Opportunities at JGESA

  • JGESA has a focus on the environmental sciences in addition to core subject areas. We offer the opportunity to share in the development of a truly unique and individualized educational model. Below you will find a listing of current opportunities at Jane Goodall Environmental Sciences Academy.

    If you are interested in an opportunity with JGESA and have questions, please email employment@jgesa.org. None of your personal information will be shared with a third party. 

  • 22-23 SY EDUCATION SPECIALIST (6TH-12TH GRADE)/LICENSED ADVISOR *Behavior Specialist Preferred*

    Job Summary

    The Specialist Education Advisor works with 8-15 students (students on Individualized Education Plans (IEP), Section 504 Plans, and students that are receiving interventions as part of the Child Find Process) in the completion of Minnesota Standards requirements in a collaborative co-taught classroom.  The Educational Specialist Advisor will assist students in finding resources or steps of project completion as needed.  Keep all attendance, transcripts, and records up to date and available for students’ use.  The Educational Specialist Education Advisor is responsible for assisting Special Education Advisors in data collection, being present at team meetings and providing recommendations for educational programming. Additionally,  Advisors “check-in” with students daily setting goals that address academic as well as personal goals.  Advisors also take an active role in site-based teams.  Advisors take on additional duties as necessary, according to availability, skills, and talents.

    Teacher/Advisor FTE 1.0

    Reports to: TPP/Board

    Required Qualifications:

    1. License Requirements: Minnesota licensure grades 6-12.
    2. Education: BA/BS from accredited college or university.
    3. Experience: Diverse background with hobbies and talents to share. Enjoy the outdoors, nature and outdoor projects.
    4. Degree of supervision: Indirect supervision, essentially reports to all staff.
    5. Physical demands: The position requires daily physical activities outdoors.
    6. First aid, CPR, wilderness safety, and lifeguard training may be required.
    7. Ability to serve on two management teams.
    8. Ability to think outside the box. Collaborate, take leadership and develop a system. Follow it through to completion.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    1. Charter school experience.
    2. Project-Based Learning and/or personalized learning experience.
    3. Teacher-led/powered school governance experience.
    4. License in Special Education and/or another license. 

    *Duties and requirements are subject to change.

    Compensation: Reviewed and established annually by the Personnel Team and Board of Directors. Salary based on years of experience, licensure and other qualifications. Competitive benefits package included through EdVisions Coop.

    For any questions -- Please email our Personnel Committee: employment@jgesa.

    employment@jgesa.org

    If interested, please fill out the employment application form. http://www.jgesa.org/domain/55

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    Job Announced on 6/10/2022


     

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  • 22-23 SY SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVISOR FT 1.0 (6TH-12TH GRADE)/LICENSED ADVISOR *Autism Specialist Preferred*

    Special Education Advisor/Teacher/Case Manager

    Reports to:  TPP (Team Professional Practice), Personnel Committee, Board of Directors

    Supervised by:  Indirect supervision TPP and Personnel Committee

    Classification: Certified

    Terms of Employment: To be established by the Personnel Team and Board of Directors annually.

    Evaluation: Performance in this position will be evaluated annually by the personnel team in accordance with board policy.

    Compensation: Reviewed and established annually by the Personnel Team and Board of Directors. Competitive benefits package included through EdVisions Coop. 

    Summary:

    Instruct students with disabilities in basic academic and social skills.  Design and implement a program to help students with disabilities to get credits and successfully complete their schooling and prepare for life outside of school.  Complete paperwork, arrange, and participate in meetings as required by Federal Law.  Participate in the Child Study Team to design interventions, assess, and place students in appropriate programs/  Perform duties as part of site-based management teams in the school.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Plan IEP meetings, send out meeting notices to all team members, Facilitate IEP meetings, perform case management for students on IEPs, organize input from meetings, write IEPs,  and provide copies to required parties.
    • Conduct student assessments for initial and three-year Special Education placement (observation, achievement testing, and transition assessments, write up results, work with the school psychologist/contractors to complete the report).
    • Design and implement a referral process to identify students for Special Education. (Coordinate Child Study team, review interventions, complete paperwork for permission to assess, and work with concerned parents.
    • Consult with staff about student progress and alternative learning and evaluation methods for students who need them (meet with advisors of special Ed students regularly to discuss progress, make recommendations, change students’ schedules if needed).
    • Plan and carry out a program within the school to help all Special Education students attain basic skill levels and earn credits toward graduation.
    • Keep in regular contact with parents about meetings, progress, and concern.
    • Design activities and strategies that will promote individual students’ academic, transitional and behavioral goals.
      • Report progress on goals and objectives three times a year.
      • Design, implement and individualize alternative academic curricula for students.
      • Design and implement communication and social skills curriculum based in the needs of individual students
      • Help Special Education students, as needed, throughout the project process from proposal to presentation.
      • Direct paraprofessionals to  assist students through project support, behavioral monitoring, and checking student progress
      • Facilitating special education meetings with paraprofessionals to support positive educational and behavioral practices
    • Informing regular education staff about the state and federal regulations used in special education, and promoting “least restrictive environment” alternatives whenever possible
    • Follow established procedures for school purchases
    • Assist with giving tours of JGESA and communicating the mission and vision to guests, dissemination of the JGESA model, and marketing the school
    • Develop and carry out a yearly professional development plan
    • Follow the direction of EdVisions and the Board of Directors
    • Chaperone events and field trips, and supervise outside PE/activities, and other supervisory situations as needed

    Email our Personnel Committee: employment@jgesa.org

    If interested, please fill out the employment application form. http://www.jgesa.org/domain/55

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    Job Announced on 4/5/2022


     

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  • STUDENT TEACHER - .80 FTE  - Jane Goodall Environmental Sciences Academy, Maple Lake, MN

    We are seeking Student-Teacher applicants who are looking to participate through the St. Thomas Charter School Consortium teacher residency program. This teacher-led school, public charter school, located near Maple Lake, MN, is located on over 300 acres of land.  As a small, project-based school we serve over 100 students in grades 6 through 12. A classroom without walls awaits you!

    Job Summary:

    A JGESA Student-Teacher will be privy to the many roles within a teacher-led school. Essential duties are to include providing academic skills support; fostering peer relationships and effective social skills; assist in individual and small-group classes in the Special Education and General Education settings so that students can have positive learning experiences at school. Sit on two site-based teams (Special Education and another that aligns with background/expertise). Ability to be flexible, yet provide consistency and structure for our students. An active and engaged member of our Team Professional Practice (TPP). Willingness to be along for the adventure!

    Compensation: 

    See flyer for more information and benefits through EdVisions Cooperative will be available for this position. 

    Terms of Employment: 
    To be established by Personnel Team, Special Education Team and Board of Directors annually.

    Evaluation:
    Performance in this position will be evaluated annually by the personnel team in accordance with board policy.

    Responsibility:
    The student-teacher is a representative of JGESA and St. Thomas University. The student-teacher is expected to display a professional manner and is responsible for developing a positive working relationship within the assigned school setting. 
     
    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    (Other duties may be assigned)
    • Motivate students with innovative lesson plans.
    • Utilize technology into projects/classes.
    • Work collaboratively with other advisors/teachers/school staff and with the Special Education Team to plan semester-long and week-long goals.
    • Manage groups of students independently using positive behavior management strategies.
    • Support students and help build self-regulation and coping skills in small group settings.
    • Help facilitate skill-building in large and small group and classroom settings
    • Assist in evaluating, tracking, monitoring, and reporting on student progress towards graduation (learning targets, life skills, social, emotional, and behavioral skills)
    • Assist and observe as directed in school-related services (IEP meetings, conferences, social agencies, etc.)
    • Plan, organize and facilitate support seminars / small groups
    • Facilitate experiential learning opportunities both inside and outside of the school building
    • Assist students in developing 21st-century skills, such as effective communication, identifying obstacles, problem-solving, conflict resolution, and relationship building
    • Support a flexible, supportive, and individualized learning community
    • Maintain confidentiality of all information regarding students
    • Assist with building cleaning/maintenance when necessary, during students cleaning week, before special events, and at end of school year
    • May need to attend presentation nights and graduation, plan/chaperone experiences, and support marketing of the school through participation in Open Houses and other school events
    • Follow established procedures for school purchases
    • Attend staff meetings and scheduled staff training and retreats

    Supervisory Responsibilities:
    Assist in supervising students in multiple educational settings
    Assist in supervising best practices as determined by TPP and the School Board

    Qualification and requirements:
    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Education and experience:

    Required:
    Bachelor’s Degree and Acceptance into the St. Thomas Charter School Consortium teacher residency program

    Preferred:
    Experience in a middle and high school setting
    First Aid/CPR (or willingness to obtain)
    CIP (or willingness to obtain)

    Work environment:
    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    The noise level in the work environment is quiet to loud depending on the activities of the day.  Duties are performed indoors and occasionally outdoors. Duties may also include working with students in public settings. Duties may also include walking/standing for long periods of time in indoor/outdoor settings.

    The information contained in this job description is for compliance with American with Disabilities Act (A. D. A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may also be assigned.
     
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  • SPECIAL EDUCATION SUPPORT STAFF  - 1.0 FTE or PT .50 - Jane Goodall Environmental Sciences Academy, Maple Lake, MN
     
    We are seeking Special Education Support Staff (formally referred to as Paraprofessional) applicants. This teacher-led school, public charter school, located near Maple Lake, MN, is located on over 300 acres of land.  As a small, project-based school we serve over 100 students in grades 6 through 12. A classroom without walls awaits you!

    Job Summary:

    JGESA Special Education Support Staff are dedicated to the many roles within a teacher-led school. Essential duties are to include providing academic skills support; fostering peer relationships and effective social skills; establishing career and transition plans; conducting individual and small-group counseling in the Special Education and General Education settings so that students can have positive learning experiences at school; and educating students and parents regarding social issues. Sit on two site-based teams. Ability to be flexible, yet provide consistency and structure for our students. An active and engaged member of our Team Professional Practice (TPP). Willingness to be along for the adventure!

    Compensation: 
    Competitive benefits and hourly pay starts at $17.00 (hourly rate based on qualifications, TSA, PTO, medical and etc.).

    Terms of Employment:
    To be established by Personnel Team and Board of Directors annually.

    Evaluation:
    Performance in this position will be evaluated annually by the personnel team in accordance with board policy.

    Responsibility:
    To provide mental health support to students so they can have positive learning​ ​experiences in school.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
    • Work one on one or with small groups online as assigned by special education and regular education advisor
    • Assist students with reading, writing, and math skills
    • Assist students with proposal forms, projects, research, and presentations
    • Use and troubleshoot word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet software in the context of student projects
    • Work with special education staff to coordinate the goals and objectives as stated in the IEP and personal goals of the students
    • Assist advisor with instructional materials, goals, and results
    • Help student monitor and follow work plans
    • Model effective online communication skills
    • Foster a positive school culture
    • Maintain competency in software for online collaboration and project tracking (e.g., Google Drive, Project Foundry, and etc.)
    • Assist students in troubleshooting technological needs
    • Attend online staff meetings and scheduled staff training and retreats as directed by the advisor
    • Participate in good faith in consensus-driven site-based decision making
    • Participate in good faith in consensus-driven site-based decision making
    • Assist with record-keeping and filing
    • Not responsible for direct discipline- but take notes, monitor, and report to proper channels
    • Participate in site-based management teams
    • Attend professional development as arranged by staff
    • Participate in staff evaluation and self-evaluation process
    • Complete and follow a yearly professional development plan
    • Participate in all required safety training, follow the safety procedures, and model safe behaviors with students.
    • Follow all guidelines given by special education teachers regarding individual student needs, preferences, or unique qualities pertaining to parent requests or specific disabilities.
    • Adhere to strict privacy of student information in all aspects
    • Other duties as assigned by staff
    Education and experience:
     
    Required:
    • A minimum of 2 years post secondary schooling, experience working in schools or a combination of education and experience.
    OR
    • Paraprofessional certification as required by the State of Minnesota is acceptable 
    • Must have a cheerful disposition and ability to collaborate.
    • Position requires the ability to work both indoors and outdoors.
    • Experience working in schools or as a paraprofessional preferred.
    Minimum Qualifications/Abilities:
    • Ability to work with students with special needs
    • Ability to find resources on the internet and in the community
    • Good work attendance record
    • Ability to follow advisors’ direction and written plan
    • Ability to maintain student confidentiality
    • Appropriate communication skills
    • Ability to work in a team
    • Ability to self motivate and self-direct
    • Ability to work with and meet the individual needs of the student as directed by advisors or other staff
    • Ability to work with or learn to work various office machines
    • Excellent computer skills, preferably Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
    • Computer network and internet use
    • Typing, filing, and other clerical skills
    Preferred:
    • Knowledge of laws pertaining to special education, with training
    • Knowledge of tutoring techniques to work effectively with special education students, with training
    • Experience in a middle and high school setting
    • Three years related experience
    • First Aid/CPR (or willingness to obtain)
    • CIP (or willingness to obtain)
    Work environment:
    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    The noise level in the work environment is quiet to loud depending on the activities of the day.  Duties are performed indoors and occasionally outdoors. Duties may also include working with students in public settings. Duties may also include walking/standing for long periods of time in indoor/outdoor settings.

    The information contained in this job description is for compliance with American with Disabilities Act (A. D. A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may also be assigned.


    Go to http://www.jgesa.org/domain/55 to fill out an application. 
     
    Please send ​any questions to employment@jgesa.org.
     
    Updated posting on 7/7/2022
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    LICENSED SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS -  FOR CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR


    This teacher-led school is located near Maple Lake, MN on over 300 acres of land. As a small, project-based school we will serve a total of 115 students in grades 6 through 12. A classroom without walls awaits you. A valid MN teaching license, short-term substitute license, and background check are required for Teachers. To apply, please fill out our employment application form.

    Posted JULY 30, 2019

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  • SPECIAL EDUCATION SUPPORT STAFF Subs


    The Jane Goodall Environmental Sciences Academy, a Minnesota public charter school, is seeking paraprofessional substitutes to join our team of dedicated professionals for the current school year. Our teacher-led school, located near Maple Lake, MN, is located on over 300 acres of land. As a small, project-based school we currently serve a over 100 students in grades 6 through 12. A classroom without walls awaits you. Updated resume and background check are required. To apply, please fill out our employment application. For any questions, please email: employment@jgesa.org.

    Posted - 7/24/2019

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