Paraprofessional - Program Assistant for Students with Autism

Giant Steps Illinois, Inc. Lisle, IL
  • $14.50 - $15.50 Hourly
  • Full Time
  • Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, 401K / Retirement, Employee Discounts
  • Employer Fairly Likely to Respond

Under the supervision of the Classroom Teacher, the Program Assistant provides comprehensive direct care and instructional services for students with autism spectrum disorders, and functions as a member of the educational and therapeutic team. 

To fill out an official application please visit: https://www.applitrack.com/giantsteps/onlineapp/default.aspx

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide instructional services under the supervision of certified teacher and therapists, including lesson planning, providing 1:1 instruction as well as preparation for classroom sessions.
  • When the opportunity for a student to be included in the home school or outside setting, PA will act as inclusion aid in that setting to provide for consistency and support of student.
  • Liaison with team members involved in the education/treatment of the student
  • Comply with all school policies
  • Maintain professional documentation including daily notes to families, data collection of students performance on academics tasks, and behavioral logs
  • Participate in direct supervision of students and assistance with activities in daily living, including toileting assistance as needed
  • Participate in team meetings, classroom meetings and professional development sessions
  • Work with teachers and therapists to learn instructional/educational strategies as well as discuss student program and needs
  • Utilize time both before and after school to provide for the instructional components of the student's day, as well as meet any classroom needs as determined by the teacher or senior PA.
  • Adhere to company policies and procedures
  • Complete any other essential duties that may be assigned

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • Ability to effectively communicate student needs and progress towards IEP goals
  • Knowledge relevant instructional strategies
  • Knowledge of autism spectrum disorders
  • Knowledge to maintain quality , safety, and infection control standards
  • Knowledge of the use and maintenance of facilities and equipment
  • Knowledge of sensory and behavioral strategies
  • Knowledge of child development theory
  • Ability to use computers (word processing software, therapeutic/educational software)
  • Knowledge of relevant equipment for instruction

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Two years of college preferred
  • Ability to apply for paraprofessional license through Illinois State Board of Education required (Please note: applicants must be at least 20 years of age to apply for the paraprofessional license)

Conditions of Employment

  • Pre-employment physical and drug screen
  • Fingerprinting and criminal background check

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • We are committed to providing a drug, alcohol and smoke-free environment
  • Work is typically performed indoors in the school facility and offsite at participating school districts, visits to inclusion schools, field trips, or travel to off-site meetings
  • Moderate physical movement is required for the job
  • Moderate exposure to physical risk is anticipated
  • The noise level in this work environment varies from quiet to very loud.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is continually required to stand, walk, sit, run, squat, kneel, crawl, climb, balance, crouch, talk, hear, smell and see. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50+ pounds.

Job Description Disclaimer
This disclaimer is to acknowledge that it is highly probable that as an employee of Giant Steps Illinois, Inc, you are at risk of personal injury.  Injuries may include, but are not limited to, hitting, biting, kicking, scratching, and having hair pulled by students.  The extent of some injuries may result in a break in the skin.  All injuries must be documented according to the policies and procedures, outlined in our Employee Handbook.  Often, students are placed in this setting as a result of physical aggression or acting out behavior that may prohibit them from participating in a typical school environment.  Our setting of a private therapeutic day school allows for this atypical behavior.  All employees are required to show proof of a Hepatitis B vaccination upon hire.

Giant Steps has the ability to review and change the job description when necessary.

Giant Steps conforms to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We will not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally-recognized basis including: veteran status, disability, religion, race, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth or FMLA related medical condition, height, weight, familial status, marital status and genetic information.  

Giant Steps is a therapeutic day school serving individuals with autism, along with an adult day program.

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