Lead Speech-Language Pathologist (Immediate) - #9805329
KIPP Texas Public Schools is a network of 59 public charter, open-enrollment, pre-k-12 schools educating nearly 34,000 students across Austin, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. Together with families and communities, our mission is to create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose —college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.
Founded in Houston in 1994, and operating as KIPP Texas since 2018, our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in our classrooms, in our offices, and in the communities we serve is unwavering. We are looking to hire a diverse team of dynamic, collaborative, and dedicated individuals with an unyielding belief that every child will succeed. Join our Team and Family and champion equity, chase excellence, persist with purpose, bring joy, and help us rise together.
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The Lead Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) is responsible for: providing guidance and support to regional Speech-Language Pathologists and Speech-Language Pathology Assistants; and working in tandem with the Director of Special Populations and the KIPP Texas Program Manager of Speech-Language services to make continuous improvements to regional and district wide speech-language services. The Lead Speech-Language Pathologist is also responsible for assessing, diagnosing, and treating students in grades K-12 with speech (including articulation, phonological, voice, resonance, and fluency disorders), language, and social communication disorders. He/she also serves as a campus consultant for staff, teachers, and parents on issues related to speech and language development. The Lead SLP is responsible for maintaining accurate clinical records for students receiving speech therapy. This position furthers the mission of KIPP Texas as it helps ensure that all students with communication disorders receive the specialized interventions they need to make meaningful progress and lead a life of choice.
Lead speech-language services (SLS) team in the region.
- Report to and work in partnership with both the KIPP Texas Program Manager of Speech-Language Services and the Director of Special Populations to: (a) align practices (where needed) across all four regions over time; (b) make continuous improvements to SLS regionally and as a whole; and (c) develop SLS teammates
- Support SLS team in successfully carrying out SLS procedures and further the skill development of SLS teammates
- Serve as an exemplar SLP
- Onboard SLS staff and oversee the provision of their services
- Execute the KTX vision and strategic plan for year 4 of integrated Speech-Language Services (SLS) post merge
- Maintain partnerships with local university with the purpose of cultivating a talent pipeline to continue to expand regional SLS teams
- Complete test kit and protocol orders for the region
Evaluate and reevaluate students with speech impairments.
- Support general education teachers in identifying students at-risk for communication disorders
- Administer screening tests, collect teacher and parent report, and conduct records reviews to determine steps following a referral
- Design in-classroom interventions if student is a good candidate for response-to-intervention
- Lead multidisciplinary meetings to obtain parental consent for initial evaluations
- Evaluate students to determine eligibility for services and/or present levels of performance for the purpose of developing an individualized education plan (IEP)
- Participate in Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) committee meetings to interpret assessment results and to discuss present levels of performance, proposed goals, accommodations, and service time for students identified as having a “speech impairment”
- Lead Review of Existing Evaluation Data meetings for students identified as having a “speech impairment” and no other qualifying eligibilities
Provide therapy to students with a speech impairment.
- Provide speech-language services as indicated in the ARD document and provide make-up sessions as needed
- Implement evidence-based interventions in the areas of articulation, phonology, language, pragmatics, fluency, voice, and resonance
- Record quantitative and qualitative data regarding student progress for each student regularly
- Report on student progress each quarter
- Assist general and/or special education teachers in differentiating instruction for students with communication disorders
- Routinely monitor progress toward IEP goals and make adjustments as needed to interventions and/or the student’s plan
- Develop new IEPs annually
Evaluate the effectiveness of speech therapy .
- Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of speech therapy throughout the year, making adjustments as necessary
- Meet with the ARD committee to discuss progress, interpret test results, and modify students’ IEPs
- Effectively communicate with colleagues, students, and parents regarding met goals and the needs of each student
Serve as a resource for educators, school leaders, staff, and parents.
- Provide a workshop to elementary staff on developmental norms for communication skills and the referral process
- Address issues such as developmental and educational norms for speech and in-classroom interventions
- Provide educators and parents with resources related to speech and language development
- Assist school personnel in the identification and understanding of students with communication deficits
Education and Knowledge
- Master’s degree in Speech-language pathology from an accredited four-year institution required
- Previous experience as a school Speech-Language Pathologist required
- Certificate of Clinical Competence required
- Texas Speech-language Pathology License required
- Training to evaluate, diagnose and treat bilingual Spanish-English students and/or culturally and linguistically diverse students preferred
- Previous experience managing or leading a team preferred
- 5-7 years of experience as a school-based speech language pathologist
- Proven track record of impact and influence with direct reports
- Experience collaborating with team members and providing constructive and instructive feedback
- Proactive planning to address future needs associated with district growth
- Experience using a variety of assessments to diagnose communication disorders
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Articulate, professional demeanor with strong self-confidence and initiative
- Ability to work both on broad-based strategy and everyday details
- Ability to exercise excellent judgment in decision-making
- Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing priorities
- Ability to synthesize knowledge and present it to stakeholders in a comprehensive manner
- Independent, self-starter with a strong focus on student development
- Proven written and verbal communication skills
- Strong organizational and planning skills
- Possession of a passionate and loving attitude toward all children
- Responsiveness; Follow-up and follow-through with students, families, and staff members is essential
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
- Proficiency using computers, printers, copy machines, and fax machines
- Reliable transportation is needed to travel between campuses
- Bilingualism (English-Spanish) is a plus
Compensation and Benefits
As a full-time KIPP Texas employee you are eligible to participate in all KIPP Texas’ benefit plans. KIPP Texas offers a robust variety of benefits choices with competitive rates, including medical, dental, and vision options, life insurance, and disability plans.
KIPP provides equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration of race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or disability.