Duties & Responsibilities: (Essential Functions of Position, Major Responsibilities, Summary of Key Duties, Special Assignments, Relationships)
New Hires: Entry level rate $13.01/hr. Current employees in the bargaining unit: Please refer to the salary schedule established by the applicable bargaining unit.
All employees working with/for Special Education students will be required to pass the Medicaid Fraud background check, prior to hire, successfully bidding, and/or transferring to a special education positions. This check is run several times a year. If at any time your name appears on the Medicaid Fraud listing, you will be notified and may be removed from your current position.
Assist with children managing behavior and physical disabilities
Assist with daily activities and routine care of the students
Work collaboratively with teacher in using developmentally appropriate practices
Assist teacher in monitoring students' progress by keeping necessary records and giving feedback as requested
Follow teacher direction for instruction
Use positive reinforcement techniques and appropriate guidance techniques to assist in managing development behavior throughout the school routine including transition times, activities, redirection and playground assistance.
Help children build internal control
Engage in on-going staff development
Model flexibility in duties as the needs of students change
Assist in arrival and departure of students
Capable of lifting up to 50 lbs. and Must be willing to complete diapering
Model enthusiasm and patience
Ability to work some flexible hours to meet operational needs of early learning center
Per DHS Guidelines this position requires a background check, fingerprinting and completed Physical every two (2) years.
Must complete the required DHS Training hours each year.
Must complete the Infant/Child/Adult CPR and First Aid within 6 mo of hire date and remain current
Must complete Universal Precaution and Exposure training prior to start date and remain current
Meet NAEYC, QPPS, DHS and Head Start Performance Standards
Must complete or show proof of DHS Essentials training within 90 days of hire
Successful candidate must possess strong inter-personal skills with a proven record of building rapport with culturally diverse students and their families to ensure that each child reaches his/her full potential.
Good attendance and punctuality are a must to ensure that the duties and responsibilities of the job are performed successfully.
Must be willing to support and implement Davenport's multi-tiered system of supports for both behavior and academics
Possible Therapy dog on school premises during the school day
Minimum of CDA Certificate AND Title Qualifications. To meet Title I Requirements: Must have a High School Diploma/GED AND two years in a post-secondary institution OR obtained an Associate's Degree or higher OR successfully complete the following on the Accuplacer Test: Reading-59 Writing - 3 and Math - 24 OR successfully complete the Iowa Paraprofessional classes and obtain the Iowa Para professional Certificate. To Meet NAEYC/QPPS qualifications must have an Associate's Degree or higher in Child Development OR Early Childhood OR Early Childhood Special Education. If Associate's Degree or higher is in related field must be willing to complete CDA requirements or requirements that are equivalent to a CDA within a timeframe determined at hire.
Other duties as assigned
Physical Requirements of Position: (HBV Yes No)
Ability to withstand weather for outside activities
Must be able to lift, pull and push 50 lbs.
Must be able to sit and kneel on the floor
Special Qualification Desired: (Personal Qualities, Education, Skills Needed, Experience, Etc.)
Positive attitude toward special needs children
Ability to work collaboratively with teacher and staff
Good Communication and organizational skills
Patient, compassionate and sensitive individual willing to work with a diverse population
Recognition of the need for confidentiality with respect to children's and parent's right to privacy
Friendly and caring
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