Classroom Paraeducator

JOB SUMMARY

A Classroom Paraeducator works in the school/classroom environment with students with developmental disabilities and severe behavior problems.  Classroom Paraeducators work directly with students, sometimes in a one-to-one capacity, in order to promote independence in the areas of communication, self-help, social skills, and functional living skills.

PRIMARY FUNCTIONS

  1. Provide a safe, clean, and nurturing environment that meets and/or exceeds all requirements set forth by Heartspring.
  2. Provide a structured environment for students by following the schedule of activities that promotes the student’s learning opportunities and their independent living skills.
  3. Implement and document the students’ training programs as prescribed in the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or informal training programs in the home setting.
  4. Implement, document, and provide input into the Student Support Plan (SSP), as outlined by the psychology department.
  5. Implement and document student-specific training in specialized areas, as prescribed by the students’ teams (i.e., Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Therapy).
  6. Escort students to off-campus events, including special outings, field trips, and healthcare appointments.
  7. Perform and assist with non-violent behavior management system for crisis intervention as needed.
  8. Adhere to all procedures and techniques as outlined in the Safe and Positive Approaches (S&PA) training.
  9. Communicate effectively with students, parents, teachers, team members, supervisors, and all persons involved in the students’ programs.
  10. Document and/or report any health concerns, whether ongoing (i.e. diabetes, seizures) or emergent (i.e., lacerations, bruises).
  11. Document and report any instances of abuse, neglect, exploitation, or other unusual incidents or events, as per Heartspring and Department of Child & Family Services guidelines.
  12. Prompt and regular attendance is required; working on major holidays is necessary, as scheduled.

SECONDARY FUNCTIONS

  1. Assist in training and welcoming new Classroom Paraeducators into the School.
  2. Provide specific verbal praise for students throughout the day.
  3. Assist students with eating their lunch.
  4. Provide for the safety and protection of the students in the event of an emergency (fire, tornado, severe weather, etc.), whether on campus or out in the community.
  5. Manage students’ clothing and personal belongings, and notifying the supervisor of any needs in a timely manner.
  6. Complete tasks as assigned by supervisor.
  7. Complete other duties, as assigned.

Schedule:

Monday - Friday 7:15am to 4pm (some variance)

Qualifications:

EDUCATIONAL, TRAINING, AND LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS

  • High school diploma, or equivalent.
  • Valid Kansas drivers’ license and good driving record preferred (required in order to drive students in Heartspring vehicles).
  • Must successfully complete all required orientation and training conducted by Heartspring staff.
  • Must complete 18 hours of in-service training per year.
  • Must make up all missed trainings, classes, and meetings in a timely manner.
  • Must maintain NCI certification (annual).
  • Must maintain CPR certification.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Able to perform significant, prolonged, and frequent amounts of walking, standing, sitting, stooping, squatting, bending, twisting, reaching, and kneeling.
  • Regular lifting of up to 10 pounds.
  • Occasional lifting of up to 30 pounds.

Compensation:

$12.00 to $16.61 per hour.

Benefits:

Health, Vision, and Dental Insurance

Life Insurance

Retirement

Disability

Edcuation, professional development and scholarship opportunities

Vacation, Sick, and Holiday Leave

Employee Assistance Program

Flexible Spending Accounts

Heartspring is a drug-free campus. Heartspring is an EEO employer. 

Reference Code:

QYYJUIZQBS

 Print Description

Creating hope and opportunity that changes the lives of children with special needs and their families

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Heartspring is an equal opportunity employer. Heartspring does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability or genetics, pregnancy, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable local, state or federal law.

All job openings are located in Wichita, KS.

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