University of Utah Health Education Specialist - UNI Teenscope in United States


As a patient-focused organization, University of Utah Health exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. University of Utah Health seeks staff that are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission. EO/AA

This position is responsible for assessing a patient’s present level of academic and behavioral performance utilizing informal curriculum-based assessments; providing instruction and appropriate curriculum to meet those academic needs; reporting academic progress; and acting as an advocate for academic supports, and conducting academic assessment when clinically warranted.


  • Follows the Utah Core Standards for the framework that is to be used for the educational development and enrichment of the patients who are enrolled in University Academy.

  • Obtains information from the patient’s school to aid in assessing their present level of academic/behavioral performance.

  • Maintain communication with the patient’s family regarding their academic progress.

  • Collaborates with a multidisciplinary health team to promote the best educational/behavioral care.

  • Attends and participates in weekly clinical rounds and relevant patient care conferences

  • Documents patient’s educational activities and progress in the electronic medical record.

  • When relevant, travels to local school districts within the local area to participate in IEP/504 meetings, transition meetings, or to provide psychoeducational training to school personnel regarding mental health diagnoses.

  • Advocates for the patient to receive academic supports by writing formal letters requesting IEP or 504 evaluation and provides appropriate recommended accommodations.

  • When relevant, coordinates transition from the hospital back to the patient’s boundary school; this may include assignment of grades and credit.

  • Maintaining, updating, and continually developing our educational curriculum.

  • Conduct academic assessments/testing when clinically appropriate.

  • Participates in the ordering of educational supplies.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined above.

  • Demonstrates effective communication skills with patients, parents, clinicians, guidance counselors, and school administrators.

  • Ability to work with children that have a wide range of academic, emotional, and behavioral needs.

  • Demonstrates strong behavioral management techniques and skills in a classroom or group setting.

  • Ability to differentiate and modify curriculum as needed to make school both interesting and meaningful for patients.

  • Ability to interact with patients and parents in helping them understand the curriculum and the school expectations.

  • Ability to communicate to parents how our academic services are delivered.

  • Ability coach parents regarding accessing academics support services for their child.

  • Ability to effectively advocate for children with academic, emotional, and behavioral issues.




  • 1 year of teaching experience.

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in Education or Special Education

Licenses Required

  • Basic Life Support Health Care Provider card through American Heart Association or obtain within one month of hire.

  • Current Utah teaching certificate in elementary, secondary or special education.

* Additional license requirements as determined by the hiring department.

Qualifications (Preferred)


  • Special Education endorsement or licensure.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.

  • This position involves intermediate work that may exert up to 50 pounds and may consistently require lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling or otherwise moving objects while providing patient care to those requiring psychiatric care.

Physical Requirements

Carrying, Climbing, Color Determination, Far Vision, Lifting, Listening, Manual Dexterity, Near Vision, Non Indicated, Pulling and/or Pushing, Reaching, Sitting, Speaking, Standing, Stooping and Crouching, Tasting or Smelling, Walking

Requisition Number 29152

Reg/Temp Regular

Employment Type Full-Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Mon. - Thurs. 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. 10 month contract

Location Name Univ Neuropsychiatric Inst

Patient Care? Yes


State UT


Category Behavioral Health

The University of Utah Health Care is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. The University of Utah Health Care is committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.