Flexible Support Aide

Newton Public Schools Newton, MA
Newton Public Schools

"Memorial-Spaulding Elementary School is a vibrant, diverse, and inclusive learning community with a focus on academic achievement through arts integration"

Department:

Student Services

Job Title:

Flexible Support Aide (Elementary level)

FLSA Status:

(Exempt/Non-exempt)

Non-Exempt, Unit C, Category 2

Reports to:

Director/Assistant Director of Special Education/Principal/Other

general description (1-3 lines describing role):

The Newton Public Schools seeks highly skilled flexible support specialists to work in a team environment with students experiencing social emotional and/or behavioral challenges to provide short-term flexible wraparound support, stabilization and implement social emotional and behavioral interventions to support student's success.

Qualifications:

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

* Bachelors Degree or higher - Degree in education, special education or related field such as counseling, and training and expertise in behavioral prevention and intervention and crisis management skills

* 2-3 years previous experience working with individuals with social-emotional and behavioral challenges in an educational setting.

* Strong verbal, written language and interpersonal communication skill to support communication among team members.

* Ability to be flexible, think creatively, and work across a number of elementary schools with diverse staff and students

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

We seek candidates who have experience with behavioral prevention and intervention, crisis prevention and intervention strategies, and experience working with students who may be in crisis and presenting with behavioral challenges, including aggression and self-injurious behavior. Knowledge of behavioral management methodologies and systems - PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports), ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis)

Certification in CPI, QBS, or other crisis prevention and intervention system preferred.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES (not limited to):

Work Environment:

* Work is performed in multiple elementary school environments as needed

Physical Requirements:

* Ability to travel between multiple school locations (must possess valid driver's license)

* Must be able to assist with student behavioral needs as necessary

* Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time

* Ability to lift and/or move objects weighing up to 30 pounds

* Sufficient mobility to navigate within a large school building

* Must be physically able to respond (e.g. push, pull, or carry at least 60 lbs) to students who are physically unsafe and use de-escalation techniques including physical management as a last resort.

* Must be able to physically maintain a safe learning environment, including moving furniture in response to a crisis situation.

Newton Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Newton Public Schools ensures equal employment opportunities regardless of race, creed, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability, or any other class as protected by law. The Newton Public Schools places a high value on diversity and active recruitment of qualified minority teachers and staff. Any individual needing assistance in making application for any opening should contact the district human resources office.

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