SpEd Paraprofessional - SSN
Location:Explorer Elementary School
Colorado Springs, CO
Recruiting Start Date:11/30/2022
Estimated Start Date:12/12/2022
SpEd Paraprofessional - SSN 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.
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
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
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
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 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
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.
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
Ability to meet the physical and self-help needs of students (toileting, feeding, dressing, and transfers)
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
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.
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:37.5
Hours per Day:7.5 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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