SpEd Paraprofessional - SSN
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.
Performs the day-to-day activities of teaching special education students 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. Assignments may involve non-traditional learning environments such as building and off-campus work sites. Supports the principal and classroom teachers in implementing the Significant Support Needs (SSN) programs and encourage a positive and safe learning environment. Assists the licensed special education teachers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, nurses, and other evaluative staff in the implementation of the goals of severely/profoundly disabled students. 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.
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
- Performs tasks for student(s) such as meal preparation, feeding, and lunch clean-up which involves implementing communication, oral motor, sensory integration, and physical IEP goals
- Carries out instructional programs and lessons in various learning environments as designated in the lesson plan
- Under supervision of a teacher, works with small groups of students to reinforce material initially introduced by the teacher
- Assists the student(s) with medical tasks such as: dispensing medication, tube feeding, catheterization, toileting, diapering, suctioning, and may require exposure to blood, vomit, and infectious disease control
- Cleans/disinfects regurgitation, blood, and urine
- Works with confidential special education student information
- Maneuvers and secures wheelchairs
- Provides initial first aid/emergency care
- Accompanies the student(s) assigned with physical tasks such as putting on and taking off of outerwear, moving from room to room, using the lavatory, and so on
- Carries out programming using physical therapy support equipment
- Sanitizes equipment/materials
- Monitors behavior contracts and reward systems for students
- Trained and able to perform behavioral management through Nonviolent Crisis Intervention techniques when appropriate
- Assists with non-standardized testing of students
- Develops and implements games and teaching aids
- Tutors students in various subject areas
- Assists students 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
- Works with students in one-to-one/group situations
- Assists students in finding materials and books in library
- Conducts story time for students
- Monitors students during recess, hall duty, passing periods, and/or loading of buses
- Supervises students in the use of various programs on the computer
- Supervises swimming pool, weight room, and/or therapy pool
- Assists the student(s) in recitation, reading, and other curriculum tasks
- Accompanies and assists the student(s) while in the classroom setting
- Attends pre-job training, ongoing training, and meetings as required during the school year in order to remain up-to-date of job procedures
- Assist students in community-based settings
- Serves as a resource person to the student personnel evaluation team concerning an assigned student as needed
- Works with teachers to integrate assisted technology into classrooms
- Maintains student files updating information as appropriate
- Maintains, orders, and organizes inventory of materials and equipment for effective operation of program
- Collects data for assessment and monitoring purposes
- Completes daily paperwork (i.e. attendance reports, detention slips, student referral slips, various student passes, physical therapy charts, etc.)
- Performs miscellaneous clerical duties and assists other staff members
- Laminates all material as needed
- Prepares bulletin boards for parents and programs
Must possess, or be willing to obtain and renew/maintain, CPR and First Aid certification
Must possess, or be willing to obtain and renew/maintain Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training and CPI certification
Willing to attend CO-TOP opportunities and other professional learning related to job
Willing to attend OT-PT training
Willing to receive on-the-job training specific to student needs (i.e., vision, hearing, motor, Braille, etc.)
Willing to be trained to carry out delegated nursing practices
Ability to use good judgment when making independent decisions regarding problems and issues that arise
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Ability to be flexible and patient in work demands
- Ability to communicate effectively over the telephone
- Ability to demonstrate proficiency in providing for specific student needs (i.e. Braille, computer, motor programming, self-help skills, and independent living skills)
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, coworkers, students, and parents
- Ability to follow oral and written instructions
- Ability to maintain confidentiality
- Ability to provide a warm and caring attitude toward students
- Ability to understand and work with children possessing developmental, health, and severe needs
- Ability to use therapy support equipment
- Ability to work independently
- Ability to work well with students and parents from diverse populations
- Skill in operating computers and using software
- Strong communication skills
- Strong organizational and interpersonal 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 classroom setting and on occasion may include some visits to homes, schools, offices, job sites, etc.
- The incumbent may experience exposure to fumes or to high noise levels associated with a classroom environment.
- The incumbent may experience the threat of direct or indirect personal harm or conflict situations.
- The incumbent may experience the threat of direct or indirect student life-threatening situations (i.e. seizures, heart failure, etc.).
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
- Lifts/pushes/pulls or carries burdens weighing 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
- 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.
Hours per Week:
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.
|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 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.|