Educational Assistant- Lifeskills
7 hours per day
2019-20 School Year
$17.81 per hour
This position will be open until filled with earliest review on September 17, 2019. Will serve as an instructional assistant in a classroom with student(s) who are learning functional life skills and require a wide range of support. Will serve student(s) as they work on developing skills including but not limited to, functional academics, mobility, self-help (eating, grooming, toileting, dressing, food preparation, shopping, cleaning, laundry, etc), PreVocational/Vocational skills, interpersonal communication and social skills.
Under the direct supervision of a certified staff member, to assist certified professional staff with students in the classroom to meet instructional goals and objectives, and to free certified professional employees from non-professional duties such as proctoring study halls to enable them to make a contribution to other aspects of the educational program, such as curriculum development.
Essential Duties and Responsiblities
- Assists in implementing developmental, academic and life skills instructional programs to students in settings where individualized instructional programs and teaching techniques are used to address moderate to severe learning and physical disabilities or special social/behavioral, cultural, and language needs of the students under the supervision of licensed staff. May work with small groups or in one-to-one settings.
- Exercises independent judgment to assist in the management of classroom/program operations in a manner consistent with administrative direction, district policies and procedures, and goals of the instructional program.
- Provides instruction to students under the supervision of licensed staff in small group and one-on-one settings; adjusts lesson plans or teaching strategies during instructional activities as necessary to achieve IEP goals and objectives.
- Implements a behavior management program under the guidance of a licensed staff; assists students in behavior management; providing education regarding appropriate interpersonal actions; responds to discipline problems; acts as a role model.
- Receives direction from an assigned licensed staff member. Methods of performing tasks are within the discretion of the employee as long as it is within the scope of achieving IEP goals and objectives.
- Provides supplemental practice in various learning experiences, including drills and activities using learning strategies designed by licensed staff to reinforce or modify skills.
- Helps students develop positive interpersonal relationships with peers and adults; promotes safety of the students by helping them develop self-confidence.
- Record and maintain accurate developmental data; and confer with licensed staff to provide feedback on student performance.
- Supervises students in and outside the classroom, such as riding bus, playground or job site in the community, to support the district/building’s discipline and instructional program.
- Provides instruction to the student in basic skills, behavior, communication, self-help skills, motor skills, and academic skills, or any other instructional task as determined in the individualized education plan under the direction of the special education teacher/service provider.
- Assists students with basic skills, which may include feeding, toileting, therapy, transporting and other related needs. Assists students with physical movement, which may include lifting, and carrying of students; and assisting with communication which may require the use of specialized devices.
- Works with students who may exhibit challenging, including aggressive, behaviors and creatively problem solves difficult situations using intervention strategies within the scope of the IEP goals and objectives.
- Assists licensed staff in training volunteers, professionals and peer tutors to work with students in a manner that supports the district educational plan.
- Attends in-service and workshop training related to area of assignment; such as Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) and applies training to instructional responsibilities.
- Implements nursing protocols, with appropriate training provided, under the direction of a district nurse. This may include G-Tube feeding, suction, tracheotomy care, catheterization, and others specific to individual student needs.
- Performs minor medical and health procedures as requested in a manner, which meets state and district guidelines.
- Provides other related services as assigned.
Note: The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities. It is not meant to be all inclusive of every task or responsibility. To view the full job description, please see the attached document.
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.
- An associate’s (or higher) degree, two years post secondary study (72 quarter or 48 semester credits), or a passing score on a district approved assessment.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; including communications to parents under the direction of the general education and special education teacher/service provider. Interest in learning to effectively use other communication systems.
- Ability to formulate ideas for program improvement.
- Ability to collect, record, store, retrieve, assimilate, organize, and utilize information and records efficiently.
- Ability to understand and implement the school/program’s student discipline policy and manage student behavior effectively.
- Ability to work with challenging behaviors and creatively problem-solve difficult situations while using intervention strategies.
- Ability to understand and implement the school/program’s instructional goals and carry out work assignments in a manner that supports those goals.
- Ability to interact effectively and collaboratively with individuals and groups of all ages.
- Ability to independently organize and carry out work assignments, follow student schedules or individualized education plans, and direct the work of students and others associated with the program. Following adequate training, ability to provide motor instruction in a swimming pool.
- Proficient in use of classroom/program equipment and technology.
- Ability to obtain specialized training as required.
- Ability to travel among district facilities as needed; if driving, the ability to meet district driving standards.
- Standard First Aid certification, or the ability to obtain certification within two months of hire, may be required.
- Prior experience working with special needs children desirable.