Employment Opportunities

Speech Language Pathologist - Part-Time 

The Otto Specht School seeks a speech language pathologist to work at our school located in Chestnut Ridge, NY. 

The Otto Specht School offers an adapted Waldorf curriculum designed to meet the needs of students with developmental delays, social and sensory sensitivities, and learning challenges. We provide developmentally appropriate academic and artistic curricula in small, individualized class settings. Artistic activities - speech and movement, visual and musical - are integral to our classroom activities, as are practical skills such as cooking, weaving, woodworking, farming, and animal care. 

We are looking for an experienced, licensed pediatric speech-language pathologist to join our team providing center- based services to a diverse population of children, from kindergarten age to 21 years of age. Students may exhibit speech and language delays, language disorders, apraxia, and autism spectrum disorders to name a few. We work with our students from educational and developmental models based primarily on the Waldorf philosophy. Treatment approaches include language stimulation through play-based social interaction, use of verbal words as well as signs, gestures, expressive typing, and AAC. 

Duties and Responsibilities: 

• Promote optimal function and engagement in meaningful activities for individuals and in small groups. 

• Provide speech and language therapy/evaluations for language, auditory processing disorder, and articulation 

• Write progress reports 

• Consult and collaborate with parents, school teachers, and fellow colleagues in order to address goals and objectives as indicated in each student’s educational plan. 

• 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 

Contact Chela Crane email: ccrane@ottospecht.org phone: (845) 352-5020 ext. 130 

Special Education Teacher

The Otto Specht School in Chestnut Ridge, NY, is seeking a full  and part time, NY State certified special education teacher to join our creative, forward-thinking team. The Otto Specht School is incredibly unique, offering not just special education, but truly extraordinary education. We serve a diverse student body, consisting primarily of students with learning challenges and developmental delays. We offer a Waldorf Curriculum and hands-on learning, incorporating art, music, outdoor education and farming, equine therapy and more into the daily rhythm of our students programming.  

Our ideal candidate is a team player who is passionate about their work, willing to think creatively, welcomes challenges with a positive attitude, is open to new ideas and pedagogy, and meets each student and faculty member with interest, kindness, and acceptance.

Main Job Tasks and Responsibilities

  • identify the needs of  students through formal and informal assessments

  • review referral data, history and assessment data to develop appropriate goals and objectives for each student

  • confer with team of  teachers and therapists regarding the educational, social, emotional and physical needs and objectives of each student

  • plan, develop and implement individualized learning plans for each student

  • design appropriate teaching strategies

  • review district IEPs with parents, school administrators and teachers

  • utilize appropriate methods of learning delivery and instruction to meet the needs of each student

  • monitor, evaluate and document each student's progress utilizing appropriate measurements and assessment tools

  • prepare timely progress reports for each student

  • develop and implement necessary interventions and strategies to promote achievement of student objectives

  • modify, adapt and implement adapted Waldorf curriculum including practical, experiential and sensory educational programming

  • maintain regular communication with parents by means of email, phone calls, conferences and progress reports

  • assist parents with understanding and supporting educational and developmental goals

  • maintain a current knowledge of special education best practices and trends

Qualifications

  • valid NY State teaching certification

  • appropriate Special Education endorsements or licensure

  • knowledge of basic Waldorf education methodology

  • experience in assessing learning disorders

  • experience in educating special needs students

  • proven effective classroom and student behavior management skills

  • knowledge of current special education practices and methodologies

  • knowledge and understanding of State, local and federal regulations and policies affecting special education

  • working knowledge of educational technology applications

Preferred Qualifications

  • Waldorf Teacher Training

  • Waldorf experience

Key Competencies

  • collaboration and teamwork

  • judgment and decision-making

  • creative thinking

  • problem-solving

  • conflict management and resolution

  • appreciation of diversity

  • Adaptability

Training or experience in Waldorf Education a plus - interest and willingness to train in Waldorf Educational philosophy and practices a must.

To apply for the position, submit resume, references, and a brief bio to Chela Crane at:  ccrane@ottospecht.org.


It is the policy of The Otto Specht School to provide equal opportunity for employment and advancement to qualified individuals with regard to all terms and conditions of employment. OSS complies with local, state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation, disability, veteran status, age, or any other status protected by local, state or federal law.