Website Greenfield Union School District

Job Title: Special Education Severe Need Classroom Assistant
Responsible to: Site Principal

Primary Function: Under supervision and direction of the site Principal or designee, assists teachers in the overall education, guidance, management and care of students with disabilities. Assists with planning and delivering instructional programs and student activities including behavior, support and guidance, social and academic skill development, vocational training, independent skill development, arts and crafts, sports, game and recreation; assists teacher in clerical and other non-instructional duties.

Special Education/Severe Needs Classroom Assistants may be assigned to various specialized classroom settings.

Severely Disabled: Assisting students with significantly below average general intellectual functioning existing concurrently with deficits in adaptive behavior, manifested during the development period which adversely affects a pupil’s educational performance as defined by the IEP.

Hearing Impaired: Assisting student with permanent or fluctuating hearing loss which impairs the processing of speech and language perception and discrimination, even with amplification, which adversely affects educational performance as defined by the IEP.

Severe Disorders of Language: Assisting students having difficulty with articulation and speech mechanism which interferes significantly with communication and which adversely affects educational performance as defined by the IEP.

Serious Emotional Disorder: Assisting students having difficulty related to building or maintaining satisfactory interpersonal relations o behavior or feeling with peers and teachers, moods of unhappiness or depression, physical symptoms of fears associated with personal or school problems, which adversely affects educational performance as defined by the IEP.

Visual Impairment: Assisting students that have serious visual difficulties to the degree that, even with correction, adversely affect educational performance as defined by the IEP.

Other Health Impairments: Assisting students with limited strength, vitality of alertness, due to chronic or acute health problems, which adversely affects a pupil’s education performance as defined by the IEP.

Major Duties and Responsibilities: Duties include but are not limited to the following: under direct supervision of the special education teacher, provides direct instruction to pupils in each area of the pupils’ program including academic subjects, vocational training, communication skills, social skills, self-help skills, motor skills and recreational skills; communicates with pupils using language appropriate to the pupils level of understanding; demonstrates to pupils the manner in which tasks are performed; plans and prepares activities, equipment and materials prior to arrival or pupils; shifts or alters activities to regain pupils’ interest and attention; assists in monitoring and reinforcement of pupils during the lesson; assists in the management and housekeeping of the classroom, attends meetings as called by the supervisor, assists in mainstreaming students as appropriate; implements behavior management plans as developed by teacher/ancillary staff, assists in providing a safe environment; provides first aid as needed; provides toileting as necessary; rides school bus and assists with students to monitor medical or behavioral problem if required for assigned student; participates with a team in the design and implementation of behavioral and treatment plans; assists in the monitoring and evaluation of pupil progress and completes records accurately; participates physically with pupils in activities, as needed; supervises pupils on and off the bus, at recess, meals, on field trips and other times as directed by the teacher; organizes room displays, bulletin boards and interest areas appropriate to the pupils’ goals; depending on assignment, orients substitute
{M0033247.DOC} teachers to the program in the absence of the teacher, interacts with and maintains cooperative relationships with all levels of staff and public; communicates effectively in the English language both orally and in writing; demonstrates understanding, patience, a positive attitude and genuine interest in working with students with disabilities; physically participates in activities outside the classroom such as: mainstreaming, recreational activities and field trips; handles information in a discreet and confidential manner: monitors and continues to implement teacher schedules when the teacher must leave the room; plans, formulates and executes clerical procedures/directives in accordance with assigned duties; establishes and maintains friendly, cooperative and effective working relationships with all persons in the course of work; and related duties assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: The position requires a High School Diploma, GED or equivalent; AA degree, 48 college level semester units, or pass District approved examination; bilingual/biliterate capabilities in English/Spanish; demonstration of proper speech patterns in both English and Spanish; possession of a valid California Driver’s license.

Desirable Qualifications: Coursework in education, psychology, child development, classroom behavior management; experience working with young and school-aged children; awareness of developmental levels in areas of instruction; ability to provide students specialized health care procedures as outlined by state regulations (training will be provided); CPR certification within six (6) months of employment.

Physical and Mental Characteristics: Physical, mental and emotional stamina to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position; manual dexterity sufficient to write, use telephone, business machines and classroom equipment including computers; vision sufficient to read printed material; hearing sufficient to conduct in person and telephone conversations; speaking ability to an understandable voice with sufficient volume to be heard in normal conversational distance and on the telephone and addressing groups of students; physical agility to push/pull, squat, twist, turn, bend, stoop, and to reach overhead, climb and move quickly after a child in an emergency situation; ability to lift 45 pounds; physical mobility sufficient to move about the work environment (office, district from school or home site to site); physical stamina sufficient to stand and walk for prolonged periods of time; physical, mental and emotional tolerance to be exposed to noise generated by students in an enclosed environment, physical tolerance to be exposed to dust, pollen, specific agents/chemicals, cleansers, and foul smells; mental acuity to collect and interpret data, evaluate, reason, define problems, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, make valid judgements and decisions. In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, continued employment of persons hired by the Greenfield Union School District after November 6, 1986, will be contingent upon presentation by the employee of acceptable documents verifying identity and authorization for employment in the United States.


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