Job Description

Lauren’s Institute for Education (L.I.F.E.) is a non-profit organization serving children and adults with developmental disabilities in the East Valley in an all-inclusive pediatric therapy center, day treatment center, and private school. We are currently looking for Teachers that support our mission and vision to treat our clients with love and respect and treat each client as a whole.

If you are a fun-loving, hard-working, compassionate person and are passionate about working with clients with disabilities, we would like to meet you! We are currently interviewing candidates for full-time positions in all levels of experience. 

L.I.F.E. Teachers:

  • Instruct students in academic subjects using a variety of techniques such as phonetics, multisensory learning, and repetition to reinforce learning and to meet students' varying needs and interests.
  • Employ special educational strategies and techniques during instruction to improve the development of sensory- and perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, and memory.
  • Teach socially acceptable behavior, employing techniques such as behavior modification and positive reinforcement.
  • Modify the general education curriculum for special-needs students based upon a variety of instructional techniques and technologies.
  • Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their children's progress and to determine priorities for their children and their resource needs.
  • Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among students.
  • Confer with parents, administrators, testing specialists, social workers, and professionals to develop individual educational plans designed to promote students' educational, physical, and social development.
  • Maintain accurate and complete student records and prepare reports on children and activities, as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.
  • Attend weekly meetings and must be willing to collaborate with other members of the treatment team.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
  • Performs all duties in a safe and prudent manner as directed by the clinical directors.

Work Activities:

  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. Ensure proper programming is in place and reported to DDD on all new students who are receiving a full day program.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. Will maintain all student academic files according to company guidelines.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. Will communicate the needs of the academy and it’s individual classrooms to management with regards to supplies and or other needs.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.


Administrative Duties:

  • Monitor and Approve PTO and ensure all policies and procedures are adhered to.
  • Monitor Attendance and ensure all policies and procedures are adhered to.
  • Collect and ensure all reporting requirements are being met in a timely manner as it pertains to our contractual obligations to DDD.
  • Ensure all reports meet the organizational standards and expected level of service requirements.
  • Submit Social Media content on a monthly basis and upon its’ due date.
  • Assist in new hire process and team selection
  • Conduct departmental orientations
  • Write and Deliver staff performance reviews
  • Complete Level 1 incident reports
  • Ensures all team members are complying with the overall mission, vision and goals of the organization.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk and be aware of surroundings. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; run; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. The employee must be able to push items of 50 pounds; such as pushing children on a bike or moving/rearranging furniture. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and peripheral vision.

Monday - Friday. Year round position available. 

Salary: $32,000 to 57,000, DOE


Skills / Requirements

Skills & Requirements:

  • Self-motivated, possess high energy, and good moral character.
  • Teaching Certification preferred, but not required.
  • Experience working with children with special needs.
  • Experience working in special education classrooms preferred.

Special Knowledge& Skills:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Windows; clinical assessment and documentation; strong communication and presentation skills/ability to professionally promote direct support services.