Special Education Paraprofessional SSN at West Middle School
Job | Posted 2 days ago
**NOTE: SPED Paraprofessional positions and locations are tentative and subject to the program needs and/or available funding.
|Job Title: Paraprofessional, SPED – Significant Support Needs (SSN)|
|Pay Program: Support Staff||FLSA Status: Non-Exempt|
|Reports to: Building Leader / Teacher as designated||Pay Range: CH 06
Range starts at: $14.40/hour
|Reviewed/Revised Date: Jan 2013 / Dec 2013 / Nov 2015 / Feb 2018||Work Year: 175days/7hours|
VISION: To Engage, Equip, and Empower our learning community today for a limitless tomorrow
SUMMARY: Operating under the general supervision of the assigned teacher and school leadership, this employee coordinates with the assigned school’s SPED team to provide a variety of emotional, behavioral, and instructional support to students with significant support needs. Employee acts as a teacher resource working directly with students to instruct and demonstrate appropriate behavior as well as reinforce the D51 Learning Model through preparing and assisting with core lessons, participating in students’ reading or math programs, and other curriculum-based instruction. The SSN Paraprofessional is also often a point of contact for the staff and students entering the classroom environment and the employee must work cooperatively to facilitate these interactions. This position is an integral part of creating an environment that will facilitate successful learning for students with significant support needs as District 51 seeks to provide an equal opportunity for education to all students.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Job Tasks Descriptions
EDUCATION AND RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE:
- High school diploma or equivalent required and*;
- 48 credit hours in early-childhood education, education, or healthcare required for hire, or;
- Successful passing of the Work Keys Assessments testing;
- Minimum one-year experience working directly with students who have significant disabilities;
- Minimum two years of experience working with students; preference given for prior school district experience;
- Bilingual oral and written skills, English/Spanish, are desirable, as well as American Sign Language proficiency;
- Must successfully pass District approved lifting evaluation of 35 pounds upon hire;
- *Acceptable demonstration of education and/or experience is at the sole discretion of the district.
- Valid Colorado driver’s license or other form of official identification required;
- Successful passing of criminal background check required for hire;
- Quality Behavioral Solutions (QBS) certification must be obtained within 90 days of hiring;
- CPR Certification and general first aid training required within 30 days of hire;
- May require other healthcare training to meet needs of assigned students;
- Attend and successfully complete all staff development training as required by state law or as directed by supervisor.
- Working knowledge or awareness of laws and statutes as outlined in the:
- Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA, 2015),
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA, 1996);
- Well-developed oral communication and phone etiquette skills in English;
- Well-developed customer service, public relations, and interpersonal relationship building skills;
- Strong ability to work with others, especially in stressful/busy situations/environments
- Strong ability to use a high level of patience in stressful situations and work as needed with minimal supervision;
- Strong ability to “think outside of the box” to find the best way to effectively help each individual student;
- Strong ability to maintain confidentiality in all aspects of the job, especially as related to student information;
- Strong level of integrity as sensitive and confidential information is reviewed;
- Strong ability to use de-escalation techniques and to defuse stressful and possibly volatile situations;
- Strong ability to apply and teach basic math and English skills;
- Ability to manage multiple priorities and frequent interruptions in a timely manner;
- Ability to be adaptable and flexible with critical thinking and problem-solving capabilities;
- Ability to promote and follow Board of Education policies, building and department procedures;
- Ability to communicate, interact, and work effectively and cooperatively with people from diverse ethnic and educational backgrounds;
- Ability to recognize the importance of safety in the workplace, follow safety rules, practice safe work habits, utilize appropriate safety equipment, and report unsafe conditions to the appropriate administrator.
MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT OPERATING KNOWLEDGE:
- Operating knowledge of and experience with personal computers and peripherals;
- Operating knowledge of and experience with office software such as word processing, spreadsheets, and email;
- Operating knowledge of and experience with typical office equipment, such as telephones, copier, fax machine, etc.