Teaching Assistant, Special Education – Southside (IMMEDIATE OPENING)

JOB TITLE: Teaching Assistant, Special Education – Southside (IMMEDIATE OPENING)

REPORTS TO: Campus School Director, Lead Special Education Teacher

JOB GOAL: The Special Education Teaching Assistant will work under the supervision of the Special Education Teacher(s) to provide instructional and behavioral support for students with special needs.

ILLUSTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:

  • Assist Special Education Teacher with the supervision of students in all instructional settings;
  • Assist Special Education Teacher with behavior management techniques by demonstrating, modeling, and positively reinforcing desired behaviors;
  • Maintain data as identified by teacher(s) and/or Behavior Intervention Plan;
  • Assist in tailoring lessons to an individual student’s needs;
  • Support Special Education teacher with lesson plans by practicing and reinforcing learning concepts and assisting students in reaching goals;
  • Assist students in performing self-help and academic skills;
  • Assist with administration and scoring of tests and work assignments;
  • Assist Special Education Teacher with implementation of accommodations and or modifications;
  • Adapt classroom activities, assignments and/or materials to support and reinforce classroom objectives;
  • Monitor students during transition times throughout the school day, inside and outside of the classroom;
  • Additional duties as assigned.

PROFESSIONAL EXPECTATIONS

  • Demonstrate behavior that is professional, ethical, and responsible;
  • Participate in workshops, seminars, and conferences to enhance knowledge and skills;
  • Demonstrate knowledge, and support of YES Prep Schools mission, values, standards, policies and procedures, confidentiality standards, Employee Field Guide expectations and code of ethical behavior as stated in the Field Guide;
  • Ensure compliance with all state and federal laws, local board policies, administrative guidelines, and the Texas Educators’ Code of Ethics;
  • Serve as appropriate role model for YES Prep colleagues, students, staff, and parents;
  • Conduct self in a professional manner at all times;
  • Ability to perform a variety of tasks, often changing assignments on short notice, with little to no direction;
  • Ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with others.

QUALIFICATIONS:

The ideal candidate for this position will possess the following:

Education/Certification

  • High School diploma
  • Current Educational Aide certification or must obtain certification within one year

Experience

  • Minimum of two years of relevant work experience
  • Ability to physically assist students with self-help, mobility, academic and behavioral skills
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English, preferred

Skills and Mindsets

  • Belief in and commitment to the mission and core value of YES Prep Public Schools
  • Openness to giving and receiving frequent feedback
  • Demonstrated ability to work on a team
  • A dedication to learn, grow, and develop as a professional
  • Belief that every student can and will achieve
  • Ability to work urgently in a fast-paced and results-oriented environment
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and initiatives at once
  • Detail-oriented and self-directed
  • Initiator, problem-solver, and creative thinker
  • Ability to maintain emotional control under stress

Physical Demands/Environmental Factors

  • Frequent prolonged and irregular hours of duty
  • Some light manual labor
  • Endure inclement weather conditions to provide for student safety

COMMITMENT AND COMPENSATION:

Length of Work Year:

This is a full time, non-exempt, hourly position which works 10 months during the regular academic school year; evening and weekend commitments also may be required.

Compensation and Benefits:

Compensation commensurate with experience; YES offers a friendly and committed team of colleagues, and a comprehensive benefits plan including medical, dental, vision, life and disability, plus supplemental policies, and retirement programs, including the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and a 401(k) plan.

  • The forgoing statements describe the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills that may be required. YES Prep Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, pregnancy, or veteran status.

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