Educational Assistant/Job Coach – Acheiving Independence and Maturity (AIM) Program 2018-19 School Year – Lionsgate Academy – North Saint Paul, MN

POSITION PURPOSE

To assist, support, and work closely with teachers, administrators, and other team members in providing educational benefits for students.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Collaborate with case managers, classroom teams, and support services to ensure student needs are being met.

  • Assist in the planning and implementation of the students’ daily programs under the direction of the Supervisor, case manager, and classroom teacher.

  • Assist in planning and preparing the learning environment including-but-not-limited-to preparing needed materials and supplies for your assigned student or classroom.

  • Observe, record, and collect data on behavior and specific IEP goals.

  • Work with students of varying needs and levels of support.

  • Work with students offsite in non-educational work and community settings and assist the student in performing the work responsibilities in such a way that fosters independence.

  • Assess the vocational, social, communication and independent skills required by the specific job setting.

  • Assists supervising teacher while at community work sites.

  • Assist in student organizational needs.

  • Support student sensory regulation needs.

  • Participate in staff meetings, training programs and/or conferences designed to promote professional development.

  • Maintain positive, professional relationships and use appropriate verbal, non-verbal and written communication with all individuals.

  • Use of effective problem solving skills to make quick decisions across multiple situations and across environments (job site, classroom, community).

  • Transporting students in school vehicle, often navigating unfamiliar routes.

  • Supervise activities to ensure safety.

  • Regular, prompt attendance.

OTHER POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

Lead small groups in educational activities.

AIM event attendance/altered work schedule on occasion.

Support the needs of the campus, filling in where assigned.

Other job-related duties as assigned.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position is active and requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, lifting (20 pounds on an occasional basis and in excess of twenty pounds with assistance), and crouching during the day. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

MENTAL DEMANDS

The mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to comprehend and follow instructions, perform complex or varied tasks, relate to others, make decisions, and communicate effectively orally and in written form.

COMPETENCIES

Willingness to learn Google Apps and electronic forms of communication
Flexibility with a changing and diverse schedule
Respectful and clear communication skills
Ability to work with a diverse student and staff population

Ability to make effective use of time

Personal Effectiveness/Credibility

Stress Management/Composure

Self-directed

Student focused

Teamwork Orientation

Positivity

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • 2 year degree or a minimum of 60 college credits OR successful completion of the ParaPro exam.

  • Ability to operate a computer and the software necessary to complete the required job tasks.

  • Valid driver’s license/ability to transport students via school vehicle (must have 3 or less moving violations in the last three years and no DWI/DUI convictions within the past 5 years).

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Knowledge and experience working with students on the autism spectrum.

  • One year previous experience in a middle school or high school setting.

  • Experience working with transition age students (18-21)

  • Knowledge and experience working with individuals with mental health needs

This position description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty that will be required of positions that will be given this title and shall not be construed as declaring what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his/her supervision. The use of a particular expression or illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned. Ability to competently perform all of the essential duties of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, demonstrated commitment, and the ability to work productively as a member of a team or work group are basic responsibilities of all positions at Lionsgate Academy.

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