JobID 5428 : Teacher Assistant, Special Education ASL/English (#1976792)
Bargaining Unit: TOTEM
Work Year: 9 months
Work Day: 7.0 hours per day
FTE: Full time, .875 FTE
Salary: T-10, $14.87 - $16.00 Per Hour, DOE
The role of the Special Education Teaching Assistant ASL/English is to provide direct instructional and support services to deaf and hard of hearing students who require a visual sign language to access instructional information. The position has a retirement association with the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS).
The following are required:
- A high school diploma or equivalent.
- Must meet the standard of an Intermediate+ rating on the Sign Communication Proficiency interview within one year of employment.
- Excellent communication and customer service skills.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and inspire confidence and cooperation of staff, parents, students, administrators, and the public.
- Ability to establish and maintain a professional relationship with staff, parents, students, administrators, and the public.
The following are preferred:
- Fluency in American Sign Language and English.
- Ability to use American Sign Language to communicate with deaf and hard of hearing children and staff members.
- An associate’s degree or higher; or have met a rigorous standard of quality demonstrated through a formal state or local academic assessment.
- Intermediate SLPI score within the past three years.
- Knowledge of first aid.
- Knowledge of how deaf and hard of hearing children relate to their educational environment, and how to meet their visual and auditory communication needs.
- Knowledge of technology relevant to the education of deaf and hard of hearing students.
- Knowledge of deaf culture and how it can affect education of deaf and hard of hearing children.
- Ability to use office equipment such as computers, educational software, photocopiers, video cameras/projectors, videophones, and telephone relay services.
- Ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and mathematics.
- Ability to use interpreting services for in-service training and meetings if needed.
- Familiarity with the deaf community and resources available for the education of deaf and hard of hearing children.
Essential Job Functions
- Provides instructional services to students either individually or in small groups under the direct supervision of a teacher using materials and tools designated by the teacher.
- Assists in physical care tasks and health-related activities as appropriate.
- Assists students with behavioral/management needs.
- Assists with data collection and other tasks related to documenting student progress in learning and goal attainment.
- Assists with classroom management, such as organizing instructional materials, supervising students on field trips, during lunch/recess/to and from buses, and in learning activities outside of their regular classroom.
- Assists in the technical preparation and production of media programs.
- Assists all staff and students by facilitating communication in any educational setting that the deaf and hard of hearing students attend.
- Provides the teaching staff with information about the students that will assist the teacher with the development of appropriate learning and behavioral experiences.
- Assists in instructing reading, writing, and mathematics; or reading readiness, writing readiness, and math readiness when working with early childhood.
- Uses interpreting services for in-service training and meetings.
The physical demands of this job require frequent standing, walking, sitting, speaking, and hearing. Specific visual abilities are also required. The employee is regularly required to reach with his/her hands and arms and occasionally lift items weighing less than 40 lbs. Additionally, the employee must be able to communicate by oral and written means in an appropriate business manner and have cognitive skills to understand instructions, readily recall facts and details, handle conflict, and make effective decisions under pressure. The employee must have the ability to effectively manage the stress of working with students, parents, and other employees representing diverse cultures, personalities, and work styles in a dynamic work environment.
The Anchorage School District is committed to providing reasonable accommodations, according to applicable state and federal laws, to all individuals with qualified physical or mental disabilities.
Work is performed in a professional environment with a wide variety of individuals having differing functions, personalities and abilities, including working with diverse groups of people in a variety of different settings.
While performing the duties of this job the employee may be regularly exposed to a video display. The employee may be exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Additional Job Information
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties as requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments.
Anchorage School District employees must possess the ability to read and write in English. This includes the ability to communicate in English with school staff, coworkers, and the public. Employees must also have the ability to comprehend and carry out oral and written directions and understand and follow English instructions and written documents.
Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a satisfactory criminal background check.
A hiring condition of this pre-K position may require the selected applicant to successfully pass a criminal history clearance through the Division of Health Care Services Background Check Program (BCP) within thirty days of employment with the Anchorage School District. This background clearance system is in addition to the district’s criminal history clearance process. The BCP program also requires the employee to be cleared every six years while working with ASD in support of pre-K students at the expense of the district.
This position may be required to work in ASD facilities on the military installations (JBER). Please visit www.dhs.gov/real-id-enforcement-brief for additional information.
The Anchorage School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.