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Instructional Assistant/Paraprofessional

Company: Substitute Teacher Service
Location: Bethlehem
Posted on: May 14, 2022

Job Description:

The following openings pertain to these school districts: Baldwin-Whitehall, CAIU-15, Camp Hill, Cocalico, Colonial, Ephrata Area School District, Highlands, Huntingdon, Juniata County, SD of Jenkintown, SD of Lancaster , Lower Dauphin, Lower Moreland Twp., Manheim Township, Methacton, Middletown Area, Mifflin County, Newport, South Park, Southern York, Spring-Ford, TIU-11, Unionville-Chadds Ford, Upper Darby, Upper Merion, Wallingford-Swarthmore, Warwick, and William Penn.

Position Summary
An instructional assistant/paraprofessional is an individual who is non-certified in the area in which they are assisting (even though he/she may be licensed or certified in a profession or a technical field) who aids a certified professional in a team approach, to the performance of the certified professional s assigned program responsibilities.

Job Duties
Day-to-day job duties of an instructional assistant/paraprofessional are determined by the classroom teacher or his/her designee, as they may vary depending upon the changing needs of the classroom(s), student(s), and/or school district. Instructional assistants/paraprofessionals of any capacity are subject to daily reassignment, depending on the needs of the day. The instructional assistant/paraprofessional must comply with the duties outlined by their superior.

Qualifications and Required Documents

  • Proof of a high school diploma or higher education
  • A Pennsylvania Criminal Records check (Act 34) that is clean and less than 5 years old **
  • A Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance History (Act 151) that is clean and less than 5 years old **
  • NEW! Effective 1/1/2015, you can now obtain this clearance online!
  • A FBI Criminal History Record that is clean and less than 5 years old **

    - We recommend that you use our web links posted on our website to be sure to get the correct clearances.

    You can find those at the bottom of the Open Positions Page
    • Proof of a TB test or chest x-ray that is less than two years old
    • 3 professional references (contact information) and/or letters
    • A Resume
    • Routing number and account number for direct deposit setup
    • 2 Valid forms of Identification for I-9. Click here for acceptable forms.
      • A valid, working email address __ not a college or university address for those will expire! If you do not have a valid email address, it is recommended that you set up for example a Hotmail or GMail email account. This is how all future communications from STS will reach you.
      • Effective 12/22/2014: In accordance with PA Act 168 of 2014, a list of all current and past employers, including contact information, for all jobs held where you have or had direct contact with children.
        ** Please note: clearances cannot be older than 5 years however, some districts may require new clearances that are less than 1 year old!

        If you have taken any mandated training for Act 126 (Mandated Reporting) and/or Act 71 (Suicide Prevention), please provide proof of training-preferably a certificate of completion. Please include any additional certificates for specialized training (i.e. Crisis Prevention Intervention).

        Essential Functions
        The instructional assistant/paraprofessional is responsible for providing assistance to instructional programs by assisting the teacher in achieving educational objectives by working with individual students or small groups to help them achieve the skill levels of the class as a whole. The paraprofessional assists the teacher in providing a well-organized, smoothly functioning class environment in which students can take full advantage of the instructional program and available resource materials.

        Essential duties and responsibilities of this position may vary in nature due to changes in schedule, student or district need, and include but are not limited to:

        Executes instructional activities with individual students or small groups of students following teacher direction and demonstration. Provides review and reinforcement in assigned academic subject area; tutors in general education classroom subjects; assists with homework assignments. Provides assistance to students during special classes (art, music, etc.).
        Assists students in special education and general education classes. Assists in preparation of materials for class, classroom activities, assignments, location of supplementary materials from school library and other resources areas. Orally administers and transcribes tests if appropriate.
        Guides independent study, enrichment work, and review material set up and assigned by the teacher.
        Implements behavior management programs designed by teachers and/or school psychologist. Counts and records specific student behaviors; administers procedures in the positive behavior support plan.
        Monitors student use of instructional equipment. Provides general maintenance of equipment including cleaning and disinfecting.
        Serves as a source of information and help to any substitute teacher assigned in the absence of the regular teacher, while maintaining a consistent level of respect and professionalism.
        Maintains the same high level of ethical behavior and confidentiality of information about students as is expected in the classroom teachers.
        Assists with student supervision in regards to:
        • Leaving and entering transportation vehicles (when directed), and accompanies students to and from classroom.
        • Emergency drills.
        • Use of equipment
        • Activities of daily living (when directed)
        • Observes and intervenes to redirect inappropriate behavior
        • Monitors and guides student(s) to pay attention, participate in activities and complete tasks.
          Must practice in accordance with the Substitute Teacher Service, Inc. Paraprofessional Handbook policies, and school district policies.

          Reasonable Accommodations Statement
          To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function outlined above. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

          Physical Requirements
          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.

          Sitting or standing for extended periods of time
          Ability to quickly trail any student that elopes
          Moderate lifting from 15-35 pounds
          Moving of various items - up to 30 pounds
          Manual dexterity to use office equipment

          Other Physical Requirements
          Ability to write legibly
          Vision (Near, Color, Depth Perception)
          Sense of Sound (Ability to hear fire alarms, bells, and PA system)
          Sense of Touch
          Ability to speak clearly and distinctly

          Work Environment
          The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

          Physical Environment
          Work is performed in all areas of district buildings, grounds, vehicles, and/or any area in which a district activity or function is taking place.
          Exposed to varying degrees of temperature relative to the conditions occurring in nature outside.

          Emotional Environment
          The ability to work with students and adults displaying a variety of emotions including, but not limited to, joy, happiness, sorrow, fear, anger and aggression in controlled, uncontrolled and unpredictable situations.

          At your interview, we will take a photo of you for an ID badge. Please dress appropriately.

          IMPORTANT NOTICE: You must bring all official, original documents to your interview. Original, official documents that have been altered in any way will not be accepted.

Keywords: Substitute Teacher Service, Bethlehem , Instructional Assistant/Paraprofessional, Other , Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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