Job Description / Essential Elements:
Under direction, through individual and group instruction, assists pupils to fulfill their capacities for mental, physical, emotional and social growth; uses teaching techniques appropriate to stimulate their abilities and interests; uses special instructional procedures as necessary to meet the individual needs of severely handicapped pupils.
To perform a job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed in the job description are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Develops and implements curriculum activities that correlate to the pupils' objectives; supervises and/or assists pupils in all levels of the program as directed by the supervisor; evaluates pupils utilizing criterion and/or norm-referenced tests that are appropriate to determine the pupils' functioning levels in the areas of communication, motor, social, self-help, academic, vocational education and cognitive skills; develops an appropriate IEP with specific content that contains measurable goals and objectives based on assessment, knowledge of child development, basic principles of learning and learning continuums; monitors learning and adjusts teaching strategies and activities accordingly; completes records accurately; prepares a written pre-planned daily schedule of pupil/ class lessons and activities; conducts all, pupil-related procedures in compliance with State regulations and time lines; attends staff meetings as called by the supervisor; maintains positive communication parents/ guardians; maintains safe environment; advocate for and facilitates mainstreaming or inclusion with age appropriate peers in regular program, community and job facilitation; develops and implements behavior management system; follows health and safety policy in caring for students basic needs and maintaining classroom cleanliness; supervises, provides inservice and assists in the evaluation of Instructional Assistants; on-site liaison with regular staff; serves on Disaster Preparedness Team; coordinates dispersement of medication as prescribed by doctor and complies with Monterey County Office of Education Board Policies and Administrative Regulations.
Provides a positive environment in which to learn; assists pupils in developing vocational skills and sound work habits; maintains support services by discussion with supervisor; organizes room displays, bulletin boards and interest areas that are appropriate to pupil goals and interests using pupils' products; makes home and off-site visits as necessary; provides specialized health care procedures (i.e. seizures, catheters, special tubes) as per State regulations.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL CHARACTERISTICS
Physical, mental and emotional stamina to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position; manual dexterity sufficient to write, use telephone, business machines and classroom equipment; vision sufficient to read printed materials; hearing sufficient to conduct in person and telephone conversations; speaking ability in an understandable voice with sufficient volume to be heard in normal conversational distance, on the telephone and addressing groups; physical agility to push/pull, squat, twist, turn, bend, stoop and to reach overhead, climb and move quickly or run after a child in an emergency situation; physical mobility sufficient to move about the work environment (office, district, from school or home site-to-site), drive an automobile, and respond to emergency situations; physical strength sufficient to lift 45 pounds alone and more with a two-person lift; physical stamina sufficient to sit, stand or walk for prolonged periods of time; physical tolerance to be exposed to chemicals, cleansers and foul smells; mental acuity to collect and interpret data, evaluate, reason, define problems, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, make valid judgments and decisions.
Education and Experience
„h Bachelor of Arts degree from an accredited college or university
„h California Teaching Credential authorizing performance of service within programs for the severely disabled
„h Possess specialized techniques or skills pertinent to working with the severely disabled, such as training or experience in vocational education programming
„h Experience working with severely disabled children
„h Strong organizational and planning skills
„h Knowledge of First Aid
„h CPR Certification within six (6) months of employment
„h Work cooperatively with a team
„h Physically participate in activities outside the classroom, such as: the vocational education program, mainstreaming, swim program, recreational activities and field trips
„h Handle information in a discreet and confidential manner
„h Interact with and maintain cooperative relationships with all levels of staff and the public
„h Communicate effectively in the English language both orally and in writing
„h Exercise reasonable judgment in unusual circumstances
„h Use sign language and finger spelling
„h Knowledge of child development levels
„h Ability to use Signing Exact English (SEE Signs)
„h Trained in Professional Assault Response Training
„h Trained in disaster preparedness
„h Experience with Behavior Management Techniques