Are you interested in a career where you can make a difference, do what you are passionate about and receive personal fulfillment?
The State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families (DCF) is recruiting for the full time (35 hours per week) State School Teacher for Art located at Albert J. Solnit South Campus, 915 River Road, Middletown, CT 06457. The work schedule is Monday - Friday, 7:50am to 3:20pm.
DCF Education Services USD #2 recognizes that each child is an individual; that all children are creative; that all children need to succeed. Therefore, USD #2 respects the individual needs of children; fosters a caring and creative environment; and emphasizes the social, emotional, physical, intellectual development of each child.
The position will work extensively with teachers and administration to help students improve their learn skills. This position will provide specific strategies for teaching and supporting students with the development of motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision-making, risk-taking, and inventiveness. The position will collaborate with classroom teachers as well as support staff, monitor student progress, and administer assessments as necessary.
The Department is seeking candidates who possess:
- Experience working with students in a hospital setting
- Understanding the different types of learning styles of students and able to teach to their ability levels.
- Able to work with a variety of different disciplines throughout the day.
- Must have a working knowledge of classroom routines and discipline.
- Outstanding personal and interpersonal communication skills.
- Ability to multitask to a high degree of success.
- Follows class schedule as provided by school administration understanding that it may change unexpectedly.
Albert J. Solnit Children's Center
At the Albert J. Solnit Children's Center, we treat our youth and each other with dignity and respect. It is in this relational, cultural and gender-sensitive surrounding that our therapeutic milieu is based. Interdisciplinary teams develop, implement and continually assess individualized treatment plans.
Solnit - South Campus is a state-administered Psychiatric facility for Connecticut's children who are under the age of eighteen, located on a 67-acre campus overlooking the Connecticut River in Middletown, CT. The center provides comprehensive care to children and adolescents with severe mental illness and related behavior and emotional problems who cannot be safely assessed or treated in a less restrictive setting.
The campus includes: Four coed hospital units, three female adolescent Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility cottages (PRTF), two schools, an indoor pool, playgrounds, ball field, two gyms, recreation rooms, and outdoor picnic area. We encourage you to consider the following testimonial from a registered nurse working in our facilities:
"...You see the sickest most vulnerable youth that have been through all types of treatments but are still at great risk...I try to be their strength, I try to be their voice, I try to be that adult they can count on and try to be hope that can better their life even if just for a moment. There is something about seeing a kid smile that hasn't in a long time, trust that never has or have hope again because you were just there for them."
-Chris, RN Solnit South
Why our State
We offer competitive benefits including health and dental insurance, a retirement plan, group life insurance, and other supplemental benefits. Paid time off is also offered, including 13 paid holidays per calendar year, Five (5) weeks of scheduled vacation time, sick and personal leave accruals. We offer the option to maintain State of CT Teacher Retirement Plan or enroll in the State Employee Retirement System.
We are passionate about helping advance Connecticut into the future. Every single day is an opportunity to positively impact the lives of Connecticut citizens. Our employees:
- Serve the public through meaningful work
- Seek limitless opportunities to grow
- Enjoy a work/life balance
- Are interested in diversity and fresh perspectives
As indicated on the Work tab within the application, ensure you are providing descriptive, well-written details about your experiences, skills and accomplishments that relate to this position.
Must possess certification in Art and State Department of Education Endorsement Codes 042 (Art).
- In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
- The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
- In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
- These positions will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
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Important Next Step Information for After You Apply:
- Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
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- At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.
- The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
- Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
- All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.
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PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In a state institution, facility or region within a state unified school district, teaches appropriate early intervention, elementary, secondary, special subjects and/or special education curricula to individuals enrolled in departmental education programs.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Teaches early intervention, elementary, secondary, special subject and/or special education curricula; develops educational plans for individuals and groups material level to students ability; sets short and long term goals and evaluates progress of students; participates in planning team meetings and case review conferences assessing student behavior; may hold conferences with parents or officials concerned with student's performance; relates to professionals in ancillary educational roles; maintains student records and writes reports; performs related work as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Knowledge of the philosophy and methods of education and teaching; knowledge of the principles and practices of education for special needs population; knowledge of student program needs and goal setting; ability to motivate students; ability to communicate at the appropriate level; ability to establish cooperative relationships with those contacted in work; ability to prepare written reports.
Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college.
- Teaching experience in adolescent behavioral health setting and/or vocational experience.
- Possess certification
in Art and State Department of Ed Endorsement Codes 042 (Art)
1. Employment in this class is conditional upon possession of a valid Connecticut State Board of Education teaching certificate appropriate to the teaching assignment.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a current Connecticut Motor Vehicle operator's license.
In addition to the checking of references and of facts stated in the application, a thorough background investigation of each candidate may be made prior to appointment.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.