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St. Louis Park
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February 12, 2019

Special Education Assistant

Careers at Saint Louis Park Public Schools:
We are an exciting academically focused urban District serving all students from diverse backgrounds.  SLP is a vibrant growing organization and a leading employer in the area.  Are you up for a challenge to impact the future?  Would you like to join a team of the best, the brightest and most caring people to find bold new ways to serve approximately 5000 students and their families? You'll find opportunities to grow and develop as we work together to learn together to create the environment that creates learning for staff and the students we serve. Are you ready? It's time to do your life's best work with us.
Title: PARA –Level Five- Special Education      
Department: Special Services   
Reports to: Principal/Special Education Supervisor     
DBM Classification: B22
Prepared Date: December 2018
FTE: (32.5 hours per week) 
Under general supervision, assists students in school classrooms with educational programs and assignments, provides assistance to Teachers as directed, and assists students with after-school and special education programs, and special events.

  • Review daily plans, set up materials and implement systems of data collection, clarifying directions with teachers and IEP managers as needed.
  • Communicate with specialists, Individualized Education Program (IEP) managers and classroom teachers, providing input into planning and feedback about student progress as directed by teachers.
  • Provide necessary supervision of students on and off school grounds during transitional, large and small group activities.
  • Maintain knowledge of Individual Health Plans, Individual Education Programs (IEP's) and Behavior Intervention Plans for assigned students
  • Implement student Individual Behavior Intervention Plan and maintain behavior records and reports necessary for effective management of student behavior.
  • Take timely and decisive action in crisis intervention, choosing from previously established responses appropriate to building procedures and individual student programs.
  • Carry out emergency evacuation or other safety procedures designed for individual students, utilizing proper transferring techniques for students with physical impairments.
  • Supervise class in the event the teacher is called away briefly. 
  • Seek guidance from principal or other licensed staff as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Fluency in Spanish
  • Knowledge of basic math, reading, language, science, or other academic concepts pertinent to area of assignment.
  • Knowledge of general learning concepts, theories and fundamentals.
  • Knowledge of child development fundamentals and concepts.
  • Knowledge of problem solving and conflict resolution techniques.
  • Knowledge of behavioral management strategies, crisis intervention and methods.
  • Knowledge of district policies, guidelines, rules or philosophy pertaining to discipline and appropriate student behavior and consequences.
  • Skill in supervising student behavior and applying consistent consequences for appropriate and inappropriate behaviors.
  • Skilled adapting lesson plans to the individual needs of students to facilitate their learning and to assist them in meeting any individual learning plans and objectives
  • Reading and interpreting documents, administrative policies, manuals, department guidelines and operational procedures. 
  • Writing routine correspondence, routine reports, memos, documents, charts or other correspondence/recording keeping requirements of the job.
  • Presenting, reintroducing and reinforcing information in 1:1 and/or small group situation to students, parents, staff or other employees concerning district/program routines, polices, rules, learning principles, concepts and other lesson plans.
  • Taking instruction from and direction from licensed personnel and following classroom/program routines.
  • Learning and applying academic subject material relevant to their duties and needed in the reinforcement or tutoring of students.
  • Interacting with and serving as a role model concerning learning and behaviors.
  • Dealing appropriately with student conflict and behavioral issues consistently and in accordance with district guidelines, disciplinary principles and/or individual student plans.
  • Reinforcing and assisting students in acquiring or performing basic living skills or health needs.
  • 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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; talk; and hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; and lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close and the ability to adjust focus.
  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.
  • Fluency in Spanish.  AA degree or the completion of 60 post-secondary credits in relevant subject areas.  Experience working in a culturally diverse educational environment.
Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other protected characteristics.


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