This position is a part of the Outreach Department and oversees the Family Resources Program at Iowa School for the Deaf. Promotes effective family involvement by developing and implementing strategies and activities to assist students and their families. Plans, executes, and evaluates family events and workshops/trainings based on family needs. Mentors and supports individual families. Collects and analyzes data to drive Outreach Program initiatives. Collaborates with state and national organizations such as the Department of Education, Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI), Area Education Agencies (AEA), ASK Resource Center, Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, and the Deaf Community. Participate with other members of the Outreach Team in the development and implementation of statewide conferences on topics related to programming, mentoring and assessment. Assists individual families to access and utilize community resources. Provides developmental and language assessments. Mentors families and children by providing strategies for visual communication during daily routines & activities, along with sharing information about Deaf culture and general experiences from a deaf perspective. Coordinates and schedules ASL instruction for families and professionals who work with deaf/hard of hearing children in Iowa. Participates in local and national events and meetings with families of children who are deaf and hard of hearing. Demonstrates effective interpersonal and communication skills in American Sign Language and English. Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in deaf ed, or related field. Masters preferred. Familiarity with the K-12 education system. Native/Native-like American Sign Language Advanced or higher as assessed by the Sign Language Proficiency Interview or Level 4 on the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview. Experience working with families with children who are D/HOH. Knowledge of community and educational resources available to families with children who are D/HOH. Experience using a computer, database and general office equipment required. The ability to travel regularly throughout the state and occasionally out of state. Some overnights required. The above statements reflect the general details necessary to describe the principal functions of the job, and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the job.