Job Description

Posted Date: August 13, 2019
Position Start Date: August 20, 2019
Location: Foothills Elementary School
Academy District 20 Mission Statement

The mission of Academy District 20 is to educate every student in a safe and nurturing environment and to provide comprehensive, challenging curricular and extracurricular opportunities that meet the unique needs of every individual by expanding interests, enhancing abilities, and equipping every student with the knowledge, skills, and character essential to being a responsible citizen of our community, our nation, and the world.

Job Goal

Performs the day-to-day activities of teaching students in the autism spectrum while under the supervision of a teacher. The paraprofessional does not make diagnostic or long-term education decisions regarding special education students. This includes individuals who may or may not be licensed. Assists the licensed special education teachers, the autism specialist, occupational therapists, physical therapists, nurses, and other evaluative staff in the implementation of goals of students in the autism spectrum. Note: This position addresses current student needs at the specified school. If the current program/school should experience a change in student needs, the individual filling this position may be required to change locations to another school where needs are demonstrated. This could occur at any time during the school year.

Job Description: Essential Position Functions

The job description information below is under review by the Human Resources Department and may not necessarily contain all elements of the position. The district reserves the right to modify or change the duties or the essential functions of this job at any time. This information does not create a contractual relationship with the staff member and includes such duties, services, activities, tasks, and related assignments that shall generally be assigned by an administrator as part of the functions of this position.

The following statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and other key duties that may be required. The description may not include all functions performed by the incumbents in various locations. The district reserves the right to modify or change the duties or the essential functions of this job at any time.

  • Reports consistently for work as scheduled
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Attains proficient or higher evaluations on established Performance Standards
  • Carries out instructional programs and lessons in various learning environments as designated in the lesson plan
  • Is trained and implements programming specific to children in the autism spectrum (i.e. Applied Behavior Analysis, Verbal Behavior Training, etc.)
  • Works one-on-one with students to implement specific programming (Applied Behavior Analysis, Verbal Behavior Training, etc.)
  • Monitors behavior programs and reward systems for student(s)
  • Collects data for assessment and monitoring purposes
  • Prepares data collection sheets as needed
  • Trained and able to perform behavior management through Nonviolent Crisis Intervention techniques when appropriate
  • Removes disruptive, defiant student(s)
  • Assists the student(s) in recitation, reading, and other curriculum tasks
  • Accompanies and assists the student(s) while in the classroom setting
  • Assists individual student in performing activities instructed by a teacher
  • Tutors students in various subject areas
  • Works one-on-one and with small groups
  • Works with confidential special education student information
  • Performs tasks for student(s) such as meal preparation, feeding, and lunch clean-up
  • Accompanies student(s) to whom assigned when trips to the office or to the school nurse are necessary
  • Accompanies student(s) on field trips when needed
  • Helps to resolve student disciplinary issues
  • Keeps up-to-date on behavior management techniques
  • Provides initial first aid/emergency care
  • Assists the student(s) with physical tasks such as putting on and taking off outerwear, moving from room to room, using lavatory, etc.
  • Assists with non-standardized testing of students
  • Develops and implements games and teaching aids
  • Assists in preparation, production, and maintenance of materials and equipment as assigned
  • Coordinates completion of assignments and/or job tasks with classroom teachers and /or employers
  • Monitors student(s) during recess, hall duty, passing periods, and loading of buses
  • Assists students in finding materials and books in library
  • Supervises student(s) in the use of various programs on the computer
  • Supervises student use of swimming pool, weight room, and therapy pool
  • Maintains student files, updating information as appropriate
  • Keeps up-to-date in curriculum standards and instructional practices
  • Completes daily paperwork (i.e. attendance reports, detention slips, student referral slips, various student passes, etc.)
  • Attends pre-job training, ongoing training, and meetings as required during the school year in order to remain up-to-date on job procedures
  • Attends meetings and conferences as required
  • Maintains, orders, and organizes inventory of materials and equipment for effective operation of program
  • Sanitizes equipment/materials
  • Performs miscellaneous clerical duties and assists other staff members
  • Laminates materials as needed
  • Prepares bulletin boards for parents and program
Required Qualifications

High School Diploma or General Education Diploma (GED)
Must possess, or be willing to obtain and renew/maintain, Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training and CPI certification
Must possess, or be willing to obtain and renew/maintain, CPR and First Aid certification
Willing to receive on-the-job training specific to student needs (i.e. Applied Behavior Analysis, Verbal Behavior Training, signing, etc.)
Willing to attend CO-TOP opportunities and other professional learning related to job
Ability to use good judgment when making independent decisions when working with students and staff
Ability to record objective data related to specific programming
Willing to be trained to carry out delegated nursing practices

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability and desire to work with students in the autism spectrum
  • Ability to be flexible and patient in work demands
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, coworkers, students, and parents
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions
  • Ability to maintain appropriate attitude toward students with autism and challenging behaviors
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to tutor students in various academic areas
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to work one-on-one with student
  • Skills in operating computers and using software
  • Strong behavior management skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong knowledge of autism spectrum disorders preferred
  • Strong organizational skills

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a staff member typically encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. They are included for informational purposes and are not all-inclusive.

  • The noise level in the work environment may alternate among quiet, moderate, and loud.
  • The incumbent is frequently required to interact in person and through communication methods with the students, public, and/or other staff.
  • The incumbent is required to work scheduled school/work hours and/or days.
  • The incumbent may be required to work extended school/work hours and/or days as directed.
  • Work is generally performed in a school setting and on occasion may include some visits to homes, job sites, offices, etc.
  • The incumbent may experience exposure to high noise levels associated with a classroom environment
  • The incumbent may experience the threat of direct or indirect personal harm or conflict situations

Physical Demands: The following are some of the physical demands commonly associated with this position. They are included for informational purposes and are not all-inclusive. All physical demands, if listed, are considered essential functions

  • Sits, stands, walks, stoops, kneels, and crouches/squats while performing duties
  • Has oral and auditory capacity enabling interaction interpersonally and/or through communication devices
  • Uses eyes, hands, and finger coordination enabling the use of equipment and writing utensils
  • Ability to physically restrain, following the guidelines of Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, an acting out student
  • Ability to physically escort a student to various locations (i.e., time-out area)
  • Ability to perform visual and auditory monitoring of student while in time-out/various locations
  • Lifts/pushes/pulls or carries burdens weighing up to 50 lbs.; may have to lift students when assistance is required
  • Conducts activities involving climbing, stooping, kneeling/bending, crouching/squatting, twisting, and reaching

Cognitive Functions: The following are some of the cognitive functions commonly associated with this position. They are included for informational purposes and are not all-inclusive. The staff member may be required to analyze, communicate, compare, compile, compute, coordinate, copy, evaluate, instruct, negotiate, synthesize, reason, and use interpersonal skills.

Salary/Pay: Refer to D20 salary schedules at About Us > Financial Transparency > Salary Schedules or Policies

Hours per Week: 37.5

Additional Information:

New Applicants: Please note that if you are hired by District 20, fingerprinting is required. You will be responsible for the cost of fingerprinting.

All custodial positions require the ability to lift 50 pounds and to push/pull burdens up to 100 pounds.

All special education positions require the ability to safely lift 50 pounds each in a two person lift.

How to Apply:
Current District 20 Staff:
Current District 20 staff members should complete a transfer request form and return it to the Human Resources Office. The transfer request form and important transfer information can be found on the District 20 Intranet site: Click on Resources and Forms, click on Forms and Documents, click on 20Net Human Resources Documents, click on HR_Other_Forms_Miscellaneous, and click on the document name HIRING - Transfer Request Form.
New Applicants:
New applicants must register with the Academy District 20 Employment Opportunities site and complete the online application.
Please identify your interest in specific positions on the Preferences page of the online application.
Since school administrators will be able to access your completed online application, please do not call to request site visits or interviews at the school. Please direct all inquiries via the email address indicated on the posting.
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