Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I\DD) Full Time Program Teacher

Posted: 07/24/2023

We are seeking a high energy, creative and passionate Program Teacher to join us for our in-person services to meet the amazing mission of empowering the lives of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Qualified candidates will have a passion for working with adults that have intellectual and developmental disabilities, patience, high energy, excellent problem-solving skills, and communication skills. The Program Teacher should also enjoy working in an innovative atmosphere and have the capacity to be very flexible in our fast-paced environment.


The Program Teacher embraces the Mission Statement of Wellspring Community:  To provide a work, enrichment and educational community where adults with special needs are empowered to live full, productive and satisfying lives in a God-centered and nurturing environment. The Program Teacher’s Goals and Objectives will be consistent with the Mission Statement, Vision, and Core Values of Wellspring Community and will further advance our mission.


The Program Teacher will plan, prepare, and deliver instructional materials to facilitate active learning that empowers and enriches the lives of our clients. A Program Teacher will also modify lesson plans to individualize care and meet the diverse needs of individuals in their care. A Program Teacher will need to manage behavior challenges, medical emergencies, administer medications and communicate regularly with other staff, volunteers, as well as Wellspring families.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Protect the health and safety of clients while providing enrichment instruction or recreational activities.
  • Prepare and teach the instruction of enrichment, vocational or educational activities in classroom or on community outings.
  • Modify prepared lesson plans to serve for a variety of skill levels to ensure successful execution by all participants in classroom setting. 
  • Encourage and empower participants by treating clients in accordance with Wellspring’s Core Values.
  • Meet regularly with the program staff to identify what is working well, inform of problems and collaborate in strategizing to make improvements.
  • Communicate effectively and regularly with participants, family members, other staff and volunteers.
  • Monitor the classroom and minimize distractions and disruptions.
  • Creatively utilize volunteer support and provide direction to volunteers during class time.
  • Assists in daily tasks to ensure good stewardship of our space and materials.
  • Perform other special projects as requested by Program Manager, Development Team, or administrative staff.
  • Transport clients to local activities or community outings as necessary.
  • Administer medications per Wellspring’s Medication Administration Policy
  • Document care provided to clients, their engagement in Programming, and progress made towards meeting their goals.
  • Assist with toileting and other ADLs (Activities of Daily Living). 

Expectations of Position:

  • Attend training of specific Wellspring policies and practices and adheres to such policies and practices.
  • Effectively communicates with those involved in the program.  
  • Serves as a positive and appropriate role model for all involved in the program.
  • Cooperates and assists in the organization of each day’s activities for the program setting.
  • Time off is requested with coverage plans and enough time to adapt the schedule to meet needs of clients and team (except for absence resulting from illness).
  • Approaches learning opportunities with enthusiasm and respects the mentoring of senior positions. 
  • Engages participants in instruction/activities with an attitude that creates a fun atmosphere as well as educational.
  • Demonstrates ability to manage challenging behaviors through the execution of positive behavior supports for each individual/unique situation or seeks help from senior positions when necessary.      
  • Performs physical demands of job as requested or needed.
  • Demonstrates flexibility to adapt to changing situations.
  • Collaborative planning and execution of program activities occurs with all team members.
  • Demonstrates the ability to creatively problem-solve. 

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in special education or a Human Services field preferred.
  • Minimum of one-year experience working with individuals that have intellectual and developmental disabilities in any setting preferred.
  • Experience working with individuals that present physical, emotional, cognitive, and mental health challenges.
  • Valid Colorado Driver’s license and possess the willingness and skills necessary to drive 15 passenger vehicles to transport participants to various outings and activities.
  • Experience providing support with physical, emotional, cognitive, and mental health challenges.
  • Excellent communication and relational skills to manage the multiple relationships within the program environment.
  • Excellent organizational skills with ability to manage multiple priorities.
  • Ability to multi-task, problem solve effectively and manage the demands of a fast-paced, constantly changing environment.
  • Current First Aid/CPR certification to ensure health and safety of clients.
  • Must be able to pass a drug and medical test.
  • Qualified Medication Administration Personnel through CDPHE required, if not currently QMAP certified, we will pay for the costs of obtaining certification.

Position StatusFull-time.  Wellspring Community is located in Castle Rock.


  • Medical, dental, & vision insurance
  • Health savings accounts
  • AD&D insurance
  • Employer Sponsored Retirement Plan
  • Paid Time Off
  • Generous Paid Holiday Schedule