ROI
  • Generate, edit, publish and share engaging content daily (e.g. original text, photos, videos and news)
  • Enhance and increase social media presence across business entities
  • Monitor SEO and web traffic metrics
  • Ensure individual brand consistency across social platforms
  • Communicate with followers, respond to queries in a timely manner and monitor customer reviews
  • Develop, manage, and nurture blogger and influencer relationships
  • Oversee social media accounts’ design (e.g. Facebook timeline cover, profile pictures and blog layout)
  • Suggest and implement new features to develop brand awareness, like promotions and competitions
  • Stay up-to-date with current technologies and trends in social media, design tools and applications
  • Recommend and launch brands on new social media platforms
Requirements
  • Proven work experience as a Social Media Manager
  • 5 years hands on experience in content management
  • Excellent copywriting skills
  • Ability to deliver creative content (text, image and video)
  • Solid knowledge of SEO, keyword research and Google Analytics
  • Knowledge of online marketing channels
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Analytical and multitasking skills
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, prioritizing and handling multiple projects
  • Degree in Marketing or relevant field

Other Gersh Programs

Gersh Experience | Patchogue, NY

Positions

There are currently no open positions at this location. Please check our other locations or send a resume to careers@gershacademy.org for consideration when a position opens up.

Therapy Solutions | Puerto Rico

Positions

Director

Job Description:

Responsible for leadership and direction of programming and ensures operational excellence

Ensures that all therapeutic services are provided in accordance with policies and procedures

Oversees appropriate allocation of resources

Provides ongoing direction and supervision of clinical providers

Adheres to high standards of customer satisfaction

Operates in compliance with state and federal regulations

Oversees business development and ensures financial success of the company

Directs the business development activities of the organization and drives new sales for the company

Plans and coordinates the implementation of business plans and the penetration of new markets

Responsible for obtaining and keeping certification/license of insurance approve site

Drives increased revenue and profit to achieve continuous company growth

Takes ownership of the management of the sales and marketing functions of the business

Provides market feedback to executive management regarding competitive offerings, prospect needs and generate product development ideas

Reports to Executive Director

Duties:

  • Directs, establishes, maintains, and plans the overall goals for the company in line with strategic growth.
  • Identifies potential business partners and negotiates agreements.
  • Works with product development, marketing and sales aligned with the company's growth strategy
  • Increase revenue by accepting alternative methods of payment, including medical insurance.
  • Include company as an insurance approved site by obtaining and or keeping medical provider status.
  • Oversees all compliance with federal and state regulations in accordance with the professional code of ethics for each discipline.
  • Ensures financial success of the center by effective management of resources, productivity, and assurance of appropriate coding and billing of therapeutic services
  • Assures clinical excellence by facilitating program development
  • Supervises and oversees all employee relations and professional service contracts
  • Enforces policies with authority to issue Disciplinary Action Reports as needed.
  • Responsible for performance evaluation and analysis of provider’s performance
  • Responsible for overseeing inventory, procurement of equipment and scheduling maintenance
  • Manage customer service relations
  • Measure, analyze and evaluate clinical outcomes, operational data, and communicate results effectively.
  • Active member of public relations initiatives and promotional campaigns
  • Ensure account payables and receivables are submitted to accounting in a timely fashion
  • Motivate and mentor staff and providers to achieve clinical excellence
  • Maintenance of the physical environment including space allocation, equipment maintenance in accordance with OSHA, state and company policies and procedures.

Requirements for a Business Development Director

  • Graduate degree from an accredited institution
  • Five (5) years of leadership/directing experience
  • At least three (3) years experience in a school setting with special education students
  • Knowledge of therapeutic services for individuals on the autism spectrum
  • Experience in managing medical insurance billing
  • Knowledge of the Puerto Rico Department of Education and Office of Provisional Remedy’s policies and procedures
  • Professional and accurate verbal and written communication skills in both Spanish and English
  • Ability to multitask, self manage and direct, and comfortable with public speaking engagements
  • Ability to work with budgets and financial reporting.

There are currently no open positions at this location. Please check our other locations or send a resume to careers@gershacademy.org for consideration when a position opens up.

West Hills Montessori / Academy | Huntington, NY

Positions

Paraprofessional

Job Purpose

The Gersh Organization is dedicated to changing the lives of children on the autism spectrum. Our team of professionals is committed to providing opportunities, inspiration, and guidance for every child to reach their full potential, regardless of the challenges they face. With our family of programs in various locations on Long Island and in Puerto Rico, Gersh is the leading provider of educational and support services for children on the autism spectrum and their families.

We are seeking a full-time Paraprofessional for our West Hills Academy program in Huntington, NY. West Hills Academy is a private alternative school that specializes in meeting the needs of students for whom the traditional classroom is not working. The Paraprofessional will assist the classroom teacher and teacher assistant in the attainment of student goals for students who may demonstrate academic, behavioral, and/or social deficits with the intent to assist the student in functioning as independently as possible.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Maintain a consistent and safe environment for the students
  • Assists and accompanies children in all activities throughout the day
  • Always maintain positive and supportive communication with every student regardless of their behaviors
  • Support the teacher / teacher assistant in delivering an education curriculum to meet child's needs through an individual or small group setting
  • Support the teacher / teacher assistant in implement the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and behavior plans for each student
  • Assist in the daily planning of classroom and outdoor activities
  • Promote health and safety concepts and social interaction with other students
  • Assists teacher in devising strategies to reinforce materials and skills to students
  • Operates and cares for equipment and/or instructional materials assigned by teacher
  • Distributes and collects workbooks, papers and other materials for instruction
  • Guides independent study, enrichment work and remedial work
  • Assists with supervision of students during emergency drills, special events and field trips
  • Accompany assigned student at all times, whether it is in the hallways, bathrooms, cafeteria, free time, etc. (as required by teacher)
  • Keeps bulletin boards and classroom displays up to date
  • Administers, scores and records achievements and diagnostic tests
  • Takes daily data accurately to inform Behavior Intervention Plans
  • Assists with large group activities as per teacher’s directive which may include reading to students, listening to students’ read and participating in other forms of oral communication with students
  • Checks notebooks, corrects papers and supervises test taking and make-up work as assigned by the teacher
  • Checks and records student attendance
  • Alerts teacher to any problems or special information about individual students
  • Serves as the chief source of information and helps the substitute teacher in the absence of the regular teacher
  • Participates in service training programs as required
Qualifications
  • High School diploma required
  • Teaching Assistant Skills Test (ATAS) preferred
  • Experience working with children with academic, behavioral, and/or social deficits preferred
Working Conditions
  • Monday - Friday / 8:00am - 3:00pm
  • Occasional before and after school work hours at the discretion of the Administrative staff
  • School / Classroom setting
Physical Requirements
  • Must be able to keep students safe from themselves and others and in some cases may need to implement CPI procedures
  • Must be able to remove oneself from potentially harmful situations and in some cases be able to lift a child

Gersh ABA Services

Positions

Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)

The Gersh Organization is dedicated to changing the lives of children and young adults on the autism spectrum. Our team of professionals is committed to providing opportunities, inspiration, and guidance for every student to reach their full potential, regardless of the challenges they face. With our family of programs in various locations in New York, Washington, Indiana and in Puerto Rico, Gersh is the leading provider of educational and support services for children and young adults on the autism spectrum and their families.

We Change Lives! Join the dynamic team of professionals at Gersh Academy and Spectrum ABA Services and change not only the lives of the children and families you work with every day, but your own! Work in a truly collaborative, supportive, and knowledgeable team. This is a truly unique opportunity to be a part of a program for children with Autism that incorporates the highest standard of clinical ABA throughout all environments. Be a part of the BEST!

We are seeking an energetic, nurturing, and confident Behavior Technician for our Gersh Academy and/or Spectrum ABA Services students. A Behavior Technician provides 1:1 behavioral intervention services to children with special needs and support to their families. Behavior Technicians are responsible for implementing Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) based programs as directed by the Board Certified Behavior Analyst/Clinical Supervisor.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Change Lives every single day! Provide high quality ABA services to families and children by implementing individualized treatment programs designed by Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)
  • Be the Best in Best Practice! Initial and ongoing training is provided to help you develop and refine your clinical practice as a Behavior Technician.
  • Help our Parents grow! Gersh Caregiver Advocacy Resources Education and Support (Gersh C.A.R.E.S) provides our families with regular, interactive lectures and hands on parent education. Under the direct supervision of a BCBA, Clinical Supervisor, participate in parent education groups to truly improve the quality of life for our families!
  • Grow as a Clinician! Enjoy working in a collaborative, team-oriented environment, where personal and professional development are a top priority. Reap the benefits of working with children in all socially significant environments, including, clinic, community, home, and vocational settings. Travel to other Gersh locations to receive and share professional knowledge.
Qualifications
  • Minimum of 12 hours of college credit in ABA, Psychology, Education, or other related field
  • Bachelor's degree strongly preferred
  • CPR/First Aid/BLS certified, & HIV Awareness training preferred
  • Valid driver's license and reliable transportation
Working Conditions
  • Full-time; Monday – Friday; 8:00am-4:30pm/ Part Time Hours Available. Additional Hours available: Evenings and Weekends
  • Occasional before and after work hours at the discretion of the administrative staff
  • Clinic and/or Home/Community based services. Minimal travel required.
  • Behavior Technician training paid for and provided by Gersh
  • BCBA Supervision available for BCBA Students
  • Crisis Prevention training and certification provided
Physical requirements

  • Must be able to keep students safe from themselves and others and in some cases may need to implement Crisis Prevention procedures.
  • Must be able to remove oneself from potentially harmful situations and in some cases be able to lift a child.
  • Must be able to lift 35+ pounds

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

The Gersh Organization is dedicated to changing the lives of children and young adults on the autism spectrum. Our team of professionals is committed to providing opportunities, inspiration, and guidance for every student to reach their full potential, regardless of the challenges they face. With our family of programs in various locations on Long Island, Washington, Indiana and in Puerto Rico, Gersh is the leading provider of educational and support services for children and young adults on the autism spectrum and their families.

We Change Lives! Join the dynamic team of professionals at Gersh and change not only the lives of the children and families your work with every day, but your own! Work with a truly collaborative, supportive, and knowledgeable team! This is a unique opportunity since you’ll have the opportunity to work in one of our 5 center based locations across Long Island and the compensation is above industry standards including bonus potential, full medical benefits and paid time off. You’ll be a part of an organization dedicated to serving children with Autism that incorporates the highest standard of clinical ABA throughout all environments! Be a part of the BEST!

We are seeking an energetic, nurturing, and confident BCBA who will be responsible for coordinating, scheduling, communicating and continually evaluating the effectiveness of functional assessments, behavioral evaluations, behavior plans and individual education plans for clients on their caseload.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Change Lives every single day! Provide high quality ABA services to families and children
  • Be the Best in Best Practice! Complete assessments, design treatment plans, staff training, parent training, meet and collaborate with other professionals, conduct clinical meetings, provide first responder and other community member trainings.
  • Help our Parent's grow! Gersh Caregiver Advocacy Resources Education and Support (Gersh C.A.R.E.S) provides our families with regular, interactive and lecture and hands on parent education (in 1:1 and monthly group structure).
  • Teach others what you know! Provide interactive and lecture-based staff training, for teachers, paraprofessionals, and community members.
  • Help others grow in their practice of ABA! Participate in daily and quarterly staff evaluation and performance feedback sessions. Supervision of BCBA and BCaBA candidates, RBTs, and other staff.
  • Grow as a Clinician! Enjoy working in a collaborative, team-oriented environment, where personal and professional development are a top priority. Reap the benefits of working with children in all socially significant environments, including, clinic, community, home, and vocational settings.
Qualifications
  • Master’s degree from accredited university in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Psychology, Education, or related field
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in good standing with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)
  • Licensed Behavior Analyst, NY state
  • Minimum 2 years' experience providing ABA services to children with Autism
  • Experience conducting skill and behavioral assessments (VB-MAPP, ABLLS-R, FBA, etc.)
  • Expertise in development of skill acquisition and behavior reduction programs
  • Experience supervising BCaBAs and/or Behavior Technicians (RBT) preferred
  • One year of experience working with insurance companies and treatment planning preferred
  • CPR/First Aid/BLS, HIV Awareness Training, and 8-hour BCBA Supervision Training
Working conditions
  • Full-time; Monday – Friday; Various shifts available including 7:30am-4:30pm and 10:30am – 6:30pm, and/or after hours, evening, weekend supervision of clinic, community, and/or home-based sessions.
  • Occasional before and after work hours at the discretion of the administrative staff
  • Clinic and Home/Community environment
  • Medical, Dental, Vision Benefits, PTO, 401K, Annual Professional Development Stipend, Laptop, and Collaborative Environment
Physical requirements
  • Must be able to keep student’s safe from themselves and others and in some cases, may need to implement Crisis Intervention procedures
  • Must be able to remove oneself quickly from potentially harmful situations
  • Must be able to lift 35+ pounds

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