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Audiologist


Reports to: Regional Administrator
Date:
August 2003

Classification: Contracted


Job Summary:

Partners with educators, families and communities to provide effective learning environments for all students. Helps ensure success for all learners. Provides services necessary for the identification and diagnostic evaluation of children/students with hearing impairments and for the planning of educational programs and services for them.

Qualifications:

  1. Master's degree in Audiology.
  2. Iowa educational support license with B-12 school audiologist endorsement or Department of Public Health license supported by Department of Education authorization.

Essential Functions:

  1. Supports total school/community efforts to create a positive learning environment for students/children.
  2. Serves as liaison among AEA, district building(s), families and community and collaborates with various teams to assure positive outcomes for all learners.
  3. Models, implements and assesses strategies related to learning, social, emotional and behavioral needs to enhance educational programming for all learners.
  4. Provides ongoing support to educational staff related to applicable rules and laws.
  5. Integrates research into the design of best practices.
  6. Consults with teachers and administrators regarding best practices for classroom and building educational programs.
  7. Follows policies, procedures, standards and rules in accordance with national and state laws, the Iowa Dept of Education and GWAEA, which includes, but is not limited to, developing and maintaining proper and adequate records and documentation.
  8. Provides consultation/inservice regarding implications of hearing loss, appropriate educational interventions and services for deaf/hard of hearing, amplification, acoustics, hearing conservation, and discipline specific needs.
  9. Identifies auditory problems in pediatric/student populations served, in collaboration with audiometrists.
  10. Recommends appropriate medical referrals and educational follow-up.
  11. Oversees audiometric screening/testing by audiometrists.

Additional Responsibilities:

  1. Participates in projects, committees or activities to support the Agencyâs mission, goals and priorities.
  2. Demonstrates self-discipline and initiative to produce high-quality, organized and dependable results.
  3. Conveys a positive and professional image to staff and public.
  4. Handles information in a confidential manner in accordance with established policies and legal requirements (FERPA, HIPAA, etc).
  5. Pursues professional growth opportunities and relationships to keep current with and influence educational directions.
  6. Maintains inventories and service contracts for amplification and audiometric equipment.
  7. Facilitates calibration, repair and maintenance and amplification/audiometric equipment.\
  8. As appropriate or applicable to the service assignment:
    a.       Recommends appropriate FM/infrared amplification application and subsequent implementation and maintenance;
    b.       Performs audiometric testing, diagnostic hearing evaluations and educational services in a variety of sites;
    c.        Maintains and reviews infant screening records and distributes information to Iowa Department of Public Health;
    d.       Provides follow-up to infants referred from newborn screening.
  9. Supervises students from universities.
  10. Cooperates and/or assists in requesting financial aid when needed.
  11. Facilitates amplification monitoring.
  12. Performs such other duties as may be assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  1. Ability to communicate effectively and maintain effective working relationships.
  2. Ability to function effectively as a team member and work collaboratively with others and independently as appropriate.
  3. Ability and willingness to be flexible and respond to the changing needs of clients and the Agency.
  4. Ability to integrate educational theory, research and expertise into appropriate practices for local contexts, in a service style that facilitates positive change and continuous improvement.
  5. Effective presentation and group facilitation skills.
  6. Ability to use data to make educationally sound decisions.
  7. Knowledge of best practices in curriculum, instruction and assessment.
  8. Knowledge of applicable rules and laws that govern educational decisions.
  9. Ability to read and interpret documents, write reports and correspondence, and apply appropriate mathematical concepts.
  10. Ability to use and integrate technology appropriately in daily work which includes, but is not limited to, efficient operation of telephone and voice mail systems and application of basic computer skills to effectively use e-mail, internet and word processing.
  11. Ability to extrapolate pertinent information from a variety of sources, including student academics, hearing tests and other evaluations, parent/teacher observations, to formulate educational recommendations appropriate to student needs.
  12. Ability to administer a full range of audiometric testing and screening procedures on children/students, as appropriate to populations served.
  13. Ability to assume full responsibility for FM amplification needs in the assigned area.

Physical Requirements:

  1. Ability to travel between schools/sites served.
  2. Normal, routine levels of activity related to bending, climbing, hearing, lifting, reaching, sitting, standing, vision and walking, and may also involve above-average levels of activity at times that can't always be anticipated.
  3. Ability to carry equipment that weighs a minimum of 20 lbs.

EOE/M-F-H-V