ECE Paraprofessional (Instructional Assistant) Chatfield Preschool

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Job Title:                                   Paraprofessional, Early Childhood Education                
Pay Program:                            Support Staff FLSA Status:       Non-Exempt
Reports to:                                Building Leader Pay Range:           CH 5     
Range starts at: $13.25/hour              
Reviewed/Revised Date:        Jan 2008 / Dec 2013 / Feb 2018 Work Year:           174 days/ 8 hours
 
VISION: To Engage, Equip, and Empower our learning community today for a limitless tomorrow
 
SUMMARY: Under the direction of an Early Childhood Preschool Teacher, assist in planning and implementing the daily curriculum for young students including students with special needs.  Assist in instruction and assessment; supervising children at all times and ensuring their safety and well-being.  Support all areas of a young child’s development, including physical, social-emotional, cognitive and language skills under the guidance of the teacher. Provide clerical and administrative support to teacher as needed.
 
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 Responsibility Descriptions
  1. Assisting the teacher for the assigned classroom, the Early Childhood Education Paraprofessional works as a first point of contact helping the Teacher to deliver instructional curriculum and maintain the classroom learning environment. The paraprofessional may be assigned a wide variety of tasks and duties that include but are not limited to providing assistance in the planning and implementation of the curriculum and instruction designed to meet a child’s individual goals. The employee communicates observations regarding effectiveness of instructive programs for student learning based on the individual student’s learning plan.
  1. Monitor behavior in various environments including playground and cafeteria. Guide and manage student behavior toward appropriate choices for effective social and emotional learning. Paraprofessional may be assigned before and/or after school bus stop monitoring duties.
  1. Assist in the preparation of classroom and materials for each day to maintain a safe, healthy environment for young children including children with special needs. Encourage independence and safety in children throughout the daily routine.  Use positive techniques of guidance outlined in program expectations. 
  1. Assists administration by fulfilling all policies and/or rules governing early childhood for the classroom, including implementation through instruction and action to follow the district’s philosophy of education and instructional goals and objectives.
  1. Assist in maintaining records for the individual building as well as the Early Childhood program.
  1. Interact with children, adults, and families in a friendly, positive and courteous manner.  
  1. Attend and support home visits, conferences with families, and family field trips.
  1. Attend and actively participate in both school and departmental staff meetings.
  1. Other duties as assigned.

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 two years of experience working with students; preference given for prior school district experience;
  • Preference given for prior experience working with preschool-aged students;
  • Bilingual oral and written skills, English/Spanish, are desirable;
    • *Acceptable demonstration of education and/or experience is at the sole discretion of the district.
               
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS or CERTIFICATIONS:
  • Valid Colorado driver’s license or other form of identification required;
  • Successful passing of criminal background check required for hire;
  • Must be able to lift 35 pounds; Lift test required at time of hire and renewed every three years;
  • Group Leader Qualified/Early Childhood Teacher preferred;
  • CPR, First Aid, and Universal Precautions certifications within one month of hire;
  • Meet Office of Early Learning licensure requirements;
  • Attend and successfully complete all staff development training as required by state law or as directed by supervisor.
 
TECHNICAL SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE & ABILITIES:
  • Well-developed oral communication and phone etiquette skills in English;
  • Well-developed customer service, public relations, and interpersonal relationship building skills;
  • Strong ability to use de-escalation techniques and to defuse stressful and possibly volatile situations;
  • Strong professional written-communication and group presentation skills;
  • Strong working knowledge 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 (HIPPA, 1996);
  • Strong ability to apply basic math skills and calculations with a high-degree of accuracy;
  • Ability to apply and explain the application of Human Resources’ policies regarding employment including benefits;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality in all aspects of the job, especially as related to personal issues;
  • Ability to work independently as needed with minimal direction and/or supervision;
  • 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 and spreadsheets;
  • Operating knowledge of and experience with typical office equipment, such as telephones, copier, fax machine, E-mail, etc.




 

Posted By

Mesa County Valley School District 51

2115 GRAND AVENUE, GRAND JUNCTION, CO 81501-8063
 
Insights
Compare with State

Amount per Student

$8,735 (USD)

State Average: $10,278 (USD)

% ELL Students

3%

State Average: 12%

Student Teacher Ratio

17.16

State Average: 17.36

% IEP Students

State Average: 11%

FTE

2,685

State Average: 415