Direct Care Professional - Classroom

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 (NCI) 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.

Job Description:

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.
  • Must be able to run short distances.
  • Regular lifting of up to 10 pounds.
  • Occasional lifting of up to 30 pounds.

Work Environment

  • Occasional exposure to infectious disease, parasites, bodily fluids, and blood-borne pathogens.
  • Potential exposure to physical contact from students, including slapping, hitting, punching, kicking, head-butting, and biting.
  • Occasional exposure to all weather conditions, including heat, cold, wind, rain, and snow/ice.
  • Mandatory use of Heartspring-standard personal protective equipment.
  • May require use of personal protective equipment, including gloves, helmets, arm guards, and leg guards.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Self-Control – job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive responses, even in very difficult situations.
  • Attention to Detail – job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing assigned tasks.
  • Dependability – job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and to fulfill obligations.
  • Persistence – job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Technology – job requires the ability to use/operate a standard computer system and hand-held devices.


Heartspring offers a generous benefits package including three weeks of paid vacation, sick leave, medical/dental/vision insurance, life insurance, short term disability insurance and retirement plans. Heartspring also offers opportunities to grow within and advance your careers through on-the-job training, internal promotion preferences, and the Heartspring scholarship program to help you go back to school.

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

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