ORINDA UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT
SPECIAL SERVICES ASSISTANT
Purpose Statement/s: The job of “Special Services Assistant” (SSA) is done for the purpose/s of assisting (under supervision of the Special Education Teacher, Principal, Associate Principal and/or Director of Special Services) and accepting direction from the instructional staff to implement a student’s IEP. The instructional staff could include a Special Education Teacher, General Education Teacher, Behavior Specialist, Occupational Therapist, Speech-Language Pathologist, School Nurse or other service provider.
Essential Job Functions:
· Assists in providing an environment in which students with exceptional needs can have access to the instructional program and available resources; assists with implementation of instructional plans for individual students; implementation of goals in student’s IEP’s; assists with implementation of Behavior Intervention Plans and keeps students focused and on task during group activities; assists students working on individualized programs in speech development, cognitive, self-help, gross and fine motor, social-emotional, toileting and vocational skills and assists students with the use of specialized equipment and modification of general equipment, e.g. communication board, computer use and adaptive equipment.
- Prepares lesson materials under the supervision of the teacher; maintains and organizes students’ records and files under the supervision of the teacher; maintains individual treatment and medication records for student(s) as directed by the School Nurse or appropriate administrator and maintains the confidentiality and security of sensitive information.
· Provides intensive support to students with special needs in the Instructional Support Program; in small groups or one-on-one in the general education or special education settings or on the playground; attends IEP meetings as needed.
- Performs necessary services required for the physical, social-emotional and academic needs of the special education student.
- Maintains data logs regarding student’s performances in various instructional and IEP objectives in order to measure student progress; assists with instructional related activities such as correcting tests and homework, organizing and implementing planned activities with supervision; performs duties related to the student’s specific disability as may be assigned, e.g. taking notes, reading and recording information; organizes students’ records and files under the supervision of the teacher; individual treatment and medication records for student(s) as directed by the School Nurse or appropriate administrator; confidentiality and security of sensitive information.
Other Job Functions:
- Monitors safety and teaches social skills in a variety of settings including lunch, recess, field trips and the classroom; acts as a conduit between the general education and special education teacher; assists students.
- Manages students with extreme behaviors (tantrums, self-injurious behaviors, property destruction, etc.;incorporates sensory activities under Occupational Therapist’s supervision to help calm specific students or teach specific skills; assists students with special physical needs with mobility, structural adaptation, personal hygiene requirements (bathroom assistance, clean intermittent catheterization), eating requirements, washing hands, etc., when necessary; may need to provide life sustaining procedures (with training) as identified in the assigned student’s IEP, and may need to provide specialized health care which includes, but is not limited to, specialized feeding, dispensing medication, tracheotomy, tube suctioning, etc.;
- Supports students in general education classes by helping them access the general curriculum and implementing modifications and accommodations as specified in the IEP.
- Maintains appropriate communication with parents via phone calls or written communication as directed by supervisor(s).
Job Requirements – Qualifications:
- Experience Required: Experience working with children in an educational setting, preferably experience working in Special Education; experience in the care and supervision of students with special needs, autism, emotional disturbances, behavioral disorders, behavior management and non-aversive behavior management techniques highly desirable.
- Skills, Knowledge and/or Abilities Required:
Skills to perform generalized activities such as organizing classroom materials and preparing student work areas; operates basic office equipment and familiarity with MAC and/or PC operating systems;; learns specific methodology (TEACCH, ABA) to help instruct students and is responsible for implementing instruction using methodology.
Knowledge to prepare lesson materials under the supervision of the teacher
Abilities to learn and understand the specific physical, emotional and behavioral needs of students; learn the instructional methods and techniques used on the assigned program; supervise and maintain the trust and confidence of students in learning and recreational activities; work independently with general guidance; understand and carry out oral and written instructions; establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted during the course of work; from time to time may be required to perform a different education duty as requested by the Principal, Associate Principal or Special Education Teacher and perform related duties as assigned.
Education Required: Must have AA degree or have passed the NCLB compliant Instructional Assistant exam; experience in working with children in an educational setting, preferably experience working in Special Education; ability to maintain cooperative and effective relationships with children and adults; some experience in the care and supervision of students with special needs, autism, emotional disturbances, behavioral disorders, behavior management and non-aversive behavior management techniques highly desirable.
Licenses, Certifications, Bonding, and/or Testing Required: Criminal Justice Fingerprint Clearance; current TB clearance and CPR certification.
SUMMARY OF PHYSICAL DEMANDS RATINGS
JOB TITLE: Special Services Assistant
The following analysis entails an evaluation of the “Physical Demands” factors of the job as it exists. This method provides a basis for permitting modification to fit the capabilities and needs of workers with disabilities.
Rating Symbol Key:
NP = Not Present – Does not exist
O = Occasionally – Up to 1/3 of the time
F = Frequently – From 1/3 to 2/3 of the time
C = Constantly – 2/3 or more of the time
1. STRENGTH: 5. TALKING:
A. Standing 5% Ordinary C
Walking 20% Other O
Sitting 75% HEARING:
B. Lifting O 25 - 50 lbs. Other Sounds O
Carrying O 25 lbs.
Pushing O 25 - 50 lbs. 6. SEEING:
Pulling O 25 - 50 lbs. Acuity, Near F
Acuity, Far F
2. CLIMBING: O Depth Perception F
BALANCING: O Accommodation F
Color Vision O
3. STOOPING: O Field of Vision F
4. REACHING: F
- 7. PHYSICAL DEMANDS RATING SUMMARY: Medium Work: 2 3 (4) (5) (6)
(DOL Physical Demand Categories 1 to 6 are very significant to the customary performance of the job if contained in parenthesis)
8. PHYSICAL DEMANDS COMMENTS: Examples of reaching/handling are instructional materials; seeing is looking around at students, projects and playground.
SUMMARY OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS RATINGS
JOB TITLE: Special Services Assistant
The following analysis represents evaluation of the surroundings in which the job is performed. Environmental Conditions must by definition be specific and related to the job.
Key to Environmental Factors Rating:
NP = Not Present in the Job Environment
S = Seldom – Under 5% of the Work Day
O = Occasionally – Up to 1/3 Time
F = Frequently – From 1/3 to 2/3 Time
C = Constantly – 2/3 or More Time
- 1. ENVIRONMENT:
Inside 80% Outside 20%
“Inside/Outside work site location” = Summertime outside
2. EXTREME COLD: NP
3. EXTREME HEAT: NP
4. WET/HUMID: NP
- NOISE: (IN DECIBELS) 80 decibels
“Noise” = Children in classroom and playground. Fire alarm may exceed this value.
- 6. HAZARDS:
Radiant Energy NP
Other Hazard/s S
“Mechanical Hazards” = Furniture and paper cutter
“Other Hazards” = Student disturbances, animal bites, flu, colds and other contagions
7. ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS:
Poor Ventilation NP
Other Atmospheric HazardsNP
"Dust Exposure" = Pollen, sand, playground
8. PROTECTIVE CLOTHING - DEVICES:
"Protective Devices" = Latex gloves
9. E. C. SUMMARY: Inside and Outside Work 2 3 4 5 6 7 Numbers encircled by () indicate significant involvement of factors enumerated and rated above.