Teacher Aide - Fairwold Academy at PHMC
Position: Teacher Aide
Subject Area: (none)
Job Title: Instructional and Behavioral Assistant
Job Location: Fairwold Academy, Fort Washington, PA
Beginning: Immediately
Deadline: Open until filled **
District: Fairwold Academy at PHMC
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Telephone: 215-985-2500 EXT 2509
Job Description:
This position is responsible for the delivery of services and instructional activities for students in the program. The IBA collaborates with members of the instructional team in the planning and implementation of behavioral and academic interventions and supports to ensure students receive a quality educational program. The IBA also may support small groups or individual students as assigned by the Principal.  The IBA functions under the direct supervision of the Special Education Teacher and reports to the Principal.

  • Effectively manage the operation of a safe and orderly environment and assist in the on-going implementation of the behavior management program in the classroom and in non-instructional areas, holding students accountable for their actions by establishing and enforcing PBIS.
  • Provides support to the school community at all times to maintain a safe school environment; provides support to students in crisis or those students demonstrating non-compliant behavior.
  • Assist the teacher in observing, recording and charting behavior; input all required behavioral reports, incident reports, and other documentation in the maintenance of a safe school environment.
  • Provide direct supervision and effectively manage instructional and non-instructional environments, including transitions, lunchroom, afternoon activities, and during approved instructional times that students utilize for breaks.
  • Assist with planning and preparation, delivery, and assessment of academic and behavioral instruction.
  • Actively engages students in learning activities.
  • Effectively uses PBIS, Mandt, and trauma-informed practices.
  • Implements accommodations and adaptations as designated on a student’s IEP.
  • Regularly attends professional development and transfers theory into practice.
  • Maintain a classroom that fosters structure and support conducive to learning.
  • Assist the teacher with regular communication with parents, guardians, and other team members.
  • Adheres to all PHMC and Fairwold policies and procedures.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.
Physical demands/work environment
  • Routine school environment.  Employee may be involved in de-escalating student behaviors using mandatory approved techniques.
  • Potential exposure to blood borne pathogens; may transport students in agency in accordance with PA Department of Education and Department of Transportation requirements and school and PHMC procedures. 
  • Ability to climb stairs and walk on uneven terrain, play yards and school grounds.
  • Ability to move rapidly, forward, backward and laterally.
  • Physical capacity to lift, move and position a student up to age 21 who may weigh 150 pounds or more with the assistance of other properly training personnel.
  • Ability to independently utilize routine office equipment.
  • Ability to independently travel outside of school hours as determined by administration.
  • The physical demands and work environment described is 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.
Education and Experience:
  • Minimum requirement: Associate’s degree OR completion of 60 postsecondary credits OR a high school diploma AND completion of the Credential of Competency for Special Education Paraeducators in Pennsylvania
  • Three years’ experience working with a special needs population in a school setting and an understanding of emotional and behavioral disorders, mental health issues, autism, developmental delays, Intellectual disabilities.

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