Academy District 20
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SpEd Paraprofessional - Behavior
at Academy District 20
The mission of Academy District 20 is to educate every student in a safe and nurturing environment and to provide comprehensive, challenging curricular and extracurricular opportunities that meet the unique needs of every individual by expanding interests, enhancing abilities, and equipping every student with the knowledge, skills, and character essential to being a responsible citizen of our community, our nation, and the world.
Independently implements behavior programs as instructed by behavior coordinator and/or IEP team and models behavioral programming for staff members who work with students with behavior problems. Note: This position addresses current student needs at the specified school. If the current program/school should experience a change in student needs, the individual filling this position may be required to change locations to another school where needs are demonstrated. This could occur at any time during the school year.
The job description information below is under review by the Human Resources Department and may not necessarily contain all elements of the position. The district reserves the right to modify or change the duties or the essential functions of this job at any time. This information does not create a contractual relationship with the staff member and includes such duties, services, activities, tasks, and related assignments that shall generally be assigned by an administrator as part of the functions of this position.
The following statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and other key duties that may be required. The description may not include all functions performed by the incumbents in various locations. The district reserves the right to modify or change the duties or the essential functions of this job at any time.
- Reports consistently for work as scheduled
- Performs other duties as assigned
- Attains proficient or higher evaluations on established Performance Standards
- Implements established student behavior plans in a neutral and professional manner
- Provides assistance in behavior management, to include appropriate utilization of Nonviolent Crisis Intervention techniques
- Performs direct observation of students in order to assist with functional behavioral assessment of students with behavioral problems
- Collects, maintains, and charts behavioral data on students per established plan with behavior coordinator
- Maintains regular communication with student’s classroom teachers, special education team, counselors, and administrators, to identify changes/progress in behavioral interventions
- Communicates issues regarding the physical setting of the student’s school environment, to include the time-out area, to help ensure that it is appropriate for maximizing successful behavioral intervention for the student
- Organizes and reports behavioral data for students receiving behavioral services at meetings with school staff and parents and in IEP team meetings
- Informs appropriate school staff and/or behavior program coordinator of progress, changes, problems, materials needed, etc.
- Assists staff members at school in performance of activities associated with student’s behavior program when responsibility for behavioral programming is transferred to student’s home school
- Monitors/consults regarding established behavior programs that have been turned over to staff members at the student’s school
High School Diploma or General Education Diploma (GED)
Must possess, or be willing to obtain and renew/maintain, Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training and CPI certification
Ability to record and interpret objective data related to behavior assessments and programs
Must possess, or be willing to obtain and renew/maintain, CPR and First Aid certification
Willing to be trained to carry out delegated nursing practices
Colorado Driver’s License or be eligible at time of application
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Ability to accommodate need for flexible scheduling
- Ability to maintain an appropriate attitude toward behaviorally and/or emotionally disordered students
- Ability to maintain confidentiality of information regarding the student(s) with the educational team working directly with the student(s)
- Ability to transport self to various locations throughout the district
- Ability to understand and follow school policies and procedures in a variety of settings to include preschool, elementary school, middle school, and high school; and to defer necessary discipline to the appropriate authority, except in situations where student safety is jeopardized
- Demonstration of exceptional communication skills regarding student behaviors
- Well-developed knowledge of behaviorally and/or emotionally disturbed population
- Well-developed knowledge of possible/appropriate interventions for behaviorally and/or emotionally disturbed population
- Well-developed knowledge of, and ability to collect and record, behavioral data
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a staff member typically encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. They are included for informational purposes and are not all-inclusive.
- The noise level in the work environment may alternate among quiet, moderate, and loud.
- The incumbent is frequently required to interact in person and through communication methods with the students, public, and/or other staff.
- The incumbent is required to work scheduled school/work hours and/or days.
- The incumbent may be required to work extended school/work hours and/or days as directed.
- Work is generally performed in the school setting but could include observing/monitoring at the bus stop, riding the bus while student is being transported, and/or instructional settings within the community or student’s home during periods of transition.
- The incumbent may experience exposure to high noise levels associated with a classroom environment.
- The incumbent may experience the threat of direct or indirect personal harm, or conflict situations.
- May occasionally experience verbal or physical threats from students.
Physical Demands: The following are some of the physical demands commonly associated with this position. They are included for informational purposes and are not all-inclusive. All physical demands, if listed, are considered essential functions
- Sits, stands, walks, stoops, kneels, and crouches/squats while performing duties
- Has oral and auditory capacity enabling interaction interpersonally and/or through communication devices
- Uses eyes, hands, and finger coordination enabling the use of equipment and writing utensils
- Ability to physically restrain, following the guidelines of Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, an acting out student
- Ability to physically escort a student to various locations (i.e., time-out area)
- Lifts/pushes/pulls or carries burdens weighing up to 50 lbs.; may have to lift students when assistance is required; able to safely lift 50 lbs. each in a two person lift
- Ability to provide personal transportation to various locations throughout the district
- Ability to perform visual and auditory monitoring of student while in time-out/various locations
- Conducts activities involving climbing, stooping, kneeling/bending, crouching/squatting, twisting, and reaching
Cognitive Functions: The following are some of the cognitive functions commonly associated with this position. They are included for informational purposes and are not all-inclusive. The staff member may be required to analyze, communicate, compare, compile, compute, coordinate, copy, evaluate, instruct, negotiate, synthesize, reason, and use interpersonal skills.
Hours per Week:
New Applicants: Please note that if you are hired by District 20, fingerprinting is required. You will be responsible for the cost of fingerprinting.
All custodial positions require the ability to lift 50 pounds and to push/pull burdens up to 100 pounds.
All special education positions require the ability to safely lift 50 pounds each in a two person lift.
|Current District 20 Staff:|
|Current District 20 staff members should complete a transfer request form and return it to the Human Resources Office. The transfer request form and important transfer information can be found on the District 20 Intranet site: Click on Resources and Forms, click on Forms and Documents, click on 20Net Human Resources Documents, click on HR_Other_Forms_Miscellaneous, and click on the document name HIRING - Transfer Request Form.|
|New applicants must register with the Academy District 20 Employment Opportunities site and complete the online application.|
|Please identify your interest in specific positions on the Preferences page of the online application.|
|Since school administrators will be able to access your completed online application, please do not call to request site visits or interviews at the school. Please direct all inquiries via the email address indicated on the posting.|