Job Title: Paraprofessional Tier 3
Pay Range: $20.17-$21.17
Class Title: Full Time – Non Exempt
Hours per week: 40
Union: Local 808
Job Summary: This paraprofessional position, under the supervision of the teacher, is responsible for the instruction, accommodations and personal care of students with pronounced physical and intellectual impairments. The paraprofessional is responsible for the development of an effective personal relationship with children having special needs, which requires an unusual amount of patience, empathy and flexibility on the part of the paraprofessional. The position requires assisting a teacher in various instructional duties and performing clerical duties according to established procedures which can be learned on the job and including following a medical plan for students under the guidance of the school nurse.
- Maintains and adheres to strict confidentiality requirements regarding students, parents and other staff.
- Works with individual students or small groups of students to reinforce learning of material or skills initially introduced by the teacher.
- Physically able to restrain a student if necessary, using CPI Techniques and standards.
- Assists the teacher in planning, modification and implementation of curriculum, instruction and assessment.
- Uses age and developmentally appropriate instructional procedures and reinforcement techniques.
- Assists children with academic and/or functional skills of previously introduced concepts following teacher instruction and direction.
- Instructs small groups of students in specific subject areas with teacher direction.
- Monitors and supervises students and/or continues lessons during short-term teacher absences.
- Prepares and gathers materials and supplies.
- Provides supervisory support to students during play periods, lunch periods, detention and/or during student arrival and dismissal both indoors and out of doors.
- Provides positive reinforcement as dictated by the Behavioral Support Plan.
- Participates in Professional Development and completes all training required by the school district.
- Receives additional training if deemed necessary for the position, including but not limited to, positions involving students with autism spectrum disorders or behavioral disorders.
- Supervises students in a designated de-escalation area with other adults in safe proximity.
- Supports students when rejoining the group following de-escalation time.
- Under the direction of appropriate professionals, follows through with IEP goals and supplementary services such as, but not limited to, OT, PT, and Speech/Language.
- Records and reports data on student behavior and performance.
- Follow through with activities of daily living skills, including feeding, lifting, transferring, toileting and changing.
- Ability to respond simultaneously to a variety of needs for students and staff while maintaining a high degree of sensitivity to individual needs.
- Ability to learn and assist students with the use of a variety of augmentative/communication devices and activities.
- Assist in Behavioral Intervention Plan (BIP) implementation and training.
- Three to six months of experience in a school environment providing support to students preferred
- Bachelor’s degree or Associate’s degree in related fields preferred.
- CPR, First Aid, and CPI Certification.
- Must meet the current RI Department of Education requirements and or certifications.
- May be asked to obtain a chauffeur’s license to transport students to work sites.
- Must be legally authorized to work in the United States
- Must provide a current national background check without disqualifying results at time of hire.
Questions can be directed to: HR@Westerly.k12.ri.us
Westerly Public School District is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.