Special Education Autism Assistant

Corvallis School District Corvallis, OR
Hours: 4-8 hours per day

Contract Status: Regular/Probationary

Start Date: As soon as possible

Calendar: 190 - Classified

PURPOSE: To support student learning by coordination and support of program staff and delivery of services to students with disabilities in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

* Participates and leads ongoing staff development and train building staff in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), under the direction of licensed staff.

* Participates in developing and training building staff to implement student support plans for individual students, especially students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

* Helps implement IEP goals/identify student needs.

* Assists teachers, professional staff or other school employees in selecting, obtaining, and developing instructional materials.

* Presents at in-services and workshops in areas such as characteristics of disabilities, learning styles, teaching techniques, behavior management techniques, social skills curricula, social stories, use of visual schedules and work systems, and problem solving behavioral issues.

* Provides information and recommendations to classroom teachers, paraprofessionals and other school employees to maximize inclusion of students with disabilities in general education activities, both instructional and non-instructional.

* Provides staff training in crisis prevention strategies and personal safety, under the direction of licensed staff.

* Maintains high standards and expectations for students in a manner that encourages independent learning and personal growth.

* Assists the teacher with informal documentation during observations and intervention sessions, prepares materials and assists with other clerical duties, maintaining student records in a secure and confidential manner at all times.

* Assists with the administration of appropriate assessments to evaluate the student or student behaviors and educational progress.

* Participate with the teacher in research projects, in-service training, and public relations programs in a manner that supports the district educational plan.

* Works as a team member with licensed autism and behavior specialists.

* Performs minor medical and health procedures as requested in a manner which meets state and district guidelines.

* Provides other related services as assigned.

GENERAL PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS:

* Perform duties in a courteous and efficient manner that builds the confidence of staff, students, and the public in the Corvallis School District and enhances learning.

* Observe laws, district policies and procedures, and professional standards for the position.

* Establish and maintain effective working relationships with school personnel, parents, students and the public; work collaboratively as a team member.

* Maintain regular attendance at work and work activities and is punctual in meeting deadlines, attending meetings, and following schedule.

* Carry out work responsibilities with strong organizational skills effectively under pressure of deadlines, difficult situations, interruptions, and new or emergency conditions.

* Respect confidential information and the privacy of students, staff, and parents.

* Support students and staff in the district's career-related learning standards to encourage the development of independent work skills through career exploration and community involvement.

* Develop job skills necessary to meet changes in the position.

* Maintain personal appearance and hygiene appropriate to the position as defined by the district.

* Meet applicable district physical ability/health and safety guidelines for the position.

QUALIFICATIONS: 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.

* An associate's (or higher) degree, two years post secondary study, or a passing score on a district approved assessment.

* Minimum of three to five years direct instructional experience with students with autism

* Demonstrate understanding of relationships between communication, behavior, and programmatic structures.

* Working knowledge of instructional methods and techniques for students with autism.

* Ability to obtain and utilize the latest research information and teaching techniques in the field of autism.

* Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

* Ability to formulate and implement ideas for program improvement.

* Ability to collect, record, store, retrieve, assimilate, organize, and utilize information and records efficiently.

* Ability to understand and implement the school/program's student discipline policy and manage student behavior effectively.

* Ability to understand and implement the school/program's instructional goals and carry out work assignments in a manner that supports those goals.

* Ability to interact effectively and collaboratively with individuals and groups of all ages.

* Demonstrated ability to develop, organize and carry out work assignments, and to plan and direct the work of students and others associated with the program.

* Ability to effectively perform multiple, simultaneous tasks with numerous interruptions.

* Proficient in use of classroom/program equipment and technology.

* Ability to obtain specialized training as required.

* Ability to travel among district facilities as needed; if driving, the ability to meet district driving standards.

* Standard First Aid certification, or the ability to obtain certification within two months of hire, may be required.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are 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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee is regularly required to stand and use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is required to regularly walk (occasionally on an uneven surface), occasionally sit and reach with hands and arms (frequently reaching above the shoulder), stoop kneel, or crouch. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

The employee may drive approximately .5 to 1.0 hour per day and regularly must lift, move, and/or carry up to 20 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment could be usually low to occasionally moderate.

NOTE: This is not necessarily an exhaustive or all-inclusive list of responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, functions, or working conditions associated with the job. This job description is not a contract of employment or a promise or guarantee of any specific terms or conditions of employment. The school district may add to, modify, or delete any aspect of this (or the position itself) at any time as it deems advisable.