Under the direction of an assigned supervisor, perform a variety of duties pertaining to the care and instruction of severely handicapped students; assist in instructing students individually or in small groups in accordance with prescribed learning objectives; assist in meeting special needs, including feeding, suctioning, injections, catheterization and monitoring health conditions.
Examples of Duties:
Assist instructional personnel to plan, organize and conduct instructional and training activities with children experiencing various physical and learning handicaps; monitor and control student behavior in accordance with established guidelines.
Assist teacher with developing and implementing lesson plans; provide guidance for students in various areas including academic learning, vocational, social and leisure skills, physical development and fitness, and personal hygiene.
Tutor individual or small groups of students, reinforcing instruction as directed by the teacher; monitor and oversee student drills, practices and assignments in various subjects; read age-appropriate stories to students; assist in the preparation of instructional materials.
Assist students with severe eating problems and monitor self feeding students; utilize gastronomy and suctioning equipment; take appropriate action when students have difficulty while eating; prepare and clean lunch area before and after meals as directed.
Greet students at the bus; utilize a wheelchair lift; lift and carry students as necessary; push students in wheelchairs; escort students to and from class.
Lift students in and out of wheelchairs, braces and other orthopedic equipment; assist staff members in positioning pupils and in rendering various forms of personal care such as toileting and diapering, dressing, undressing, bathing and grooming; administer injections and catheterizations as directed.
Oversee children in a classroom, lunchroom or at play as directed; accompany and monitor students during outdoor activities and field trips; assist teacher with modifying student behavior; assist with monitoring student attendance.
Monitor health conditions of students; perform routine first aid and CPR; administer medications according to prescribed dosages and established policies and guidelines.
Confer with teachers with regard to planning and scheduling activities, instructional goals and objectives, student progress and pertinent health or behavioral problems.
Operate a variety of medical equipment including oral suctioning, gastronomy and orthopedic equipment; operate a variety of classroom and office equipment including a copier, laminator, audiovisual equipment and a computer.
Maintain routine records related to assigned activities.
Perform related duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Child guidance principles and practices related to children with special education needs.
Problems and concerns of students with special needs.
Basic subjects taught in District schools including arithmetic, reading, writing, grammar and spelling.
Safe practices in classroom and playground activities.
Basic instructional methods and techniques.
Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.
Oral and written communication skills.
Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
Basic record-keeping techniques.
Classroom procedures and appropriate student conduct.
Operation of standard office and classroom equipment including a computer.
Health and safety regulations.
Demonstrate an understanding, patient and receptive attitude toward severely handicapped children.
Assist and reinforce instruction and related activities in a classroom or assigned learning environment.
Learn methods, techniques and procedures for lifting and moving children.
Learn to operate a variety of medical equipment.
Learn first aid and CPR procedures.
Perform clerical duties related to classroom activities and program requirements.
Monitor, observe and report student behavior and progress according to approved policies and procedures.
Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Understand and relate to children with special needs.
Operate standard office and classroom equipment including a computer.
Observe health and safety regulations.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
This Class must meet the requirements of the Federal and State "No Child Left Behind" NCLB legislation. Qualifications are any combination equivalent to 48 semester units of college study or an AA Degree or upon passing a NCLB qualifying written examination, and some experience working with severely handicapped or emotionally disturbed children in an instructional setting
LICENSES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
Incumbents required to obtain a Valid First Aid and CPR Certificate within six months of employment.
In order to qualify for this position you must meet the NCLB guidelines above.
The first step in the process will be a written exam for those applicants that do not submit their transcripts to verify the completion of 48 or more semester units. This will be a multiple choice exam that covers English, Math, and the Ability to Assist. Study materials are available in the Human Resources department. These materials cannot be sent electronically, you will need to stop by in person to obtain them.
For all applicants that have completed 48 or more semester units OR have successfully passed all three sections of the test described above, there will be a written exam with job-specific questions. There is no waiver for the second exam.
If your application is accepted to move forward in this recruitment , the exam dates are below:
NCLB Exam: (if required)
November 6, 2012 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
November 29, 2012 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
December 17, 2012 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
January 14, 2013 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
February 4, 2013 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Qualifying Exam: (REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICANTS)
November 7, 2012 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
December 3, 2012 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
December 18, 2012 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
January 18, 2013 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
February 5, 2013 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Please make arrangements to be available on the date(s) above. There will be no make up exams offered.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
Positions in the job classification typically work on-call, as needed.
This recruitment is for substitutes only. Applicants interested in permanent positions must reapply during recruitments posted for non-substitute positions.
Applicants selected for permanent or substitute assignments are required to pay for fingerprinting services and obtain Tuberculosis results prior to beginning work. If you have any questions regarding the fees, please feel free to contact the Human Resources Department at (510) 784-2648.