Teaching Assistant 2 - Autism

Saint Paul Public Schools - Saint Paul, MN (30+ days ago)3.7


General Information
Highland Park Senior High is seeking a full-time Teaching Assistant 2 - Autism to begin with the 2018-2019 school year.

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that significantly affects verbal and nonverbal communication and social interaction. The characteristics are generally evident before age 3 and may adversely affect a child's educational performance. Autism interferes with the normal development of the brain in the areas of reasoning, social interaction and communication skills. Children and adults with autism typically have deficiencies in verbal and nonverbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities. The disorder makes it hard for them to communicate with others and relate to the outside world. They may exhibit repeated body movements, unusual responses to people or attachments to objects and resist any changes in routines. In some cases, aggressive and/or self-injurious behavior may be present. Autism occurs on a continuum from mild to severe and it occurs by itself or in association with other disorders such as developmental cognitive disability or fragile X syndrome.

Qualifications

Minimum qualifications:One of the following:
  • An AA, AS, AAS (or higher) degree, or
  • Two years of post-secondary coursework (60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits) from an accredited institution of higher education which are applicable toward a bachelors degree, or
Knowledge, skills and abilities:
  • Basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics.
  • Basic skills in typing and duplicating may be required for some positions.
  • Ability to develop good relationships with students and staff.
  • Ability to be sensitive to the needs of others.
  • Ability to relate to students with warmth, friendliness and understanding.
  • Lifting may be required for some Teaching Assistant positions.
  • Must be on time to the job every day.
Responsibilities
The essential job functions of a Teaching Assistant 1 (regular education) include, but are not limited to, the following fundamental duties:
  • Monitor student behavior in the classroom by observing and keeping records. Observe that students are paying attention to their work and completing their assignments. Make calls to parents of absent students. Advise students and direct appropriate behavior. Review and correct student work. Help students with workbooks and other materials. Assist in keeping daily student records.
  • Tutor students in reading, language arts, spelling, mathematics, social studies, and other subjects.
  • Assist teachers with checkout and check-in of educational materials and consumables. Organize and maintain instructional materials such as books, flash cards, blocks, clocks, and rulers. Set up and take down equipment used in class.
  • Prepare, duplicate, and assemble materials for teacher and other professional staff. Occasionally do some light typing. Maintain displays and bulletin boards. Operate audio-visual equipment. Assist in program registration and fee collection. File materials and answer phones. Deliver messages and meals to rooms.
  • Participate in physical education activities with students. Assist teacher with low-organized games.
  • Assist in planning parties and special projects.
Teaching Assistant 2 positions may perform some or all of these duties in addition to those listed above:
  • Assist students with feeding and toileting activities. Maintain toileting area and equipment. Set up meal area and equipment.
  • Assist teachers in working with individual students in communications therapy, self-help activities, and discipline.
  • Discipline students, give time-outs, stop physical and argumentative fights. Assist with physical restraint and lock-up procedures.
  • Assist in arranging and chaperoning field trips.
Both Class 1 and Class 2 Teaching Assistants may perform other similar tasks and duties as required. All Teaching Assistant positions may require bus duty. Bus duty includes helping load handicapped students into bus; lock wheelchairs into place; fasten seatbelt and/or shoulder harness; help keep order on bus; maintain comfort and hygiene on bus. Assist in unloading bus; bring students into school building; take students to proper classroom. Escort students from bus to residence. These duties can take place within the school building, on the bus, on field trips or field experiences, and at play.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
If assigned to a Special Education bus route(s), the following requirements must be completed within 30 days of being assigned to ride the bus: basic first aid, CPR and bus safety policies and procedures training. This required training will be offered by the District's Transportation Department. Employees who have taken this training from the American Red Cross are required to show evidence of completion to the Transportation Department. It is required to repeat this training as necessary in order to remain certified.

An additional premium of $3.25 per hour is provided for special education school bus duty once the Teaching Assistant has completed the required district bus duty training.

How To Apply
To be considered further, please apply for this position and attach a resume and cover letter to your online application.

The Human Resource Department will review your application materials and contact you regarding the next steps.

To attach additional documents to your online application, click on the "Additional Attachments" link from the applicant homepage and upload your documents as attachments. Valid file extensions for attaching a document include .doc, .txt, .rtf, and .pdf.

This posting will remain open until filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Saint Paul Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and supports an inclusive workplace environment.

Equity Statement
SPPS is committed to an equitable workforce where all employees represent this commitment through equitable practices in their job position.