Teacher Aide - Arts Academy Elementary Charter School
Position: Teacher Aide
Subject Area: (none)
Job Title: Personal care assistant
Job Location: Arts Academy Elementary Charter School
Beginning: Immediately
Deadline: Open until filled **
District: Arts Academy Elementary Charter School
Allentown, PA 18101
Telephone: 610-841-4560 EXT 1201
Job Description:
Special Education Personal Care Assistant

Job Summary

Special education personal care assistants provide one to one support and assistance to a student in an inclusinary setting (i.e. least restrictive environment). The personal care assistant helps the teacher in working with an individual student in meeting their instructional needs, as well as providing assistance to the special needs students by caring for their physical and emotional health and safety by affirming their abilities, and striving to promote dignity in all relationships

Responsibilities and Duties:
  • As per the student’s IEP, assist student with any supports/ modifications needed to access facilities and curriculum, including physical support and adapted teaching materials 
  • Help teachers with daily tasks 
  • Work alongside the student making sure the environment is safe, nurturing and academically stimulating.
  • Support and/or assist the student(s) to become as independent as possible and to display socially acceptable behaviors in the school environment
  • Acquire 20 hours of job related professional development 
  • Work in an environment with frequent interruptions
  • Follow directions and effectively manage job responsibilities
  • Exercise good judgment in prioritizing tasks
  • Appropriately handle confidential information in accordance with District policies 
  • Assist the special education and regular education teachers in the delivery of appropriate instructional and behavioral strategies as per the individualized educational plan (IEP).
  • Under the direction of the teacher, provide instructional and behavioral support for the purpose of supporting/reinforcing lessons (e.g., administering tests, tutoring or reinforcing instruction).
  • Under the direction of the teacher, collect observational and academic data for the purpose of progress monitoring.
  • Maintain student’s files/records for the purpose of documenting activities and/or providing reliable information.
  • Under the direction of the teacher, follow and implement positive behavior support plans.
  • Participate in specialized training related to specific individualized needs of the eligible student with an IEP.
  •  Maintain confidentiality in accordance with FERPA regulations/Chapter 14.
  • Respond appropriately to emergency situations as per standing orders and other policies and procedures.
  • When another paraprofessional (instructional or educational interpreter) assigned within the building is absent (short-term), the administrator of the building may reassign other paraprofessionals to support special education student(s) based on a priority of needs.
  • If the instructional para professional is assigned to work with one student and the student is absent, the administrator of the building may reassign the paraprofessional during the absence of the student within special education.
  • Perform such other tasks within the expectation of this job category and/or assume such other responsibilities as may be assigned or delegated by the Superintendent of Schools, principal, or Director of Special Education.

Reports to: Special Education Coordinator

Job Qualifications:
  • Associate's Degree (Bachelor’s preferred), or PA State Para-Professional Certification
  • Minimum of 1 year experience working with children preferably with disabilities
  • Must be able to sit, stand, walk, climb stairs, and bend as well as attending to the physical and hygiene needs of children and may require additional physical demands.
This is a full time 10 month position offering a full benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance, tuition reimbursement and a retirement savings package. 
Acts 31, 68, 114 and 151 clearances and Physical and TB test on PA State Standard form will be required to be completed the prior to the first day of employment. 

** District reserves the right to close any Job Posting when a suitable applicant has been found before the deadline date.
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