SpEd Paraprofessional - Resource
Location:Challenger Middle School
Colorado Springs, CO
Recruiting Start Date:01/13/2023
Estimated Start Date:01/23/2023
SpEd Paraprofessional - Resource performs the day-to-day activities of teaching special education students while under the supervision of a teacher. The teaching assistant does not make diagnostic or long-term education decisions regarding special education students. This includes individuals who may or may not be licensed.
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.
Certifications listed as required qualifications may also be obtained upon acceptance of the 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
Coordinates completion of assignments with regular classroom teachers
Assists individual students in performing activities instructed by a teacher
Under supervision of a teacher, works with small groups of students to reinforce material initially introduced by the teacher
Monitors behavior contracts and reward systems for students
Assists the student(s) in recitation, reading, and other curriculum tasks
Maintains, orders, and organizes inventory of materials in an effective manner
Collects data for assessment and monitoring purposes
Completes daily paper work (i.e. attendance reports, detention slips, student referral slips, various student passes, etc.)
Assists with non-standardized testing of students
Tutors students in various subject areas
Assists in preparation, production, and maintenance of materials and equipment as assigned
Provides initial first aid/emergency care
Works with students in one-to-one/group situations
Helps to resolve disciplinary student issues
Removes disruptive, defiant children
Supervises loading and unloading of buses
Provides individual tutoring for students in computer skills and usage
Assists students in finding materials and books in library
Assists teachers in locating materials for classroom, and assembles materials for teachers’ use as directed
Conducts story time for students
Monitors students during recess, hall duty, and passing periods
Supervises students in the use of the various programs on the computer
Provides personal assistance to students, including dispensing medication
Assists the student(s) assigned with physical tasks such as putting on and taking off of outerwear, moving from room to room, using the lavatory, maneuvers and secures wheelchairs, and so on
Performs tasks for student(s) such as sharpening pencils, carrying lunch trays, and the like
Accompanies the student(s) to whom assigned when trips to the office or to the school nurse are necessary
Serves as a resource person to the student personnel evaluation team concerning an assigned student
Performs Nonviolent Crisis Intervention techniques when appropriate, after training
Accompanies and assists student(s) while in the classroom setting
Attends meetings and conferences as required
Attends pre-job training, ongoing training, and meetings as required during the school year in order to remain up-to-date of job procedures
Laminates all materials as needed
Performs miscellaneous clerical duties and assists other staff members
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to adapt to changing technologies and to learn functionality of new equipment and systems
Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
Ability to create, access, input, retrieve, and manipulate information in various software systems
Ability to establish and maintain accurate record keeping, document management, and filing systems
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals from many diverse backgrounds and professions including supervisors, administrators, coworkers, staff, students, parents, and the general public
Ability to follow oral and written instructions
Ability to greet and interact with the public in a courteous and professional manner
Ability to maintain confidentiality
Ability to manage simultaneous demands and set clear priorities
Ability to work days, hours, locations, and assignments as directed by the supervisor within the position responsibilities
Ability to work independently without direct supervision
Commitment to the education of students as a primary responsibility
Communicates effectively with students and adults in a wide variety of settings
Computer proficiency including office productivity applications
Considerable knowledge of policies, procedures, and overall district functions
Demonstrated ability to manage simultaneous demands and set clear priorities
Demonstrated ability to work well with others in a team setting
Demonstrates citizenship, compassion, courage, discernment, excellence, honesty, hope, integrity, patience, perseverance, reliability, respect, responsibility, and trustworthiness
Demonstrates effective organizational and time management skills
Energetic, creative, innovative, flexible
Excellent cooperative, collaborative, and problem-solving skills
Knowledge of office methods and procedures
Knowledge of Special Education, other educational programming, and associated legal requirements as related to the needs of the students assigned to the teacher
Promotes a positive climate, culture, and community
Strong organizational, interpersonal, written, listening, and verbal communication skills
Student-centered and relationship-focused
Understanding of data privacy laws and their implications for the educational community
Willing to attend CO-TOP opportunities and other professional learning related to the job
Willing to be trained to carry out delegated nursing practices
Willingness to participate in ongoing training as required
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.
The incumbent operates primarily independently and frequently with others in a professional school environment indoors regularly and outdoors occasionally.
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
Typical demands require staff to lift/push/pull or carry up to 50 lbs.; may have to lift students when assistance is required; able to safely lift 50 lbs. each in a two person lift, and may be higher for some assignments depending on position and student need; climb stairs, ladders, and/or stools; reach, hold, grasp and turn objects; use fingers to operate computer keyboards; feel the shape, size and temperature of objects; and physically restrain students when necessary.
This position is very active and may require moving from one location to another in short amounts of time depending on the needs of students.
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.
Scheduled Weekly Hours:22.5
Hours per Day:4.5 hour(s) per day
Number of Days per Year:176 days M-F
FLSA Status:United States of America (Non-Exempt)
How to Apply:
New applicants (including current district staff members) must use the Workday application portal. Documents emailed directly to a supervisor will not be considered for application purposes and will not receive a response. A completed online application also includes the following uploaded documents in PDF format:
- A current resume
Please do not call to request site visits or interviews at the school/location. Please direct all inquiries via the email address indicated on the posting
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