Full Job Description
Organization and Position Summary
Shrub Oak International School is a world-class, private, special education boarding and day school preparing students for independent adult life and employment. We serve the sophisticated needs of an international co-ed population of young adults on the Autism Spectrum. Our innovative relationship-based model grounded in evidence-based principles builds on students' strengths and interests, maximizing therapeutic and learning opportunities. Our renowned experts work with students to individualize life and career development paths based on each student’s specific needs and interests. Each student’s team of clinicians, teachers, and student- life staff collaborate closely to address the student’s issues quickly and reinforce therapies and learning paths, so that the student progresses more rapidly. Our modern, technology-infused facility is set on 127 acres of agriculture and farmland where students learn in a natural environment full of sensory experiences. Our graduates live independently and have a purposeful, self-sustaining future, to the best of each student’s ability. After a few years of operation, Shrub Oak will have close to 600 staff and 390 students.
The 1:1 Aide, supports our students with hearing impairments and is a year-round position reporting to the Director of Education, and working directly with Classroom Teachers over the course of the academic day. The 1:1 provides front line direct care to one specific student. The 1:1 is responsible for guiding and mentoring a student, providing academic support, handling crisis management, assisting with emergency response procedures, and collaborating with all members of the Shrub Oak staff. As an educator and mentor, the 1:1 works closely with colleagues to create/maintain an inclusive community and foster specific skill development to meet the individualized needs of Shrub Oak’s student population. Having access to confidential information regarding Shrub Oak and its students, discretion and independent judgement is required. The 1:1 also actively assists with other programs, events, and services administered through Education/Campus Life, and have the opportunity to be involved in a wide range of Education and Campus Life responsibilities.
Essential Functions – Primary duties of the position
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Working directly with the head classroom teachers, supports student under the direction of a Certificated Special Education Teacher
Sets up and adapts materials, equipment, and assistive devices for use by student(s) as directed
Facilitates and supports student progress toward independence
Monitors and assists students during educational and recreational activities
Assists student with routine physical and/or personal care not required to be performed by a nurse
Monitors and assists student in meeting IEP goals and objectives
Prioritizes work assignments appropriately
Completes appropriate amount of work in an efficient manner; seeks out additional assignments as time permits
Maintains confidentiality of student information
Participates in professional development meetings as needed and required
Assists with administering, scoring, and recording of assessments
Participates in crisis intervention as needed and appropriate, and proactively works with students in crisis to de-escalate situations as needed and required using SOIS protocik
Attends to and reports all emergencies and/or other situations requiring immediate attention in a timely manner to the appropriate staff member(s) in accordance with Shrub Oak policies/procedures
Works effectively in a team environment
Attends IEP team meetings and staff meetings as directed and/or scheduled
Ensures safety procedures are followed
Performs other duties as assigned
Required skills, qualifications and competencies
48 college credits, AA degree or passing of the Para Assessment Test or relevant combination of post-secondary education and/or experience working with special needs populations as a 1:1, DPS, Social Worker, Recreational Therapist, Registered Behavioral Technician, Behavioral Specialist, paraprofessional, assistant teacher or a related position
ASL certification or ability to fluidly communicate with sign language
Experience working with adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum and/or students with developmental disabilities
Passionate about working with and mentoring students (adolescents and young adults) within area of responsibilities, all to empower his/her self-determination, self-advocacy and development
Knowledge of and experience with crisis prevention and intervention strategies and practices, and behavior intervention plans
Demonstrates ability to communicate clearly, concisely in both oral and written form
Experience working with students on the autism spectrum or with developmental disabilities
Ability to use Shrub Oak’s technology system
Accepts feedback for continuous improvement
Reports promptly for work, utilizes time wisely and maintains an acceptable attendance pattern
Demonstrates working knowledge of English, spelling, vocabulary and mathematics
Knowledge of administrative operations, processes, techniques and procedures
Excellent organizational, communication and group facilitation skills
Ability to work effectively, professionally and courteously with internal and external contacts, including all Shrub Oak staff, parents, and community constituents
Ability to maintain confidentiality and handle multiple tasks with frequent interruptions
Ability to work well within a team, as well as collaborate with colleagues, and others across disciplines within Shrub Oak staff
Ability to work flexible hours is required
Excellent computer skills including but not limited to Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, etc.)
Education and Experience
Relevant combination of post-secondary education and/or experience working with special needs populations as a DPS, Social Worker, Recreational Therapist, Registered Behavioral Technician, Behavioral Specialist or a related position
Experience working with adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum
1-year minimum of relevant professional experience required; previous experience working in a school and particularly a boarding program a plus
Experience working with individuals exhibiting challenging behaviors
Experience working cross-functionally in a transdisciplinary program to consistently support our students
Ability to speak multiple languages is a plus
Valid driver’s license preferred
The work will generally be performed in a residential, campus school environment.
Physical demands are in excess of sitting, and require walking or standing to a significant degree. The DPS is required to move throughout the campus on a routine basis and execute program operations. Daily desk work including extensive amounts of computer and phone time as well as the ability to navigate stairs, mobility around a large campus with uneven pavement, bending and squatting, lifting/carrying boxes up to 25 pounds, and the ability to rearrange furniture for events is occasionally required. Ability to move quickly and freely around the campus, and on a moment’s notice, to ensure the safety of our students in unexpected or challenging situations.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full time role. Full time staff work a traditional 40-hour work week. Your manager will discuss the particular shift hours, which could be day, evening and/or weekends.
Shrub Oak International School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to apply for a job or to perform the essentials functions of his/her job. Please advise us if you require a reasonable accommodation.
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