High School Para Educator
Geary County USD 475
Title: High School Para Educator
The job of Para Educator is done for the purpose/s of providing support to the instructional program with specific responsibilities for the instructional program within assigned classroom with specific responsibility for assisting in the supervision, care and instruction of special needs students in the regular classroom or in a self-contained classroom; assisting in implementing plans for instruction; monitoring student behavior during non-classroom time; and providing information to appropriate school personnel.
This job reports to Building Administrator.
- Adapt classroom activities, assignments and/or materials under the direction of the supervising teacher for supporting and reinforcing classroom objectives.
- Adhere to confidentiality requirements regarding all matters pertaining to students, parents, parent communications from certified personnel, and/or classroom activities for serving as a model of professionalism to patrons and district personnel.
- Administer tests, homework, make-up work, etc. for supporting teachers in the classroom.
- Assist with activities of prescribed programs including those written by related service personnel (e.g. PT, OT, Speech, etc.) for reinforcing instructional objectives, implementing IEP plans, maintaining students' social and emotional well-being, and ensuring students' success in school.
- Assist assigned teacher(s) in the instruction of students in a variety of individual and group activities (e.g. academic subjects, social skills, daily living skills, etc.) for reinforcing instructional objectives, implementing IEP plans, and ensuring students success in school.
- Attend meetings and in-service presentations for acquiring and/or conveying information relative to job functions.
- Communicate with supervising instructional staff and professional support personnel for assisting in evaluating progress and/or implementing IEP objectives.
- Implements behavioral plans designed by IEP team for students with behavior disorders or other special conditions under the supervision of assigned teacher for presenting and/or reinforcing learning concepts.
- Maintain instructional materials and/or manual and electronic files/records for ensuring availability of items, providing written reference, and/or meeting mandated requirements.
- Monitor students during assigned periods within a variety of school environments (e.g. rest rooms, playgrounds, hallways, bus loading zones, cafeteria, parking lots, field trips, etc.) for maintaining a safe and positive learning environment.
- Respond to emergency situations (e.g. injuries, conflicts, etc.) for resolving immediate safety concerns and directing to appropriate personnel.
- Perform other related duties as assigned for ensuring the efficient and effectivefunctioning of the work unit.
Job Requirements: Minimum Qualifications
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
SKILLS are required to perform multiple tasks with a potential need to upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions. Specific skill-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include adhering to safety practices; operating standard office equipment including using pertinent software applications; and preparing and maintaining accurate records.
KNOWLEDGE is required to perform basic math, including calculations using fractions, percentages and/or ratios; read a variety of manuals, write documents following prescribed formats, and/or present information to others; and understand complex, multi-step written and oral instructions. Specific knowledge-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include instructional procedures and practices; age appropriate student
activities; safety practices and procedures; computer skills; conflict resolution; and stages of child development/ behavior.
ABILITY is required to schedule activities; collate data; and use basic, job-related equipment. Flexibility is required to work with others in a variety of circumstances; work with data utilizing specific, defined processes; and operate equipment using defined methods. Ability is also required to work with a wide diversity of individuals; work with similar types of data; and utilize specific, job-related equipment. Problem solving with data requires following prescribed
guidelines; and problem solving with equipment is limited to moderate. Specific ability-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include adapting to changing work priorities; communicating with diverse groups; maintaining confidentiality; working as part of a team; working constructively and cooperatively with others; courteous, timely and helpful manner; meeting deadlines; and working with constant interruptions.
Responsibilities include working under direct supervision using standardized procedures; providing information and/or advising others; operating within a defined budget. There is some opportunity to affect the organization’s services.
The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: some lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling, and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally, the job requires 40% sitting, 30% walking, and 30% standing. This job is performed in a generally clean and healthy environment.
Experience: Job related experience is required.
Education: High school diploma or equivalent.
Equivalency: Successful completion of 48 college hours or ability to pass a state approved assessment within 90 days of employment is required.
Required Testing Certificates and Licenses
Continuing Educ. / Training Clearances
Minimum hours of in-service per year Criminal Background Clearance
FLSA Status Salary Grade
Non-Exempt Salary range will be $12.91 to $13.91 per hour
Notice of Nondiscrimination
Geary County USD #475 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and/or activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. For questions or complaints based on race, color, national origin, sex or age, please contact the USD 475 Executive Director of Personnel Services, 123 N. Eisenhower, Junction City, KS 66441. Telephone: 785.717.4000. For questions or complaints based on disability, please contact the USD 475 Executive Director of Special Education, 123 N. Eisenhower, Junction City, KS 66441. Telephone: 785.717.4000.