The Whitney Academy, Inc. is a residential treatment center. We serve adolescent boys, ages 10 to 22 who present with cognitive delays and a spectrum of behavioral problems. These problems include psychiatric diagnoses, sexualized and trauma reactive behaviors.
Our mission is to provide education, residential and treatment environments that are as “normal” as possible given the needs of the students we serve. As a Vocational Instructor, you will provide vocational readiness lessons to students performing below grade level. Other requirements include excellent interpersonal, organization and communication skills, and ability to collaborate with other members of the interdisciplinary team.
Vocational Instructor Responsibilities:
- Perform individual career education, life skill and vocational assessments with youth.
- Assist with the development of individualized youth educational and vocational planning.
- Plans, organizes and facilitates prevocational and career education programming.
- Collaborate with shift special education teachers and supervisor regarding development of career education and vocational activities within the residence
- Maintains an inventory and catalog of all vocational resources, including books, magazines, DVDs, software, as well as on-line resources. Manages access to resources and regularly informs teachers of their availability.
- Maintains and updates the library systems. Monitors library usage and maintains school library database.
- Plan and conduct pre-vocational & vocational readiness lessons according to each student’s ISP/IEP, level of learning, and individual strengths and needs.
- Consult with Sped Teachers to ensure interests and skills identified via vocational testing are utilized in planning assignments, lessons, and activities.
- Assists educational staff with the facilitation of other prevocational, continuing education and life skills classes and activities, as needed.
- Utilize instructional materials and aids that support the attainment of student vocational goals & that are age/therapeutically appropriate
- Utilize classroom management techniques that support learning, safety, accountability and visual monitoring of assigned students
- Determine appropriate settings, staffing and methods for vocational training activities, based on on-going evaluation of students’ behaviors, level of aggression, disclosures of fantasies, known intrusive incidents & clinically prescribed health & safety interventions.
- Design and implement activities, which assist students in acquisition of pre-vocational and vocational skills.
- Complete/maintain all necessary records, reports, and paperwork to assess student progress & problem areas
- Remain familiar with students’ target behaviors, behavior plan interventions & data collection systems
- Implement approved emergency interventions to immediately control physically assaultive or self-injurious student behavior
- Participate in departmental, professional development, supervision and student specific meetings as assigned
Vocational Instructor Requirements:
- A bachelor’s degree, other certification, or significant experience in a specialized skill
- Bachelor’s degree in Special Education required, Master’s degree preferred
- Valid driver’s license
- RMV, CORI and DSS checks required
Vocational Instructor Benefits:
- Fully Paid Medical, Dental, Life & Disability Insurances for Single Health Plan
- There Is An Employee Payroll Deduction For A Family Medical & Dental Health Plan
- Four weeks’ vacation time
- Yearly Merit Increases
- Sick, Holiday and Personal Leave Days
- 403(b) plan
- Tuition Assistance
- Professional Development (Continuing Education) support
- Free Gym membership
- A wonderful opportunity for Personal & Professional Growth serving a unique and rewarding student population