Instructional Assistant 40
Position Definition: The person filling this position will have the responsibility of assisting the classroom teacher in instructing and supervising students.
Relationship: The Instructional Assistant shall be responsible to the Supervisor of Special Programs and Services.
- High School Diploma or GED.
- Associate Degree or Highly Qualified Status, preferred.
- Demonstrates the ability to work in a team environment.
- Demonstrates the ability to maintain complete confidentiality.
- Demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills, demonstrated by patience, understanding, and congeniality to effectively work with exceptional learning needs students and staff.
- Demonstrates excellent oral and written communication skills to effectively instruct and work with students.
- Demonstrates the ability to understand basic educational terminology regarding students, programs, roles, and instructional activities.
- Demonstrates the ability to complete tasks with attention to detail and accuracy.
- Attends work regularly at assigned work hours subject to lawful leave rights and responsibilities.
- Ability to stand, bend, stoop, sit, lift, reach, and communicate (vision, hearing, and speech) to effectively carry out functions, duties, and responsibilities.
- Ability to independently ambulate in and around work areas.
- Ability to travel to and from assigned work locations without employer support.
- Ability to exhibit appropriate manual dexterity to effectively carry out functions, duties, and responsibilities.
- Ability to conduct a safety restraint protocol which requires:
the ability to stand, walk, run, and shuffle for at least several minutes; the ability to kneel on one and two knees and then stand up;
the ability to bend the trunk at 45 degrees and twist to either side;
the ability to grasp firmly and raise hands above the head;
the ability to learn and correctly demonstrate multi-step physical skills
Authority: The Instructional Assistant will have the authority to perform all functions listed below in accordance with established policies and procedures.
Functions/Duties/Responsibilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function/duty/responsibility at acceptable standards. In accordance with both state and/or federal law, reasonable accommodations will be considered upon employee request.
- Assists in teaching responsibilities, working with students individually and in small groups on academic/developmentally-appropriate activities, social interactions, communication, practical life skills, and behavior management.
- Monitors students and continues classroom activities if teacher is interrupted and/or involved in other program activities.
- Assists in preparing instructional and classroom materials.
- Collects data for Medical Assistance logs and IEP progress reporting.
- Performs appropriate lifting, positioning, and transferring techniques in accommodating students’ needs.
- Monitors/assists students with all personal hygiene/toileting/diapering/ changing of clothes/feeding activities.
- Utilizes classroom materials for student activities.
- Keeps daily attendance records and does clerical work related to classroom programs.
- Uses strategies, as directed, to increase student independence.
- Prepares, distributes, and collects notes to parents.
- Operates computer, assistive technology devices, and other technology and equipment.
- Assists in keeping inventory and ordering materials from warehousing.
- Answers telephone.
- Escorts students to nurse, therapies, general education classes, and activities when necessary.
- Supervises and assists with self-help skills, such as feeding or drinking during snack and/or lunch times.
- Assists in making contacts for community-based activities.
- Assists with special projects and programs.
- Monitors outdoor and physical activities and assists bus/van loading and unloading.
- Uses strategies, equipment, materials, and technologies to accomplish instructional objectives.
- Uses strategies, as directed, for behavior management.
- Uses strategies, as directed, to increase the individual’s independence and confidence.
- Acts as a role model for individuals with exceptional learning needs.
- Exercises objective and prudent judgment.
- Assists related services staff with the implementation of therapies as needed.